ASU is joining the Western Regional Graduate Program bringing new opportunities for graduate students


Rachel Bunning

Finding the time and finances to complete a Master’s program can be difficult for a number of reasons. Despite the struggles one can face when looking into graduate programs, the history program here at SHPRS has now made it possible for students across the Western region to pursue a Master's degree in History at ASU online while paying resident tuition.

This news may sound too good to be true, but the reality of this opportunity is now available to graduate students. Starting this fall, the MA history program has been accepted to join the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), a tuition-reciprocity arrangement that enables students from select states to enroll in some 350 participating graduate programs and pay the enrolling institution’s resident tuition rate, instead of the nonresident rate that an out-of-state student would normally pay. The states included in the program are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

By joining the WRGP, the history program is expecting to make graduate study at ASU possible for a wider range of students. In fall 2016, 1,567 students enrolled through WRGP and saved an estimated $23.3 million dollars in tuition, and each student saved an average of $14,900 annually. On top of the money students can save through the program, they are also gaining access to the immersive online classes.

Director of SHPRS, Matthew Delmont, is eager for more students to experience the online selection that is available for students pursuing their degree.

“We have recently launched a Global History track in the online MA program, about which we are very excited,” said Delmont. “The online program has grown quickly of the last two years, so the next phase of the program will focus on maintaining the high quality of our courses and pursuing innovative and collaborative partnerships that will make our online program unique.”

For students looking to take advantage of this opportunity, simply apply directly through ASU and identify yourself as a WRGP applicant.