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DEGREES & PROGRAMS

Online Bachelor's Degrees and Programs

What Is a Bachelor's Degree?

A bachelor's degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study typically lasting two to six years, but that length of time can be shorter depending on the institution and academic discipline. Bachelor's degree programs are designed to put students on the path toward their career by educating them in their field of interest and opening them to new ideas through general education courses. Upon finishing their degree, students will have greater access to new job opportunities, higher salaries, and the chance for greater career fulfillment.

Online Business Bachelor's Degrees

Online Teaching Bachelor's Degrees

Online Health Bachelor's Degrees

Online IT Bachelor's Degrees

What Is the Point of a Bachelor’s Degree?

A bachelor's degree program provides two essential purposes to aspiring professionals. First, these programs are designed to provide a student with a well-balanced education and the skills necessary to pursue a specific career field. With curricula ranging from general subjects to extremely specific coursework, the student can learn about a wide range of topics while gaining a deeper comprehension of their major’s subject matter. 

Second, a bachelor’s degree also shows future employers that the job candidate has the discipline, commitment, drive, and communication skills necessary to commit to completing their education, which translates positively to the workplace. Seeing a bachelor’s degree on an applicant’s résumé gives the employer peace of mind that the candidate has proven credentials in their field of study and that they are already aware of the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the role. For example, if the employer is hiring a healthcare administrator, they will be happy to see that the job candidate has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management.

How Much Do People with a Bachelor’s Degree Make?

Americans with a bachelor's degree earn a weekly average of $1,305, which equates to an annual salary of $67,860 per year. This is nearly twice as much as workers who possess a high school diploma as their highest level of education. Not only will you earn more with a bachelor’s degree, you’ll also experience better job security. As of February 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for Americans with a bachelor's degree is 2.2%—but 4.5% for those without a bachelor’s degree.

How Many Hours to Complete a Bachelor's Degree?

A bachelor's degree program typically takes 120 semester hours, spread over four years, to complete, but that time can vary depending on the program and the student, especially for those pursuing their bachelor’s degree online. At WGU, students are required to complete a minimum course load each term, but there is no maximum. Instead, they are encouraged to take as many courses per term as they’re comfortable with and move through the coursework as quickly as they’re able to demonstrate mastery. Every student’s journey to graduation is unique, which is why WGU utilizes a competency-based model for our programs. Students who already have a solid foundation of knowledge on a certain subject can finish more quickly. With no set class times or log-in times, students can complete coursework and assessments with more flexibility whenever works best for their schedule, potentially finishing their degree faster to save time and money. See how long it takes to complete different bachelor’s degrees, on average.

Does a Bachelor’s Degree Take Four Years?

A bachelor's degree at a traditional, on-campus school usually takes four years to complete, but there are alternatives that allow you to finish your degree more quickly. WGU’s online bachelor’s degrees empower students to move through their coursework at the pace that works best for their schedules and lifestyles. From enrollment to graduation, WGU students often complete their degrees in less than just two years. See how long it will take to earn your online bachelor’s degree at WGU.

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A student generally must complete 120 semester units or credits to earn a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. Students will learn general education topics, including courses in math, the sciences, English, history, political science, and other humanities subjects, as well as lower- and upper-division courses associated with their chosen major.

What Does a Bachelor’s Degree Do?

There are many benefits to getting a bachelor's degree. Holding an undergraduate degree in a field that you’re interested in makes you eligible for higher salaries, increased job options, and new and fulfilling life experiences. Even better, a bachelor’s degree will help you get jobs and networking opportunities that will provide the foundation for the rest of your career and future promotions. If you've already been working for a while, then a bachelor's degree may help you launch a new career or advance in your current one.

Why Earn An Online Bachelor's Degree in 2022?

Is it worth it to get a bachelor's degree? Sometimes it can be confusing to know if a bachelor's degree is the right path for you. However, statistics and research show the great value that a bachelor's degree can add to your life. Some of the many benefits of earning a bachelor's degree include:

More job opportunities. Research shows that 35% of job openings require at least a bachelor's degree. If you don't have a degree, you're limiting yourself to only about 30% of jobs available in the United States. With a degree, your job possibilities more than double.

