Pacific Lutheran University Graduate School

Pacific Lutheran University (referred to as PLU) is a Private, 4 years school located in Tacoma, WA.
The 2023 graduate school tuition & fees of PLU is $32,666 in average. The school has 332 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 2,633 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Pacific Lutheran University (referred to as PLU) is a Private, 4 years school located in Tacoma, WA.
The school is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (9/1/1936 - Current).
PLU Directory Information
School NamePacific Lutheran University (PLU)
Address12180 Park Ave South, Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Phone253-535-8145
Webhttps://www.plu.edu
Online Applicationhttps://www.plu.edu/admission/first-year
Financial Infohttps://www.plu.edu/financial-aid
The 2023 graduate school tuition & fees of PLU is $32,666 in average. The school has 332 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 2,633 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 62 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, and Doctorate (Professional Practice). Among them, 1 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2023 Key Facts
School TypePrivate, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$32,666
Student Population332
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, and Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Number of Programs62 graduate programs
(1 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio11 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at PLU is $32,666 in average for the academic year 2022-2023. The tuition per credit hour is $1,017.
PLU offers the alternative tuition planstuition guarantee, including tuition guarantee.
2023 Graduate Program Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees
Tuition$32,116
Required Fees$550
Tuition per Credit Hour
Tuition$1,017
PLU 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 are provided for their students.
Special Learning Opportunities & On-campus Services
Distance Learning (Online Classes)1 Online Programs Available
Special learning Opportunities
  • ROTC (Army)
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening college
  • Teacher certification
On-Campus Student Services
  • Academic/career services
  • Employment services for students
  • Placement services for completers

2023 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2022-2023, the graduate school tuition & fees of Pacific Lutheran University is $32,666. The graduate tuition & fees are increased by 10.05% 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
TuitionFees
2018-2019$30,146$100
2019-2020$30,316-
2020-2021$29,841$550
2021-2022$29,084$600
2022-2023$32,116$550
The graduate school tuition & fees of PLU is expensive compared to private 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
Pacific Lutheran University$32,666
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 $14,274 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at PLU.
On-campus living costs are decreased by -0.84% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $14,274. Off-campus living costs are decreased by -0.84% compared to previous academic year.
2022-2023 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
2018-2019$10,790$2,718$10,520$2,718
2019-2020$10,876$2,808$10,876$2,808
2020-2021$11,150$2,880$11,150$2,880
2021-2022$11,482$2,913$11,482$2,913
2022-2023$11,826$2,448$11,826$2,448
For academic year 2022-2023, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $1,017 at Pacific Lutheran University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are increased by 4.95% compared to previous academic year.
2022-2023 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
Tuition
2018-2019$1,112
2019-2020$984
2020-2021$969
2021-2022$969
2022-2023$1,017

Graduate Programs at PLU

Pacific Lutheran University offers 18 graduate programs for Master's, Doctorate, 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, 167 students have completed their study at Pacific Lutheran University.
Offered Degrees at Pacific Lutheran University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree101148
Doctor's degree - other1019
Post Bachelor's Degree400
Post Master's Degree300
Total181167
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Pacific Lutheran University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Health/Health Care Administration/Management program with 0 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth (other) program with 45 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Nursing Practice program with 19 completers.
Pacific Lutheran University offers 18 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 167 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 148 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 19 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 45 completers-
Education--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth (other)45-
English Language and Literature [+] 15 completers-
Creative Writing15-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 6 completers-
Financial Mathematics6-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] 7 completers-
Health and Physical Education/Fitness7-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 47 completers-
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling19-
Clinical Nurse Leader28-
Business [+] 28 completers-
Business Administration and Management25$58,700
Management Science--
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (other)3-
Total148
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 19 completers-
Nursing Practice19-
Total19
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Business --
Total-
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences --
Total-

Graduate Student Population at PLU

For the academic year 2022-2023, total 332 students enrolled into Pacific Lutheran University graduate schools where it has total 2,633 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 227 full-time and 105 part-time graduate students. By gender, 88 male and 244 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
Total33288244
Full-time22763164
Part-tme1052580
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 200 White (60.24%), 14 Black/African American (4.22%), 34 Hispanic (10.24%), 36 Asian (10.84%), and 48 students with other races. 10 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total33288244
American Indian/Native American321
Asian361224
Black/African American1459
Hispanic34529
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander312
White20053147
Two More24519
Un-Known835
Non-resident Alien1028
Pacific Lutheran University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 16 graduate students (4.82% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 3 graduate students (0.90% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total332
Enrolled Online Exclusively16
Enrolled Some Online Courses3
Not in Online Courses313

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