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Great Graduate Schools and Programs in the Midwest and West

Looking for a great grad school to help boost your career prospects? Check out these options in the Midwestern and Western US that also offer online programs.

Graduate school can be a great investment in your future, but with so many choices, it might feel difficult to find the right fit for you. This list is a great place to start your grad school search! The following colleges and universities are located in the Midwestern and Western part of the United States and offer advanced programs that can help you jump-start, accelerate, or change the direction of your career. If you’re not from the area, all of these institutions offer fully online program options as well. We make it easy to request more information from these grad schools too. If something sounds interesting, just click the “Connect me” button underneath each school—then they'll reach out to you. You may have never heard of some of these grad schools before, but they could be the perfect match for you and your educational goals. Learn more about them now! 

Ashland University

Ashland UAshland University is a church-affiliated liberal arts university with a 120-acre campus in Ashland, Ohio—60 miles southwest of Cleveland. AU offers graduate programs in American History & Government, Applied Exercise Science, Corporate & Strategic Communication, Education, and Leadership Studies as well as an MBA, an MFA in Creative Writing, and the Ashland Theological Seminary. Students may also pursue the new 1 Year International MBA, a program that grants a Master of Business Administration in one year and offers travel opportunities around the world through two international study tours.

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Moody Theological Seminary

Moody SeminaryMoody Theological Seminary is a private evangelical bible graduate college located on Moody Bible Institute’s 25-acre campus in Chicago, Illinois. With 729 grad students on campus and online, the Seminary’s Bible-based graduate courses last eight weeks each and cost $460 per credit hour. Programs include a Master of Divinity; a Master of Arts in Biblical Spiritual Formation & Discipleship, Biblical Studies, Biblical & Theological Studies, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ministry Leadership, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); and graduate certificates in Biblical Foundation, Biblical Spiritual Formation & Discipleship, Biblical Studies, Ministry Leadership, or TESOL. 

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Ohio University

Ohio UniversityOhio University is a public comprehensive institution with a 1,800-acre campus in Athens, Ohio—75 miles southeast of Columbus. The University offers graduate and professional education, with advanced and specialized courses of study, supervised practical experience, and research opportunities. The Chronicle of Higher Education lists Ohio U among the top producers of Fulbright Award–winning students in the nation, and currently the University ranks among the top in the state for nationally competitive awards won by its students.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis USaint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university with a 282-acre campus in St. Louis, Missouri. The University has more than 100 graduate and professional programs as well as two graduate programs that can be completed on SLU’s campus in Madrid, Spain. In addition to the Master of Arts in Political Science & Public Affairs and the Master of Arts in Spanish, SLU-Madrid also hosts summer programs for students pursuing graduate degrees in Law and Business.

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Saint Paul School of Theology

Saint Paul School of Theology logoSaint Paul School of Theology is a highly specialized institution for ministry education in Leawood, Kansas. Graduate students at Saint Paul can pursue a Master of Divinity (with specialization options), Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (with specialization options), Master of Arts in Theological Studies, or a Doctor of Ministry—all of which offer a real-world education model, courses taught by professors and practitioners, and a focus on ministry. 

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University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati logoThe University of Cincinnati is a public research institution on a 250-acre campus just two miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Ranked among the “Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News & World Report, the University offers more than 375 graduate degree and certificate programs—including an MBA, a major in Literacy & Second Language Studies, a program in Medical Science Laboratory Science Leadership, and more—to 11,000+ graduate students. Investing in tomorrow’s leaders, UC ranks in the top 3% in annual research expenditures among institutions that invest more than $50 million per year.

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University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado BoulderThe University of Colorado Boulder is a comprehensive public university on a 600-acre campus in Boulder, Colorado—27 miles northwest of Denver. Students can choose from 190 graduate programs across seven colleges and schools, including the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Applied Science; Media, Communication, and Information; Music; Law; Business; and Education. CU Boulder is one of the nation’s top-ranked Tier 1 research institutions that’s home to 12 research institutes and 75 research centers, plus a dynamic and diverse community of scholars and students that work together on hands-on, real-world projects that merge experience and academia. 

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