MBA Areas of Study

The WGU Master of Business Administration program content is based on the knowledge and skills that provide expertise in the areas of management, communications, technology, ethics, and globalization.

Managing Organizations and Leading People

This course covers principles of effective management and leadership that maximize organizational performance. The following topics are included: the role and functions of a manager, analysis of personal leadership styles, approaches to self-awareness and self-assessment, and application of foundational leadership and decision-making skills.

Global Economics for Managers

This course examines how economic tools, techniques, and indicators can be used for solving organizational problems related to competitiveness, productivity, and growth. You will explore the management implications of a variety of economic concepts and effective strategies to make decisions within a global context.

Managing Human Capital

This course focuses on strategies and tools that managers use to maximize employee contribution and create organizational excellence. You will learn talent management strategies to motivate and develop employees as well as best practices to manage performance for added value.

Management Communication

This course prepares you for the communication challenges in organizations. Topics examined include: theories and strategies of communication, persuasion, and ethics that enhance communication to various audiences.

Marketing

This course will focus on the marketing function and its impact on the overall success of an organization. Topics include consumer behavior, marketing theories and strategies, product positioning, the competitive environment, and effectiveness of the marketing function. A key element of the course will include the relationship of the “marketing mix” to strategic planning.

Accounting for Decision Makers

This course provides you with accounting knowledge and skills to assess and manage a business. Topics include the accounting cycle, financial statements, taxes, and budgeting. You will improve your ability to understand reports and use accounting information to plan and make sound business decisions.

Ethical Leadership

This course examines the ethical issues and dilemmas managers face. This course provides a framework for analysis of management-related ethical issues and decision-making action required for satisfactory resolution of these issues.

Financial Management

This course covers practical approaches to analysis and decision-making in the administration of corporate funds, including capital budgeting, working capital management, and cost of capital. Topics include financial planning, management of working capital, analysis of investment opportunities, sources of long-term financing, government regulation, and global influences. You will improve your ability to interpret financial statements and manage corporate finances.

Data-Driven Decision Making

This course presents critical problem-solving methodologies, including field research and data collection methods that enhance organizational performance. Topics include quantitative analysis, statistical and quality tools. You will improve your ability to use data to make informed decisions.

Operations Management

This course focuses on the strategic importance of operations management to overall performance. It provides comprehensive exposure to the various planning, control, and decision-making tools and techniques of the operations function. This course emphasizes principles of supply chain management, from manufacturing goods to retail services. Topics include quality, capacity planning, location analysis, process selection, layout, work systems design, operating efficiency, supply chain, and planning and management.

Capstone Project

This course is the culminating assessment of the MBA curriculum and covers all previous assessment topics. You will work with a real world organization to develop a solution to a business problem. In addition, you will work in teams of three or four students to simulate running a business. One unique aspect of the simulation is that there are scheduled dates each week for simulation decisions. Since all teams are required to meet the deadlines and work at the same pace this aspect of the assessment cannot be accelerated.