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Master of Science

Master's in Management
& Leadership Degree

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A Master's in Management Degree Focused on Promoting Workplace Growth and Innovation


Being a manager who confidently leads organizations and motivates people—the kind companies want to hire and employees want to work for—takes skill and practice. If you have your sights set on an influential management role in business, government, startups, or nonprofits, earning your master's in management (MIM) is a great place to start. You can take the next step in your career and be prepared for a raise, promotion, or career shift. And an M.S. in Leadership and Management can be the key to helping you reach your goals.

70% of students finish within 

20 Months

WGU lets you set a schedule so you can finish your master's degree in just one year. You are in control of the schedule and timing for your MSML program.

Tuition per six-month term is


Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. Finish faster, pay less!

Average salary increase


M.S. Leadership and Management graduates report an average salary increase of $10,500 after completing their WGU degree.

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Masters in Leadership and Management Courses

This program is composed of the following courses. You will typically complete them one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and master the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost. 
One year master's degree students can complete all of their coursework in just two WGU terms. You will set a schedule with your Program Mentor to enable you to finish your program quickly. Learn more about the one year program at WGU. 

To ensure WGU graduates acquire the knowledge and skills sought by employers, our M.S. in Management and Leadership was developed with significant input from experts and business leaders who serve on our Business Program Council. The management and leadership curriculum is designed to prepare you to lead and influence individuals, companies, and communities.

Business Acumen

10 Courses

Program consists of 10 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your degree is proof you really know your stuff.

Capstone Project

Special requirements for this program

WGU’s online M.S. Management and Leadership includes a capstone project that requires you to synthesize core knowledge from across the degree program and apply research skills in order to address a management or leadership challenge in a real-world organization.

"WGU allowed me to continue doing the things I love, spending time with my family, and traveling for my job. Another major plus was that the competency-based system enabled me to focus my time in the areas I needed to learn to further my career.”

—Shonna Wessels
M.S. Management and Leadership

Why WGU?

Earning Potential

After graduation, WGU management and leadership master's degree graduates report earning $10,500 more per year. Are you ready to make more money?

On Your Schedule

Competency-based education means you can move as quickly through your degree as you can master the material. You don't have to log in to classes at a certain time—you are truly in the driver's seat of your education.

Entirely Online

The Management and Leadership degree at WGU is 100% online, which means it works wherever you are. You can do your coursework at night after working at your full-time job, on weekends, while you're traveling the world or on vacation—it's entirely up to you.

Accredited, Respected,

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.


An Affordable Master's Degree in Leadership and Management

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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Pay less by completing your program faster

A College Degree Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2019 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.


Competency-Based Education Gives You Flexibility: Learn Where, When, And as Fast as You're Able

Professional responsibilities. Family obligations. Personal commitments. At WGU, we understand schedules are tight and often unpredictable for busy professionals. That’s why we offer a flexible, personalized approach to how education should be. No interruptions to your work or family obligations. No rigid class schedules. No barriers to earning your degree on your own terms. Just a solid, career-focused master's degree that meshes seamlessly with your current lifestyle.

"WGU was a game changer for me. I had tried before to get my masters, but all the online schools seemed so complicated. WGU made it easy and the support was great! As a father of 2 with a full-time and weekend job, I needed support and they were great."

—Joseph Ancona
M.S. Management and Leadership


Climb the Ladder to Success—Earn a Master of Science in Management Degree Focused on Taking You to the Top

Business. Government. Nonprofit. Startup. With the right knowledge and experience, you can drive your career toward executive-level organizational leadership in any direction you choose. Once you’ve learned how to promote growth, creativity, and innovation in an increasingly complex work environment, you will be sought after as a manager, director, vice president, or even a member of the c-suite. Take the next step in your career and earn a master's degree in management and leadership.

