Western Kentucky University Graduate Schools

Western Kentucky University (referred to as WKU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Bowling Green, KY. 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- professional practice. The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Western Kentucky University is $12,140 for Kentucky residents and $18,340 for out-of-state students. The school has 2,021 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 16,750 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Western Kentucky University (referred to as WKU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Bowling Green, KY. 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- professional practice.
The school is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (1/1/1926 - Current).
WKU Directory Information
School NameWestern Kentucky University (WKU)
Address1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
Phone270-745-0111
Webhttps://www.wku.edu
Online Applicationhttps://www.wku.edu/admissions
Financial Infohttps://www.wku.edu/financialaid
The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Western Kentucky University is $12,140 for Kentucky residents and $18,340 for out-of-state students. The school has 2,021 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 16,750 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 263 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Professional Practice), and Doctorate (Other). Among them, 84 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$18,340
$12,140 for Kentucky Residents
Student Population2,021
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Professional Practice), and Doctorate (Other)
Number of Programs263 graduate programs
(84 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio18 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at Western Kentucky University is $12,140 for Kentucky residents and $18,340 for out-of-state students for the academic year 2021-2022. The tuition per credit hour is $607 for Kentucky residents and $917 for out-of-state students.
Western Kentucky University offers the alternative tuition plans.
Western Kentucky 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)84 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

2022 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2021-2022, the graduate school tuition & fees of Western Kentucky University is $12,140 for Kentucky residents and $18,340 for other students. The graduate tuition & fees are stayed same 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
Kentucky ResidentsOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
2017-2018$11,780-$16,260-
2018-2019$12,140-$17,980-
2019-2020$12,140-$18,340-
2020-2021$12,140-$18,340-
2021-2022$12,140-$18,340-
The graduate school tuition & fees of WKU is average compared to public graduate schools in Kentucky. The average graduate school tuition for all graduate schools in United States is $19,225 and the Kentucky graduate tuition is $18,360 (public) / $10,904 (private).
The next table compares the average graduate school tuition by location and school types.
Graduate Tuition & fees Comparison
ResidentsOut-of-State
Western Kentucky University$12,140$18,340
All Graduate Schools$15,964$19,225
Public$11,349$20,502
Private$19,232
Kentucky Graduate Schools$10,531$13,306
Public$11,168$18,360
Private$10,904
For academic year 2021-2022, the living costs are $15,903 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at Western Kentucky University. On-campus living costs are increased by 5.71% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $15,903. Off-campus living costs are increased by 11.35% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
2017-2018$8,350$1,944$8,350$3,463
2018-2019$8,343$1,985$8,343$3,640
2019-2020$8,432$2,035$8,432$4,080
2020-2021$10,044$2,086$10,044$4,238
2021-2022$10,708$2,115$10,708$5,195
For academic year 2021-2022, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $607 for Kentucky residents and $917 for other students at Western Kentucky University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are stayed same compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
Kentucky ResidentsOut-of-State
2017-2018$589$813
2018-2019$607$899
2019-2020$607$917
2020-2021$607$917
2021-2022$607$917

