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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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Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA

Nestled on 380 rural acres in Ellensburg, Washington, Central Washington University is devoted to discovery and learning as a way of life. Founded in 1891, the university prides itself on small classes and real professors – not teaching assistants. CWU is part of the NCAA II athletic conference, and offers a wide variety of baccalaureate degrees in applied and professional fields.

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Texas State University- San Marcos

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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Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

Humboldt State University, a public institution founded in 1913, resides on 144 rural acres in Arcata, California. The school offers nearly 50 undergraduate degrees and about a dozen master's programs. Students can choose from more than 180 campus clubs and organizations, and the Humboldt State Lumberjacks compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest 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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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

An urban campus located in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, San Francisco State University was founded in 1899 and resides on 142 acres. The university is a recognized leader in addressing both global and domestic issues, and prides itself on housing students from nearly every state and over 100 countries. SFSU offers nearly 300 courses, and most teams compete in the NCAA Division II.

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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- San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

Founded in 1962, California State University—San Bernardino is a public institution on a 430-acre urban campus. Undergraduate and graduate studies include highly respected programs in computer science, geographic information and decision sciences, psychology, health and public administration, accounting and finance, nursing and writing.

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California State University- Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

California State University—Stanislaus is a public institution on 228 urban acres in Central Valley, not far from San Francisco, Monterey, Big Sur, the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park. Six colleges provide more than 100 majors. Founded in 1957, Stanislaus offers master’s degrees in several disciplines and a doctoral program in educational leadership.

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St. John’s College

Santa Fe, NM

A private institution founded in 1696, St. John's College has two campuses: One in in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the other in Annapolis, Maryland. Both share an identical and distinctive "Great Books" curriculum, which focuses reading, studying and discussing the greatest works of Western literature. All students at St. John's College receive extensive instruction in language, mathematics, laboratory sciences and more.

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California State University- Northridge

Northridge, CA

California State University—Northridge is a public institution, founded in 1958. Located on 356 urban acres in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Northridge is one of the nation’s largest single-campus universities. Its 9 colleges offer 64 baccalaureate degrees, 58 master’s degrees, 2 doctorate degrees and 55 teaching credentials.

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Eastern Washington University

Cheney, WA

Eastern Washington University is located on a rural 330-acre campus in Cheney, Washington, within the Spokane metropolitan area. Founded in 1882, this public university offers undergraduate programs in more than 100 fields of study, along with 10 graduate degrees. Forensic science majors have the unique chance to learn from a state crime lab located on campus.

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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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Houston Baptist University

Houston, TX

Founded in 1960, Houston Baptist is a small private university in the heart of Houston, Texas – one of the nation’s most diverse metropolitan areas. Dedicated to developing moral character, enriching spiritual lives and growing Christian ideals, this Christian liberal arts university offers academic programs in more than 40 undergraduate and 11 graduate areas of study.

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Boise State University

Boise, ID

Founded in 1932, Boise State University is a public institution residing on 180 urban acres in Boise, Idaho. The school offers about 170 academic programs, including master's degrees in fields like art, business and education. Boise State University sports teams - known as the Broncos - compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

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California State University- Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA

A public institution founded in 2002, California State University-Channel Islands resides on over 400 acres of urban land in Camarillo, California. The school offers more than 50 bachelor's degrees, and three master's programs as well. Channel Islands is the 23rd campus in the California State University system.

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California State University- Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA

Founded in 1995, Cal State Monterey Bay is a 1,387-acre campus set between a stunning stretch of the Pacific Ocean, coastal mountains and the rich agriculture of the Salinas Valley. Students receive personal attention in small classes while pursing degrees in 23 undergraduate and 9 graduate majors that emphasize hands-on learning and real-world application.

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California State University- Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

California State University—Sacramento is a public institution founded in 1947. The 300-acre urban campus features seven academic colleges with 58 undergraduate majors, 41 master’s programs, six post-baccalaureate certificates, two doctoral degrees and more than 300 student organizations. Despite the university’s large size, small classes are a top priority.

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University of Texas- Tyler

Tyler, TX

University of Texas—Tyler is a public institution founded in 1971. Nestled by a lake and surrounded by thick pine and oak forests, its 259-acre campus is a picturesque location for study and recreation. Located near Dallas, UT Tyler emphasizes small classes and offers 50 undergraduate majors, 36 master’s degrees and PhD programs in human resource development and nursing.

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California State University- San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

California State University—San Marcos is a public institution on 304 acres near the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1989, the University offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 100 student clubs and organizations. Popular undergraduate majors include business, communications, psychology, pre-nursing, biology, and literature and writing.

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Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Pacific is a private liberal arts university, founded in 1965. With three campuses on the island of Oahu, its main campus is in the heart of Honolulu's downtown business and financial district. Hawaii Pacific offers 50 areas of undergraduate study and 14 graduate programs. It also is affiliated with the Oceanic Institute, a 56-acre aquaculture research facility.

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Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT

Founded in 1897, Southern Utah University places students first by maintaining small, personalized classes headed by top scholars. The 129-acre Cedar City campus, which is surrounded by some of the country’s most acclaimed national parks, offers academic excellence, economic and business development training, distinguished cultural programs, athletic activities, and much more.

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University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

Near the heart of downtown San Antonio, University of the Incarnate Word boasts a scenic 154-acre campus adorned with oak and pecan trees. Founded in 1881, this private Catholic university offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate programs, including unique programs in fashion design, computer graphic arts, nuclear medicine, nutrition and broadcast meteorology.

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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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