Western Washington University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.08 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 13 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and NASM
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 15,574 (14,592 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 21% part-time, 79% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $10,964 in-state; $21,608 out-of-state
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3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2017

The Master's in Teaching program was a thorough preparation for to be teachers. Courses I found most valuable were those that were geared towards preparing me for the TPA (which I passed easily) and the multicultural education course. The program also provides many opportunities to be out in the community working with kids, gaining experience, and begin networking. I felt very supported by staff throughout the program.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2012

It was worth the effort. The best part is meeting and learning about the other students careers and experiences.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

Liberal environment, nice location, medium size so more personal attention from faculty
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018

Western Washington University offers tremendous potential for students interested in environmental studies or environmental sciences. The biodiversity of the Salish Sea region cannot be beat and Huxley School for the Environment is right in the middle of it with a spectacular view of Bellingham Bay.. The staff of the environmental education department are wonderful and teach to the abilities of each specific student. I feel valued as a person and therefore all my work with them is incredibly supported. I will leave this program with a degree that is tailor made to what I plan to do. Because I intend to work with foster children, I have supplemented my electives with special education classes in the Woodring Education Department. The flexibility of the program has allowed me to design my learning around my thesis, which is on the possibility of environmental education programing to reduce symptoms of ADHD in foster children with the disorder. Western Washington has given me the tools I need to be successful in promoting tangible change in the world, and there is nothing more important to me. I highly recommend this school to any person seeking an individualized degree with dynamic professors and small class sizes.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018

This program is unique, engaging and hands on. Located in the beautiful, remote North Cascades National Park. Graduate students have the opportunity to connect visitors with the natural world through hands on exploration. Students work with visitors of all ages. From teaching our residential 5th grade program called Mountain School, working with under represented and low income high-schoolers in the Youth Leadership Adventures program, and engaging in adults and families who sign up for our classes and trips through out the year. You will learn the behind the scenes logistics and skills required to be a leader in the non-profit and educational field. The year long residency in the park is followed by a 6 month period at Western Washington University in Bellingham, where students will use their experiences in a traditional university classroom setting and complete their masters degree.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2016

The graduate program at Western Washington University, where I will earn my Master in Teaching degree, has some of the most accessible, intelligent, and engaging faculty I have come across. The campus and surrounding town of Bellingham are both beautiful and full of friendly people. There are few cons to this program. However, I would have liked more help with my scholarship search as well as more information on other financial aid options.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

Westerns graduate program is great for students who want hands on, real life experience. I am in the Mental Health Counseling Program and we are already seeing real clients (It is the second quarter of my first year). Honestly, no complaints from me. I very happy in this program.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Western Washington University has a small graduate program offering only a master's degree. It is a close-knit community, and because of that you receive a large amount of hands-on experience in your field. Unlike other graduate programs where you may be assisting current PHD students, Western allows you to perform your own research.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2013

Small school means fewer resources, but a more tight-knight graduate community. Also means almost everyone works as a TA, and the teaching load is big. No PhD program means MS students get more attention from faculty, and get flexibility in designing their own projects, but conversely projects can be more difficult to figure out and less "cookie cutter".
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2012

The chemistry graduate program at Western Washington University is incredible. The chemistry program itself is very well known for its undergraduate research opportunities. The majority of undergraduate researchers go on to earn their Ph.D., but a few each year stay at Western to pursue their master's degree. Having a master's degree at Western will help you get a job upon graduating, or prepare you to move onto a Ph.D. program at basically any school in the country. The pro's if this program are the great professors available to work for, the sense of community in the chemistry department, everyone knows everyone, and the variety of choices available for research. Their are very few cons to this department. If you are looking for a large chemistry department, you may want to look elsewhere. Western has approximately 40-50 undergraduate researchers and about 10 graduate students working towards their master's degree. All together, it is a very great school and I am extremely happy with my choice of going here.
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