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Our online master’s in management will give you the leadership and organizational skills you need for effective change management, strategic management, and developing high-performance teams. The M.S. in Management and Leadership will enhance your ability to manage in dynamic environments such as business, government, nonprofits, or education. With the knowledge gained in courses covering managing human capital, data-driven decision making, and change management and innovation, you’ll be prepared to maximize organizational performance and become a successful leader.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
We developed our online Master of Science — Management and Leadership degree program with significant input from experts and business leaders who serve on our Business Program Council. Our National Advisory Board consists of major corporations and foundations that provide ongoing support and advice to the university, so our graduates experience superior results. WGU's online business programs provide an up-to-date, relevant curriculum designed to help students gain the skills employers need. As a graduate, you'll be able to apply what you've learned, and that will play a key role in helping you reach your full career potential.
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The online M.S. — Management and Leadership Program also requires the successful completion of a capstone project.
Your capstone project is something to be proud of – it's the culmination of all your hard work. Your final project allows you to take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business. Go ahead, show everyone what you can do.
WGU is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.
Online learning is not easy.
You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around
The standard time it takes to complete the online M.S. — Management and Leadership program at WGU is two years.
The program requires the completion of 34 Competency Units (CUs), which are WGU credit equivalents. Each course typically equals three or four CUs.
Many students proceed faster than the normal pace designed into each program. But don’t assume doing so is easy. WGU programs are quite rigorous. The pace at which you complete your WGU program depends upon how quickly you are able to take and pass the required assessments. Successful students who commit 15 hours or more per week to their studies are often able to complete their programs more quickly.
Ultimately, the pace at which you complete your M.S. — Management and Leadership degree depends on how rapidly you pass assessments.
It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.
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Senior Vice President of Human Resources at HCA
Western Governors University was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.
In WGU’s online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.
We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven’t increased tuition since 2008. And because we charge tuition at a flat rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.
You’ll pay the same low tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree.
For this program, a full course load is 8 competency units (credit hours) per term – each course generally represents three or four competency units. Because we allow you to complete extra courses at no extra cost, you may be able to increase the value of your program by dedicating extra time to your studies.
WGU's online M.S. — Management and Leadership is designed to be affordable for hard-working adults with bills to pay.
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WGU is half the cost of other online universities. A business degree at a traditional university can cost more than $40,000. A typical two-year master's degree program at WGU is less than $15,000.
*Note: This chart is for illustration only and reflects the tuition information made public by other institutions and WGU’s standard tuition of $2,890 per term as of February 1, 2015. Tuition for the MBA and nursing programs is higher at $3,250 per term. Actual rates will vary depending on the number of terms needed to complete the program. Check the website for the most current tuition information.
WGU’s financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.
Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.
Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.
An online business degree from WGU tells employers that you're serious about success.
Take the next step into a prosperous future.
Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:
99%of employers agreed that WGU graduates meet or exceed their expectations.
of employers said WGU grads exceed expectations.
of employers rated WGU graduates’ job performance as good as or better than the job performance of graduates from other institutions.
of employers consider WGU graduates prepared for their jobs.
of employers rate the "soft skills" of WGU grads as equal to or better than graduates from other institutions.
Note: 2014 Survey of 300 Employers by Harris Poll
You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.
"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace."
James Dye, WGU Alumnus
You set your own pace by demonstrating your skills. In the online degree programs at WGU, you'll advance through each course by first mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in each subject area.
These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn Competency Units (CUs), or credit equivalents.
WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.
Enrollment is easy. View our Enrollment Checklist for the seven easy steps to getting started.
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.
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You'll be on your way to a successful career. A world of opportunity awaits.
As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our main concern. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs.
Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an
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