Graduate Studies

  • Ashley Luke

    Ashley Luke - Economics, Capital One Academic All-America of the Year (2015)
    "I feel very fortunate to have such great relationships with the graduate faculty. They know my name and are invested in my learning and my future. Graduate students are not lost in the shuffle of students. Faculty go above and beyond to create positive relationships with their students. The intimate class sizes, variety of programs, and quality of professors makes Western a cut above the rest."

  • 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. The faculty at WIU also want me to succeed and provide me with the tools and resources to do so."

  • 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. I found the price of credits to be within my budget and found the weekend classes to be convenient. The content of courses made me think critically about education and the qualities that make a good leader within a school district. There were many opportunities to work with other professionals who were pursuing the same degree, and the sharing of practices with others helped us to develop a vision for our own schools."

  • 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. I was treated as a valuable partner in the learning environment and trusted to make decisions that truly made a difference to the students I was working with on campus. My supervisors were a great support; always encouraging me and helping me develop my own identity as a professional."

  • 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. It also helps that my professors are retired practitioners in my field so they know what it is they are teaching. I think that is the way to prepare for a career, by actually learning from people who have had experience doing what it is you want to spend the rest of your life doing."

Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies!

Thank you for your interest in Western Illinois University - the only state university in Illinois to offer cost guarantee at the graduate level! We also offer in-state tuition to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. To learn more about Western we encourage you to explore the following links. We also encourage you to visit the Macomb campus during one of our Graduate School open house events scheduled throughout the year.  Information may be found at  To register, go to

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2015 Graduate Studies Seminar Series

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