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The online bachelor's degree in business designed to help you stand out.

An online business degree focused on preparing you for an exciting business career.

These online business bachelor's degree programs are designed to ensure you're ready for your future. Impact your organization, your industry, and your community with the help of an accredited online business degree. The list of companies that have hired WGU business graduates reads like a Who's Who of the business world, including American Express, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, JPMorgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Starbucks, The Walt Disney Company, Tiffany, and Toyota—to name-drop just a few.

Open the door to exciting, in-demand, and lucrative careers with the help of a business bachelor's degree from WGU. Our many degree options are centered on teaching you critical skills you need to thrive in business. And our business bachelor's degrees are completely online so you can have the flexibility you need. No class times, no due dates—do your schoolwork any time, any place. Get ready to stand out with the help of an online business degree from WGU.

Business Management – B.S. Business Administration

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

Hone your business acumen and garner added...

Hone your business acumen and garner added respect:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 41 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

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.

Human Resource Management – B.S. Business Administration

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

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

A SHRM-recognized online business degree program:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 35 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

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.

Health Information Management – B.S.

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

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

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:

  • Time: 60% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

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

IT Management – B.S. Business Administration

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

IT managers are needed in nearly every...

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 41 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

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.

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...

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

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 41 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

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.

Healthcare Management – B.S. Business Administration

You can become a healthcare industry leader:...

You can become a healthcare industry leader:...

You can become a healthcare industry leader:


Compare with B.S. Health Information Management

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 35 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

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?...

Have a knack for numbers or fine-tuning finances?

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 41 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

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.

Time to graduation

2.5 years

The average time to complete a bachelor's degree with WGU is 2.5 years, proving that WGU students are motivated and use the opportunity to control their speed to graduation.

Salary growth

$12,300

Just 2 years after graduation, WGU students report earning $12,3001 more per year, while the national average salary increase after 2 years is just $6,200. 

Transfer average

34 credits

Students transfer an average of 34 credits to bachelor's of business programs at WGU, helping them move through their degree program even faster.

1 2020 Harris Poll of 1,340 WGU graduates and 1,400 graduates of other institutions.

Business bachelor's degrees driven by innovation.

Fast Company listed WGU among one of the world's 50 Most Innovative Companies "for showing public schools another way to do business." As Fast Company puts it: "The low-cost, self-paced WGU focuses on skills that lead to better jobs." And the metrics support that: 93% of employers say WGU grads are as good or better than those from anywhere else.

A bachelor's degree in business for less.

Half. That's a term that WGU is proud to be able to use. Compared to most other online universities, our tuition is about half.* And less than half is the amount that WGU students borrow to pay for their degree, compared to the national average.  High quality, low cost—that's the definition of value!

*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.

Drive change in your community.

Apply for the $5,000 WGU Leadership Scholarship.

Would you like to make a real difference at work and within your local community? If you’re ready to lead, we’re ready to help with the WGU Leadership Scholarship. Valued at up to $5,000, the scholarship can be applied toward any of our respected bachelor’s or master’s degrees in business, healthcare, education, and IT. Now is the time to change your life, so you can help change the lives of others.

Master Your Future Scholarship

Apply for a $2,500 Master Your Future scholarship.

A master’s degree in business can give your career a boost. Plus, 95% of employers said they would hire another WGU grad.* If you apply now, you can take advantage of the Master Your Future scholarship. This scholarship awards recipients $2,500 ($625 per six-month term for up to four terms). With tuition under $4,500, this makes your dream career even more affordable.

*2019 Harris Poll

Prepared for success on the job.

of polled employers said that WGU grads meet or exceed their expectations.

—2020 Harris Poll

of employers polled said the performance of their WGU graduate employee was excellent or very good.

—2019 Harris Poll

of employers polled said that WGU grads are prepared for their jobs

—2019 Harris Poll

Fit school into your life—not the other way around.

At WGU, we have a distinctive student-first approach to education. Here at WGU, you advance through your coursework by proving what you've learned, not by spending hours sitting in a lecture hall or logging in to a "virtual classroom." This means that you study the learning resources on your time (all required materials are available 24/7 and covered by a low, flat resource fee) and you pass the course as soon as you can pass a test, paper, or other assessment. For most of our students, this means finishing some (if not all) courses ahead of schedule—and graduating sooner!

competency, noun

Demonstrated knowledge, skill, or ability required to advance in a degree program.

At WGU, course competencies are defined by an expert council, including employers.

For this course, there are 3 areas you need to prove competency in.

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Competency Areas

First, let's take a pre‑assessment.

Determine what you already know from previous work and education experience, and where you need to focus your studies. Prove your competency in 3 areas in this exercise.

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Competency 1: Retrieving results...
Competency 2: Retrieving results...
Competency 3: Retrieving results...

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Second, study course materials.

Click on the free learning resources created by education experts that will help you master the competencies.

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“I’m impressed by the results in places like Western Governors University. Its low-cost online programs rely on competency-based progression, not class time or credit hours. It uses external assessments to evaluate student proficiency.” Bill Gates
“Why American Colleges Have to Change”

Career-building programs built by business experts.

Google

WGU’s business degree programs are highly respected among employers—largely because they were developed with support and guidance from business leaders serving on our Business Program Council and National Advisory Board. Experts include representatives from organizations such as Google, Microsoft, AT&T, HP, Simmons Media Group, Hospital Corporation of America, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

Commonly asked questions about business bachelor's degrees

There are many types of business bachelor's degrees and specializations including the following:
Business management degree
IT management degree
Healthcare management degree
Human resources management degree
Marketing degree
Accounting degree

Most bachelor's degrees in business are B.S. or bachelor of science degrees. B.S. degrees require you to learn highly applicable technical skills in areas like economics, entrepreneurship, and finance.

There are many different bachelor's degrees you can get in business. While jobs may vary, a bachelor's degree in business might prepare you for jobs like the following:

  • Marketer
  • Loan officer
  • Financial advisor
  • Human resources manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Sales manager
  • Accountant

A bachelor's degree in business generally takes around four years to complete, but some universities like WGU have a format that allows you to earn a degree more quickly, sometimes in less than 2 years.

Yes! A bachelor's degree in business can help you advance in your career, improve your prospects for a new job, and likely increase your earning potential. For your career, a bachelor's degree in business is a great investment.

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