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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.­

Four ­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.

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.

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.

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


The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for individuals who wish to receive Texas teacher certification while simultaneously pursuing a graduate degree. Up to 18 hours of your certification coursework will count towards your master's degree. You can choose from elementary, secondary, all-level, or special education certification to teach in Texas. Upon completion of initial standard certification, the candidate may continue with the the Plan of Study to complete the master's degree.

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. Susan Nix at snix@wtamu.edu or 806-651-3620.

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.