WWU’s Online Classes Provide Flexibility

The flexibility of William Woods University’s online classes allows students to pursue a degree day or night—anywhere, anytime. Many students today prefer the convenience of online classes, and WWU is meeting their needs with new online degree programs.

The university this month begins offering


These degree programs join two others already in progress—the Bachelor of Science degree in Interpretation Studies in ASL–English and the Master of Education degree in Teaching and Technology. All programs offer 24/7 technical support.

“I have always taken pride in the progressive, changing, refusing-to-stay static nature of the William Woods community, and I believe we have, once again, aggressively moved forward,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, said.

Online courses at William Woods University are

  • flexible (some programs can be completed in as few as 12-18 months) to help students reach their career goals quicker,
  • convenient for those balancing family, work and education,
  • affordable, due to competitive tuition ($200 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $300 for graduate courses) and financial aid, and
  • accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


“Achieving approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer fully online degree programs is an important step for the future of William Woods University,” Dr. Mike Westerfield, vice president and dean of the graduate college, said.  “The flexibility to offer any degree program online or to offer hybrid degrees will help us meet the educational needs of current and future students as our lives become more globally connected.”

He added, “Online classes allow students to have a choice that best fits into their lifestyles. They have the same objectives and assessments with online classes as they would have in the traditional face-to-face delivery method.”

WWU’s associate of arts degree exposes students to the university’s rigorous general education curriculum.  Creating a solid academic foundation in this way allows students to work toward continued education and career excellence.

Completing the 61-credit-hour associate program qualifies students for admission into one of the university’s degree-completion programs and meets most universities’ general education requirements. Students can transfer up to 30 credit hours toward the online liberal arts associate degree.

The online Bachelor of Science in management (BSM) degree program is for adults interested in entering or advancing in the business world. The online BSM degree at WWU consists of 124 hours, with 61 general education hours, 21 basic core hours and 42 major core credit hours.

WWU offers an online bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies for accelerated and convenient entry into this fast-paced legal industry. Students will gain general knowledge and applicable skills for career success, including:

  • Substantive and procedural law
  • American legal system
  • Delivery of legal services
  • Legal research and writing
  • Law-related computer skills
  • Legal interviewing and investigation


The university’s paralegal degree program consists of 42 semester hours in a 14-course sequence. Coursework focuses on the application of substantive and procedural law to legal fact patterns professionals would encounter in the legal environment.

The program strives to build a core of legal knowledge and critical thinking skills, as well as an understanding of professional ethics, communication and interpersonal skills. These all serve to enhance a student’s ability to effectively function as a professional in the legal environment.

The online MBA program is intended to help students jump start or redefine their careers. The MBA is among the most coveted degrees in higher education with professionals and employers alike. It makes a person stand out in a crowded job market and workforce.

WWU’s advanced curriculum draws on core competencies across business sectors to facilitate a well-rounded learning experience and establish a foundation for career success. A focus on entrepreneurial endeavors sets the program apart and provides students with a more diverse skill study. Students will gain valuable skills, including:

  • Human resources and organizational behavior
  • Economics for business
  • Accounting for managers
  • Financial decisions
  • Managerial ethics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing planning and development
  • Marketing research
  • Information technology management
  • Business law


WWU’s new master’s degree in equestrian education allows students to share their passion with a new generation of equestrian enthusiasts. Designed for current equestrian professionals, the online program delivers an accessible way to gain field instruction skills to transition into the role of educator. Students will improve their teaching techniques and learn to construct effective curriculum by applying instructional theories and strategies.