WGU's Master of Science in Management and Leadership is designed to prepare you for your next career move. You already have crucial skills that have helped you succeed—now it's time for the next step. In this degree program you'll develop the comprehensive managerial and leadership skills you need to execute organizational change, drive strategic initiatives, and develop high-performance teams—the qualifications today's employers are actively looking for in candidates to fill the top levels of leadership. This M.S. business program could be the first step toward an exciting, lucrative, and rewarding career move.

Return on Your Investment


Employment of top executives is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Make an Executive Decision About Your Career—Earn Your Management and Leadership Master's Degree

Confident leadership is required in every industry, and strategic management is needed at every successful organization. If you're ready to take the next big step in your management career, WGU's Master of Science in Management and Leadership can teach you how to make the kinds of smart decisions about employees, business plans, company policies, budgets, and resources that today's recruiters are looking for.
Our 700-plus M.S. Management and Leadership alumni have great jobs and satisfying careers:

Job Titles

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

Diverse Industries

  • Private companies
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government
  • Colleges and universities

Major Employers

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Adventist Health
  • HCA
  • Scholastic
  • State of Nevada

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers


Masters in Leadership and Management Admissions Requirements

To be considered for this master's program, students must:

  • Submit a transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution.

NOTE: You do not need to take the GRE or GMAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.

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The One-Year MSML


WGU's unique competency-based model allows you to move faster through your degree program. This online Master of Science in Management and Leadership degree gives you the flexibility you need to earn your degree on your terms. You don't have to leave your job to pursue a master's in business leadership—something you and your employer will both appreciate. No logging in, no set class times—you are in the driver's seat of your education.

WGU's one-year* MSML allows you to finish your degree program in only 12 months for just $9,460.

* Program can be completed in as little as 12 months. Pricing is based on 12-month completion of the program. Students that do not complete in 12 months and need longer to complete the program will need to pay for additional terms.

Frequently Asked Questions About Management and Leadership

A master's degree in leadership and management can be crucial for your career. Many opportunities may only be open to those who have a master's degree in management, so pursuing this degree can absolutely be worth it. Many graduates see an increase in salary, promotions, new opportunities, and increased job stability with a master's degree in management. These benefits make the cost and time of a degree extremely worthwhile.

A master's degree in leadership can set you up for many exciting and rewarding careers including:

  • Business manager
  • Project manager
  • Recruiter
  • HR manager
  • Director
  • Vice-president
  • CEO 
  • COO

A master's degree in management can set you up for many lucrative and rewarding careers. Most careers that require a management master's degree have salary levels over $100,000 per year. Your experience and industry will play a large role in your salary level as well.

An online university can be an ideal choice for a master's degree in leadership. An online program can allow you to continue to work full-time while pursuing your degree so you don't have to put your career on hold. You can also start implementing the things you learn in your program directly into your career. You may also be able to utilize your experience and knowledge to accelerate your courses and finish faster, saving you time and money.

Courses in a management and leadership degree program will often include subjects such as:

  • Managing human capital
  • Managing organizations and people
  • Communication
  • Business acumen
  • Ethical leadership
  • Strategic management
  • Change management

Yes, a master’s degree in management is definitely worth it. Since a management degree teaches you leadership skills, it is applicable in many different career fields. As a graduate with a master’s in management, you’ll be well equipped to step up as a leader and communicate effectively within whichever work environment you choose, whether that’s a corporate workplace or somewhere different.

A Master of Science in Management and Leadership can qualify you for a lot of careers and positions including:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Branch chief
  • Director of operations
  • Executive director
  • Human resources manager
  • Operations manager
  • Project manager

A master’s degree in management can be better than an MBA for those who don’t yet have a lot of work experience. While an MBA may be ideal for those who have worked professionally for a few years and want to return to school for more education, a master’s degree in management can be better if you’re looking to jumpstart your career with a higher degree soon after completing a bachelor’s or undergraduate degree.

The best master’s degree for management is one that’s flexible and tailored to your busy life. A degree like the one offered at WGU can help you jump into your career with the credentials and qualifications you need to progress quickly and find success and fulfillment. A master’s degree in management and leadership will prepare you to be a great leader and drive change and progression in your chosen workplace.

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