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Online master's degrees.

Online master's degree programs designed to help you succeed.

WGU offers fully online master's degrees focused on helping students boost their résumé and become a leader in their profession. Our online master's degrees are affordable and accredited, ensuring that students gain valuable credentials and get the skills they need to thrive in their chosen career. Ideal for those looking for a raise, promotion, or a change to a new career, WGU online master's degrees are geared to helping students succeed. There are many things about WGU master's degree programs that make them a great fit for most students, including:

  • Flexible schedule. Our master's degree programs are entirely online, enabling you to do your coursework any where, at any time. There are no classes to log in to and no due dates for assignments—you are in control of your education.
  • Accelerate progress. Our educational model lets you move through your courses as quickly as you can master the material. You don't have to wait for the end of a term to move forward—you are in charge of your schedule. 
  • Credibility. WGU's master's degree programs are regionally accredited, meaning they have high academic standards and will be valued by your employer. Accreditation means that your degree is respected.
  • Experienced faculty. Faculty members at WGU have often worked in the very career field they teach, ensuring you get relevant experience. Our curriculum for each master's degree program was designed by industry experts to ensure you're prepared to thrive.
  • Affordable. At WGU our tuition is charged per-term instead of per-credit, so finishing faster actually saves you money. And we also offer federal financial aid and scholarships to make your degree as affordable as possible.

Top 12 online master's degree programs at WGU.

#1—Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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: $4,325 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
  • Nearly any leadership role

Our competency-based model gives you an innovative learning experience you won't find anywhere else - and our MBA grads loved accelerating their program to see an ROI faster.

#4—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: $4,325 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
  • And many other executive-level roles

Healthcare is big business in today's complex economy.  Steer your career with this specialty MBA.

#7—Nursing – Education (BSN-to-MSN Program) – M.S.

A master's in nursing education program for nurses with BSNs:...

A master's in nursing education program for...

A master's in nursing education program for nurses with BSNs:

This degree will prepare you to teach the future generation of nurses.

  • Time: 80% of grads finish within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,135 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor of nursing
  • Programs director
  • Nursing instructor
  • Clinical educator

Hospitals and other facilities need nurse educators. Earn your MSN – Education and step into a role inspiring and empowering caregivers.

#10—Learning and Technology – M.Ed.

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking...

An online master's degree for current teachers or...

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking to further their careers with a graduate program focused on integrating technology with instructional design principles.

No teaching license required.

  • Time: 73% of grads earned this degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,385 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Instructional design
  • Research fundamentals
  • Technology integration

Harness the power of technology to teach more kids in better ways with this education master's degree.

#2—Curriculum and Instruction – M.S.

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking...

An online master's degree for current teachers or...

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking to further their careers with a graduate program focused on curriculum development and design.

No teaching license required.

  • Time: 72% of grads earned this degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,385 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Curriculum theory and development
  • Instructional theory
  • Research fundamentals

Help schools create engaging, meaningful, and memorable courses of study that address classroom diversity to enhance student performance with this M.S. degree.

#5—Teaching, Elementary Education – M.A.

An online master's of arts in education degree and teacher...

An online master's of arts in education degree...

An online master's of arts in education degree and teacher certification program for aspiring elementary school teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to a teaching license. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 67% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this master's of arts in education degree program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This online teacher's degree includes courses in the foundations of teaching, mathematics content, instructional planning and presentation, elementary education methods, and effective teaching practices. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

#8—Nursing – Education (RN-to-MSN Program) – M.S.

This MSN – Education online nursing program for RNs includes a...

This MSN – Education online nursing program for...

This MSN – Education online nursing program for RNs includes a BSN program component and is a substantial leap forward for an aspiring nurse educator

  • Time: 84% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,135 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Sample careers and jobs this online nursing degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor of nursing
  • Programs director
  • Nursing instructor
  • Clinical educator

Given the growing nurse educator shortage, earning your MSN with a focus in education is both a rewarding decision and a solid career move.

#11—Teaching, English Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school English teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

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

  • Time: 74% of graduates finish this online English degree program within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this high school English teaching program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school English teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for English
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This secondary English MAT program includes courses in the foundations of teaching, instructional planning and presentation, English content, research, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This online English degree prepares students for teaching certification in any of the 50 states.

