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Graduate Programs

Degree Programs

West Texas A&M University offers 46 master's degree programs and one doctoral program, representing the hard sciences and the social sciences, humanities and human services, business and the arts.­

Thirteen Fully Online Programs

Perhaps you need the flexibility of a program that is completely online. You may have work, family, or personal obligations that make attending classes on campus difficult, or you may live in another state, region, or country. No matter the reason why, WTAMU offers several programs entirely online.

Master's of Business Administration

The College of Business has one of the top MBA programs available online (Selling Power Magazine, 2003, and GetEducated.com, 2004, 2006, and 2008). Selling Power editors ranked WTAMU on their list of the 50 best and most comprehensive online MBA programs and on their list of the Top 10 Most Affordable Online MBA Degrees. GetEducated.com ranked our MBA program as a Top 25 Best Buy (third out of 91 comprehensive programs for 2008) for regionally accredited programs. WTAMU's MBA program is currently ranked as #27 overall by the 2014 U.S. News &­World Report rankings as well as #10 in the nation for student services and technology, #3 for a regional program in the West, #24 in student engagement, and #53 in faculty credentials and training category.

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics

The Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics program is designed to provide strong foundation computing, data management (big and small) and mining, cybersecurity and business analytics.  The program prepares the next generation of analyst the skills that derive business success in today’s data driven and technology-rich business environment to achieve success through knowledge discovery and deployment of IS strategies.  Classes combine lectures, cases, individual and team projects, and participant presentations. Many projects may be directly applicable to the student participant's employer.  The program is designed for students who want to improve their understanding of computer applications in the following areas:

  1. Quantitative analysis;
  2. Data analytics;
  3. Computing and data mining;
  4. Web and mobile development;
  5. Business integration and cybersecurity;
  6. Technology planning and project management.

­The 36 credit hour MS in CIS & Business Analytics program is designed for completion within a two-year period, although the degree can be completed in as soon as one year for some students.  Courses can be completed on campus, via online instruction, or students have the option of combining course requirements by completing course in a combination of both campus and online instruction offerings.

Master of Science in Finance and Economics

The College of Business at West Texas A&M University offers a Master of Science in Finance and Economics (MSFE).­ The MSFE graduate program was ranked #3 in The Financial Engineer's 2017 Financial Economics Rankings of economics and finance graduate programs.­ Overall scores for the rankings are based on several factors, including the program's acceptance rate, incoming students' undergraduate GPA, employment after graduation, and starting salary.­  The program earned a 2017 #26 ranking as a best graduate business program by U.S. News & World Report.­  The MSFE is designed for students who want to improve their understanding of economics and finance, particularly those interested in or already working in:

  1. Finance institutions and finance departments in business and government;
  2. Policy-oriented and community service occupations in the private and public sectors;USNWR - MSFE
  3. Economic and financial consulting and advising;
  4. Teaching at the high school, community college, or instructor level;
  5. Preparation for law school or doctorate programs in economics, finance, management, or marketing. The program's orientation toward application as opposed to theory enhances opportunities for graduates in a broad range of occupations and institutions.

­The 36 credit hour MSFE program is designed for completion within a two-year period, although the degree can be completed in as soon as one year for some students. Courses can be completed on campus, via online instruction, or students have the option of combining course requirements by completing course in a combination of both campus and online instruction offerings.

Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading

The graduate reading program has been designed to include cutting-edge theory and practice, authentic evaluation, organization, and supervision of all-level reading programs. The program can be completed within 2 years and can lead to certification as a Texas Reading Specialist. We are excited that we can now make this program available to a wider audience in an online format.

Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education

The Curriculum and Instruction Specializing in Special Education Program at West Texas A&M University has been designed to emphasize the professional standards for Master teachers in the field of special education recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children with emphasis in assessment, research-based practices and interventions.

Educational Diagnostician

The Educational Diagnostician Program at West Texas A&M University has been designed to emphasize the professional standards for Diagnostic Specialists recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children with emphasis in assessment, research-based practices and interventions. All classes are online and easily accessible for students across the United States.

