Western Governors University (WGU)

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Online Degrees Based On Your Skills and Knowledge

At Western Governors University – a private, nonprofit, online university – your competency is the ultimate focus of every degree program. By emphasizing mastery of essential skills and knowledge as opposed to accumulating credit hours or seat time, WGU’s innovative approach to online learning rewards focused, hard working adult learners.

Progress toward your degree is based on passing rigorous assessments (such as tests, projects, assignments, etc.) which measure your skills and knowledge in your field of study. We call it competency-based learning.

“Average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is less than 3 years. Graduates experience an average salary increase of $9,000 within 3 years of graduation.”
WGU Website

Started in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, WGU offers over 50-degree programs in teacher education, business, information technology, and healthcare (including nursing). These programs are best suited for individuals with at least one year of college experience.

WGU’s rigorous yet flexible learning model gives the university a unique advantage over other online programs. Here’s what the WGU advantage means to you:

  • Flexibility and affordability. Our competency-based approach to learning allows for extensive personalization of your degree program. With assessments determining your success instead of credit hours or seat time, you’ll enjoy an education that can fit into your schedule. In most cases, you will access course material or study independently at the time and place you choose. Also, if you come into your program with years of knowledge and experience, you may be able to complete your assessments faster. Since you pay for tuition at a flat rate per six-month term, you’re paying for the time you need to complete your assessments. The faster you finish your assessments, the more money you can save.
  • Credibility through accreditation. WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Teachers College at WGU is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-the first exclusively online teacher education institution to achieve this distinction. WGU’s nursing programs are also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-867-6791).
  • Commitment and support. As a WGU student, you’ll have the support of a team of mentors committed to your success. You will work with a dedicated student mentor as well as course mentors who will support you every step of the way through your degree program. You’ll also interact with an online learning community of students in your same program, so you’re never alone.

If you’re an organized, independent learner willing to devote at least 20 hours a week to your studies, but require flexibility in time and place to complete your education, WGU could be the smart choice.

As a nonprofit institution, WGU does not rely on state or federal funding and is not subject to review from funding agencies.

Below are a few of the many programs offered by Western Governors University. To view a complete list of programs, and to request more information from this school click on the “Request Information” button below.

*Note: In Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, through partnerships with these states, WGU operates as WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington respectively. Students who live in these states will receive information from and ultimately enroll in these state universities.

 Business & MBA

  • B.S. in Accounting
  • B.S. in Business – HR Management
  • B.S. in Business – IT Management
  • B.S. in Business Management
  • B.S. in Marketing Management
  • B.S. in Sales and Sales Management
  • MBA – Healthcare Management
  • MBA – IT Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

 Computer & IT

  • B.S. in Business – IT Management
  • B.S. in Health Informatics
  • B.S. in Information Technology – Networks Administration
  • B.S. in Information Technology – Networks Design & Management
  • B.S. in Information Technology
  • B.S. in Information Technology – Databases
  • B.S. in Information Technology – Security
  • B.S. in Information Technology – Software
  • MBA – IT Management
  • M.Ed. – Learning and Technology
  • M.S. Information Security and Assurance

 Education & Teaching

  • B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Birth through Grade 3)
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
  • B.A. in Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12)
  • B.A. in Science (5-12 Biological Science)
  • B.A. in Science (5-12 Chemistry)
  • B.A. in Science (5-12 Geosciences)
  • B.A. in Science (5-12 Physics)
  • B.A. in Science (5-9)
  • B.A. in Special Education
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program, Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program (K-8)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program, Science (5-9 or 5-12)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program, Social Science (5-12)
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.A. in Mathematics Education (K-6, 5-9, or 5-12)
  • M.A. in Science Education (5-12 Biological Science)
  • M.A. in Science Education (5-12 Chemistry)
  • M.A. in Science Education (5-9)
  • M.A. in Teaching (K-8)
  • M.A. in Teaching – Social Science (5-12)
  • M.Ed. – Learning and Technology
  • M.S. in Educational Leadership
  • M.S. in Special Education

 Health, Medicine & Nursing

  • B.S. in Health Informatics
  • B.S. in Nursing
  • MBA – Healthcare Management
  • M.S. in Nursing – Education
  • M.S. in Nursing – Education (RN to MSN Option)
  • M.S. in Nursing – Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option)
  • M.S. in Nursing – Leadership and Management

General Information

Admission Office

4001 South 700 East, Suite 700

Salt Lake City, UT 84107

(801) 274-3280

(877) 435-7948

Fax: (801) 274-3305

[email protected]

Contact: Eddie Rios

Director of Enrollment
Main Address

4001 South 700 East, Suite 700

Salt Lake City, UT 84107

(801) 274-3280


Total undergrads: 8,344

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,083

Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,344

Graduate enrollment: 3,898


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $65

Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

Open admission

Percent students who return sophomore year: 65%

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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