Higher pay. Stats show that when you earn a bachelor's degree you can expect your yearly salary to increase about $24,000 per year. It's hard to argue with those kinds of numbers! Jobs for those with a bachelor's degree tend to be higher paying, and having a degree often qualifies you for a salary increase due to your credential.

Change careers. There are many professions where you won't even be considered unless you have a bachelor's degree, so by completing one of our online bachelor’s programs you're opening the door to more job listings, and entire professions. For example, if you want to become a teacher you'll have to earn a bachelor's degree to be qualified. By earning a bachelor's degree, you'll be ready to enter or change careers, starting something you're passionate about.

Online Bachelor's Degree Programs at WGU

Business Bachelor's Degrees

Business Management – B.S. Business Administration

Hone your business acumen and garner added respect:...

Hone your business acumen and garner added respect:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

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

  • Account executive
  • Business analyst
  • Program manager
  • Director or senior director
  • Vice president

This online degree program is an excellent choice for kick-starting your organizational management career.

Human Resource Management – B.S. Business Administration

A SHRM-recognized online business degree program:...

A SHRM-recognized online business degree program:

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish within 43 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

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

  • Human resource specialist
  • Director of talent acquisition
  • Recruiting manager
  • Organizational learning specialist
  • Vice president of HR

Earn your B.S. in Human Resources and help build strong organizations.

Marketing – B.S. Business Administration

For those who want to lead brands and steer consumer markets:...

For those who want to lead brands and steer consumer markets:

  • Time: 71% of graduates finish within 40 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

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

  • Marketing and PR manager
  • Director of marketing and communications
  • Director of publications
  • Customer intelligence manager
  • Marketing sales manager

Marketing is a creative and exciting field—and one where an undergraduate degree will open better opportunities.

Accounting – B.S. Business Administration

Have a knack for numbers or fine-tuning finances?...

Have a knack for numbers or fine-tuning finances?

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 41 courses in this program.

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

  • Accounting manager
  • Financial director
  • Vice president of finance and operations
  • Chief financial officer
  • Forensic accountant

Take your first step toward CPA certification and learn how to use GAAP, ledgers, and journals.

IT Management – B.S. Business Administration

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:...

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 43 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

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

  • Vice president of risk management
  • Product security incident manager
  • Vice president of technical services
  • CTO and CIO
  • Director of IT

Key competencies of these online courses align with industry needs: management and leadership, networks and security, and information systems management.

Healthcare Management – B.S. Business Administration

You can become a healthcare industry leader:...

You can become a healthcare industry leader:

Compare with B.S. Health Information Management

  • Time: 73% of graduates finish within 37 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

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

  • Health information manager
  • Community service manager
  • Clinical manager
  • Medical records manager
  • Social service manager

The online courses in this career-focused business degree program will prepare you with management-level skills and an up-to-date understanding of our healthcare delivery system.

Health Information Management – B.S.

A program designed for future leaders in HIM....

A program designed for future leaders in HIM.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition: $3,998 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of informatics
  • HIMS chief
  • Information systems auditor
  • Outpatient coder
  • Health records manager

This CAHIIM-accredited program makes you eligible for the RHIA exam. 

Compare with B.S. Business – Healthcare Management

Information Technology – B.S.

Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this online...

Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this online program a top choice.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 48 months.
  • Tuition: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

Certifications included in this program at no additional cost:

  • CompTIA A+ 
  • CompTIA Network+ 
  • CompTIA Security+ 
  • CompTIA Project+ 
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist 
  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • ITIL®*^ Foundation Certification
  • LPI Linux Essentials

Job titles this degree may prepare you for include:

  • Application developer
  • Business systems analyst
  • IT manager
  • Database administrator

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.

WGU Bachelor's Degrees in Education Leading to a Teaching License

Elementary Education – B.A.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary teachers....

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree within 30 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary school teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This elementary education degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This online teaching degree program helps you to be eligible for teaching certification in any of the 50 states.

Special Ed and Elementary Ed (Dual Licensure) – B.A.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teachers. Leads to dual licensure—elementary education teaching license and special education teaching license.

  • Time: 61% of grads earned this degree within 27 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 46 total courses in this program.

(Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.) If your state offers a single K–12 special education teaching license and you are interested in focusing on teaching students with mild to moderate exceptionalities, consider the B.A. Special Education (Mild to Moderate) online teaching degree. 

