Western Oregon University

345 North Monmouth Ave, Monmouth, OR 97361-1394

School Details

Online and hybrid degree programs provide two distinct distance educational options for students enrolling in degree programs at Western Oregon University.


Distance education degree programs at WOU include studies in liberal arts and education programs, and for the most part, are concentrated in master’s degree and postgraduate certificate programs. Programs include (Hybrid degrees requiring on-campus components are noted):

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Postgraduate certificate in Homeland Security and Community Preparedness
  • BA/BS in Criminal Justice (hybrid)
  • Online Master of Arts in Teaching: Initial Licensure (hybrid)
  • Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (hybrid)
  • Master of Science in Education: Information Technology 
  • Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies (hybrid)
  • Post-graduate certificate in Instructional Design Certificate Program
  • Post-graduate certificate in Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader Specialization (hybrid)

Western Oregon University first opened in 1856, as a normal school, and is the oldest college within the Oregon University System. Today, WOU is a public, four-year liberal arts college, and is located on a rural, 157 acre campus in Monmouth, Oregon. The school offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, in addition to postgraduate certificates. The most popular academic fields are business, education, psychology, health and wellness, and criminal justice/law enforcement administration. WOU operates on a quarterly academic calendar.


To assist with paying for college, WOU offers a variety of financial aid options that include grants, loans, scholarships, Federal Work-Study, and benefits for veterans. In addition to federally funded grant programs, institutional and state grants include the Oregon Opportunity Grant and the Western Oregon University Tuition Grant. Criteria for receiving institutional and foundational scholarships typically include academic merit, overall achievement, departmental awards, athletic abilities, and need-based awards. Students can also apply for federally funded and private student loans. Specific veterans’ benefits for qualifying military personnel, veterans, and spouses and dependents include: Chapter 33, Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607, Chapter 31, and Chapter 35 opportunities. The WOU school code needed for the FAFSA application is: 003209. 

WOU also sponsors the Western Tuition Choice plan that allows student to lock-in tuition rates in order to protect against future rises in rates. Moreover, the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program allows students residing in other states to enroll in WOU and pay a reduced out-of-state tuition. Participating states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


Western Oregon University retains overall regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The university also maintains program-specific accreditation with: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Council on Rehabilitation Education, and the Oregon State Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.





School Overview:

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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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