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What are the differences, and similarities, between the MBA and M.S. Management and Leadership degree programs?
The MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree program at WGU provides broad, integrated skills across all major business functions and activities, including economics, finance, accounting, operations, and marketing. The MBA focuses more on hard skills (technical skills such as math and writing) and their application. Graduates tend to find employment in the private sector.
The M.S. (Master of Science) in Leadership and Management (MSML) degree program at WGU is deeper in scope with regard to leadership principles and strategic management, including change management and innovation. The MSML focuses more on soft skills (such as teamwork and leadership). Graduates tend to find employment in the public sector, such as with non-profits and governmental agencies.
While these degree programs have their differences, they also share a few similarities. For example, both programs share five courses (see Standard Paths below), making it enticing to earn both degrees, as you only need to complete an additional six courses after earning one; both target working professionals who want to advance into a leadership position; and both degrees use a mix of objective and performance assessments, although the MSML relies more heavily on performance assessments.
The standard plan for a student in either the MBA or MSML program who entered WGU without any transfer units would look similar to what you see below. Your personal progress can be faster, but your pace will be determined by the extent of your transfer units, your time commitment, and your determination to proceed at a faster rate. Courses highlighted in yellow are found in both programs.
Managing Organizations and Leading People
Managing Human Capital
Becoming an Effective Leader
Global Economics for Managers
Accounting for Decision Makers
Data-Driven Decision Making
Change Management and Innovation
Management and Leadership Capstone
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