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring special ed teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This special education teaching online degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. 

Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers. Leads to teaching license in states that have a middle-grades math teaching license.

Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching licensure in your state.

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this degree within 29 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 39 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this science teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high math teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This science teaching degree program includes requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This science teaching degree prepares you to be eligible for a teaching license in any of the 50 states.

Mathematics Education (Secondary) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers and high school math teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree within 27 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 44 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this math teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school math teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This online math teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This online math teaching degree program helps students become eligible for math teaching certification.

Science Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school science teachers. Leads to teaching license in all states that have a middle-grades general science teaching license.

Specific grade levels you are qualified to teach will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 61% of grads earned this science teaching degree within 31 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this online science teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or middle school science teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for science
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This science teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school biology teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this online biology degree within 31 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 39 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school biology teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for biology
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This biology teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Science Education (Secondary Chemistry) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school chemistry teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 66% of grads earned this online chemistry degree within 32 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this online chemistry degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school chemistry teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for chemistry
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This chemistry teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. Earn a chemistry degree online and be eligible for a teaching certification.

Science Education (Secondary Physics) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school physics teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching license options in your state.

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this online physics degree within 38 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school physics teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for physics
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This physics teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. Graduates of this online teaching degree program will be eligible for teaching certification.

Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) – B.S.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school earth science teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching license options in your state.

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this middle school teaching and high school teaching degree within 29 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.
  • Courses: 39 total courses in this program.

Candidates for this science teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school geoscience teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for earth science
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This geosciences teaching degree program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This high school teaching degree program prepares you for teaching licensure in any of the 50 states.

Special Education (Mild to Moderate) – B.A.

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teacher. Leads to your teaching license in states that offer a single teaching license in K–12 special education.

  • Time: 62% of grads finish similar online teaching degree programs within 29 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 41 total courses in this program.

 If your state requires—or if you're interested in—dual licensure in both elementary education and K–12 special education, consider the B.A. Special Education (K–12) program.

Candidates for this special education degree program often include:

  • Aspiring special ed teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This online degree program includes a preclinical experience with face-to-face observation hours and a Demonstration Teaching component hosted by an experienced teacher and directed by a clinical supervisor.

WGU Bachelor's Degrees in Education With No Teaching License

Educational Studies – B.A.

These online, non-licensure educational studies degrees prepare you to...

These online, non-licensure educational studies degrees prepare you to make a difference in a field that interests you.

Based on your career goals and interests, you can choose an educational studies program in one of 10 content areas that meets your needs while working toward employment in school settings, corporate training, or instructional design. These programs do not lead to a teaching license.

  • Time: Completion time varies depending on the specialty track you choose.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • This bachelor's degree allows students to learn about education but does not include student teaching and it does not lead to a teaching license.

Focus areas of this educational studies degree program include:

  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary and Special Education
  • Mild to Moderate Special Education
  • Secondary Biology Science Education
  • Secondary Chemistry Science Education
  • Secondary Earth Science Education
  • Secondary Physics Education
  • Middle Grades Science Education
  • Secondary Mathematics Education
  • Middle Grade Mathematics Education

Students in this program will be prepared for careers including:

  • Instructional support
  • Community outreach
  • Training
  • Education staff (museums, learning centers, etc.) 
  • K-12 opportunities that do not require a teaching license

Online Nursing & Healthcare Bachelor's Degrees

Nursing (RN-to-BSN Online) – B.S.

An online BSN degree program for registered nurses (RNs) seeking the added...

An online BSN degree program for registered nurses (RNs) seeking the added theoretical depth, employability, and respect that a bachelor's degree brings:

  • Time: 77% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $3,998 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 23 total courses in this program.
  • Transfers: Students can transfer up to 90 credits.

With over 35,000 BSN alumni, this is one of WGU's most popular online degree programs. View our RN to BSN degree guide. If you are an RN ready to earn your BSN, this program will help you accelerate to earn your degree.

If you don't currently have an RN and don't qualify for your nursing prelicensure program, consider getting our Bachelor's in Health and Human Services instead. This degree allows you to work inside the healthcare industry in a unique way.

Health and Human Services – B.S.

An online health degree program for students who are committed to making a...

