Westfield State University

577 Western Ave, Westfield, MA 01086-1630

School Details

Westfield State University supports online degree programs for qualifying students who have completed associate’s degrees through a Massachusetts community college or who are enrolled in the Mass transfer compact.


Mass Transfer of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education facilitates guaranteed admission with full general education credits, along with a tuition discount, into a public, four-year program for eligible students. Students not enrolled in the Mass transfer compact or who have not completed a community college degree may qualify for acceptance into a distance education degree program on a case-by-case basis. Prospective students will need to meet with an advisor for approval and to develop a plan of study.

Online degree programs include Bachelor of Arts degrees in: Business Management, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, and Sociology, in addition to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree. 


Westfield State University is a coeducational public, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Westfield, Massachusetts. The university first opened in 1838, as the first public coeducational institution in United States that provided teacher education. In 2010, the school achieved university status. The University awards bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and postgraduate certificates.

The mission statement of Westfield State University is as follows, "Westfield State University fosters intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, inspires civic engagement, and promotes a global perspective. A public teaching institution offering quality programs in the liberal arts and sciences with complimenting professional studies curricula, we are grounded in our founding principles of academic excellence and educating all in a diverse and welcoming community.  Westfield State develops the knowledge, skills and character essential for students to reach their full potential and become responsible leaders in society. We contribute to the economic, social and cultural vitality of the country."  


Aid includes federally funded grants, loans and the Federal Work Study program. Massachusetts state-funded grants include the Mass Grant and the Massachusetts CASH Grant. Westfield State also awards merit scholarships to first-year students, and added institutional and foundational scholarships are available. Veterans, military personnel, and their dependents may also be eligible for federal and Massachusetts state programs and benefits. Tuition is free for lifelong learners over the age of sixty. The deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 15.


Westfield State University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Westfield State University also retains program-specific accreditation with: the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.





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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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