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.

Online Learning provides our student body with convenient, flexible, and personalized instruction to further their education.  We invite you to visit our School of Distance Learning, International Studies & Outreach for more information on how you can learn online.

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.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program

The RN-BSN Completion Program is completely on-line 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 sucessfully complet the first 9 credits in the RN-BSN Completion Program with a C+ or better. For more information please go to our website

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

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology offers an online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology with a Technology Specialist emphasis. Coursework for this new degree can be completed entirely online.

IDT Certificate Post-Baccalaureate Programs

You can 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.

Online Course Highlights

New Fall 2013 Online Graduate Courses

BC 325, Comparative Broadcasting Systems. BC 325: Comparative Broadcasting Systems

Classification and analysis of the structure of international broadcast systems. The role of media in developing nations, as well as CATV, public broadcasting, and satellite communication systems are discussed.


CS 320, Ethical, social, and legal issues in the digital age. CS 320: Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in the Digital Age

Study of challenges and implications of computer technology for users and IT professionals. Topics include global perspectives on ethical, social and legal issues in software quality, freedom of expression, privacy, intellectual property, hacking, and computer crime.


FCS 321, Preparation for marriage and family. FCS 321: Preparation for Marriage and Family.

Study of factors associated with marital happiness and success including mate selection, changing roles in marriage through the life cycle, and adjustment to conflicts.


Political Science 101, intro to Political Science. POLS 101: Introduction to Political Science

Designed to acquaint the beginning student with the scope and methods of political science with basic elements of democratic theory.



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View All Online Courses

WIU offers online courses every semester to meet the needs of our students. View all scheduled online courses for Fall 2014 Link opens in a new window & Spring 2015 Link opens in a new window and projected online courses for Summer 2015 Link opens in a new window semesters.