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 2,426 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 19,456 including undergraduate students.

Western Kentucky University 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/atwku/admissions.php
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 2,426 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 19,456 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 100 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Professional Practice), Doctorate (Other). Among them, 32 programs are available online classes.
WKU Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$18,340
$12,140 for Kentucky Residents
Student Population2,426
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Professional Practice), Doctorate (Other)
Number of Programs100 graduate programs
(32 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 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 plansprepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan, including prepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan.
WKU 2022 Graduate Program Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees
Kentucky Residents$12,140
Out-of-State$18,340
Tuition per Credit Hour
Kentucky Residents$607
Out-of-State$917
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, remedial services, 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 WKU
Distance Learning (Online Classes)32 Online Programs Available
Special learning Opportunities
  • ROTC (Army, Air Force)
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification
On-Campus Student Services
  • Remedial 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 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: March 16, 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 $19,187 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$11,040$19,187
Public$11,040$20,146
Private$19,294
Kentucky Graduate Schools$11,151$13,306
Public$11,151$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 Costs
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 106 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, 1,078 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 Degree5427865
Doctor's degree - professional practice1122
Doctor's degree - other4043
Post Bachelor's Degree4029130
Post Master's Degree7118
Total106581,078
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 36 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Organizational Leadership program with 115 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Physical Therapy/Therapist program with 27 completers.
Western Kentucky University offers 106 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 1,078 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 865 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 43 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 22 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Other) program.
  • 130 students have earned/completed Post-Bachelor's program.
  • 18 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Agriculture [+] 0 completers-
Agricultural Business and Management0-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies [+] 9 completers-
African Studies0-
Folklore Studies9-
Communication and Journalism [+] 6 completers-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric6-
Computer And Information Sciences [+] 25 completers-
Computer and Information Sciences25-
Education [+] (19 completers) 110 completers-
Education2-
Educational Administration and Supervision (other)1-
Educational/Instructional Technology4-
Learning Sciences0-
Special Education and Teaching13$39,900
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented8-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services0-
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services22-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching4$40,000
Elementary Education and Teaching17-
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching8-
Secondary Education and Teaching17-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching2-
Art Teacher Education0-
Music Teacher Education4-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching5-
Reading Teacher Education3-
Engineering Technology [+] (2 completers) 17 completers-
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician0-
Engineering/Industrial Management17-
Work and Family Studies [+] (2 completers) 2 completers-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences0-
Family and Community Services2-
English Language And Literature [+] 11 completers-
English Language and Literature6-
Creative Writing5-
Library Science [+] (1 completers) 30 completers$42,400
Library and Information Science30$42,400
Biological And Biomedical Sciences [+] (1 completers) 12 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences12-
Mathematics And Statistics [+] (1 completers) 19 completers-
Mathematics19-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 3 completers-
Biological and Physical Sciences3-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies [+] (2 completers) 111 completers-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies0-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management111$41,400
Philosophy And Religious Studies [+] 2 completers-
Philosophy0-
Religion/Religious Studies2-
Physical Sciences [+] 9 completers-
Physical Sciences0-
Chemistry9-
Psychology [+] 52 completers$36,800
Psychology25$36,800
Counseling Psychology24-
School Psychology3-
Human Services [+] (4 completers) 75 completers-
0-
Community Organization and Advocacy10-
Public Administration7-
Social Work58$36,200
Social Sciences [+] (4 completers) 26 completers-
Social Sciences0-
Criminology3-
Applied Economics15-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics0-
Geography6-
Sociology2-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (8 completers) 145 completers-
Chiropractic0-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist72-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management31-
Public Health17-
Environmental Health13-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse12$85,200
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing0-
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing0-
Business [+] (4 completers) 191 completers-
Business/Commerce0-
Business Administration and Management65$55,000
Organizational Leadership115-
Accounting11-
History [+] 6 completers-
History6-
Total865
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 0 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration0-
Psychology [+] 0 completers-
Psychology0-
School Psychology0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 43 completers-
Chiropractic0-
Physical Therapy/Therapist27-
Nursing Practice16-
Total43
Doctorate (Other) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 22 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration22-
Total22
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Agriculture [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Food Technology and Processing0-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies [+] (2 completers) 5 completers-
African Studies0-
Women's Studies5-
Communication and Journalism [+] (6 completers) 1 completers-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric0-
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication0-
Organizational Communication1-
Health Communication0-
Computer And Information Sciences [+] 0 completers-
Computer and Information Sciences0-
Information Science/Studies0-
Education [+] (18 completers) 19 completers-
Education0-
Curriculum and Instruction6-
Community College Education0-
Educational/Instructional Technology1-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism0-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services0-
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services5-
Student Counseling and Personnel Services (other)3-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching4-
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)0-
Engineering Technology [+] (2 completers) 1 completers-
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician0-
Quality Control Technology/Technician1-
Work and Family Studies [+] (2 completers) 0 completers-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences0-
Adult Development and Aging0-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] (2 completers) 2 completers-
Biological and Physical Sciences0-
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis1-
Sustainability Studies1-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)0-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies [+] (4 completers) 59 completers-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies0-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management23-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management36-
Philosophy And Religious Studies [+] 0 completers-
Philosophy0-
Religion/Religious Studies0-
Psychology [+] (2 completers) 0 completers-
Psychology0-
Applied Behavior Analysis0-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, And Firefighting [+] (2 completers) 0 completers-
0-
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management0-
Human Services [+] 0 completers-
0-
Public Administration0-
Social Sciences [+] 2 completers-
Social Sciences0-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics1-
Geographic Information Science and Cartography1-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (6 completers) 7 completers-
Chiropractic0-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling0-
Environmental Health6-
Public Health Education and Promotion0-
Health Services Administration0-
Dietetics/Dietitian1-
Business [+] 34 completers-
Business/Commerce0-
Business Administration and Management1-
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management11-
Organizational Leadership19-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (other)3-
Total130
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 2 completers-
Learning Sciences2-
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (other)0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 16 completers-
Chiropractic0-
Nursing Administration0-
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing7-
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing9-
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing0-
Nursing Education0-
Total18

Graduate Student Population at WKU

For academic year 2021-2022, total 2,231 students enrolled into Western Kentucky University graduate schools where it has total 19,456 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 829 full-time and 1,402 part-time graduate students. By gender, 796 male and 1,435 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
Total2,2317961,435
Full-time829258571
Part-tme1,402538864
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 1,736 White (77.81%), 244 Black/African American (10.94%), 83 Hispanic (3.72%), 25 Asian (1.12%), and 143 students with other races. 59 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total2,2317961,435
American Indian/Native American303
Asian25817
Black/African American244101143
Hispanic834736
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander440
White1,7365761,160
Two More532231
Un-Known241014
Non-resident Alien592831
Western Kentucky University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 1,335 graduate students (59.84% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 469 graduate students (21.02% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total2,231
Enrolled Online Exclusively1,335
Enrolled Some Online Courses469
Not in Online Courses427

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