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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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--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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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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Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA

Founded in 1851, this private institution sits on 47 suburban acres in Belmont, California. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, the university serves students and the community by providing educational excellence in liberal arts, along with values such as social justice and global peace. The university offers 22 undergraduate degrees, including business administration, psychology and graphic design.

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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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Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage, AK

Alaska Pacific University, founded in 1957, is a private institution residing on 170 urban acres in Anchorage, Alaska. The school offers degree programs at all levels: associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral. Alaska Pacific University is also home to the Nordic Ski Center, which has trained some of the best elite cross-country skiers in the nation.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Holy Names University

Oakland, CA

Founded in 1868, Holy Names is located on 60 wooded acres in the Oakland hills, boasting a breathtaking view of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay area. This private university offers 19 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs. Rooted in Catholic tradition, it invites students from all religions to integrate their relationships with God into their educational experience.

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