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Online Master’s Degrees in Washington

The state of Washington is home to more than 60 colleges and universities, including six state schools, over 30 community colleges, and several private institutions and technical colleges. According to the Washington Student Achievement Council, the broad demographic mix of students currently enrolled in Washington’s colleges and universities reflects recent changes in the state’s population and outreach efforts to bring higher education to a generation whose families may not have attended college. Online education is certainly playing a role in this kind of outreach. Distance and low residency options as well as online courses, certification, and degrees are available at public and private institutions across the state.

Washington State University

Washington State University (WSU) is a land-grant, public research university. U.S. News and World Report ranks WSU in the top half of national universities, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching names it one of 96 universities in the nation with “very high research activity.” WSU currently offers six online master’s degrees, including a traditional and executive master’s of business administration, a master’s in professional science, a master’s in sport management, a master’s in engineering and technology management, and, befitting a land-grant university, a master of science in agriculture. The online degree programs’ courses are all taught by WSU professors, and student support comes from WSU staff.

University of Washington

With its three campuses, and more than 40,000 students enrolled, The University of Washington (UW) is the largest public university in the Northwest. Online certificates and degrees, including master’s degrees, are offered by UW Professional and Continuing Education in partnership with various UW colleges, schools, or departments. A wide variety of master’s degrees are available in the areas of biotechnology, business, communication and media, computing and IT, education, engineering, health medicine and social work, nonprofit and public sector, and science and math. A UW advisory board regularly reviews the content and design of UW’s online programs.

Central Washington University

The public Central Washington University serves more than 13,000 students at nine locations, including its residential campus and locations at various community colleges. In 2011, CWU launched its online campus “Finish Line” for traditional and non-traditional students who wish to complete a degree online. “Finish Line” uses the popular online platform Blackboard for its online courses. CWU currently offers seven online master’s degrees in the areas of education and health and physical education, including a master’s of education in higher education for professionals seeking administrative roles in higher education institutions and civic, non-profit, and national government organizations.

City University of Seattle

The private, not-for-profit City University of Seattle (CityU) consists of the School of Management, the Albright School of Education, and the Division of Arts, Sciences, and Management Institute. CityU was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the country’s “Top Twenty Universities” offering distance learning. Fast Company magazine, the for-profit organization Online Education Database, and Bears’ Guide to the Best MBAs by Distance Learning all highly rank CityU’s online degree programs. CityU currently offers ten different online master’s degrees in several areas, including adult learning, leadership, and computer systems.

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