An online health degree program for students who are committed to making a difference for patients in a variety of ways.

  • Time: 95% of students finish similar programs faster than the traditional 4 years.
  • Tuition: $3,650 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 29 total courses in this program.

Sample careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Care coordinator
  • Patient advocate
  • Health services coordinator
  • Patient educator
  • Community health educator

This degree allows you to work inside the healthcare industry, while also directly working with patients who need help.

Health Information Management – B.S.

A program designed for future leaders in HIM....

A program designed for future leaders in HIM.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition: $3,998 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of informatics
  • HIMS chief
  • Information systems auditor
  • Outpatient coder
  • Health records manager

This CAHIIM-accredited program makes you eligible for the RHIA exam. 

Compare with B.S. Business – Healthcare Management

Healthcare Management – B.S. Business Administration

You can become a healthcare industry leader:...

You can become a healthcare industry leader:

Compare with B.S. Health Information Management

  • Time: 73% of graduates finish within 37 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

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

  • Health information manager
  • Community service manager
  • Clinical manager
  • Medical records manager
  • Social service manager

The online courses in this career-focused business degree program will prepare you with management-level skills and an up-to-date understanding of our healthcare delivery system.

Nursing (Prelicensure) – B.S.

A one-of-a-kind nursing program that prepares you to be an RN and a...

A one-of-a-kind nursing program that prepares you to be an RN and a baccalaureate-prepared nurse:

  • Locations: Due to in-person clinical requirements, students must be full time residents of FL, IN, TX, MO, or UT to enroll in this program. The coursework in this program is offered online, but there are in-person requirements 
  • Tuition: $6,430 for the 1st term, $7,616 per 6-month term for the remaining 4 terms.
  • Time: This program has a set pace and completion time of 2.5 years

WGU offers the prelicensure program in areas where we have partnerships with healthcare employers to provide practice sites and clinical coaches to help teach you and inspire you on your path to becoming a nurse.

If you don't live in one of our prelicensure states or don't qualify to apply, consider getting our Bachelor's in Health and Human Services instead. This degree allows you to work inside the healthcare industry, while also working directly with patients who need help.

Information Technology Bachelor's Degrees

Computer Science – B.S.

Problem solvers and math lovers needed! Your task:...

Problem solvers and math lovers needed! Your task:

Lay the groundwork for the computing breakthroughs that will enable tomorrow's technologies. 

  • Time: 71% of graduates in similar programs finish within 27 months.
  • Tuition: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 35 total courses in this program.

You'll have the opportunity to earn these certifications:

  • CompTIA Project+
  • Axelos ITIL Foundation

Utilize your previous college courses or IT experience to help you complete your degree faster.

Careers that this program can help prepare you for include:

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Artificial intelligence specialist
  • Software engineer
  • Machine learning engineer

Cybersecurity and Information Assurance – B.S.

Protect your career and earning potential with this degree....

Protect your career and earning potential with this degree.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 21 months.
  • Tuition: $3,950 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 34 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Cyber crimes investigator
  • Director of cybersecurity
  • Chief of cyber counterintelligence
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Cyber operations planner

Certifications included in this program at no extra cost include:

  • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) - Associate of (ISC)2 designation
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) - Associate of (ISC)2 designation
  • ITIL® Foundation Certification
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CySA+)
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional
  • CompTIA Network Security Professional
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Security Analytics Professional

Data Management/Data Analytics – B.S.

Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge online degree:...

Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge online degree:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 37 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 39 total courses in this program.

Certifications in this program at no additional cost include:

  • CIW Data Analyst
  • CompTIA A+ (Parts 1 and 2)
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • Udacity Nanodegree—a unique, highly recognized credential designed to prepare you for a career in data science

There are many job titles a degree in data management and data analytics will prepare you for, including:

  • Data Scientist
  • Automation Architect
  • SQL Query Builder
  • R Programmer
  • AI Trainer
  • Tableau Report Developer
  • QA Analyst
  • Python Programmer
  • Analytics Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Statistician

Network Engineering and Security – B.S.

Launch your career in designing, securing, and optimizing complex networks....

