Central Washington University Graduate School

Central Washington University (referred to as CWU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Ellensburg, WA.
The 2023 graduate school tuition & fees of CWU is $12,430 for Washington residents and $26,390 for out-of-state students. The school has 514 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 9,257 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Central Washington University (referred to as CWU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Ellensburg, WA.
The school is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (4/1/1918 - Current).
CWU Directory Information
School NameCentral Washington University (CWU)
Address400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone509-963-1111
Webhttps://www.cwu.edu
Online Applicationhttps://www.cwu.edu/programs/online-learning
Financial Infohttps://www.cwu.edu/financial-aid
The 2023 graduate school tuition & fees of CWU is $12,430 for Washington residents and $26,390 for out-of-state students. The school has 514 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 9,257 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 312 graduate programs through Master's and Post-Master Certificate. Among them, 63 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2023 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$26,390
$12,430 for Washington Residents
Student Population514
Offered Degrees/ProgramsMaster's and Post-Master Certificate
Number of Programs312 graduate programs
(63 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio14 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at CWU is $12,430 for Washington residents and $26,390 for out-of-state students for the academic year 2022-2023. The tuition per credit hour is $347 for Washington residents and $812 for out-of-state students.
CWU offers the alternative tuition plansprepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan, including prepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan.
2023 Graduate Program Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees
Washington Residents$12,430
Out-of-State$26,390
Tuition per Credit Hour
Washington Residents$347
Out-of-State$812
CWU offers the distance education programs. All course works for completing a degree program can be done through online exclusively for graduate programs. In addition, the distance learning courses are offered for students who are not enrolled online exclusively.
On its campus, academic/career services, employment services for students, placement services for completers, on-campus daycare for students' children are provided for their students.
Special Learning Opportunities & On-campus Services
Distance Learning (Online Classes)63 Online Programs Available
Special learning Opportunities
  • ROTC (Army, Air Force)
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification
On-Campus Student Services
  • Academic/career services
  • Employment services for students
  • Placement services for completers
  • On-campus daycare for students' children

2023 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2022-2023, the graduate school tuition & fees of Central Washington University is $12,430 for Washington residents and $26,390 for other students. The graduate tuition & fees are increased by 2.76% compared to previous academic year.
Data source: 2022-2023 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2022-2023 Graduate Tuition & fees
Washington ResidentsOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
2018-2019$9,214$1,902$21,583$1,902
2019-2020$9,582$1,955$22,449$1,955
2020-2021$9,822$1,969$23,007$1,969
2021-2022$10,098$2,029$23,652$2,029
2022-2023$10,401$2,029$24,361$2,029
The graduate school tuition & fees of CWU is average compared to public graduate schools in Washington. The average graduate school tuition for all graduate schools in United States is $19,499 and the Washington graduate tuition is $29,159 (public) / $21,618 (private).
The following table compares the average graduate school tuition by location and school types.
Graduate Tuition & fees Comparison
ResidentsOut-of-State
Central Washington University$12,430$26,390
All Graduate Schools$15,996$19,499
Public$11,279$20,404
Private$19,608
Washington Graduate Schools$18,689$23,826
Public$15,045$29,159
Private$21,618
For academic year 2022-2023, the living costs are $16,567 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at CWU.
On-campus living costs are decreased by -1.74% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $12,663. Off-campus living costs are stayed same compared to previous academic year.
2022-2023 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
2018-2019$11,115$3,012$8,835$3,012
2019-2020$12,637$2,922$8,100$2,922
2020-2021$13,787$2,922$9,276$2,922
2021-2022$13,938$2,922$9,741$2,922
2022-2023$13,645$2,922$9,741$2,922
For academic year 2022-2023, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $347 for Washington residents and $812 for other students at Central Washington University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are increased by 5.87% compared to previous academic year.
2022-2023 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
Washington ResidentsOut-of-State
2018-2019$307$719
2019-2020$319$748
2020-2021$327$767
2021-2022$337$767
2022-2023$347$812

