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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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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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LeTourneau University

Longview, TX

A private institution founded in 1946, LeTourneau University resides on 162 urban acres in Longview, Texas. The school offers more than 80 undergraduate programs, as well as graduate degrees in business administration, counseling and several other areas. LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian school that focuses on Christ-centered education.

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University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX

A private Roman Catholic college, UST--Houston has been educating leaders of faith and character since 1947. Situated in the Neartown area just north of Houston’s museum district, the university offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate and special preparation programs. Graduates have launched careers with some of the most prominent organizations and corporations in the country.

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Regis University

Denver, CO

Founded in 1877, Regis University sits upon 81 urban acres in Denver, Colorado. In the Catholic and Jesuit tradition, the university provides values-centered undergraduate and graduate education while encouraging students to make a positive impact in a changing society. Regis offers a variety of majors, minors, and pre-professional tracts, while the Regis “Rangers” compete in 12 varsity sports.

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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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California State Polytechnic University--Pomona

Pomona, CA

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, founded in 1938, is a public institution residing on 1,438 suburban acres in Pomona, California. The school, often referred to simply as Cal Poly Pomona, has an exceptional engineering program; about one out of every 14 engineers in California is a graduate. The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Evergreen State College

Olympia, WA

Included in the book Colleges That Change Lives, Evergreen State is located on a 1,000-acre urban campus in Olympia, Washington. Founded in 1967, this public liberal arts college is known for team-taught, interdisciplinary programs. Students design their own education, without the limits of formalized majors, and they are given narrative evaluations, instead of grades.

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California State University--Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Founded in 1949, California State University—Long Beach is a public institution on a 324-acre urban campus by the Pacific Ocean. CSULB provides undergraduate and graduate programs and study abroad options in 40 countries. About 300 student organizations include fraternities and sororities, social action organizations, honor societies and 30 intramural sports.

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Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

Dominican is a private university in San Rafael, California, 12 miles north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Founded in 1890, it offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. Blending the personal attention of a small school with the resources of a large university, Dominican encourages the integration of study, reflection, community and service.

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California State University--Chico

Chico, CA

California State University-Chico, founded in 1887, is a public institution residing on 119 rural acres in Chico, California. The school offers more than 300 fields of study, including master's degree programs in business, health and political science. The Chico State Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas, TX

Founded in 1898, Dallas Baptist is a private university in South Dallas, overlooking Mountain Creek Lake. Just 13 miles from downtown Dallas, a scenic 293-acre campus provides a secluded environment with quality academics from a Christian world-view. DBU offers 68 undergraduate, 22 graduate and 3 doctoral degree programs. Faith is integrated into academics and campus life.

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Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene, TX

Founded in 1891, Hardin-Simmons is a private institution with a 220-acre campus in Abilene, Texas. Combining a commitment to academic excellence and a concern for the development of the total person, this liberal arts school has a distinctively Christian perspective. Hardin-Simmons offers more than 35 areas of undergraduate study and more than 25 graduate degree programs.

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California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

A private institution founded in 1950, California Baptist University resides on 128 suburban acres in Riverside, California. The school is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, and seeks to integrate academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. The ultimate goal of California Baptist University is produce graduates who are academically prepared, biblically rooted, globally minded and equipped to serve.

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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Founded in 1857, San Jose State University resides on 154 urban acres in the scenic California bay area and booming Silicon Valley. Popular areas of study include business, health, performing arts, engineering and psychology. Student life is enhanced socially as well as academically when joining one of over 350 student organizations, going greek or cheering the SJSU Spartans to victory.

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California State University--Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

A public institution founded in 1957, California State University-Fullerton (CSUF) resides on 236 urban acres in Fullerton, California. The school offers more than 50 undergraduate degrees and almost 50 master's programs. CSUF provides students with dozens of clubs and other organizations to join, and the CSUF titans compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific is a private university with a Christian perspective. All programs emphasize the importance of values, ethics and character development. Founded in 1944 and located on a 42-acre campus, the university offers 27 undergraduate majors and more than 60 areas of study. Graduate programs include master’s degrees through the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary.

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Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

Located in the heart of wine country, Sonoma State University rests on 260 suburban acres in Rohnert Park, California. The university was founded in 1960, and today offers over 40 bachelor’s programs and nearly 15 graduate degrees, including the nation’s only program focused exclusively on the wine business. SSU students can academic excellence, as well as a wide variety of social outlets.

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Belton, TX

Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845 and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, UMHB is one of the oldest and most reputable universities in Texas. The university’s campus resides on 200 urban acres in the city of Belton, preparing students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society.

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California State University--Fresno

Fresno, CA

Founded in 1911, California State University-Fresno is a public institution residing on 327 urban acres in Fresno, California. The school offers more than 60 bachelor's degrees and over 40 master's programs. Students have about 200 campus organizations to choose from, and the Fresno State Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference.

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Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, OK

Founded in 1963, Oral Roberts University is a private Christian institution residing on 0ver 320 urban acres in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The university was founded by televangelist Oral Roberts, and it’s not uncommon for classes to begin with a prayer from the professor. Students under 25 are required to live on campus, and alcohol is also not permitted for students of legal age.

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St. Martin’s University

Lacey, WA

A Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1895, St. Martin’s sets on 380 suburban acres in Lacey, Washington. The university treasures persons of all ages, religions and nationalities, and encourages diverse viewpoints and an appreciation of all cultures. Offering superior teaching and academic excellence, popular majors at St. Martin’s include business, psychology, engineering and education.

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Texas Wesleyan University

Fort Worth, TX

Founded in 1890, Texas Wesleyan University resides upon 75 urban acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The university, which believes that “smaller is smarter,” prides itself on small class sizes which allow its expert professors to provide personalized guidance to each student. Affordability is also a priority, with almost 100% of student receiving some sort of financial aid.

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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Serving students from every state and nearly 70 countries, Texas State University—San Marcos resides on 455 suburban acres along the San Marcos River. Founded in 1899, the university offers a challenging academic experience with nearly 200 baccalaureate and graduate degree programs to choose from; additionally, the student life program furthers social growth with over 300 clubs and organizations.

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