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Our world-class education is available on a worldwide scale! Western Washington University’s interactive online course offerings equip you for success from wherever you are, at whatever speed suits your schedule and goals. The fully accredited WesternOnline programs facilitate independent learning and multidimensional growth for students from all backgrounds.

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Online Courses on Your Terms

You set your own path at WesternOnline. Depending on your schedule, learning style and professional goals, you may choose to study on a term-based or a self-paced schedule. With both course options, you access materials through Western’s learning management system, Canvas.

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In term-based online courses (synchronous, asynchronous, and mixed), you have weekly interactions with your instructors and peers. These courses follow a quarterly schedule with assignment due dates designated throughout the quarter. Term-based learning is a strong option for students seeking more structure, accountability and opportunities to collaborate and network with professors and peers.


You can start self-paced courses any time. These are designed to be completed in 10–12 weeks, but you have up to 6 months to finish your coursework. You have no requirements for consistent interaction. Self-paced courses are ideal for students who want flexibility to learn at different speeds, as well as those who may need to take time away from learning during a given quarter.

The Impact of WesternOnline

Advance Your Career with Flexibility

Move toward your goals and turn your dreams into realities through WesternOnline. Our convenient programs and courses equip you to earn a degree, and complete a certificate. The dynamic online formats are designed to accommodate your work schedules, family responsibilities and other personal commitments with advancing your education.

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Quality Education at Your Fingertips

Engage in online learning opportunities at the #2 Best Public School in the West (U.S. News & World Report) and the top master’s-granting institution in the Pacific Northwest. Wherever you’re studying from, you access the same rigorous, high-quality, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)-accredited education that you would find as an in-person student on our campus.

Full Support for Your Online Education

Western offers multiple student-focused opportunities to help with your online education. As an online student, you’ll have access to support via the same offices as students who learn on-campus. Online students are encouraged to make use of the virtual services offered via the Hacherl Research and Writing Studio, the Tutoring Center and other important offices and services to ensure your success in your online courses.

Is Online Learning Right for You?

The flexible nature of online courses is ideal for those seeking to learn around rigid or unpredictable schedules. That convenience is paired with responsibility: to take full advantage of WesternOnline’s offerings, you will need to be skilled in time management, self-discipline and staying motivated throughout your course of study.

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Affordable Tuition and Cost

As a top online university in Washington state, Western prides itself on maintaining affordable tuition costs that are accessible to as many learners as possible. If you are a resident of Washington and admitted to an eligible program, you may able to receive the Washington College Grant, which can cover up to your full tuition costs at WesternOnline. Overall, more than 60% of our students receive some form of financial aid, further reducing the cost of our top-rated education. For more information on financial aid opportunities, reach out to the Financial Aid office.


Unlock Your Future at WesternOnline

Earning a college degree can be a significant time commitment. At WesternOnline, we put that time into your hands to tailor and arrange in ways that suit your schedule. To learn more about online learning at Western Washington University, visit our FAQs page or contact us.

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