Online Learning

Online Learning Opportunities.

Western Illinois University offers a variety of options for students who want to continue their education through an online learning environment. Whether expanding your current skill set, or looking to complete a degree, we are committed to helping students achieve their educational objectives. Our purpose is to offer flexibility by providing online opportunities at WIU.

View All Online Courses

Are you looking to take some online courses towards your degree? Simply want to see the different courses that are available online? Browse our catalog of online courses - more are added every semester! View all scheduled online courses for Spring 2015 Link opens in a new window & Summer 2015 Link opens in a new window and projected online courses for Fall 2015 Link opens in a new window semesters.


Degrees You Can Earn Online

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

Western Illinois University offers a unique Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program designed to provide adult students with an opportunity to earn a regionally accredited undergraduate degree in a manner compatible with their educational needs and lifestyles. We invite you to visit our School of Distance Learning, International Studies & Outreach for more information on how you can learn online.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program

The RN-BSN Completion Program is completely online and is for nurses who have an Associates Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing and want to get a Bachelors in Nursing. RNs who have graduated from a state-approved nursing program will receive 30 semester hours of advanced placement credit if they graduated from their initial program within the past 5 years, or have maintained continuous employment in nursing, or have continuing education in nursing, and successfully complete the first 9 credits in the RN-BSN Completion Program with a C+ or better.


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is available to complete entirely online. Take courses in the traditional face-to-face format when your schedule allows. Take online courses when you need the flexibility. Either way, you'll have the same quality curriculum and the same great faculty.


Master of Science - Instructional Design & Technology

The Master of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology is designed to prepare educational technology specialists, graphic designers, educational technologists, trainers in industry and business, and classroom teachers to develop, produce, and evaluate instructional and training materials to meet their educational needs and lifestyles.

  • Technology Specialist Emphasis
    This program opens up new or expanded career opportunities to educators by preparing graduates to provide leadership in the use of technology in K-12 classrooms and schools. Coursework for this degree can be completed entirely online.
  • IDT Certificate Post-Baccalaureate Programs
    Tailor coursework to your specific career goal through online customized certificate programs: Online Learning Development; Workplace Learning and Performance; Technology Integration in Education; and Educational Technology Specialist. Each certificate program provides an opportunity to master specialized technology and skills in order for you to adapt and excel in an increasingly complex and technological work environment.

Master of Science in Education – Elementary Education

The online elementary education graduate program is designed to help practicing elementary and middle school teachers use research-based teaching strategies that accommodate the needs of diverse learners in their classrooms, use assessment to guide instruction, create positive learning communities, and empower all students to learn.


National Fire Academy Curriculum for Fire Fighters

Western Illinois University participates in the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Fire and Emergency Services for Higher Education curriculum. The curriculum is a program of 13 fire-related, upper division courses that were designed by the NFA. Members of the fire service may choose to take one or any number of these distance courses or earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university without losing time on the job while enhancing their professional growth.