Graduate Programs at WKU

Western Kentucky University offers 111 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, 991 students have completed their study at Western Kentucky University.
Offered Degrees at Western Kentucky University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree5622728
Doctor's degree - professional practice1012
Doctor's degree - other4056
Post Bachelor's Degree4332169
Post Master's Degree7126
Total11155991
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Western Kentucky University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Sport and Fitness Administration/Management program with 28 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Organizational Leadership program with 123 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Physical Therapy/Therapist program with 29 completers.
Western Kentucky University offers 111 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 991 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 728 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 56 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 12 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Other) program.
  • 169 students have earned/completed Post-Bachelor's program.
  • 26 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 4 completers-
Folklore Studies4-
Communication and Journalism [+] 7 completers-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric7-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 1 completers-
Computer and Information Sciences1-
Education [+] (5 completers) 82 completers-
Education0-
Educational Leadership and Administration0-
Educational Administration and Supervision (other)0-
Educational/Instructional Technology5-
Learning Sciences0-
Special Education and Teaching13$39,900
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented5-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services0-
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services15-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching7$40,000
Elementary Education and Teaching6-
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching3-
Secondary Education and Teaching5-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels7-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching6-
Art Teacher Education0-
Music Teacher Education6-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching3-
Reading Teacher Education1-
Engineering Technology [+] (1 completers) 4 completers-
Engineering/Industrial Management4-
Work and Family Studies [+] (1 completers) 4 completers-
Family and Community Services4-
English Language and Literature [+] 9 completers-
English Language and Literature3-
Creative Writing6-
Library Science [+] (1 completers) 28 completers$42,400
Library and Information Science28$42,400
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] (1 completers) 12 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences12-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 9 completers-
Mathematics9-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] (1 completers) 2 completers-
Biological and Physical Sciences2-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] (1 completers) 72 completers-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management72$41,400
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 0 completers-
Religion/Religious Studies0-
Physical Sciences [+] 7 completers-
Chemistry7-
Psychology [+] 56 completers$36,800
Psychology15$36,800
Counseling Psychology35-
School Psychology6-
Human Services [+] (2 completers) 69 completers-
Community Organization and Advocacy9-
Public Administration7-
Social Work53$36,200
Social Sciences [+] (2 completers) 20 completers-
Criminology7-
Applied Economics0-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics9-
Geography2-
Sociology2-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (3 completers) 115 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist64-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management15-
Public Health19-
Environmental Health6-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse11$85,200
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing0-
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing0-
Business [+] (2 completers) 216 completers-
Business Administration and Management79$55,000
Organizational Leadership123-
Accounting14-
History [+] 4 completers-
History4-
Total728
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 0 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration0-
Psychology [+] 3 completers-
School Psychology3-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 53 completers-
Physical Therapy/Therapist29-
Nursing Practice24-
Total56
Doctorate (Other) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 12 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration12-
Total12
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] (1 completers) 3 completers-
Women's Studies3-
Communication and Journalism [+] (3 completers) 17 completers-
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication10-
Organizational Communication5-
Health Communication2-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 0 completers-
Information Science/Studies0-
Education [+] (8 completers) 26 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction14-
Community College Education0-
Educational/Instructional Technology0-
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented0-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism0-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services2-
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services1-
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)2-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching6-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth (other)0-
Mathematics Teacher Education0-
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language (other)1-
Engineering Technology [+] (1 completers) 4 completers-
Quality Control Technology/Technician4-
Work and Family Studies [+] 0 completers-
Adult Development and Aging0-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] (2 completers) 9 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences6-
Epidemiology3-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] (2 completers) 1 completers-
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis0-
Sustainability Studies1-
Data Analytics, General0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)0-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] (2 completers) 42 completers-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management14-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management28-
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 0 completers-
Religion/Religious Studies0-
Psychology [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Applied Behavior Analysis0-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] (2 completers) 5 completers-
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management5-
Cybersecurity Defense Strategy/Policy0-
Human Services [+] (1 completers) 5 completers-
Public Administration5-
Social Sciences [+] (2 completers) 2 completers-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics1-
Geographic Information Science and Cartography1-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (3 completers) 39 completers-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling18-
Environmental Health4-
Public Health Education and Promotion11-
Health Services Administration0-
Dietetics/Dietitian6-
Business [+] 16 completers-
Business Administration and Management3-
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management4-
Organizational Leadership5-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (other)4-
Total169
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 0 completers-
Learning Sciences0-
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (other)0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 26 completers-
0-
Nursing Administration0-
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing4-
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing22-
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing0-
Total26

Graduate Student Population at WKU

For academic year 2021-2022, total 2,021 students enrolled into Western Kentucky University graduate schools where it has total 16,750 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 756 full-time and 1,265 part-time graduate students. By gender, 689 male and 1,332 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
Total2,0216891,332
Full-time756241515
Part-tme1,265448817
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 1,589 White (78.62%), 209 Black/African American (10.34%), 63 Hispanic (3.12%), 21 Asian (1.04%), and 139 students with other races. 52 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total2,0216891,332
American Indian/Native American312
Asian21615
Black/African American20989120
Hispanic633132
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander321
White1,5895031,086
Two More642440
Un-Known1789
Non-resident Alien522527
Western Kentucky University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 1,121 graduate students (55.47% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 280 graduate students (13.85% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total2,021
Enrolled Online Exclusively1,121
Enrolled Some Online Courses280
Not in Online Courses620
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Western Kentucky University. 628 students are aged 20 to 24 (31.07% of total students), 1 students are aged below 20 (0.05%), 101 students are aged above 50 (5.00%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Western Kentucky University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total2,0216891,332
Age 18-19101
Age 20-2137631
Age 22-24591180411
Age 25-29483173310
Age 30-34270113157
Age 35-3924499145
Age 40-4929489205
Age 50-64942866
Over 64716

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