Western Regional Graduate Programs

Western Regional Graduate Programs (WRGP) allows members of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to receive in-state tuition while completing their master’s, graduate certificate, or doctorate degree. Various departments at USU offer programs through WRGP for graduate students. Time spent on the WRGP waiver does not count as 12 month requirement for Utah residency

College of Agriculture and Applied Science

The Climate Science program studies the interactions between regional scale climate and land surface processes. This includes research into short and long-term climate cycles in the Western US, the connections with large-scale ocean and atmospheric features, and with land surface processes.

The Utah State University Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences Department offers a course of study leading to a Master of Science in Food Safety and Quality. The program is tailored to students with undergraduate training in food science or majors closely related (microbiology, dairy science, and biology). Students learn, understand, and apply the scientific concepts that are a foundation to our food supply.

Graduates are prepared for careers in the food industry, academic institutions, government research centers, or regulatory and consumer service agencies.

This is a hybrid program that combines online and on-campus learning.

This online, professional (classes and internship only) master of professional studies in horticulture has a required specialization in water-efficient landscaping. The primary purpose of the MPSH is to prepare students for positions in urban water conservation, with a focus on urban landscape water management. The courses serve to increase student knowledge of landscape water use and conservation techniques that can be meshed with more broad-based knowledge of how to develop, market, and manage a landscape water conservation program.

Using water efficiently in the landscape is a multi-faceted issue involving biology, design, engineering, politics, law, natural resources, history, psychology, economics, and social science. The purpose of this degree is to create horticulturists with an understanding of the complexity of water management and the ability to convey this to the public. These skills are currently in demand by the water industry.

USU’s program is one of the first graduate toxicology programs in the country. More than 140 students have received MS and PhD degrees in a research-intensive, interdisciplinary environment. Students affiliate with the program through one of several departments: animal and dairy veterinary sciences (ADVS); biology; chemistry and biochemistry; civil and environmental engineering (CEE); or plants, soils, and biometeorology (PSB). The Utah Water Research Laboratory and the USDA Poisonous Plants Laboratory also provides facilities and research projects for the study.

College of Business

The Master of Management Information Systems (MMIS) degree at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is a project-based, hands-on program that provides a unique blend of technical knowledge and business acumen, with an emphasis in database management, analytics, and business intelligence (BI). It has a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) designation in database and analytics. The program prepares students for careers in web analytics, business intelligence, database administration, web development, and IT consulting. MIS is noted as one of the 15 most valuable areas of study, including one of the 20 best paying jobs for women. There is a critical shortage of people with MIS skills, both in the Western U.S. and around the world. The 33-credit program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in diverse areas, including MIS, business, social sciences, engineering, and liberal and fine arts. It consists of a 21-credit hour core, 9-credits of elective courses, and a 3-credit internship that permits focus on professional interests.

The Master of Human Resources Program prepares students with advanced training in human resources, business acumen, and organizational leadership. The program has a strong strategic orientation, with particular attention on the attraction, development and retention of talent, and the advancement of enterprise performance.

College of Education

The program in Audiology prepares doctoral level professionals to evaluate and manage individuals who are suspected or have been identified as having differences associated with hearing. The spectrum of services is spread over the lifespan of an individual. Audiologists may be involved in the early identification of hearing loss and the careful assessment and appropriate fitting of amplification (e.g. hearing aids, cochlear implants, other assistive listening devices). They may be involved in the management of children during their school years in educational settings, or work with adults with acquired hearing losses. Audiologists may help in the monitoring of patients during surgery or the assessment of individuals who are dizzy or experiencing tinnitus. Work settings include hospitals, schools, industry, rehabilitation centers, community centers, and private practice settings. This is a profession with extensive job opportunities for those that complete a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.

This program is a four-year post-baccalaureate residency program. Utah State University is the birthplace of educational audiology. In addition, USU is in the forefront of research in telehealth applications in audiology. The AuD will enable graduates to enter the field as a professional level and begin a rewarding career of service in this evolving allied healthcare discipline.

