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Change Your Life With an Online Business Degree

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ONLINE BUSINESS DEGREES

Put Your Ambition To Work


 

Our market-responsive online business degrees reach broadly across the business world, giving you options to explore. Benchmarks of business degree values are driven by what’s important to you: real-world application, the ability to graduate faster, and industry relevancy.

EMPLOYER SATISFACTION

98% of employers included in a 2021 Harris Poll Survey said WGU grads met or exceeded expectations.

EXCELLENCE AND RESPECT

WGU's College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

GUIDED BY A MENTOR

A program mentor will be your guide, providing help and motivation throughout your WGU experience.

Business Bachelor's Degrees Online

Business Management – B.S. Business Administration

Hone your business acumen and garner added respect:...

Hone your business acumen and garner added respect:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Account executive
  • Business analyst
  • Program manager
  • Director or senior director
  • Vice president

This online degree program is an excellent choice for kick-starting your organizational management career.

IT Management – B.S. Business Administration

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:...

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 43 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Vice president of risk management
  • Product security incident manager
  • Vice president of technical services
  • CTO and CIO
  • Director of IT

Key competencies of these online courses align with industry needs: management and leadership, networks and security, and information systems management.

Healthcare Management – B.S. Business Administration

You can become a healthcare industry leader:...

You can become a healthcare industry leader:

Compare with B.S. Health Information Management

  • Time: 73% of graduates finish within 37 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Health information manager
  • Community service manager
  • Clinical manager
  • Medical records manager
  • Social service manager

The online courses in this career-focused business degree program will prepare you with management-level skills and an up-to-date understanding of our healthcare delivery system.

Accounting – B.S. Business Administration

Have a knack for numbers or fine-tuning finances?...

Have a knack for numbers or fine-tuning finances?

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 41 courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Accounting manager
  • Financial director
  • Vice president of finance and operations
  • Chief financial officer
  • Forensic accountant

Take your first step toward CPA certification and learn how to use GAAP, ledgers, and journals.

Human Resource Management – B.S. Business Administration

A SHRM-recognized online business degree program:...

A SHRM-recognized online business degree program:

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish within 43 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Human resource specialist
  • Director of talent acquisition
  • Recruiting manager
  • Organizational learning specialist
  • Vice president of HR

Earn your B.S. in Human Resources and help build strong organizations.

Marketing – B.S. Business Administration

For those who want to lead brands and steer consumer markets:...

For those who want to lead brands and steer consumer markets:

  • Time: 71% of graduates finish within 40 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Marketing and PR manager
  • Director of marketing and communications
  • Director of publications
  • Customer intelligence manager
  • Marketing sales manager

Marketing is a creative and exciting field—and one where an undergraduate degree will open better opportunities.

Health Information Management – B.S.

A program designed for future leaders in HIM....

A program designed for future leaders in HIM.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition: $3,475 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of informatics
  • HIMS chief
  • Information systems auditor
  • Outpatient coder
  • Health records manager

This CAHIIM-accredited program makes you eligible for the RHIA exam. 

Compare with B.S. Business – Healthcare Management

Information Technology – B.S.

Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this online...

Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this online program a top choice.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 48 months.
  • Tuition: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

Certifications included in this program at no additional cost:

  • CompTIA A+ 
  • CompTIA Network+ 
  • CompTIA Security+ 
  • CompTIA Project+ 
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist 
  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • ITIL®*^ Foundation Certification
  • LPI Linux Essentials

Job titles this degree may prepare you for include:

  • Application developer
  • Business systems analyst
  • IT manager
  • Database administrator

Accelerated Information Technology Bachelor's and Master's Degree

Earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster...

Earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster pace with fewer courses.

  • Time: Approximately 5 years.
  • Tuition: $3,625 per 6-month term for the bachelor's degree; $3,940 per term for the master's portion.
  • Courses: 42 total courses in this program.

Certifications included in this program at no additional cost:

  • CompTIA A+ 
  • CompTIA Network+ 
  • CompTIA Security+ 
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist 
  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • ITIL®*^ Foundation Certification
  • PMI CAPM
  • LPI Linux Essentials

This program allows students to earn their bachelor's degree in IT and move directly into a master's degree in IT management, cutting down on the total number of courses to complete.

Business Master's Degrees Online

Master of Business Administration

The flexible MBA program you need, focused on business management,...

The flexible MBA program you need, focused on business management, strategy, and leading teams:

  • Time: Graduates can finish in 12 months.
  • Tuition: $4,530 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 11 total courses in this program.

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • President and CEO
  • Vice president
  • Executive director
  • Chief strategic officer

Our competency-based model gives you an innovative learning experience you won't find anywhere else—and our MBA grads tell us they loved accelerating their program to see a faster ROI.

