Graduate Programs

at West Liberty University

Advanced education for what’s next

Take your Education to the Next Level at West Liberty University

Graduate degree programs at West Liberty University emphasize the student experience of caring, quality, affordable, total college experience. Our program areas include Business, Education, Leadership, Criminology, Biology, and Health Science. Our faculty within these programs are committed to the challenge of nurturing the intellectual growth of students through meaningful scholarship. Whether you’re interested in earning your master’s degree, obtaining a graduate certificate, or continuing education, WLU offers a variety of programs to help you get started. Learn more about how West Liberty can help you reach your professional and educational goals. 

Doctor of Education

 This program will conduct practice-based research with a dissertation that you can implement in your current or new career. Throughout this program, you will work on your dissertation from the day you start to the day you graduate.

MA in Art Therapy and Counseling

This program provides education for graduates to pursue professional certifications in art therapy. Certifications include the American Art Therapy Association and State licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in West Virginia and other states.


This program provides graduate students with advanced knowledge and tools to excel in the business world through three unique concentrations and a flexible schedule of 100% online or in-person courses on WLU Main Campus.

MS in Dental Hygiene

This program prepares graduate students for leadership and educational careers in Dental Hygiene and Public Health the complex oral health needs of a diverse population through 100% online courses. 

MA Education

This program empowers graduate students to serve as productive, creative, and innovative leaders in schools and the community through 7 unique areas of leadership and expertise online or in-person courses. 

MS in Exercise Physiology

This program is designed for students who are interested in careers in Exercise Physiology or related fields in which this certification and title are applicable. This is a 38-hour program that spans over two years.

MA/MS in Biology

This program provides graduate students with coursework in subject areas like General Biology, Biomedical Science, Microbiology, Ecology, Evolution, Human Biology, Environmental Stewardship, & Zoo Science preparing them for professional school entrance or advancement in the workplace.    

MS in Speech-Language Pathology

This program prepare graduates for the national Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology, in addition to qualifying graduates for state licensure and preparedness for potential higher education. 

PA Program

This Program provides graduate students with the instruction and training they will need as Physician Assistants practicing medicine under the supervision of a physician.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

West Liberty University offers a 100% online, 15 credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management program for individuals who wish to advance their professional knowledge and skills in the healthcare business.

Graduate Certificate in Zoo Animal Science

The certificate in Zoo Animal Science is designed to offer a focused curriculum that will meet the needs of zoo professionals, recent college graduates, animal veterinary professionals seeking to increase their expertise in exotic animal welfare and husbandry.


The mission of West Liberty University is to provide our students the opportunity for a high quality graduate and professional education through appropriate formats and venues.


Prepare Students for careers in Education, Sciences, Business, Criminology, and more.


Provide an affordable, flexible, and full curriculum of graduate studies in education, sciences, business, criminology, physician assistant studies, and professional studies.


Promote science, scholarship, and research in the state of West Virginia.

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