35+ Years of educating working adults with industry-relevant degree programs

Our Mission and Commitment

Western International University® (West) provides a broad educational foundation, including a focus on business and technology, designed to prepare students for leadership positions in a dynamic, global marketplace.

Thought Leaders...Not Just Instructors

Our Faculty will guide you through your studies where you'll engage rich content, practice your knowledge and receive personalized immersive feedback on your projects.

Innovators in Adult Education

In 1978, West was born in response to a huge, unmet need in the United States: Quality post-secondary education for adults.


For more than 35 years, we’ve been educating working adults. Earning a degree at West is a mark of achievement. Our professors are highly educated, highly experienced, and highly respected—by both students and peers.


Our curriculum is designed to fit your schedule.

West’s 8-week courses begin every month. Coursework and assignments are structured to help balance the workload over the 8-week term, so you can manage your schedule. You complete your weekly coursework and assignments when you can, in the time increments that work best for you.

A Truly Career-Focused Education

What you learn in your classes is designed to be applied to your current role...so you can practically apply your new knowledge. We call on experienced industry professionals and key faculty members to align our programs with the skills needed to succeed in today's business environment.

Degree Program Options

Undergraduate degree programs in growing, high-demand fields including Accounting, Business, Behavioral Science and Information Technology.

Results-Focused Learning Model

Courses are structured to follow a weekly path of Learn, Practice, Apply – a teaching methodology to help students better absorb and utilize new information.

Tracy Lorenz | President, Western International University

"We're so excited to have this opportunity to partner with Manpower and provide so many working adults with the opportunity to advance their careers and, most importantly, their lives.  West has been educating working adults for over 35 years...it's our passion."

A University Built Specifically for Adult Learners

It’s our belief that there’s a better way to help working adults achieve their educational goals.

Over 35 years we’ve thoughtfully evolved our model to keep pace with changing technology and student expectations, making it more manageable and affordable for today's student to earn their degree.

Learn about West, who we are, what we do and how we can help...in this short 90 second video.

West integrates a global perspective throughout our programs, so that no matter what topic you study, each course will help you develop a global leadership perspective.

An Important Update

For almost 40 years, Western International University has proudly served students like you, and worked to provide a quality education with an innovative eye towards the unique needs of working adults. We have adapted our model to keep pace with changing technology and student expectations, making it more affordable and manageable for today's students to secure a higher education. We are proud of the work we have done, and of the successes our alumni have found.

Ensuring that all students who enroll in West programs graduate with the knowledge and credentials that allow them to progress in the workforce has been and continues to be our primary focus. The increasing demands of the competitive higher education marketplace challenge all institutions, and we have been working to address those facing West. Institutions with small enrollment numbers like ours have an even narrower path to follow with higher sensitivities to change and less ability to absorb burdens.

In considering the current environment, and the best interests of all of our students, the Board of Western International University has approved the recommendation to cease enrolling new students, develop a teach-out plan for current students and, ultimately, to close the university once the teach-out plan has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Arizona Board for Private Postsecondary Education and carried out.

A degree earned at Western International University – before or after this announcement and throughout the teach-out – remains a relevant degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students who are utilizing funds from the federal Title IV programs and who remain individually eligible will also continue to have access to these programs through their graduation.

This institution was founded with the best interests of its students at heart and we are winding down operations in that same spirit. While our work may be drawing to a close, we will continue to take pride in the many students and graduates who are the true legacy of this institution.

We understand there will be questions and concerns about this decision as we move forward and will continue to update this page accordingly. For current active students, an advisor will be calling you soon to discuss your options.

To request your official transcripts, please visit West.edu/transcripts