Launch your career in designing, securing, and optimizing complex networks.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish similar programs within 39 months.
  • Tuition: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 34 or 37 courses in this program depending on focus area
  • Two focus areas: Students can choose between a Cisco or general program, allowing them to learn and gain experience in their chosen specialty.

Certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • ITIL®*^ Foundation Certification
  • LPI Linux Foundations

The Cisco program also includes: 

  • Cisco CCNA
  • Cisco DevNet
  • Cisco CyberOps

The general program  also includes: 

  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (Stacked)
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist (Stacked)
  • CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional (Stacked)
  • CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional (Stacked)

This program will help you develop strong skills in network design, network operations, and security management.

IT Management – B.S. Business Administration

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:...

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 43 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

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

  • Vice president of risk management
  • Product security incident manager
  • Vice president of technical services
  • CTO and CIO
  • Director of IT

Key competencies of these online courses align with industry needs: management and leadership, networks and security, and information systems management.

Software Development – B.S.

You're a creative and tech genius who wants the bigger opportunities....

You're a creative and tech genius who wants the bigger opportunities.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 40 months.
  • Tuition: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 34 total courses in this program.

Certifications included in this program at no additional cost are:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Project +
  • ITIL®1 Foundation Certification

There are a wide variety of job titles this degree program prepares students for, including:

  • Software Developer
  • Network Architect
  • Software Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer

Software development is the second-highest rated specialty within IT. Secure your future with a degree and additional certifications.

Cloud Computing – B.S.

A three-track program designed to arm you with the certifications and...

A three-track program designed to arm you with the certifications and credentials you need for a career like systems administrator, computer systems analyst, cloud support specialist, AWS support administrator, and more.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 35 months.
  • Tuition: $3,790 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 37 total courses in this program.
  • 3 Tracks: Choose between a multi-cloud, AWS, or Azure focused track to learn specific software specialties.

Certifications at no extra cost, including:

  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • Amazon AWS SysOps Administration–Associate
  • Azure Fundamentals
  • Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
  • LPI Linux Essentials
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Project+

Earning certs on the path to your degree gives you credentials that will boost your résumé right away, even before you complete your online degree program.

Transfer: Your previous college coursework and existing certifications may waive course requirements, helping you finish even faster,

Information Technology – B.S.

Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this online...

Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this online program a top choice.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 48 months.
  • Tuition: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

Certifications included in this program at no additional cost:

  • CompTIA A+ 
  • CompTIA Network+ 
  • CompTIA Security+ 
  • CompTIA Project+ 
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist 
  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • ITIL®*^ Foundation Certification
  • LPI Linux Essentials

Job titles this degree may prepare you for include:

  • Application developer
  • Business systems analyst
  • IT manager
  • Database administrator

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.

Health Information Management – B.S.

A program designed for future leaders in HIM....

A program designed for future leaders in HIM.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition: $3,998 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of informatics
  • HIMS chief
  • Information systems auditor
  • Outpatient coder
  • Health records manager

This CAHIIM-accredited program makes you eligible for the RHIA exam. 

Compare with B.S. Business – Healthcare Management

What's the Difference between a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts Degree? 

Bachelor of Arts degrees and Bachelor of Science degrees are equivalent in most ways, and neither is considered more reputable. In most cases, Bachelor of Arts degrees are focused on the social sciences including education, history, foreign languages and so on. In contrast, Bachelor of Science degrees tend to more focused on the science and technology fields like math, engineering, and programming. Coursework for Bachelor of Arts degrees can sometimes be more broadly focused while an equivalent Bachelor of Science degree focuses more deeply on a somewhat narrower curriculum.

Despite the similarities between the two types of degrees, one of them may fit your needs better. For example, the admissions departments of colleges accepting students into some types of advanced degrees may consider one of them to be preferrable. Many colleges offer the choice between earning a BS or a BA even for the same type of degree with only slight differences between the two programs. For instance, at WGU, some teaching programs are bachelor of arts degrees while others are bachelor of science degrees.