Graduate Programs at CWU

Central Washington University offers 75 graduate programs for Master's and Post-Graduate Certificate. The next table lists number of programs by offered degree and online availability along with number of completers by degree/certificate programs. Last year, 355 students have completed their study at Central Washington University.
Offered Degrees at Central Washington University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree7019347
Post Master's Degree528
Total7521355
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Central Washington University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration program with 5 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Music Teacher Education program with 67 completers.
Central Washington University offers 75 programs through Master's and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 355 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 347 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 8 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Natural Resources and Conservation [+] 7 completers-
Natural Resources Conservation and Research (other)6-
Natural Resources Management and Policy--
Natural Resources and Conservation (other)1-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] (2 completers) 33 completers-
Computer and Information Sciences--
Information Technology26-
Computer Science3-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance4-
Education [+] (5 completers) 129 completers-
Education34-
Educational Leadership and Administration5$59,200
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration13-
Special Education and Teaching1-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--
Elementary Education and Teaching--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth (other)--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education--
Mathematics Teacher Education--
Music Teacher Education67-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching--
Reading Teacher Education--
Technical Teacher Education7-
Drama and Dance Teacher Education--
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist--
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor2-
Engineering Technology [+] (1 completers) 28 completers-
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician28-
Work and Family Studies [+] (1 completers) 15 completers-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences15-
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies--
Family Systems--
English Language and Literature [+] (2 completers) 6 completers-
English Language and Literature--
Creative Writing4-
General Literature2-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 3 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences3-
Biomedical Sciences--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] (1 completers) 11 completers-
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis--
Behavioral Sciences7-
Nutrition Sciences4-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] (2 completers) 36 completers-
Health and Physical Education/Fitness30$45,000
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management--
Kinesiology and Exercise Science6-
Physical Sciences [+] 4 completers-
Chemistry2-
Geology/Earth Science2-
Psychology [+] 18 completers-
Experimental Psychology2-
Counseling Psychology4-
Industrial and Organizational Psychology--
School Psychology11-
Applied Behavior Analysis1-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] (1 completers) 16 completers-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies16-
Human Services [+] --
Public Administration--
Social Sciences [+] --
Anthropology (other)--
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 14 completers-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts4-
Photography1-
Art/Art Studies--
Fine/Studio Arts--
Painting--
Sculpture--
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics--
Metal and Jewelry Arts--
Music--
Music Performance4-
Music Theory and Composition2-
Conducting2-
Music Pedagogy1-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (2 completers) 1 completers-
Public Health1-
Community Health and Preventive Medicine--
Business [+] (2 completers) 23 completers-
Business Administration, Management and Operations (other)19-
Accounting4$51,800
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration--
History [+] 3 completers-
History3-
Total347
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Computer and Information Sciences [+] --
Information Technology--
Education [+] (1 completers) 2 completers-
Education2-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] --
Community Health and Preventive Medicine--
Business [+] 6 completers-
Accounting1-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration5-
Total8

Graduate Student Population at CWU

For the academic year 2022-2023, total 514 students enrolled into Central Washington University graduate schools where it has total 9,257 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 184 full-time and 330 part-time graduate students. By gender, 204 male and 310 female students are attending graduate schools. The next table summarizes the graduate student population by gender and attending status.
Graduate School Student Population By Gender
TotalMaleFemale
Total514204310
Full-time18477107
Part-tme330127203
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 166 White (32.30%), 11 Black/African American (2.14%), 40 Hispanic (7.78%), 12 Asian (2.33%), and 285 students with other races. 28 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total514204310
American Indian/Native American110
Asian1239
Black/African American1174
Hispanic401426
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander211
White1666997
Two More201010
Un-Known23488146
Non-resident Alien281117
Central Washington University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 201 graduate students (39.11% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 168 graduate students (32.68% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total514
Enrolled Online Exclusively201
Enrolled Some Online Courses168
Not in Online Courses145
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Central Washington University. 159 students are aged 20 to 24 (30.93% of total students), 1 students are aged below 20 (0.19%), 35 students are aged above 50 (6.81%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Central Washington University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total514204310
Age 18-19110
Age 20-2124915
Age 22-241355085
Age 25-291416279
Age 30-34844341
Age 35-39441727
Age 40-49501139
Age 50-64351124

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