Western Carolina University Graduate Schools

Western Carolina University (referred to as Western Carolina) is a Public, 4 years school located in Cullowhee, NC. It is classified as a Master's College and University (larger programs) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice. The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Western Carolina University is $7,480 for North Carolina residents and $17,887 for out-of-state students. The school has 1,726 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 12,243 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Western Carolina University (referred to as Western Carolina) is a Public, 4 years school located in Cullowhee, NC. It is classified as a Master's College and University (larger programs) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice.
The school is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (1/1/1946 - Current).
Western Carolina Directory Information
School NameWestern Carolina University (Western Carolina)
AddressHighway 107, Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
Phone828-227-7100
Webhttps://www.wcu.edu
Online Applicationhttps://www.wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/apply.aspx
Financial Infohttps://www.wcu.edu/apply/financial-aid/index.aspx
The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Western Carolina University is $7,480 for North Carolina residents and $17,887 for out-of-state students. The school has 1,726 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 12,243 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 118 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice). Among them, 24 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$17,887
$7,480 for North Carolina Residents
Student Population1,726
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Number of Programs118 graduate programs
(24 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio17 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at Western Carolina University is $7,480 for North Carolina residents and $17,887 for out-of-state students for the academic year 2021-2022. The tuition per credit hour is $433 for North Carolina residents and $1,197 for out-of-state students.
Western Carolina University offers the alternative tuition plans.
Western Carolina University 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)24 Online Programs Available
Special learning Opportunities
  • 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

2022 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2021-2022, the graduate school tuition & fees of Western Carolina University is $7,480 for North Carolina residents and $17,887 for other students. The graduate tuition & fees are increased by 0.37% compared to previous academic year.
Data source: 2021-2022 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2021-2022 Graduate Tuition & fees
North Carolina ResidentsOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
2017-2018$4,435$2,926$14,842$2,926
2018-2019$4,435$2,926$14,842$2,926
2019-2020$4,435$2,979$14,842$2,979
2020-2021$4,435$2,979$14,842$2,979
2021-2022$4,435$3,045$14,842$3,045
The graduate school tuition & fees of Western Carolina is average compared to public graduate schools in North Carolina. The average graduate school tuition for all graduate schools in United States is $19,204 and the North Carolina graduate tuition is $21,934 (public) / $15,501 (private).
The next table compares the average graduate school tuition by location and school types.
Graduate Tuition & fees Comparison
ResidentsOut-of-State
Western Carolina University$7,480$17,887
All Graduate Schools$15,958$19,204
Public$11,320$20,434
Private$19,234
North Carolina Graduate Schools$12,415$17,380
Public$8,195$21,934
Private$15,501
For academic year 2021-2022, the living costs are $14,030 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at Western Carolina University. On-campus living costs are increased by 0.41% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $14,361. Off-campus living costs are increased by 0.45% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
2017-2018$9,553$2,670$10,419$2,670
2018-2019$10,103$2,621$10,782$2,621
2019-2020$10,725$2,679$11,170$2,679
2020-2021$10,954$3,019$11,277$3,019
2021-2022$11,097$2,933$11,428$2,933
For academic year 2021-2022, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $433 for North Carolina residents and $1,197 for other students at Western Carolina University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are increased by 1.96% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
North Carolina ResidentsOut-of-State
2017-2018$404$1,187
2018-2019$405$1,172
2019-2020$410$1,168
2020-2021$410$1,174
2021-2022$433$1,197

Graduate Programs at Western Carolina

Western Carolina University offers 53 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, 685 students have completed their study at Western Carolina University.
Offered Degrees at Western Carolina University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree3011544
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship2016
Doctor's degree - other2149
Post Bachelor's Degree11356
Post Master's Degree8120
Total5316685
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Western Carolina University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Business Administration, Management and Operations (other) program with 31 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse program with 57 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Physical Therapy/Therapist program with 32 completers.
Western Carolina University offers 53 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 685 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 544 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 49 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 56 students have earned/completed Post-Bachelor's program.
  • 20 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] (3 completers) 136 completers$39,400
Education41$39,400
Educational Leadership and Administration21$50,200
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision14-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services2$35,500
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services37-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth (other)21-
Engineering Technology [+] (1 completers) 26 completers-
Industrial Technology/Technician5-
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician21-
English Language and Literature [+] 10 completers-
English Language and Literature10-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 5 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences5-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 0 completers-
Science, Technology and Society0-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] (2 completers) 22 completers-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management22-
Outdoor Education0-
Physical Sciences [+] 7 completers-
Chemistry7-
Psychology [+] 12 completers-
Psychology12-
School Psychology0-
Human Services [+] 64 completers-
Public Administration10$42,900
Social Work54$43,100
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 4 completers-
Fine/Studio Arts4-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (2 completers) 112 completers-
Communication Sciences and Disorders29$50,000
Health/Health Care Administration/Management38$44,400
Athletic Training/Trainer0-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse45$98,800
Business [+] (3 completers) 140 completers-
Business Administration and Management24$49,600
Business Administration, Management and Operations (other)36-
Accounting21$53,200
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration35$60,100
Marketing (other)24-
History [+] 6 completers-
History6-
Total544
Doctorate (Research) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 16 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration16-
Psychology [+] 0 completers-
Clinical Psychology0-
Total16
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 49 completers-
Physical Therapy/Therapist32-
Nursing Practice17-
Total49
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Natural Resources and Conservation [+] 0 completers-
Land Use Planning and Management/Development0-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 1 completers-
American Indian/Native American Studies1-
Education [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching0-
Music Teacher Education0-
English Language and Literature [+] 1 completers-
English Language and Literature1-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Mathematics and Statistics0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (1 completers) 23 completers-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management0-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling23-
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing0-
Business [+] 31 completers-
Business Administration, Management and Operations (other)31-
Marketing (other)0-
Total56
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 15 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction0-
Educational Leadership and Administration15-
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision0-
Elementary Education and Teaching0-
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching0-
Engineering Technology [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician0-
Psychology [+] 5 completers-
School Psychology5-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 0 completers-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse0-
Total20

Graduate Student Population at Western Carolina

For academic year 2021-2022, total 1,726 students enrolled into Western Carolina University graduate schools where it has total 12,243 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 874 full-time and 852 part-time graduate students. By gender, 561 male and 1,165 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
Total1,7265611,165
Full-time874276598
Part-tme852285567
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 1,388 White (80.42%), 108 Black/African American (6.26%), 98 Hispanic (5.68%), 22 Asian (1.27%), and 110 students with other races. 44 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total1,7265611,165
American Indian/Native American1468
Asian22715
Black/African American1083771
Hispanic983860
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander101
White1,388444944
Two More511437
Un-Known000
Non-resident Alien441529
Western Carolina University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 897 graduate students (51.97% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 604 graduate students (34.99% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total1,726
Enrolled Online Exclusively897
Enrolled Some Online Courses604
Not in Online Courses225
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Western Carolina University. 439 students are aged 20 to 24 (25.43% of total students), 3 students are aged below 20 (0.17%), 116 students are aged above 50 (6.72%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Western Carolina University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total1,7265611,165
Age 18-19303
Age 20-2125619
Age 22-24414124290
Age 25-29393122271
Age 30-34291105186
Age 35-3920172129
Age 40-4928394189
Age 50-641133776
Over 64312

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