Western Governors University Graduate Program Reviews

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97%
of students recommend
(4.37 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 200 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 84,289 (63,961 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 41 to 1
  • Annual Tuition: $6,790
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2018

All online and competency based is hugely helpful - there are no mandatory log ins, and I can do the work as quickly as I can, or even move straight into final testing. As someone who prefers group discussion and getting to talk through what I'm learning online is a huge disadvantage for me, but I think WGU has done a strong job of trying to provide resources and options to connect with faculty and other students as much as they possibly can.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2017

I am doing my grad program online. Although I miss the in-class experience, an online program allows me to work full time (40 hours a week). WGU staff are very helpful, there are many people you can talk on the phone with or via webcam, and they utilize technology to the best of their ability. I have always been an independent learner, so taking classes online fits my study-skills. However, there is a lot of information to read online, and sometimes it is hard to focus on the computer for long periods of time. I am looking forward to my student teaching where I will get to be back in a classroom, but on the opposite spectrum (up in front rather than behind a desk). WGU has been very helpful letting me know what tests are required in order to obtain state certification for teaching.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: -Graduate degree -Ability to deliver high level skills and disciplines in my field and allow me to advance to higher roles with increasing responsibility Cons: -Time and money -Lots of papers to write
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2010

Great school, I'm excited to finish within the next year.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

A friend recommended me to Western Governors University. There are quite a few positives for this University. Here are just a few. The pros: 1). It's won't break your pockets 2). Available online, to strongly cater to the working adult 3). It's Regionally accredited. The cons: They don't grade on the typical "A","B","C","D","F" system. It's a Pass / fail system. So hopefully you aren't looking for a GPA. However, the credits will still transfer to other Universities.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2017

I did a lot of research before choosing Western Governors University. The many positives outweigh the cons by far. Here is just a few. The pros: 1). It's accredited 2). Available online, so very convenient for the many of us who work full time 3). One of the least expensive graduate programs out there The cons: 1). For those who need a classroom experience, the online approach isn't the way to go. They assign a "mentor" with weekly calls to keep you motivated but you still have to keep yourself motivated. 2). They don't grade on the typical "A","B","C","D","F" system. It's a Pass / fail system. Pass = "B". So probably not for those trying to transfer to Harvard, Yale or Stanford. 3). I will say, since it had been awhile since I had been back in school, just being back on the computer felt very foreign to me. So for those like me going back to school after many years may need to touch up on their "compute skills", otherwise that's a whole other frustrating topic!
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

For me the pros of this graduate program, which I have thoroughly reviewed, are its accessibility, affordability and flexibility. Being an established, accredited and very reputable program is definitely a plus. Cons would be the limited social interaction due to an online presence.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

Love the program it will offer me a new world and a great opportunity
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

I can only think of pros for my graduate program - the courses were challenging and required me to stretch and grow, but because they were completely applicable and relevant to the business world, the course work was exciting and fascinating. Everyone at the school works hard with you to ensure that you succeed, and they have an almost endless list of resources to assist you through your program. Maybe the only con is that because it is an online school you don't get to have the face-to-face interaction that you would get in a traditional university setting, but even that is a con for someone like myself that worked 40+ hours every week while in grad school and didn't have time for traditional school.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

Western Governors University is saving me time and money with the Competency Based Model and they are truly supporting me every step of the way and helping me get to graduation. It is a self pace program and you have to be highly motivated to get the courses completed.
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