Western New Mexico University Online

Western New Mexico University was founded in 1893 in Silver City, N.M. Today, it has four learning and study centers and schools for business administration and economics, allied health, applied technology, nursing, education, and social work. Recognized for its standards, personalized attention, and academic excellence, this institution of higher education offers more than 70 areas of study in which students can earn an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. WNMU is not only committed to offering great programs on campus, but also online through distance learning. WNMU’s Extended University offers online courses and degree programs to help accommodate the schedules of adult learners.

Programs Offered

WNMU Online offers approximately 100 online courses each semester and five online degree programs. Bachelor’s degree programs are available in criminal justice, rehabilitation services, nursing, and career and technical education. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program will prepare students for careers as law enforcement professionals, while the Bachelor of Arts in Rehabilitation Services program will qualify them for positions in rehabilitative systems. The RN to BSN program helps working nurses earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as two years. The bachelor’s degree program for career and technical teacher education is purposed for those who have already earned an associate degree or 45 college credit hours. Graduates of this degree will be able to pursue careers teaching technical subjects at secondary, postsecondary, industrial levels.

Students pursuing a graduate education can enroll in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. This program gives them the ability to concentrate in two or three areas of study. These concentrations include, but are not limited to, bilingual education, social work, English, political science, writing, psychology, business administration, and management information systems.


WNMU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, some programs have specialized accreditation from organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.


For undergraduate admissions, students must submit a completed application, official high school transcripts or GED scores, and SAT or ACT scores to determine Compass Placement Test is needed. Transfer students must submit official college transcripts from previously attended institutions of higher education. Applicants to the RN to BSN program must be graduates of an approved ADN or diploma nursing program, have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, and hold an active Registered Nurse license.

For graduate admissions, students must submit a completed application, letter of intent, and official copies of transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the final 64 credit hours of undergraduate/graduate work to be admitted in good standing status, while those with GPAs in between 2.75 to 2.99 will be admitted in probation status.

Admissions Contact

Western New Mexico University Online
WNMU Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 680
Silver City, NM 88062

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