Ranking the Best Online Degree Program for You

Which online bachelor's degree is right for you? You can create a ranking system to help you determine which online bachelor's degree is the best fit for you. While it's tempting to try and find an existing degree ranking system that will tell you what degree to earn, in reality every person will have a unique online bachelor's degree program that will be best for them. Create your own ranking system to determine the best degree program for you by following these steps:

  1. Narrow down your field of interest. Do you want to be a teacher? Do you want to be a nurse? Are you more interested in business or technology? Evaluate the kind of work you want to do to help you choose the right college, which can help you find the right degree programs.
  2. Ask yourself what your dream job is. What is your dream profession? Is it to become a high school principal, or to design video games? Knowing what the end goal is will help you rank degree programs.
  3. Research educational requirements for your dream career. If you want to be a teacher, you'll need to pursue teacher licensing programs. If you want to become a marketing manager, you'll need a business degree in marketing! It's important to get specific. For example, if you want to be a teacher, what kind of subject and grade do you want to teach? This will influence your options available for relevant degree programs. If you want to go into information technology, do you want to be doing the coding or managing teams? Knowing these details will help you determine the right educational requirements.
  4. Make a list of possible degree programs. Take time to look at all the degree options available for you and make a list of the ones that would potentially work well for your dream career.
  5. Talk to professionals. Spend some time talking to people in your dream field to determine which degree programs can be most valuable for you.
  6. Make a ranking list. Create a list of the best degree programs for your dream career, ranking them from your top pick down. This will help you determine which online bachelor's degree you should pursue!

Frequently Asked Questions About Earning an Online Bachelor's Degree

For many students, an online bachelor's degree is the best option to further their education. An online bachelor's degree like those available at WGU offer many advantages for students including:

  • Flexible schedule. A flexible schedule allows students to work on their courses on their timeline. For some students that will mean studying during nights or weekends after their full-time job, for others it will be during the day while their children are at school. You don't have to log in to class at a certain time, and there aren't due dates for your assignments. You're in charge of your education.
  • More affordable. Online bachelor's degrees are often more affordable that traditional degrees because online schools don't have to pay for large campus buildings, sports teams, and other things that traditional schools need to pay for. This makes it a more affordable option for many students.
  • Individual support. When you do an online bachelor's degree program, you don't have to feel alone. You'll have individualized support—for example WGU has dedicated program mentors who are responsible for helping you from the day you start, up until graduation day. 

The amount you'll pay for an online bachelor's degree will depend on where you choose to attend. Different schools will have different tuition and fee amounts. WGU is one of the most affordable options for an online degree program, with each program costing between $3,475 and $3,625 in tuition fees for a six-month term. Tuition charged per term means that you won't pay more if you take extra classes, so if you finish faster you'll pay less! 

Start by applying to WGU today! You'll work with your Program Mentor to pick your courses, you'll watch videos or read to learn, and you'll prove you understand the material with tests and papers. 


Yes! Online bachelor's degrees can present an obtainable and effective route to professional and educational advancement. There are many different degrees offered fully online, and the majority of them can be fully completed from anywhere in the world. Online degree programs are especially popular among working professionals and busy adults. At WGU you can earn a fully accredited degree in business, IT, education, or health from the convenience of your own home using competency based education.

No bachelor’s degree program is necessarily easy—you get out of your degree program the amount of work you put in! However, business degrees are largely considered to be some of the easiest bachelor’s degrees to complete online. There are several reasons for this, beginning with the suitability of the curriculum to the online learning environment. The format works well because business degrees typically have a high number of lecture style classes that are highly adapted to realities of online education. Online colleges also typically offer accelerated learning programs, job placement assistance, and networking opportunities with other students and business professionals which can be a big benefit to your eventual career.

bachelor's degree is a postsecondary, undergraduate degree. It is the degree you earn after you get your high school diploma, and before you earn a graduate degree. Most graduate and doctoral degree programs, including law and medicine, require you to graduate with a bachelor's degree before enrollment. These bachelor's degree programs are sometimes called baccalaureate degrees.

Not at all! A degree earned online from an accredited university has the same weight as a degree earned in a more traditional college setting. Rigorous coursework, recognized credentials, and job skills are the same for a quality in-person and online degree. It is important to make sure however, that the institution offering the degree is accredited and in good standing with the accrediting body.

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Programs Begin the 1st of any Month

WGU enrolls new students at the beginning of each month, launching a new term for those students. A term at WGU is 6 months long. What does this mean for you? You can start when you’re ready, rather than rushing (or waiting) for fall or spring enrollment.  So, it’s back-to-school time year-round at WGU!