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DEGREES & PROGRAMS

The Online Master's Degree in Business Designed to Help You Stand Out

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Business Master's Degrees

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

MBA Increase in Salary

$16,200

Master of Business Administration graduates report an average salary increase of $16,200 after completing their WGU degree.

Accounting Increase in Salary

$18,700

M.S. Accounting graduates report an average salary increase of $18,700 after completing their WGU degree.

Leadership Increase in Salary

$10,500

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

BUSINESS MASTER'S DEGREES

Your Online Path to a Highly Respected Career in Business


 

A master's in business can be the boost your résumé needs to prepare you for promotions, raises, and new opportunities. Our business programs are finely tuned to address the most in-demand business skills needed for success in the constantly evolving world of business. 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 master's degree from WGU. Our many master's degree options are centered on teaching you critical skills you need to thrive in the diverse disciplines and fields that make up the world of business today. Plus, our business master's degrees are completely online so you can have the flexibility you need to continue your education. 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 master's degree from WGU.

A Master's Degree That Pays For Itself

Earning a graduate degree is one of the best ways to increase your earning potentialimprove your job security, and expand your opportunities for career advancement. Master’s degree programs from the WGU College of Business offer a rigorous, relevant education that prepares you to become a sought-after leader in your field. Your university experience at WGU will set your career on a great upward trajectory.

Return on Investment

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Online. Nonprofit. Affordable.

Prepared for Success on the Job

From a 2021 Harris Poll of 300 employers of WGU graduates

97% of employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.

95% of employers said that they would hire another WGU grad.

98% of employers said WGU graduates met or exceeded expectations.

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-BASED EDUCATION

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

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

AT YOUR OWN PACE

At WGU, you are in charge of setting the pace. Spend time on areas where you need more understanding and accelerate in subjects where you already have knowledge.

Drive Change in Your Community

Apply for the $5,000 WGU Leadership Scholarship. 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

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.

*2021 Harris Poll

Business 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.

What Business Professionals Are Saying About WGU


 

See why business professionals are eager to hire and promote WGU graduates.

“WGU offers high-quality, affordable higher education, producing graduates with the right blend of knowledge, skills, and the experience to succeed."

—Brad Smith
President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft
 

"As employers, we look for men and women who can do the job well and can do it effectively. WGU's competency-based model means graduates have the skills and knowledge required for success in a cost-effective and efficient manner."

—Brian Standing
President—West Region, Century Link

"At a time when controversy swirls around some for-profit online colleges for predatory recruiting or poor performance, Western Governors University is known for its results...WGU graduates are more likely to get jobs."

—Forbes
"Western Governors University: The Best-Kept Secret in Online Colleges"

Career-Building Programs Built by Experts

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Business Master's Degrees

There are many career opportunities for those with a master's degree in business, including:

  • Sales manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Financial manager
  • Project manager
  • Director
  • Vice president
  • CPA
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO

For many students a master's degree in business is well worth any time and cost. An advanced degree, particularly in the business field, can lead to a raise, promotion, or a new opportunity. WGU students boast salary increases of at least $10,000 after graduating with a master's degree in business. A master's degree in business from a respected university can enhance your credentials and skills, boost your résumé and prepare you for an exciting future.

The best business program for you will greatly depend on your desired career goals. It's valuable to understand which type of courses and credentials are most desired for specific careers. For some, a master's degree in accounting will be crucial. For others, an MBA with a specialization may be the best option. Review the coursework for a program and the accreditation of a university when deciding which type of business master's degree is best for you.

In a traditional university, a business master's degree program will be approximately 2 years. However, there are many online university programs that offer master's degrees in business and allow you to accelerate your courses. For example, at Western Governors University students can accelerate their business program and most finish within 18 months.