The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows master’s, graduate certificate, and Ph.D. students who are residents of the WICHE member states to enroll in some 450 high-quality programs at 61 participating institutions outside of their home state and pay resident tuition. 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.
For a full list of WRGP programs, download this PDF handout.
For Graduate Students
To be considered for the WRGP resident tuition rate, apply directly to the department or graduate studies department of the institution where you want to enroll, and identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant. WGRP students must fulfill all the usual requirements of the department and institution concerned, and meet all admission deadlines. Contact information for each participating program is listed in our WRGP online directory.
For Graduate Programs Interested in Joining the WRGP Network
Good news! Effective for the 2018 academic year and forward, graduate programs no longer need to be distinctive to participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program. However, WRGP programs will still require approval to participate by the provost, vice president of academic affairs, or graduate dean of the enrolling institution. WICHE staff is now in the process of reorganizing the application process; we appreciate your patience during this time! If you have an application from last year, please don't complete it -- the new process will be much simpler. We anticipate that sign-ups for new programs will be open in late Spring 2018. If your graduate program would like to be notified once the new process is established, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your contact information in the message body.
WICHE is most interested in adding graduate programs in healthcare fields not available through its Professional Student Exchange Program, as well as cutting-edge and high workforce need fields, including biotechnology and bioinformatics, cybersecurity; alternative energy technology and sustainability; geospatial technology; market research, data mining, data science and analytics; homeland security and emergency and disaster management; user experience design and management; and careers in aging.