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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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Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK

A private institution founded in 1904 and spanning 104 urban acres in the Uptown district, Oklahoma City University embraces the United Methodist tradition of scholarship and service. The university offers over 60 undergraduate programs, 12 graduate degrees (including a law degree, MPA and doctoral programs in nursing) and an adult studies program for working adults pursuing a BS or BA.

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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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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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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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St. Mary’s University of San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

St. Mary's University of San Antonio, founded in 1852, is a private institution residing on 135 urban acres in San Antonio, Texas. The school is rooted in Catholic and Maranist tradition, with a core curriculum that integrates the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences into each student's degree plan. St. Mary's University of San Antonio was one of the first schools in the nation to have a Service Learning Center.

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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- 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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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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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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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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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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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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Walla Walla University

College Place, WA

Founded in 1892, Walla Walla is a private university affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its 55-acre campus in College Place, Washington boasts small classes and a range of activities and opportunities that add depth and maturity to a Christ-centered life. WWU offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and graduate degrees in education, biology and social work.

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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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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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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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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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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 Colorado- Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO

Offering challenging academic programs at an affordable cost, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs sprawls across 500 beautiful urban acres. Among the fastest growing universities in the nation, UCCS offers over 35 bachelor’s degrees, nearly 20 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees. Popular majors include business, social sciences, health services, communication and psychology.

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Woodbury University

Burbank, CA

A private university founded in 1884, Woodbury focuses on innovation, creativity and forward-thinking leadership. Its scenic 22-acre campus in Burbank, California (the heart of the entertainment industry) offers 17 undergraduate majors and six graduate programs – many of them in creative fields such as architecture, animation, filmmaking, fashion, and game art and design.

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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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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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