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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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University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK

Founded in 1890, the University of Central Oklahoma resides on 210 urban acres in the city of Edmond. The university began as a teacher training school, but today it stands as the oldest institution of higher learning in Oklahoma. Several programs not found anywhere else in the state are available, including a master’s degree in forensic science and a biomedical engineering undergraduate program.

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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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Southern Nazarene University

Bethany, OK

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is committed to transforming lives through higher education in a Christ-centered community. The university, which resides on 200 urban acres in Bethany, Oklahoma, offers liberal arts coursework, chapel, service projects, internships and athletic challenges. Popular majors include organization leadership, business administration, nursing and psychology.

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Weber State University

Ogden, UT

Founded in Ogden, Utah in 1889, Weber State is a public university offering professional and technical certificates, as well as associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, on the western flank of the Rockies, this 526-acre campus offers more than 250 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs. Most classes have less than 30 students.

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West Texas A&M University

Canyon, TX

Founded in 1910, West Texas A&M in Canyon is a public university on 176 acres in the Texas Panhandle. Traditionally recognized for excellence in agriculture, business, teacher preparation, music and nursing, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate programs and about 50 graduate degrees, including doctorates in philosophy and agriculture.

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Western Oregon University

Monmouth, OR

Western Oregon is a public liberal arts university founded in 1856. Located on 157 rural acres in Monmouth, Oregon, it offers more than 40 undergraduate majors through its College of Education and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. It also offers 12 master’s degree programs. WOU prides itself on small classes and the personal attention students receive from faculty.

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Texas A&M International University

Laredo, TX

Strategically placed on the U.S./Mexico border upon 300 urban acres in Laredo, Texas, TAMIU maintains an international program focus with students learning in an environment rich with cultural exchange. The university was founded in 1970, and today offers nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Dustdevils compete in the Heartland Conference and are NCAA Division II members.

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La Sierra University

Riverside, CA

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Montana State University- Billings

Billings, MT

Founded in 1927, Montana State University-Billings (MSUB) is a public institution residing on 112 urban acres in Billings, Montana. The school offers dozens of undergraduate programs, several master's degrees and many professional certifications as well. Because MSUB is located in the business, communications, industry and healthcare hub of the state, students have access to hundreds of internship and career opportunities.

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California State University- Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

Founded in 1970, California State University-Bakersfield (CSUB) is a public institution residing on 375 suburban acres in Bakersfield, California. The school offers 31 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate programs. CSUB sports teams - known as the Roadrunners - compete in NCAA Division II athletics, and intend to move into Division I within the next few years.

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University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Odessa, TX

Founded in 1969, UTPB is a public university on 644 acres in Odessa. With awards for communications, arts and kinesiology and a business school ranked in the top third of those in the U.S., it offers more than 40 undergraduate and 19 graduate degrees in growing fields such as criminal justice, computer science, industrial technology and information systems.

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