Choose a college
WGU does not rely upon classes in the traditional sense. We don’t base your progress on accumulating credit hours, but rather on completing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in a subject area.
We ask you to “prove you know your stuff.” You’ll study. You’ll write papers. You’ll complete team projects and simulations. You’ll complete assignments.
Here’s how it works:
It’s your program.
Online learning isn’t easy. You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or more per week on your studies. Your program, however, will be flexible enough to fit your lifestyle, not the other way around.
Learn more about why you should choose WGU.
Back to degree overview
Standard Time to Completion: 2 years
WGU’s competency-based approach results in degree completion times that can vary from student to student. The amount of time it will take you depends upon three factors:
Many students will be able to proceed faster than the normal pace designed into the program, but doing so will require additional time and effort.
The pace at which you complete this program depends upon how quickly you are able to complete and pass the required assessments. Successful students who commit at least 20 hours or more per week to their studies are often able to complete their programs more quickly.
Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for a personalized estimate of your time to completion.
Basic Tuition: $3,250 per six-month term
Resource Fee: $145 per six-month term (non-refundable)
Application Fee: $65 (one time)
You pay for the time, not the credits. Tuition is charged at a flat rate every six months and covers all coursework attempted in that time. A full-time load for this degree program is at least 8 competency units (credit equivalents) per six-month term. Whether you complete more or fewer units, you are charged the same flat rate.
You have a significant advantage if you have extensive experience in the field and the time to take on a substantial course load. If you can shorten the time it takes for you to complete your degree, you pay less.
Here’s an example:
How does tuition compare to other online schools? Very favorably. Our tuition is typically half what other reputable online universities charge. Other schools charge as much as $640 per credit, which can ultimately cost you $40,000 for your degree. Plus, you won’t have the benefit of cost savings if you can complete your program faster.
More information about Tuition and Fees
Compare WGU’s tuition to other schools
Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify. Some types of loans are based on financial need. And because tuition is low, you should be able to finish your degree without large education debts.
Learn more about financial aid
Talk to an Enrollment Counselor to learn what financial aid might be available to you.
Credibility is a critical factor when considering an online degree program. Accreditation is a key indicator of a university’s credibility among both academia and employers. WGU is:
Learn more about accreditation.
Our focus on competency development is also valued by employers. As a graduate of WGU, you’ll have a valued credential that is recognized by employers. You can learn more about how employers view WGU graduates by viewing our Student Success and Performance Data.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Applicants must also submit a resume showing at least three years of significant professional experience. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can help you understand what is required of you.
More info about Admissions
You’re using an unsupported version of your browser..
You’ll still have full access to the site, but some functionality may be lost. For the best wgu.edu experience, upgrade your browser by following the links below.