Educational Leadership (Administration M.Ed.)

We are proud to offer our exceptional master's program in Educational Leadership, leading to an Administration M.Ed.,­ in an online format. The program is part of the coursework needed for certification to serve as a school administrator (vice principal, principal). One course, teacher evaluation, is not online at present; however, it can be taken at WTAMU or your nearest state education service center. This is a long-standing and high-quality program that will prepare you for leadership in an educational setting.

Instructional Design and Technology

Even in the worst economy, individuals with the right set of skills and the right degree can find satisfying and well paying jobs. Some of the skills most in demand today are web site design, business productivity software (like Microsoft Office), and training materials design. You can learn all of these skills and more in WTAMU's Instructional Design and Technology program. Come for a course or two or complete the degree. If you are a teacher, you can gain certification as a school technology specialist. With creative and entertaining projects in graphics, animation, and movie-making, you will never be bored while preparing for success.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T)

The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for individuals who wish to receive initial Texas teacher certification while pursuing a graduate degree. Course work is available online; however, a supervised teaching experience in a Texas school is required. Options are available from elementary, secondary, all-level, or special education certification. (click link to learn about alternative certification)  

Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

The Counseling program is designed to prepare ethical, culturally competent counselors to provide professional counseling services in various clinical settings.  The faculty approved settings where students have served their internships include: mental health centers, state hospitals and training schools, facilities for clients with dual diagnoses, as well as multipurpose mental health agencies.

School Counseling (M.Ed.)

The School Counseling Program is designed to prepare counselors to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of school-aged youth in the context of a comprehensive developmental school counseling program.  Further, our goal is to prepare ethical, culturally competent school counselors who address individual and systemic barriers to educational achievement and personal development.  Students are prepared to work professionally with children from kindergarten through high school.

Comprehensive (M.S.N.)

The Comprehensive M.S.N. program prepares students to function at an advanced nursing practice level in complex environments. This degree allows students to tailor their nursing education with a variety of elective courses. Students will take the advanced clinical nursing courses of Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics, and Advanced Assessment to enhance clinical practice at an advanced level. Praxis coursework is personalized to address each student's specific learning objectives. Graduates work in hospitals, outpatient settings, administrative positions, educator positions, and in collaborative practice with physicians and other health care providers, and schools of nursing. This program of study is available all online.

Sports and Exercise Science (Sports Management Emphasis) **Starting Fall 2017**

The Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences graduate program offers a Master of Science degree with the Sports Management Emphasis available online. This degree will lead to opportunities to become managers and leaders in sport-related careers at the high school, college, and professional levels. It also offers unique classroom and practical learning experiences, small class sizes, and unique/diverse employment opportunities.

Programs that do not Require the GRE or GMAT

Because each of our programs has its own admissions requirements, some do not require you to take the GRE or the GMAT. Below is a list of those programs and a link to each website.

Certification Programs

In addition to our degree programs, WTAMU offers the following certification-only programs.

Principal or Superintendent Certification. If you already have a master's in education, you can work on principalship coursework without pursuing another master's degree. If you have a master's in education degree and your principal's certification, you can take coursework for the superintendent's certificate. For more information about either of these programs, please contact Dr. Gary Bigham at gbigham@wtamu.edu or 806-651-3622.

Certificate in Program Evaluation and Assessment is a professional development course of study designed for professionals in fields that involve program evaluation, such as public administration, criminal justice, and political science, as well as others. For more information, please contact Dr. Dave Rausch at drausch@wtamu.edu or 806-651-2423.

This is not a one-size-fits-all world, and we do not believe that one set of admissions criteria is appropriate for all graduate programs; therefore, each of WTAMU's graduate programs has its own specific admissions requirements, determined by the program advisor.

We also know that some students have goals which cannot be met by a traditional graduate program. For those students, an Master of Arts or Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies may be the perfect fit.