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WGU's One-Year Master in Leadership

One Year*, 10 Courses, One Top Management Degree

A completely online master's degree


You never have to go into a classroom, virtually or in-person. The Master in Leadership and Management program at WGU is completely online, on your schedule. You do assignments and assessments whenever is convenient for you.

Tuition Per Six-Month Term



Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. And when you finish in one year, your total cost is less than $10,000.

Average Salary Increase



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

WGU's one-year* M.S. in Management and Leadership allows you to finish your master's in only 12 months. This accelerated program option features:

  • A course plan that will include the length of each course and a live session schedule. Your Program Mentor will review your weekly goals to ensure you remain on track to complete your degree in 12 months or less. 
  • Available live sessions led by subject matter expert Course Instructors focused on course content, industry-demanded skills, and assessment tips to help you learn and meet your goals as part of your program.
  • Live interaction with a Program Mentor to help you with what to expect with accelerated competency-based learning, discussions regarding goals and life balance, and other pertinent topics to support you in making consistent progress toward completing your online degree.

*Program can be completed in as little as 12 months. Students that do not complete in 12 months and need longer to complete the program will need to pay for additional terms.

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: $4,755 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.

Benefits of a One-Year Online Master's Program

There are many reasons a one-year graduate program may be the perfect fit for you. It's valuable to understand the reasons and motivations for pursuing an online master's program that will be one year before you get started. 

Some of the benefits of a one-year online leadership and management program include:

  • Saving money. Tuition for a Master of Science in Leadership and Management per six-month term is $4,755, no matter how many online courses you take.
  • Continuing to work full-time. With a one-year online program, you are able to continue working full-time while pursuing a degree. You can directly apply the things you are learning in your online degree to your career, and you can continue to earn money while you're learning.
  • Increasing your salary or earning a promotion. When you graduate with degree in one year, you may be eligible more quickly for a promotion or a raise in your salary. You can begin boosting your résumé with relevant coursework and be prepared for enhancements in your career right away with a one-year leadership and management degree.
  • Utilizing your current knowledge and experience. If you're already working in business or have a business background, your knowledge and experience can help you finish your online degree more quickly. With a competency-based education program like that offered at WGU, you can move through your courses as quickly as you master the material. This makes finishing your program in one year much more doable.
  • Earning a respected degree from an accredited business school. When you pursue this type of program, you want to ensure the business school is accredited and well respected. Whether you pursue a traditional or online leadership and management program, you want to be certain the credentials will be valuable to your employer. 
  • Starting and finishing sooner than you think. When you choose a one-year master's degree, you'll likely graduate sooner than you may have originally anticipated. But when you choose an online graduate program from WGU, you can also start your program sooner than you think. With start dates every single month, you can begin your one-year program soon after you apply. Taking on a full-time course load will mean you can start—and finish—extremely quickly.
  • Learning real-world skills. Online leadership and management degrees like the one offered at WGU is geared to be directly applicable to your career. Management, communication, finance, analytics, and strategy courses will be part of your online curriculum to ensure you have the specific skills employers are looking for. When you choose a one-year online MSLM degree, you will still get the same industry-focused coursework you need, just on a faster schedule than in a traditional program.

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