How Long Does it Take to Earn a Master’s Degree Online?

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

While it typically takes a full-time student two years to complete a master’s degree program, online master’s degrees offer more flexibility and can take more or less time depending on the student.

For instance, online universities like Western Governors University (WGU) let students take assessment exams at their own pace. Students may pass these tests quickly based on their work experience and skills, accelerating their online degree program (and lowering costs, too!)

Combined Degree Programs

Some programs combine degrees so students can achieve their education goals quicker.

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs: This program permits a student to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years of full-time school.
  • Master’s Degree and Doctorate: Students may earn their master’s degree in the process of getting their doctorate. This typically takes a full-time student four years.
  • Executive Master of Business Administration: This degree takes into account life and work experience to accelerate the program. A business executive with 5 to 10 years management experience can earn an MBA in a year, taking courses in evenings and on weekends.