Deadline for applicants is January 15th for admissions in the fall semester. Applicants will need training at the undergraduate level in communicative disorders. All students are considered for financial aid based on merit. There are no special WICHE/WRGP requirements of deadlines.

The accredited M.Ed. in Deaf Education program prepares competent professionals in either Bilingual/Bicultural (ASL/English) Deaf Education or Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Deaf Education. Upon successful completion of the programs, students are eligible to apply for national certification through the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) and to obtain an educator’s license in the state of Utah. Graduates of the Listening and Spoken Language emphasis are eligible for a DHH endorsement to attach to their educator’s license as well as the 0-3 Early Intervention II Credential through the Utah Department of Health.

The master’s degree program is a two-year post-baccalaureate residency program. Deadline for applications is flexible up to the summer semester prior to entering the program in the fall. Applicants should being this process with sufficient time for letters of recommendation, GRE or MAT scores, and transcripts to arrive at least one month before the fall semester begins. Applicants will need training at the undergraduate level in a related area (early childhood, elementary, secondary, Deaf Education, special education, speech language pathology, audiology, etc.). All students are considered for financial aid based on merit. There are no special WICHE/WRGP requirements or deadlines.

The program in speech-language pathology prepares master’s level professionals. The accredited MA/MS program is focused on student training to evaluate and manage individuals across the lifespan who are suspected or have been identified as having disorders or differences associated with speech, voice, language, and feeding/swallowing. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for national certification through the American Speech Language-Hearing Association and to obtain and Educator’s license in the state of Utah. Graduates of the Listening and Spoken Language emphasis area are eligible for a hearing impairment endorsement to attach to their educator’s license.

The master’s degree program is a 2 year (6 semester) post baccalaureate residency program. Additional coursework leading to a hearing impairment endorsement is available and subject to acceptance into the Listening and Spoken Language emphasis area within the Speech-Language Pathology division.

Deadlines for applications is January 15th for admissions in the summer semester. Applicants should begin this process with sufficient time for letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and transcripts to arrive by January 15th. Applicants will need training at the undergraduate level in communicative disorders. All students are considered for financial aid based on merit. There are no special WICHE/WRGP requirements or deadlines.

College of Engineering

The Aerospace Engineering MS degree emphasizes core concepts in Aerodynamics, Astrodynamics, Guidance, Navigation and Controls (GN&C) and Propulsions. Technical electives provide students with knowledge in complimentary and related subjects including: Thermal Fluids, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and Controls. Degree Plan options include: Plan A thesis (30 credits), Plan B project (30 credits), and Plan C Coursework only. For admissions deadlines and requirements, please click here.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering program at USU provides solid preparation for students in a wide variety of technological areas. The department has strengths in space systems, signal processing, controls, electromagnetics, computer architecture, and computer security. Students with undergraduate degrees in electrical or computer engineering or related fields, such as computer science, physics, or other branches of engineering are encouraged to apply. (Students from other disciplines may need to take undergraduate courses or demonstrate competency in EE/CE areas).

Space research in the ECE Department is concentrated in the areas of the spacecraft instrumentation for space environment characterization, Ionospheric physics, Magnetospheric physics, Space Weather Prediction, Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Spacecraft design, Advanced Materials for Spacecraft Electronics, Nano/Pico-Satellites and Spacecraft-Environment Interactions.

The Computer Science M.S. degree in Data Science at USU is a unique technical, research-based degree.  This program will offer special topics classes in Data Science based on advancements in technology, specific research interests of faculty and perceived need. It will prepare students through cross-disciplinary training to do the following:
1) develop innovative software solutions that improve the efficiency and scope of data science tools;
2) apply existing programming tools, languages, and algorithms to build, clean, and process large datasets as efficiently as possible;
3) identify and construct computational solutions to solve problems from a diversity of domains;
4) expand the functionality of state-of-the-art high-performance data science software.

For detailed course requirement, please click here (https://cs.usu.edu/students/future-students).

