Wayne State College is a four-year, comprehensive, public institution of higher learning residing in Wayne, Nebraska. It is committed to the success of students and regional service. It is also dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning and freedom of inquiry. It offers a variety of programs in a small and personalized environment with a 19 to one student to faculty ratio. It offers over 90 undergraduate programs and four graduate programs through four schools: School of Education and Counseling, School of Arts and Humanities, School of Business and Technology, and School of Natural and Social Sciences. Popular undergraduate majors include business administration, elementary education, special education, criminal justice, industrial technology, human service counseling, and life sciences.

Another important component of education at Wayne State College is service learning and students engage in community projects designed to incorporate meaningful community service to improve the learning experience. It also strives to strengthen communities and teach civic responsibility. Wayne State College was founded in 1910 as a State Normal School. By 1915, 50 students had graduated from the school about almost 1,000 students were enrolled. The college continued to grow throughout the 1920s adding more buildings and programs. It became the State Normal School and Teacher’s College in 1921. In 1949, the college became the Nebraska State Teachers College at Wayne. It finally became Wayne State College in 1963. It then transitioned from a teacher’s institution to a more liberal arts-focused college. Today, Wayne State College is home to about 3,500 students.

Wayne State College Accreditation Details

The Higher Learning Commission accredits Wayne State College to grant bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The college also possesses specialized academic accreditations from various organizations, such as the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Council for Standards in Human Service Education, and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Wayne State College Application Requirements

Wayne State College is committed to helping guide students through the application process and it does not charge an application fee.


• Complete the Admissions Application
• Submit official high school transcript
• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
• Submit official SAT or ACT scores


• Complete the Graduate Admissions Application
• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended higher education institutions
• Submit official graduate level testing scores, such as the GRE and GMAT
• Submit additional requirements specified by certain programs

Tuition and Financial Aid


Wayne State College is committed to offering the most affordable tuition in the region.


• Nebraska resident: $160 per credit hour
• Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin resident: $240 per credit hour
• Non-resident/full rate: $320 per credit hour


• Nebraska resident: $200 per credit hour
• Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin resident: $300 per credit hour
• Non-resident/full-rate: $400 per credit hour


• Undergraduate: $260 per credit hour
• Graduate: $325 per credit hour

Financial Aid

Majority of students at Wayne State College receive some type of financial aid. The college participates in various financial aid programs, such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.


• Presidential Scholarship
• Education Matters Scholarship
• Governor’s Opportunity Award
• Cooperating Schools Scholarship
• Leadership Award
• Non-Resident Scholars Program
• NSCS Board of Trustees’ Scholarship


• Federal Pell Grant
• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
• Nebraska State College System Advantage Program
• Nebraska Opportunity Grant
• Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)


• Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
• Federal Direct PLUS Loan
• Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
• Federal Perkins Loan

Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study program provides a variety of employment opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for education related expenses. The funds are based on financial need. An array of opportunities are available, including those with community service. Actual pay and hours depend on employer and position.

Online Degrees Offered

Wayne State College offers an array of online programs at the graduate degree level, such as business administration, organizational management, and education. The online programs provide students with a variety of learning strategies to promote a well-rounded understanding of the field. The learning activities include instructor lecture notes, PowerPoint, written assignments, quizzes, multiple choice testing, essay testing, group work case studies, and papers.

Master in Business Administration

The online MBA program is a 30-credit non-thesis program that include core courses and elective classes. The core courses include financial administration, managerial communications, decision science, managerial economics, management accounting, marketing administration, administrative policy, and seminar in organizational behavior.

Master of Science in Organizational Management

The online Master of Science in Organizational Management is a collaborative degree that enables students to choose from three concentration areas: human resource management, information technology management, and sport and recreation management. The programs require the completion of at least 36 credit hours, including organizational management courses, concentration courses, and completion of a thesis, scholarly project, or internship. The human resource management concentration is designed for students seeking to maximize the performance of employees according to the strategic objectives of their employer. The program provides instruction on a variety of business activities used to manage employees in an organization, such as recruitment, orientation, performance appraisals, job analysis, compensation and benefits, and labor relations. The concentration courses include human resource development, work force planning and employment, total compensation, and business law and labor relations.

The information technology management concentration is for students in the information technology field and it provides information technology management and business skills to help students plan, manage, and evaluate the use of technology in organizations. The concentration courses include management information systems, topics in computer info systems, project management, and information systems technology and management.

The sport and recreation management concentration is intended for sports enthusiasts that are seeking a career in sports industry management, coaching, administration, or other sports related area. Students gain industry knowledge and experience to plan and assess sports related business activities. The concentration courses include sport event and facility management, program management and transition of sport, legal aspects of sport, economy of sport, and advanced sport marketing and promotion. All online students must complete at least 50 percent of coursework from Wayne State College faculty to meet the residency requirements.