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 1,612 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 11,639 including undergraduate students.

Western Carolina University 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 1,612 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 11,639 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 40 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice). Among them, 11 programs are available online classes.
Western Carolina Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$17,887
$7,480 for North Carolina Residents
Student Population1,612
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Number of Programs40 graduate programs
(11 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 academic year 2021-2022. The tuition per credit hour is $410 for North Carolina residents and $1,174 for out-of-state students. Western Carolina University offers the alternative tuition plans.
Western Carolina 2022 Graduate Program Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees
North Carolina Residents$7,480
Out-of-State$17,887
Tuition per Credit Hour
North Carolina Residents$410
Out-of-State$1,174
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 at Western Carolina
Distance Learning (Online Classes)11 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 Tuition, Fees, Other College Costs

For 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: March 16, 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 $19,187 and the North Carolina graduate tuition is $21,934 (public) / $15,492 (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$11,040$19,187
Public$11,040$20,146
Private$19,294
North Carolina Graduate Schools$8,195$17,391
Public$8,195$21,934
Private$15,492
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 Costs
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 $410 for North Carolina residents and $1,174 for other students at Western Carolina University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are stayed same 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$410$1,174

Graduate Programs at Western Carolina

Western Carolina University offers 42 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, 643 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 Degree2810577
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship207
Doctor's degree - other2037
Post Bachelor's Degree300
Post Master's Degree7122
Total4211643
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Western Carolina University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Educational Leadership and Administration program with 17 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse program with 65 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Physical Therapy/Therapist program with 33 completers.
Western Carolina University offers 42 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 643 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 577 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 37 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 22 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] (2 completers) 117 completers$39,400
Educational Leadership and Administration29$50,200
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision19-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services7$35,500
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services36-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth (other)26-
Engineering Technology [+] (2 completers) 22 completers-
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician0-
Industrial Technology/Technician9-
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician13-
English Language And Literature [+] 8 completers-
English Language and Literature8-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences [+] 13 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences13-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 0 completers-
Biological and Physical Sciences0-
Science, Technology and Society0-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies [+] (2 completers) 16 completers-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies0-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management16-
Physical Sciences [+] 6 completers-
Physical Sciences0-
Chemistry6-
Psychology [+] 19 completers-
Psychology19-
School Psychology0-
Human Services [+] 59 completers-
0-
Public Administration19$42,900
Social Work40$43,100
Visual And Performing Arts [+] 7 completers-
Visual and Performing Arts0-
Fine/Studio Arts7-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (4 completers) 124 completers-
Chiropractic0-
Communication Sciences and Disorders33$50,000
Health/Health Care Administration/Management26$44,400
Athletic Training/Trainer0-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse65$98,800
Business [+] (6 completers) 151 completers-
Business/Commerce0-
Business Administration and Management31$49,600
Business Administration, Management and Operations (other)32-
Accounting26$53,200
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration39$60,100
Marketing (other)23-
History [+] 3 completers-
History3-
Total577
Doctorate (Research) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 7 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration7-
Psychology [+] 0 completers-
Psychology0-
Clinical Psychology0-
Total7
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 37 completers-
Physical Therapy/Therapist33-
Nursing Practice4-
Total37
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-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 0 completers-
Chiropractic0-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management0-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling0-
Total0
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] (1 completers) 17 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction0-
Educational Leadership and Administration17-
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision0-
Elementary Education and Teaching0-
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching0-
Psychology [+] 5 completers-
Psychology0-
School Psychology5-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 0 completers-
Chiropractic0-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse0-
Total22

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 11,639 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

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