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Folklore Program at Utah State University offers a Master’s Degree in American Studies with a specialization in folklore studies. The Folklore Program offers training in ethnographic fieldwork methods, cultural theory, and cultural documentation to produce competent, caring culture brokers. The Folklore Program is particularly strong in areas of legend and folk narrative, digital folklore, the supernatural, landscape, festivity, and Jewish and Italian folklore. Faculty affiliated with the program are well known in their fields, have a strong program of research, and are committed to student learning. Students in the Folklore Program receive training as writing instructors; regularly undertake internships; and have many opportunities to work closely with the Fife Folklore Archives.

The Master of Second Language Teaching degree (MSLT) at Utah State University is a 30-credit, cross-disciplinary program with coursework in Applied Linguistics and Teacher Education. MSLT students learn to be effective teachers of the languages in which they are fluent. To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and score in the 40th percentile or higher on the GRE or the MAT.

Courses in the MSLT are offered in the late afternoon and evening, making it convenient for working educators. While the MSLT program can be completed in four semesters of full-time coursework, the program is also offered in part-time format.

Most MSLT graduates enter language-teaching careers in education settings varying from preschool to college level. Others have found employment at the prestigious Defense Language Institute in California, and still other have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees at renowned institutions including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Wisconsin.

Utah State is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive university ranked among the top 50 research institutions in the country.

College of Natural Resources

Watershed Science MS and PhD degrees are administered through the Department of Watershed Sciences in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. Faculty in the Wildlife Sciences Department, the Environment and Society Department, and other areas also participate in the degree program. Since 1974, the program has trained students in the principles of hydrology, water quality, and watershed management that can be applied to both forest and rangeland ecosystems. Faculty has expertise in hydrology; watershed management; fluvial and hillslope geomorphology; aquatic, riparian, and wetland ecology; restoration ecology; biogeochemistry; remote sensing; geographic information systems; statistical analyses; and modeling. They share a concern about the flow of water through landscape and the resources that depend on these waters.

College of Science

The department offers advanced study leading to the MS degree in Applied Environmental Geoscience. This terminal degree program requires a combination of advanced courses selected from Geology offerings, as well as additional courses from other units on campus, such as Civil and Environmental Engineering, Plants, Soils and Biometeorology, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, and the College of Natural Resources. Plan B only; see graduate requirements in USU graduate catalog for description of Plan B reports.

Upper Atmospheric Physics involves many areas of physics and disciplines such as mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and meteorology. Students who have met the department’s requirements may select courses offered by the associated departments guided by their research project. Research opportunities are available in theoretical and experimental projects. These may include: participating in instrument development, observational campaigns, data analysis, and theoretical development. Measurements are acquired from experiments on rockets and satellites as well as ground based coherent radar, incoherent-scatter radar, and optical instruments including LIDAR systems. Theoretical research can include that associated with the Space Weather model Global Assimilation of Ionospheric Measurements (GAIM).

Participating Universities

Here are some other participating universities involved with WICHE. If you are receiving in-state tuition at one of these schools, you may be eligible to receive in-state tuition for your graduate program at USU. Check the WICHE savings finder for more information.

  • University of Alaska – Anchorage
  • University of Alaska – Fairbanks
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Arizona State University (West Campus)
  • Arizona State Universiy
  • University of Arizona
  • Humboldt State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • University of Colorado, Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus)
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • Colorado Statue University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Boise State University
  • University of Idaho
  • Idaho State University
  • Montana State University, Billings
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Montana Tech
  • University of Montana, Missoula
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
New Mexico
  • University of New Mexico
  • New Mexico State University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • Eastern New Mexico University – Portales
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
North Dakota
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of North Dakota
  • Valley City State University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • University of Oregon
  • Western Oregon University
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Portland State University
South Dakota
  • South Dakota State University
  • Dakota State University
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Black Hills State University
  • University of South Dakota
  • Utah State University
  • Weber State University
  • University of Utah
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Central Washington University
  • Washington State University
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University, Spokane
  • University of Wyoming