MBA Healthcare Management

Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare organizations....

Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare organizations.

  • Time: Graduates can finish within 12 months.
  • Tuition: $4,530 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 11 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • President and CEO
  • Vice president
  • Administrative director
  • Chief financial officer
  • Other executive-level roles

Healthcare is big business in today's complex economy.  Steer your career with this specialty MBA.

Compare online business degrees

This program is not the only online business degree WGU offers that is designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees.

MBA Information Technology Management

Earn the online college degree that can move your career into IT upper...

Earn the online college degree that can move your career into IT upper management:

  • Time: Graduates can finish in 12 months
  • Tuition: $4,530 per 6-month term
  • Courses: 11 total courses in this program

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Chief technology officer
  • Director of IT services
  • Senior systems administrator
  • Management information systems director
  • Computer and information systems manager

Learn to navigate emergencies, execute strategies, and optimize systems with the competencies within this specialty MBA.

Management and Leadership – M.S.

An online master's degree focused on change management, innovation, and...

An online master's degree focused on change management, innovation, and leading teams:

  • Time: 70% of graduates can finish in 20 months.
  • Tuition: $4,530 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 10 total courses in this program

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Director of operations
  • Executive director

Develop a comprehensive suite of leadership skills and your confidence to navigate changing business structures.

Accounting – M.S.

Become better qualified to pursue a greater variety of public and private...

Become better qualified to pursue a greater variety of public and private accounting positions:

  • Time: 72% of grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $4,530 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 10 total courses in this program

Some careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Accountant
  • Accounting manager
  • Internal audit manager
  • Senior accountant
  • Other specialized finance roles

This MAcc program is designed to prepare you for the CPA exam and also the CMA or CIA exams.

Data Analytics – M.S.

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills:...

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 23 months.
  • Tuition: $3,940 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 11 total courses in this program.

There are many careers this degree program may prepare you for, including:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Information Research Scientist
  • Advanced Analytics Expert

Master data mining, visualization, and SQL—and lead analytics at the business of your choice.

Information Technology Management – M.S.

A degree for experienced IT professionals ready to lead....

A degree for experienced IT professionals ready to lead.

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish within 20 months.
  • Tuition: $3,940 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 10 total courses in this program.

Included in your program—at no extra cost—is the opportunity to earn the valuable PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

There are many job titles this degree can prepare you for, including:

  • CIO/CTO
  • IT manager
  • IT director
  • Information systems manager

Maximize the opportunities that your IT career path has afforded you—earn your master's and keep moving up. 

Accelerated Information Technology Bachelor's and Master's Degree

Earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster...

Earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster pace with fewer courses.

  • Time: Approximately 5 years.
  • Tuition: $3,625 per 6-month term for the bachelor's degree; $3,940 per term for the master's portion.
  • Courses: 42 total courses in this program.

Certifications included in this program at no additional cost:

  • CompTIA A+ 
  • CompTIA Network+ 
  • CompTIA Security+ 
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist 
  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • ITIL®*^ Foundation Certification
  • PMI CAPM
  • LPI Linux Essentials

This program allows students to earn their bachelor's degree in IT and move directly into a master's degree in IT management, cutting down on the total number of courses to complete.

Master of Health Leadership

A master's focused on managing comprehensive, value-based care, directly...

A master's focused on managing comprehensive, value-based care, directly in line with innovations in health and healthcare.

  • Time: 81% of grads finish within 24 months. 
  • Tuition: $4,240 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 12 total courses in this program.

Examples of careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Managed care executive
  • Director of integrated care management
  • Health center manager/clinic manager
  • Director of integrated facilities

Your rich experience in a health-related field can mean more when you bring a master's level of understanding to the problems that organizations need to solve.

Compare degrees

This program is not the only degree WGU offers designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees.

Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology– M.S.

The M.S. in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology from WGU...

The M.S. in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology from WGU is for instructional designers tasked with creating engaging and immersive virtual learning experiences that can substitute for on-ground instruction.

No teaching license required.

  • Time: 73% of grads finish similar programs in 18 months
  • Tuition: $3,490 per 6-month term
  • Courses: 12 total courses in this program.

This program includes two tracks for students to choose from:

  • The K-12 Learning Designer pathway
  • The Adult Learning Designer pathway

Careers you will be prepared for after earning this degree include:

  • Instructional coordinator  
  • Instructional designer 
  • Curriculum developer
  • Instructional technologist
  • Learning engineer
  • Learning architect
  • Instructional design coordinator
  • Academic technologist
  • Learning experience designer  
  • Distance education administrator 
  • Director of instructional design 
  • Online course designer
  • Online course developer
  • Corporate training

Develop training and instruction expertise to help you in the classroom, in educational settings, or in corporate world.