#3—Management and Leadership – M.S.

An online master's degree focused on change management,...

An online master's degree focused on change...

An online master's degree focused on change management, innovation, and leading teams:

  • Time: 62% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,325 per 6-month term.

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

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Director of operations
  • Executive director
  • And many other leadership roles

Develop a comprehensive suite of leadership skills and your confidence to navigate changing business structures.

#6—Educational Leadership – M.S.

An online master's degree for current teachers looking to move...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

An online master's degree for current teachers looking to move into a school or district leadership position, like principal, vice principal, or administrator.

  • Time: 73% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program includes:

  • Process management
  • Strategic planning
  • Performance excellence
  • Governance, finance, law, and leadership
  • Measurement, analysis, and knowledge management
  • Workforce focus
  • Other courses, including a capstone project and a series of performance tasks to take place under the leadership of a practicing state licensed school principal or assistant principal in a practicum school site (K–12). 

Put your leadership skills to good use—in the service of America's children—with this education master's degree. 

States that do not accept this program: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota.

#9—Data Analytics – M.S.

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills....

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills....

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills.

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,835 per 6-month term.

Certifications included in the coursework of this program:

  • SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9
  • SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9
Master data mining, visualization, and SQL—and lead analytics at the business of your choice.

#12—Nursing – Leadership and Management (BSN-to-MSN Program) – M.S.

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree who are ready for...

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree...

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree who are ready for greater responsibility:

  • Time: 82% of grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,135 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

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

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Department director
  • Regional director
  • Case manager
  • Nurse manager

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of medical and health services managers to grow 17% by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

 

Research all of our bachelor's degrees at WGU.

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Frequently asked questions about master's degrees.

What is a master's degree?

A master’s degree, sometimes called a graduate degree, is the first level of graduate study. Most programs require that students have a bachelor’s degree before they can pursue a master’s degree. A master's degree can help you become eligible for a raise, promotion, or career change. It is often considered a higher-level degree program giving you more specific skills and training in a certain area.

Should I get a master's degree?

It's important to personally evaluate if a master's degree is the right move for you. You need to ask yourself if you're passionate about the subject, if it will truly benefit your career, and what kinds of programs would work best for you. Research shows that the average pay raise for professionals with a master's degree is 38%, and over the course of their career they can expect to earn 70% more because of their master's degree. There are also more job opportunities for those with a master's degree. All of this should go into consideration when you're evaluating if a master's degree is right for you.

What are the benefits of a master's degree?

There are many benefits of a master's degree, including:

  • Career change opportunity. If you're looking to change careers, a master's degree can be key to helping you reach your goal. For example, if you want to become a teacher, there are many master's degrees that can help you get the skills and qualifications you need, as well as preparing you for a teaching license. An MBA can give you important credentials and skills you need to become a manager. If you want to pursue a new career, consider a master's degree.
  • More job possibilities. The BLS says that jobs that require a master's degree are expected to grow 16% over the next few years. This means that if you have a master's degree, there will be many more job opportunities available to you.
  • Higher salary potential. Master's degree graduates can expect to earn an average of around $15,000 more per year than a bachelor's degree graduate. While the amount you make may vary by industry, it is fairly standard that a bachelor's degree will mean higher salary potential.

How long does it take to get a master's degree?

The amount of time it will take you to get a master's degree really depends on the type of degree you choose. For example at WGU, some students finish a degree program in as little as six months, while other programs take three years. It's valuable to find a degree program that allows you to accelerate if you're looking to graduate faster. Degree programs like those at WGU allow you to move through courses as quickly as you can master the material, enabling you to accelerate and earn your degree faster.

How much is an online master's degree?

The amount you'll pay for an online master'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 $4,000 and $6,000 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! 

How is an online master's degree different from an on-campus master's degree?

There are several key things that make a traditional master's degree different from an online master's degree, including:

  • No campus. For an online master's degree, you don't have to go into a classroom on a campus to attend class. In fact, for many online master's degree programs, you don't have class at all! You don't have to log in, you simply learn from videos and textbooks.
  • Less expensive. Online master's degrees tend to be less expensive than traditional campus master's degrees because the school isn't paying for facilities and other elements of traditional degrees.
  • Work on your schedule. Because you are online, you can do your school work whenever works for you. You can keep your full-time job and maintain your other responsibilities because you are in charge of your schooling.

