What others say about Western Governors University.
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WGU's mission is seeing you graduate.
WGU was established with a focus on people who had begun their college education, but had gotten sidetracked by life before finishing a degree. WGU is focused on your success, but you have to be committed to do the work to finish classes. With live or recorded cohorts, a special, compassionate math help line and caring instructors - WGU has exceeded my expectations. I was able to take final exams in three different states when I had to travel for family reasons. If you can structure your time, commit several hours a day to study, and desire to finish your degree, I highly recommend WGU.
Affordable quality Masters program that was…
Affordable Masters program that was very student-centric. I would recommend WGU to anyone looking for a no-fuss education that is high quality.
WGU is a great school!
Great school to attend if you are busy with family and work! You go to school on your schedule. My overall experience has been incredible. After finishing my Bachelors I am now working on my Masters with them.
Excellent course work
Excellent course work. Helpful staff that works with you to be successful. Loved being able to work at my own pace! Definitely a great place to attend higher learning.
An online university is not for…
An online university is not for everyone, but it was definitely for me! WGU allowed me to finally complete the degree I had postponed for way too long. The flexibility to go at my pace, competency-base model, and flat-rate tuition saved me both time and money!
MAME - Master's in Mathematics Education program that worked for me!
I earned my second master's degree from WGU in Math Education and was hired immediately after I completed my coursework. I spent 8 years working as an adjunct off of my first master's degree and each of those years I applied to every job offering within 100 miles. While my first degree, and some additional graduate coursework, included the needed requirements for a teaching job, I didn't have a "Master's in Mathematics" or a "Master's in Mathematics Education". WGU provided an online degree program that got me a job teaching math at the community college level. The job I applied for was for 1 fulltime tenured track position and they hired 2 people. Of course they hired the person with the PhD, but they also hired me! I am now in my 6th year and look forward to my tenure offer next semester. I thank WGU for having what I needed at the time that I needed it and at a time that I could do it.
WGU is recommended for everyone
I would recommended WGU to anyone who wants to pursue education and break the barriers that is not allowing them to get their degrees. The flat fee for six month, competency based education system and helpful course instructors and program mentor are the highlight of the university. The college of information technology is a deal and you won't regret cost and time you spent in this university. At the end of the program, you have a degree accredited by a regional body, skills and knowledge gathered throughout the program and confidence that will last for your entire career.
I have been recommended WGU to every…
I have been recommended WGU to every person who is looking for BSN program. The price is very affordable. The system is so organized. The mentors were very helpful. My mentor Gwen advocated me during my hard time. Almost all the instructors were very supportive. I am so glad that I graduated from WGU.
I enjoyed my RN to BSN program with…
I enjoyed my RN to BSN program with Western Governor's University. I completed the program in 11 months, but really pushed through it. It's not easy but it's not overly difficult; I found it manageable while working full time and having a family. The student and academic advisors were always helpful.
WGU allowed me to do what I needed
WGU allowed me to do what I needed. I needed additional credit hours to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. I needed 22 hours and figured I might as well complete the entire masters program (30 hrs). I was able to go quickly through many of the classes, completing most in about 4 weeks when I was able to dedicate the time, all while working full time. Towards the end I even had a baby, and if it weren’t for the class structure I never would have completed my degree. Though I don’t recommend having a baby in the middle of a masters program or any degree program :-) A lot of comments on here mention this ‘speed learning’ in a negative way, as it’s just a means to a degree and doesn’t really leave the student more educated on the material. However, the course of study, available cohorts and additional learning resources allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the material. WGU simply gives you the choice of how much of that material you need or want. I did learn a lot. And even though I flew through some of the classes, it wasn’t without spending hours reading and studying (10-20 hours a week). I’ve also worked in my area of study for over 15 years and entered the program with a pretty solid foundation. I was able to apply course material directly to my day to day work, which is far more valuable to me than any homework assignment ever could be. There is some out dated material and some errors on the assessments which are frustrating. For the student to instructor ratio WGU seems to have, they should have no problem hiring someone to comb through the material and ensure accuracy. Also, I find the emphasis on APA formatting to be ridiculous. I have zero use for it in my career. Business communication is in email or verbal, not formal memos or letters, and you lose most of your audience after the first two sentences. Most people won’t even read this review because it’s too long. In the end, WGU is what you make of it. It isn’t going to garuntee you a job or a successful career, but it will give you the same thing any degree does, which is a foot in the door. The rest is up to you.
I would 100% recommended WGU based on my experience! I completed the M.Ed. in Learning and Technology at my own pace for only $3,000 per 6 months. I had been in a government training position for about 2.5 years before starting this program. Between then and now (finished the program about 2 years ago), I received two promotions internally and now have competing job offers externally. This degree has opened me up to so many new corporate instructional design positions and made me a top candidate!
Like in the real world
Like in the real world, your competency is judged. Showing up isn't enough, not is it mandatory.
Jason didn't think he needed a degree—until he found his career had gone as far as it would without one. He earned his bachelor's degree from WGU and found such immediate success, he enrolled in his master's program—less than 2 months later.
At WGU, we pride ourselves on putting the student first in everything we do, from enrollment to graduation. Student success is our main driver, and the stories our students and alumni share with us inspire us.
“WGU prepared me to enter the field of teaching. I was very successful and became a principal four years later. Thank you, WGU!”—Nancy Walker, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education)
"It's never too late to learn and grow. I am so glad that I made the decision, even at the age of 44, to get my master's degree—because it's already paying off in my career and will continue to do so for years and years to come."—Victor Perez, MBA
All of our degree programs are carefully chosen with employment and success in mind. Our online, competency-based approach is designed for the working adult, and our commitment to keeping costs down means better ROI for our graduates.