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Best-Ranked Master's Degree Programs in the Western U.S.

The best master's degree programs online and at universities in the Western U.S., ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Regional Universities - West, offer a wide variety of top master's programs and award master's degrees to their graduates. However, most do not offer PhD degree programs. Find your ideal online master's degree program by using our directory of schools.

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Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

Trinity University, founded in 1869, is a private institution residing on 117 urban acres in San Antonio, Texas. The school offers nearly 40 majors, and grants bachelor's and master's degrees. The Trinity University Tigers compete in NCAA Division III athletics, and students have more than 115 student organizations to choose from.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is a private institution that resides on 106 urban acres in Santa Clara, California. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, and is home to the Leavey School of Law and the Jesuit School of Theology. The Santa Clara Broncos compete in NCAA Division I athletics, and there are more than 100 organizations for students to join.

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Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

A private institution founded in 1911, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) resides on 142 suburban acres in Los Angeles, California. The school is rooted in Catholic tradition; in fact, it is the largest Catholic university on the West Coast. LMU is comprised of seven colleges and schools, and awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University, founded in 1887, is a private institution residing on 130 urban acres in Spokane, Washington. The school is rooted in Roman Catholic tradition, but is open to students of all faiths. Notable Gonzaga University alumni include former Speaker of the House Tom Foley and Hall of Fame basketball player John Stockton.

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Mills College

Oakland, CA

Founded in 1852, Mills College is a private institution residing on 135 urban acres in Oakland, California. The school offers more than 50 liberal arts majors; undergraduate programs are open to women only, but both genders may enroll in graduate programs. The Mills College Cyclones compete in the NCAA Division III California Pacific Conference.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a private institution residing on 50 urban acres in Seattle, Washington. The school offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and over 30 graduate programs. The Seattle University sports teams - known as the Redhawks - compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Chapman University

Orange, CA

Chapman University, founded in 1861, is a private institution residing on 78 suburban acres in Orange, California. The school offers about 45 undergraduate majors and 30 areas of study for grad students. The Chapman University sports teams - known as the Panthers - compete in NCAA Division III Independent athletics.

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University of Portland

Portland, OR

Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private institution residing on 130 urban acres in Portland, Oregon. The school is rooted in Catholic tradition, and offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and nearly 15 graduate programs. The University of Portland Pilots compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

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California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

A public institution founded in 1901, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo resides on 6,000 suburban acres in San Luis Obispo, California. The school, often simply called Cal Poly, offers nearly 70 majors. There are also more than 300 student organizations, and the Cal Poly Mustangs compete in the NCAA Division I Big West and Great West conferences.

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Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

A private institution founded in 1890, Whitworth University resides on 200 suburban acres in Spokane, Washington. The school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and is dedicated to providing "an education of mind and heart". Whitworth University to integrate faith and learning, and prepare graduates for careers with purpose.

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St. Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

Founded in 1863, St. Mary's College of California is a private institution residing on 420 suburban acres in Moraga, California. The school is rooted in Catholic tradition; in fact, it is directed by the Christian Brothers, the largest Catholic order dedicated exclusively to teaching. St. Mary's College of California offers 30 major fields of study, and dozens of clubs and organizations for students to participate in.

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University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

Founded in 1907, the University of Redlands is a private institution residing on 160 suburban acres in Redlands, California. The school offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and over 10 graduate programs. The University of Redlands sports teams - known as the Bulldogs - compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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University of Dallas

Irving, TX

The University of Dallas, founded in 1956, is a private institution residing on 215 urban acres in Irving, Texas. The school is affiliated with the Catholic Church and offers more than 50 majors. Students can choose from about 50 clubs and organizations, and the University of Dallas Crusaders compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA

Seattle Pacific University (SPU), founded in 1891, resides on 43 urban acres in Seattle, Washington. The school offers more than 60 academic programs, and graduate students can earn master's degrees in about 15 different areas. SPU also provides students with more than 50 clubs and organizations, and the SPU Falcons compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

A private institution founded in 1890, Pacific Lutheran University resides on 126 suburban acres in Tacoma, Washington. The school is rooted in the Lutheran tradition. Pacific Lutheran University is known for combining a rigorous academic program with a caring community, ensuring both challenge and support for all students.

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St. Edward’s University

Austin, TX

St. Edward's University, founded in 1885, is a private institution residing on 160 urban acres in Austin, Texas. The school is affiliated with the Catholic Church, and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and over 10 graduate programs. St. Edward's University strives to teach students to think critically and creatively, make ethical decisions, solve problems rationally and lead effectively.

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Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

A private institution founded in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a private institution residing on 90 urban acres in San Diego, California. The school is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and teaches students from 40 states and 15 countries. Point Loma Nazarene University offers 67 major and 37 minor areas of study.

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California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

A private institution founded in 1959, California Lutheran University resides on 290 suburban acres in Thousand Oaks, California. The school is rooted in Lutheran tradition, and offers 37 undergraduate majors and several graduate programs. The California Lutheran University Kingsmen (men) and Regals (women) compete in NCAA Division III athletics.

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

Founded in 1906, Abilene Christian University is a private institution residing on 208 urban acres in Abilene, Texas. The school is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, and offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and almost two dozen graduate programs. Notable Abilene Christian University alumni include pastor and author Max Lucado, and Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox.

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Mount St. Mary’s College

Los Angeles, CA

Mount St. Mary's College, founded in 1925, is a private institution residing on 49 urban acres in Los Angeles, California. The school offers more than 35 undergraduate majors and minors, as well as several master's degree programs. Mount St. Mary's College is rooted in Roman Catholic tradition, and students can choose to participate in any of 70 campus organizations.

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Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

Pacific University, founded in 1849, is a private institution residing on 55 suburban acres in Forest Grove, Oregon. The school offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and over a dozen graduate programs. The Pacific University sports teams - known as the Boxers - compete in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.

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Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Founded in 1893, Western Washington is a public university on 215 acres in scenic Bellingham, Washington. It offers 160 academic programs, including pre-professional programs and seven graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, education, business, music, accounting and teaching. The university prides itself on the personal attention students receive from faculty.

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Westminster College

Salt Lake City, UT

Founded in 1875, Westminster College is a private institution residing on 27 urban acres in Salt Lake City, Utah. The school offers 38 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate programs. The student body of Westminster College is very diverse, with individuals from 47 states and 37 countries who have many different interests, passions, and talents.

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George Fox University

Newberg, OR

A private institution founded in 1891, George Fox University resides on 108 suburban acres in Newberg, Oregon. It is a Christian school affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church. George Fox University provides students with funds for independent undergraduate research and encourages volunteer service.

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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, NM

A public institution founded in 1889, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology resides on 320 rural acres in Socorro, Mexico. The school is often simply referred to as New Mexico Tech. It is widely known as an exceptional research university, specializing in areas of science, engineering and related fields.

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