WWU’s Graduate School Enrollment Ranks High Among Privates

William Woods University is a popular choice for graduate school, ranking sixth in enrollment among private colleges and universities in Missouri and Kansas.


The rankings, based on fall 2009 figures, were printed in the most recent issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine.


Only Webster University, Washington University, Saint Louis University, Lindenwood University, all in the St. Louis area, and A.T. Still University in Kirksville, enrolled more graduate students.


William Woods reported 1,850 graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2009. The only other mid-Missouri private college listed was Columbia College, with 851 graduate students. 


William Woods is also an affordable option for graduate students, with its tuition per credit hour ranging from $240 to $340. St. Louis University’s tuition was listed as $905 per credit hour, while Washington University’s was given as $18,900 per semester.


Of the public colleges and universities in Missouri and Kansas, only nine rank higher in graduate school enrollment than WWU. The University of Missouri-Columbia ranked the highest, with 7,445.  Graduate tuition there is $298 per credit hour.


During the past 20 years, William Woods University has increased its presence throughout Missouri—and in Arkansas—so that it now offers graduate degree programs in approximately 150 locations. 


In fact, William Woods serves the largest population of graduate students earning principal and superintendent certification in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently provided the university with statistics showing that WWU graduates hold more than 500 school administrative positions within the state.


“Higher education has never been more essential to career success,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, said. “Earning power and advancement are ever more closely tied to an individual’s education level and demonstrable knowledge. The rapid pace of change makes continuous learning essential to staying at the forefront of any industry.”


She encourages employers to promote development of their employees through continuing education opportunities, such as WWU’s graduate programs.


“With the approaching retirement of much of the baby boom generation, preparing tomorrow’s leaders today is an important consideration. With a convenient, accelerated program like that offered at WWU, it is possible to earn a degree in as few as 18 months, while continuing to work,” she said.


Graduate business programs offered at William Woods University include a master of business administration (MBA), MBAs with accounting, agribusiness, health management or human resources emphasis.


Graduate education programs include a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration and a specialist of education (Ed.S.) in school administration or curriculum leadership. WWU is currently offering doctoral courses, with an eye toward providing a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) in the future.