Graduate Studies

  • Jaymee Lewis

    Jaymee Lewis - College Student Personnel graduate alumna
    "My assistantship is so closely connected to my graduate program that I am given hands-on practice towards becoming a better professional. It gives me the experience that I can speak to as I pursue my career post-graduation."

  • Miranda Clark

    Miranda Clark - Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate alumna
    "The faculty-student relationships at WIU appealed to me. The faculty at WIU respect me as an equal, as I will be their colleague in two short years. >More

  • Jane Schmidt

    Jane Schmidt, 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year - Special Education and Educational Leadership alumna
    "I have completed two master's degrees at WIU. The top reasons I would give to attend WIU Grad School would include affordability, convenience, relevance, and most importantly - the quality of education. >More

  • Brenley Devlin

    Brenley Devlin - College Student Personnel alumna
    “My graduate assistantship experiences allowed me to gain practical insight into my field of study. I interacted one-on-one with professionals and learn from their experiences, as well as my own. >More

  • Janet Lombe

    Janet Lombe - Law Enforcement andJustice Administration
    "I love everything about my graduate program. There is an added bonus for me, too, because I get to take classes with practitioners in my field who bring new insights. >More

Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies!

We are excited you are interested in Western Illinois University and hope that we can assist you in making an informed decision about pursuing graduate studies at WIU. It is our goal that the information provided here will answer all of your questions and we welcome phone calls (309/298-1806) or emails ( to answer any remaining questions.

Interested in a quick look at our two campuses? Take a video tour of all that we offer in Macomb and the Quad Cities (Moline).

Western Illinois University, a Best Midwestern College, 2015 Military Friendly School, and member of the Council of Graduate Schools

Why choose Western?

  • WIU is ranked a “Best Midwestern College” and a “Best Value College” by The Princeton Review.
  • Lock in your tuition, fee, room/board rates with the only state university in Illinois to offer a cost guarantee for graduate degree-seeking students.
  • Receive in-state tuition rates if you are a resident of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Learn more about tuition and fees.
  • Attend at our traditional Macomb campus, the Quad Cities campus located in Moline, and various other sites across the state, or choose to take your courses in an online format.
  • Earn a degree or certificate in a quality graduate program.
  • Ride the only unlimited access (FREE) bus system in the State of Illinois. GoWest routes serve the Macomb campus and Macomb community.

Interested in scheduling a campus visit or attending one of our Graduate School Open Houses?

Want to learn more about what we can offer you? We host open houses throughout the year at both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. If those dates do not work with your schedule we are happy to provide individual campus visits where you will receive a campus tour from a graduate student ambassador and meet with a faculty member in your program of interest. Sign up at the tabs to the left. We would love to show you around and share our Western pride with you!

Other Resources

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  • GRE
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