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WGU's One-Year MBA

One Year, 11 Courses, $9,060, One Top MBA

MBA programs to choose from


Choose from 3 different MBAs at WGU, one focused on IT management, one focused on healthcare management, and one traditional MBA program option. Any of these three degrees can be finished in one year.

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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.

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Average salary increase


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

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WGU's one-year MBA allows you to finish your Master in Business Administration program in only 12 months for just $9,060. This accelerated online MBA program features:

  • A course plan which will include the length of each course and a session schedule. Your Program Mentor will review your weekly goals to ensure you remain on track to complete your degree in one year or less. MBA students can expect a featured plan that will help them ensure they will complete their coursework in a timely manner for this accelerated MBA.
  • 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 accelerated MBA. 
  • 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 MBA degree.
  • Support in your online MBA to help you realize your educational and career vision including Writing and Math Center support as-needed, career center assistance with achieving career goals, the option to participate in business school student clubs and organizations like the SHRM student chapter or our National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Club, and alumni services to help you make crucial networking connections. An online MBA doesn’t have to mean that you are alone on your journey.
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Choose from Our Three One-Year MBA Degree Programs:

Master of Business Administration

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

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

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

  • Time: 80% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,675 per 6-month term.

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 Information Technology Management

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

Earn the online college degree that can move your...

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

  • Time: 68% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,675 per 6-month term.

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.

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MBA Healthcare Management

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

Prepare for a career leading private or public...

Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare organizations.

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,675 per 6-month term.

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.

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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 by clicking the button below.

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Benefits of a One-Year Online MBA Program

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

Some of the benefits of a one-year online MBA program include:

  • Saving money. When you choose our one-year online MBA program, you'll pay less. Tuition for a Master of Business Administration per six-month term is $4,530 no matter how many online MBA courses you take. This means your total one-year MBA program tuition will be less than $10,000.
  • Continuing to work full-time. With a one-year online MBA program, you are able to continue working full-time while pursuing a full-time MBA. You can directly apply the things you are learning in your online MBA 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 your online MBA 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 MBA.
  • 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 MBA 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 MBA in one year much more doable.
  • Earning a respected degree from an accredited business school. When you pursue an MBA program, you want to ensure the business school is accredited and well respected. Whether you pursue a traditional or online MBA program, you want to be certain the credentials will be valuable to your employer. An online MBA is as well respected as a traditional MBA program if you choose the right school. WGU has top regional accreditation, which means your MBA program is held in high esteem by your employers and colleagues.
  • Starting and finishing sooner than you think. When you choose a one-year MBA, you'll likely graduate sooner than you may have originally anticipated. But when you choose an online MBA from WGU, you can also start your program sooner than you think. With start dates every single month, you can begin your one-year MBA 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 MBA degrees like those offered at WGU are geared to be directly applicable to your career. Management, communication, finance, analytics, and strategy courses will be part of your online MBA curriculum to ensure you have the specific skills employers are looking for. When you choose a one-year online MBA, you will still get the same industry-focused coursework you need, just on a faster schedule than in a traditional MBA.

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