College of Business
The College of Business develops curriculum in concert with business industry leaders to adapt to workforce needs. Education pathways are designed to nurture the skills that developing business professionals need to succeed in the workplace and to help businesses get the skilled workers they need to support their organizations.
Recent College of Business Highlights
- Graduates in 2020: 14,298
- Improved two-year graduation rates from 44% in December 2018 to 51.4% in December of 2020; Improved graduation rates in M.S. Management and Leadership and MBA even more: 56.7% and 53.8%, respectively.
- Earned a Society for Human Resource Management Honorable Mention Merit Award for virtual SHRM chapter’s first full year of operations.
- Launched new Bachelor of Science Business Administration structure to meet the needs of students and employers by providing a common core along with majors and microcredentials relevant to a variety of today’s business career opportunities and industry needs.
Executive Dean and Senior Vice President, College of Business
MBA, University of Southern California
Vice President, Academic Business Process
M.S., Penn State University; MBA, University of Texas at Austin
Vice President, Academic Operations, College of Business
MBA, Western Governors University
Frances A. Hume, SPHR GPHR
Hume ‘n Resources Consulting
MBA, University of Utah
Ernest E. Wessman
MBA, University of Utah
Brigham Young University
Ph.D., University of Washington
David H. Harrison
Harrison Management Consultants
MBA, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Our belief is that people should not have to leave the workplace to get the education that will improve their skills and job performance. The College of Business constructs the learner experience so that students can utilize what they are learning in their jobs, benefitting both the individual and the companies they work for.
ACBSP accreditation: All of WGU's College of Business bachelor's and master's degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures business programs deliver students the skills employers want.
SHRM academic alignment: The Society for Human Resource Management has analyzed WGU's Human Resource Management bachelor's degree and found that it aligns with SHRM's recommended minimum standards, integrating the HR components that are most relevant for new human resource professionals.