MBA Areas of Study

The WGU Master of Business Administration, Management and Strategy program content is based on the knowledge and skills that provide expertise in the areas of business and management. WGU's challenging MBA program is for individuals who already possess real-world experience and seek in-depth knowledge in management and strategy.

Graduate-Level Business Core

The graduate-level business area of study engages students in an integrative, project-based approach to developing managerial competence through direct application of concepts in complex, problem-solving scenarios. Students demonstrate mastery in the following subject matter: leadership and organizational management, innovation, financial analysis, and products and customer relationship management.

Human Resources
Focuses on understanding the legal and ethical strategies for managing the human resources in an organization by creating reports, plans, memos ad presentations that address issues of constructive discharge, business ethics in practice, performance appraisal processes, team assessment, and succession planning.

Focuses on strategies for online product development, marketing, customer relationship management, and global expansion by creating a website for marketing a product/services and delivering key company messages.

Focuses on understanding and analyzing all types of team structures and how to make them effective and productive by participating in a team activity that focuses on the development of a leadership handbook and multi-media presentation.

Financial Analysis
Focuses on both financial and managerial accounting and how they can help managers react to situations and improve business operations by considering broadening base of business which requires assessing operations, analyzing the alternatives, and making a recommendation to senior leadership.

Social Responsibility
Focuses on identifying and establishing business practices that managers and business leaders need in order to implement the actions and attitudes required of socially responsible, sustainable, and environmentally friendly organizations by performing a sustainability assessment with a company.

Organizational Management
Focuses on leadership skills, corporate culture, balanced scorecards and communication by reviewing a case study of a merger of two companies.

Decision Analysis
Content focuses on the quantitative analysis used in operations management by using a case study involving a retail chain.

Risk Management
Content focuses on categorizing levels of risk and understanding how risk can impact the operations of the business through a scenario involving the creation of a risk management program and business continuity program for a company and a business situation reacting to a crisis/disaster situation affecting the company.

Graduate-Level Management and Strategy

The graduate-level management and strategy area of study covers operational management and business strategy.

Supply Chain
Content focuses on the integration of activities that comprise a supply chain, from manufacturing good through retailer sales by using a simulation to address the challenges to successfully compete in a market and to achieve business goals.

Strategic Management
Content focuses on developing, implementing and modifying a strategic plan by competing against other students using a simulation and making decisions in a global environment.