Are online master's degrees credible?

83% of employers say they view an online degree with the same respect as a traditional degree. This means that your online master's degree is respected and valued by professionals. You can expect an online master's degree to be well-received and a great boost to your résumé.

It's important to pick an online master's degree from an accredited university. Accreditation signals to employers that your school is held to high standards and is respected in the academic community. Regional accredited universities like WGU are held to the exact same academic standards as traditional universities, meaning their degree programs are rigorous and challenging, and geared to helping students succeed.

See what WGU master's degree students have to say.

Ang
November 24, 2020

Affordable, applicable and doable

WGU allowed me to get a MS in Curriculum and Instruction affordably and quickly. I am grateful for all I've learned and gained from WGU.

Natalie
November 20, 2020

I got my master's degree from WGU while…

I got my master's degree from WGU while working full-time. I loved the flexibility, the support. WGU is innovative and works for people who work. My mentor was there every step of the way too. I can't recommend it enough and have already convinced 2 friends to do it who are starting in 2 weeks!

Jolene
November 15, 2020

Thankful!

Attending WGU was a great experience for me. I was able to add to my nursing knowledge and fill in all those gaps I felt I was missing. I am now confident in my ability to research evidence-based practice, and make good decisions for my patients and my team. The flexible course work and mentoring made school enjoyable and doable for this military spouse, mother of two, and 12 hour shift working nurse. Thank you WGU! Done with my MSN in Leadership and Management.

Stacey
November 13, 2020

Wonderful experience

Wonderful experience! Everyone was helpful, professional and kind! Starting back next month for my MBA, can't wait! Just an all around awesome experience wish I would have received my other degrees from WGU!

Frank
November 13, 2020

Accredited online university based in…

Accredited online university based in Utah. I graduated here with Bachelors's and Master's in Accounting. Currently studying for my upcoming CPA exam.

Bethany
November 6, 2020

One of my Best Decisions!

WGU truly represents one of the best decisions I ever made! After teaching for a few years, I determined that I wanted to change my career path. After trying to determine the best course of action, both time and money stood in my way of making this decision a reality. After searching for months and looking at a multitude of different colleges, I was excited to stumble across WGU with a different approach to education. They met every requirement I was looking for in a college (reasonably priced, online, fully accredited). I decided to give the school a chance and enrolled in the Bachelor's of Accounting Program. 5 1/2 months later, I had completed 88 credit hours (the equivalent of 28 classes) and earned my Bachelor's. I decided to continue on to try and earn my master's. 3 1/2 months after beginning, I had completed an entire Master's program. The ability to work on my own time and accelerate through the courses proved vital to my success and what many would consider two very inexpensive degrees. Due to both of my degrees being completed in one term, I graduated with two degrees and no debt. I was able to complete the work while working a full time job and raising a baby/toddler. I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity that WGU gives students and my time learning throughout the programs!!

Keri Vance
November 6, 2020

A superior experience.

I expected to work hard in order to earn my master's degree through Western Governors University. What I didn't expect was how easy it would be to navigate the system, find helpful resources, experience great support from instructors, mentors, and support staff, and find everything necessary to be successful in my learning. This was one of the most well run, well organized, well planned out learning experience I have ever encountered. I highly recommend WGU to prospective students.

Lashay
October 30, 2020

My WGU MBA experience

My mentor was great as well as my course instructors. I work an unconventional schedule and it was comforting knowing that I was able to study at any time. The self pace process really worked well for me. Competence learning gave me the confirmation that I actually understood and knew the material.

Amy
October 30, 2020

I received my Bachelor's and Masters at…

I received my Bachelor's and Masters at WGU. I literally have NOTHING negative to say about my experience. This amazing school afforded the ability to return to college and complete my education on my schedule.

Crystal
October 30, 2020

At WGU you are Supported!

I felt supported by my Program Mentor and Course Instructors. It was very easy to get into contact with the Course Instructors in order to ask questions and/or clarifications. I thoroughly enjoyed the self-paced learning since I was able to complete tasks/readings on my own time. WGU was a great experience for my master's program!