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One-Year MBA at WGU

One Year*, 11 Courses, 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.

Tuition Per Six-Month Term


Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees.


Average Salary Increase


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

*WGU Internal Data 

WGU's one-year* MBA allows you to finish your Master in Business Administration program in only 12 months for just $4,755 per six-month term. 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.

*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.

Choose from Our Three One-Year MBA Degree Programs:


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: $4,755 per 6-month term
  • Courses: 11 total courses in this program

Skills for your résumé you will learn in this program include: 

  • Leadership strategies
  • Talent management
  • Communication
  • Data collection and interpretation
  • Financial statements

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 upper...

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

  • Time: Graduates can finish in 12 months
  • Tuition: $4,755 per 6-month term
  • Courses: 11 total courses in this program

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Management
  • Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Communications
  • Information Systems Security

Learn to navigate emergencies, execute strategies, and optimize systems with the competencies within this specialty MBA.


MBA Healthcare Management

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

Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare organizations.

  • Time: WGU lets you set a schedule so you can finish your MBA in just one year.
  • Tuition: $4,755 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 11 total courses in this program.

Skills for your résumé you will learn in this program include: 

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Patient care improvement
  • Service line development
  • Healthcare trends
  • Health policy and legislation

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.

Benefits of an Online MBA

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 $4,755 no matter how many online MBA courses you take.
  • 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 institutional 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.

Your MBA is Closer Than You Think

Next Start Date

Our Online University Degree Programs Start on the First of Every Month, All Year Long

No need to wait for spring or fall semester. It's back-to-school time at WGU year-round. Get started by talking to an Enrollment Counselor today, and you'll be on your way to realizing your dream of a bachelor's or master's degree—sooner than you might think!

Learn about online college admissions at WGU.

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.

Earn Your Degree for about Half the Cost of Other Universities*

You pay tuition per six-month term, not per course or credit. So when you move faster through your courses, you also lower your total bill!


WGU students pay about half the tuition,* and end up with half the debt of the national average.**

  • Low, flat-rate tuition.
  • Graduate faster and with less debt.
  • Financial aid and scholarships available.
  • Online education with supportive faculty.
  • VA and military benefits accepted.
  • Great return on investment.
  • All course materials for a low, flat fee.

*WGU average annual bachelor’s tuition rates are 48% lower than the national average, compared to national rates reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems in 2022. WGU average rate does not include rates for WGU Bachelor of Science, Nursing Prelicensure program.

**WGU undergraduate students have approximately half the debt at graduation compared to the national average, according to the Institute for College Access and Success (2022).

Prepared for Success on the Job

*From a 2023 Harris Poll of 300 employers of WGU graduates.

100% of employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.*

97% of employers said that they would hire another WGU grad.*

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