Business Degrees To Help Boost Your Salary


 

A business degree should be worth the cost. Our degree programs have proven to provide a great return on investment. In fact, WGU grads see an average salary increase of $18,000 within just two years of graduation, and undergraduates pay back their tuition investment in around a year and a half.* Great ROI and higher pay—a business degree from WGU is your foundation for career progression.

*WGU 2021 Annual Report

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WGU vs. Traditional Universities
Compare the Difference

Traditional Universities

 

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$12,112*

$7,452

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$22,913**

$8,295

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

A counselor you have to schedule time with

An individual Program Mentor who knows your goals and schedule

EXAMS

Scheduled time

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

*According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
**According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics

Traditional Universities

 

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$12,112*

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$7,452

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$22,913**

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$8,295

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

TUITION STRUCTURE

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

A counselor you have to schedule time with

SUPPORT

An individual Program Mentor who knows your goals and schedule

EXAMS

Scheduled time

EXAMS

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

SCHEDULE

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

*According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
**According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics

See a Breakdown of Course Costs

Business Programs with the Best ROI

It's important to be thoughtful before investing in a degree. Comparing the cost of the program and the ROI you'll get is key in determining if a program is right for you. WGU programs rank extremely highly when it comes to ROI and competitive tuition. Learn more about how we rank when it comes to post-graduate debt and salary levels.

Bachelor of Science

Business Management: 267% ROI

Bachelor of Science

Marketing: 249% ROI

Bachelor of Science

Accounting: 202% ROI

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Discover what a market disruptor is and the skills you need to be one.

Meet More WGU Business Alumni 

Learn more about the experiences of distinguished WGU graduates.

What Our Alumni Are Saying


 

People love their WGU experience. See why it means so much to them, and what makes us different.

"Western Governors University is truly the best. The university is family. They helped me a lot, and I am indeed grateful."

— David Ekpezu, B.S. Business Management grad

"At WGU, it feels more like, 'We are here for you. So whenever you're ready, we're ready.'"

— Andrea Petty, B.S. Marketing grad

"Earning my master’s degree from WGU was an affirmation that I possessed the classical, foundational knowledge one requires to achieve excellent outcomes for themselves in the business world."

— Rob Berg, M.S. Management and Leadership grad

Where WGU Graduates Work

College of Business FAQs

Doing research is crucial when comparing business administration degrees. Things like the cost of the program, the amount of time it will take, and the courses are all important factors when making a decision. But there is more you should think about when making your choice. The amount of debt students have, the amount they are able to earn after they graduate, and how many online students a university has are also extremely important factors in determining which is the best program to meet your needs.

1. Excelsior College
ROI: 497%
Exclusively Online Students: 25,245
Tuition: $9,180 per year

2. Western Governors University
ROI: 267%
Exclusively Online Students: 136,139
Tuition: $6,450 per year
See WGU's Business Management Program

3. American Public University System
ROI: 249%
Exclusively Online Students: 45,249
Tuition: $11,550 per year

4. Arizona State University—Skysong
ROI: 225%
Exclusively Online Students: 43,721
Tuition: $8,550 per year

5. Capella University
ROI: 171%
Exclusively Online Students: 37,859
Tuition: $10,710 per year

Compare tuition prices for business management programs at online colleges. Other fees may apply, and fees will vary based on degree program and institution. These calculations are made based on 4 year degree programs, with prices listed on an institution's website.

Western Governors University
$28,600

Capella University
$38,400

Southern New Hampshire University
$38,400

Purdue Global University
$50,085

University of Phoenix
$47,760

Grand Canyon University
$56,400

Devry University
$62,708

Walden University
$62,795

On average, online business degrees will cost $38,000 to $60,000 total. There also may be in-state or out-of-state tuition factors, as well as additional fees. However, you may be able to find online degree programs that cost much less. For example, business degree programs at WGU are $3,720 per term for a bachelor's degree, and only $4,675 for graduate programs. This is less than half the cost of other online institutions.*

A bachelor's degree in business usually takes around four years to complete at a traditional university. Often online business degree programs allow you to accelerate your program. For example, at WGU business undergraduate programs can be completed in around two years thanks to the accelerated course program.

An online business degree can open up many opportunities for you to begin or advance your career in business. Since a business degree is versatile and teaches many skills, it could qualify you to work in any of several unique industries. With an online business degree, you could potentially qualify for a job in management, finance, accounting, marketing, information technology, or even healthcare. So whether you want to be an accountant or a chief technology officer, an online business degree can help.

CPA licensure requirements vary by state. Check here for more information about accounting license requirements in your state.

*WGU average annual bachelor’s tuition rates are 57% the national average, compared to national rates reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. WGU average rate does not include rates for WGU Bachelor of Science, Nursing Prelicensure program.