Wheeling Jesuit University - Master's Degree

Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU), located in Wheeling, West Virginia, is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university in the US. WJU offers more than 50 programs of study and is a national leader in undergraduate research.

  • Average Tuition USD 35,030

School Description

Wheeling Jesuit University (previously known as Wheeling College) was founded in 1954. The College was established as a partnership between the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and the Society of Jesus of the Maryland Province. The College opened its doors on September 26, 1955 to its first class of 90 freshmen. At the time, the College was managed by 12 Jesuits and four lay professors.

Today Wheeling Jesuit University stands as the only Catholic institution of higher learning in West Virginia; it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In 2014 Wheeling Jesuit was recognised as a national leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement; it was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

WJU is home of the Cardinals; it has 18 NCAA Division II athletic teams, a USA Division 1A Rugby program and two club sports. In 2015, WJU captured its first NCAA Division II National Championship in in volleyball; it has won 63 championships and has more than 45 academic All-Americans. Some of WJU’s notable alumni include: Fred Kleisner, Independent Director, Caesars Entertainment; and Lionel Cartwright, Producer and Music Director.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.40
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00


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    Established in 1954


    Wheeling Jesuit University’s research partners and programs include National Institute of Health, NASA, Appalachian Institute and the Challenger Learning Center.

    The Location

    316 Washington Ave, Wheeling, WV 26003, USA

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      • Testimony
        2007-2007, Bachelor of Arts

        Education, invaluable memories, connection, & a sense of dutyYAlthough I studied abroad for much of my degree, what I remember & cherish most from my undergraduate studies came from my Jesuit education. It instilled a stronger educational background in me that I do not always see in others while also providing a strong sense of community and memories to go along. The connections I made while at WJU will last a lifetime. The strong community bond WJU instills into its students follows us the rest of our lives as a sense of duty to others. I live far away now but each time I think of visiting the east coast I have a great desire to visit & spend extra time at my alma mater.

      • Testimony
        2011-2012, Master's Degree

        Relational, Focused Education.YI completely enjoyed my educational experience with Wheeling Jesuit University's, School of Education because of the relational component. On a daily basis I was in contact with my peers and instructional leaders gaining greater insight into education through open, honest discourse. Although I was the lone Indiana/Illinois student, I found that being connected with people from WV, OH, TN and other students exposed me to diversity of thought. My mentor Dr. Bonnie Ritz stood by my side through my year and a half long Ed. Leadership study and helped me accomplish hundreds of hours of experience on both the building and central administration levels. When it came time to secure my state level certifications she willingly wrote letters to support my academic experience.

      • Testimony
        1983-1987, Bachelor of Arts

        Faith and ReasonYSaint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo exhorted us: "Crede, ut intelligas" ("believe so that you may understand"); Saint Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, personalized the message this way: "Neque enim quaero intelligere ut credam, sed credo ut intelligam" ("I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but rather, I believe in order that I may understand"). Saint Augustine lived in the 4th and 5th centuries, Saint Anselm in the 11th. But it is in the 16th century that Saint Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, aka The Jesuits. The message made its way to me in the 20th century via the Jesuit institution of what was then called Wheeling College, nka Wheeling Jesuit University. The message is the fact that in order to understand any thing, one must believe that the thing is understandable first. Faith precedes reason, and makes reason possible. That these two attributes complement and strengthen one another graced me with a particle of wisdom and an abundance of confidence that no problem in any walk of life was beyond my comprehension. For myself, living in an increasingly combative age, where dismay and disaffection with the irrational reactionary errors and intolerance of organized religion are being irrationally extrapolated into irrational radical and equally erroneous and intolerant entropic atheism; the ability to simply demonstrate that all reason rests on faith is both sword and shield against ignorance and dogma. What I state about confidence above so expressly may not be consciously recognized by all alumni, yet it is tacitly woven into the education that the Jesuits in general, and my alma mater in particular bestow upon their students. The Jesuits empower their students with that confidence that comes from knowing that nothing is beyond understanding. They train us for leadership and for life. Many of us choose to teach. Many others choose some entrepreneurship where one may chart one's own course and in doing so, employ others thereby helping them to achieve their own life goals. Many become caregivers. We give service in public and charitable sectors of society. Those who choose work in larger organizations tend to become leaders within those structures. Most of us become parents. All of us become citizens. In one way or another we try to pay it forward, AMDG: "Ad maiorem Dei gloriam" (for the greater glory of God).Show less