Bowling Green, KY

School Details

Western Kentucky University is a public university that is located on a 200-acre suburban campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Western Kentucky University was established in 1906 by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, although its roots go back a quarter-century earlier. WKU was originally established as one the states two original teacher training institutes, also known as normal schools. The original name of WKU was the Western Kentucky State Normal School. Western Kentucky’s mission “prepares students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society” and the institution focuses on “research, service, and lifelong learning opportunities."

Today, WKU, and the school offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, as well as associate degrees and certificate programs from the following colleges:

  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • Gordon Ford College of Business
  • Ogden College of Science and Engineering
  • Potter College of Arts and Letters
  • University College
  • College of Health and Human Services

In addition to on-campus coursework, Western Kentucky University has an online program that gives students the option of taking individual courses, or earning their degree entirely online. WKU’s online program offers 1,000 web courses each year, and over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs can be earned entirely online. Students can complete all of their general education requirements online.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Kentucky University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

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Art & Liberal Arts

Associate of Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women's Studies Master of Arts in History


Bachelor of Science in Management / Business Administration Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Certificate in Organizational Leadership Graduate Certificate in Business Core Competencies Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability Graduate Certificate in Communicating in Organizations Graduate Certificate in Facility & Event Management Graduate Certificate in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Master of Business Administration Master of Science in Recreation & Sports Administration

Computer Science & IT

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology Certificate in Applied Data Analytics Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Criminal Justice, Safety & Law

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology Master of Arts in Criminology


Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences / Child Studies Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement Gifted & Talented Graduate Teaching Endorsement Graduate Certificate in Adult Education Graduate Certificate in Career Services Graduate Certificate in College & Career Readiness Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design Graduate Certificate in International Student Services Graduate Certificate in Literacy in Post-Secondary Settings Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement Master of Arts in Education in Adult Education Master of Arts in Education in Education & Behavioral Science Studies Master of Arts in Education in Gifted Education & Talent Development Master of Arts in Education in Literacy Education Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leaders / Biology (Secondary) Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leaders / Elementary Education Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leaders / Middle Grades Education Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leaders / Secondary Education Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leaders / Special Education Master of Science in Instructional Design Master of Science in Library Media Education


Graduate Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Master of Science in Engineering Technology Management


Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration / LTCA Certificate Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Certificate in Aging Specialist Certificate in Long Term Care Administration Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health Executive Master of Health Administration Graduate Certificate in Advanced Worksite Health Promotion Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies Graduate Certificate in Communicating in Healthcare Master of Public Health Master of Science in Communications Disorders / Speech-Language Pathology

Math & Science

Graduate Certificate in Biology Master of Arts in Mathematics Master of Science in Biology

Psychology & Human Services

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences / Family Studies Certificate in Family Home Visiting Master of Arts in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities Master of Science in Child & Family Studies Master of Social Work Master of Social Work / Advanced Standing