Online Learning

Online Classes and Degrees

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 Summer 2018 Link opens in a new window & Fall 2018 Link opens in a new window and projected online courses for Spring 2019 Link opens in a new window semesters.

Degrees You Can Earn Online

Accountancy (Bachelor of Business)

WIU's Bachelor of Business in Accountancy program is student-centered and promotes academic excellence, professional and personal growth, collegiality, professionalism, and ethical conduct. The program is available online, in Macomb, and the Quad Cities.

Anthropology (Bachelor of Arts)

The online Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology program provides students with a holistic education, which is the basis of anthropology itself. We address social and cultural consequences from a worldwide perspective. You have the opportunity to concentrate your coursework in one of four major subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistics. You can also pursue a focus in an interdisciplinary track with another major or minor. Through in depth skill development in research, data management, critical thinking and collaboration, WIU Anthropology graduates will have a global education in a discipline that combines science and the humanities.

Economics (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business)

The Department of Economics and Decision Sciences offers two online economics degrees. The Bachelor of Business in Economics is well-suited for students interested in pursuing a degree in banking, financial institutions, or as a business analyst. The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is appropriate for any career path, it is generally recommended for students interested in government or law. Your specific career interests will determine which degree program is best for you. The potential financial rewards and diverse career opportunities provided by either degree in Economics are among the greatest offered by any program.

Education – Elementary Education (Master of Science)

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.

Fire Protection Services (Bachelor of Science)

Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive major in fire studies. The program's curriculum, designed specifically for current and future fire officers, can be completed entirely online and is Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognized.

General Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

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 Bachelor of Arts in General Studies website for more information on how you can learn online.

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (Master of Arts)

Established in 1976, the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration offers a Master of Arts in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. The law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA) graduate program is internationally known for academic excellence. It provides students with a rich blend of theoretical, administrative, and practical knowledge as well as with research skills. Those who have earned the degree occupy positions of responsibility across the United States and in several foreign countries. Available fully online.

Instructional Design & Technology (Master of Science)

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.

Management (Bachelor of Business)

The online Bachelor of Business in Management degree helps students develop skills in strategic planning, organizational change and development, project management, operations management, and international management. Graduates with degrees in Management can pursue a variety of careers in all economic sectors including manufacturing, retail, consulting, health care, financial services, legal services, education, transportation, public utilities, education, and much more.

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.

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.

Nursing Completion Program (Bachelor of Science)

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.