Western Kentucky University Graduate School

Western Kentucky University (referred to as WKU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Bowling Green, KY.
The 2023 graduate school tuition & fees of WKU is $12,140 for Kentucky residents and $18,340 for out-of-state students. The school has 2,053 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 16,493 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Western Kentucky University (referred to as WKU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Bowling Green, KY.
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 2023 graduate school tuition & fees of WKU is $12,140 for Kentucky residents and $18,340 for out-of-state students. The school has 2,053 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 16,493 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 229 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 2023 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$18,340
$12,140 for Kentucky Residents
Student Population2,053
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Professional Practice), and Doctorate (Other)
Number of Programs229 graduate programs
(84 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio18 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at WKU is $12,140 for Kentucky residents and $18,340 for out-of-state students for the academic year 2022-2023. The tuition per credit hour is $607 for Kentucky residents and $917 for out-of-state students.
WKU offers the alternative tuition plans.
2023 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
WKU 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

2023 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2022-2023, 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: 2022-2023 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2022-2023 Graduate Tuition & fees
Kentucky ResidentsOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
2018-2019$12,140-$17,980-
2019-2020$12,140-$18,340-
2020-2021$12,140-$18,340-
2021-2022$12,140-$18,340-
2022-2023$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 $19,499 and the Kentucky graduate tuition is $17,742 (public) / $10,765 (private).
The following 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$15,996$19,499
Public$11,279$20,404
Private$19,608
Kentucky Graduate Schools$10,484$12,915
Public$11,003$17,742
Private$10,765
For academic year 2022-2023, the living costs are $16,602 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at WKU.
On-campus living costs are increased by 4.00% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $16,602. Off-campus living costs are increased by 4.40% compared to previous academic year.
2022-2023 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
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
2022-2023$11,072$2,264$11,072$5,530
For academic year 2022-2023, 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.
2022-2023 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
Kentucky ResidentsOut-of-State
2018-2019$607$899
2019-2020$607$917
2020-2021$607$917
2021-2022$607$917
2022-2023$607$917

Graduate Programs at WKU

Western Kentucky University offers 91 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, 957 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 Degree4822715
Doctor's degree - professional practice1019
Doctor's degree - other3057
Post Bachelor's Degree3631147
Post Master's Degree3119
Total9154957
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Western Kentucky University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing program with 15 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Organizational Leadership program with 90 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Physical Therapy/Therapist program with 29 completers.
Western Kentucky University offers 91 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 957 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 715 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 57 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 19 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Other) program.
  • 147 students have earned/completed Post-Bachelor's program.
  • 19 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 [+] 8 completers-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric8-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 3 completers-
Computer and Information Sciences3-
Education [+] (5 completers) 124 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration1-
Educational/Instructional Technology7-
Special Education and Teaching27$39,900
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented10-
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services19-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching4$40,000
Elementary Education and Teaching11-
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching2-
Secondary Education and Teaching2-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels6-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching19-
Music Teacher Education7-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching7-
Reading Teacher Education2-
Engineering Technology [+] (1 completers) 4 completers-
Engineering/Industrial Management4-
Work and Family Studies [+] (1 completers) 5 completers-
Family and Community Services5-
English Language and Literature [+] 13 completers-
English Language and Literature7-
Creative Writing6-
Library Science [+] (1 completers) 20 completers$42,400
Library and Information Science20$42,400
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] (1 completers) 12 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences12-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 10 completers-
Mathematics10-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] (1 completers) --
Biological and Physical Sciences--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] (1 completers) 38 completers-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management38$41,400
Physical Sciences [+] 9 completers-
Chemistry9-
Psychology [+] 61 completers$36,800
Psychology24$36,800
Counseling Psychology27-
School Psychology10-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] --
Cybersecurity Defense Strategy/Policy--
Human Services [+] (2 completers) 61 completers-
Community Organization and Advocacy4-
Public Administration8-
Social Work49$36,200
Social Sciences [+] (2 completers) 25 completers-
Criminology4-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics13-
Geography6-
Sociology2-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (3 completers) 132 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist82-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management11-
Public Health18-
Environmental Health5-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse16$85,200
Business [+] (2 completers) 179 completers-
Business Administration and Management71$55,000
Organizational Leadership90-
Accounting18-
History [+] 5 completers-
History5-
Total715
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Psychology [+] 8 completers-
School Psychology8-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 49 completers-
Physical Therapy/Therapist29-
Nursing Practice20-
Total57
Doctorate (Other) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 19 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration19-
Total19
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] (2 completers) 12 completers-
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented--
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services5-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching7-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] (1 completers) 6 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences6-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] (1 completers) 12 completers-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management12-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] (1 completers) --
Cybersecurity Defense Strategy/Policy--
Human Services [+] (1 completers) 7 completers-
Public Administration7-
Social Sciences [+] (1 completers) --
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (1 completers) 3 completers-
Environmental Health3-
Business [+] 8 completers-
Business Administration and Management3-
Organizational Leadership5-
Total147
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences --
Total19

Graduate Student Population at WKU

For the academic year 2022-2023, total 2,053 students enrolled into Western Kentucky University graduate schools where it has total 16,493 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 741 full-time and 1,312 part-time graduate students. By gender, 693 male and 1,360 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
Total2,0536931,360
Full-time741222519
Part-tme1,312471841
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 1,614 White (78.62%), 190 Black/African American (9.25%), 73 Hispanic (3.56%), 35 Asian (1.70%), and 141 students with other races. 62 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total2,0536931,360
American Indian/Native American532
Asian351124
Black/African American19077113
Hispanic733241
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander321
White1,6145051,109
Two More561937
Un-Known1587
Non-resident Alien623626
Western Kentucky University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 1,223 graduate students (59.57% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 272 graduate students (13.25% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total2,053
Enrolled Online Exclusively1,223
Enrolled Some Online Courses272
Not in Online Courses558
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Western Kentucky University. 626 students are aged 20 to 24 (30.49% of total students), 1 students are aged below 20 (0.05%), 111 students are aged above 50 (5.41%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Western Kentucky University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total2,0536931,360
Age 18-19101
Age 20-2143637
Age 22-24583170413
Age 25-29494162332
Age 30-34268103165
Age 35-39224101123
Age 40-49329116213
Age 50-64973067
Over 641459

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