Earn an Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's in IT Online
Two degrees in one fast-track program. In this accelerated B.S. to M.S. program, you’ll earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster pace with fewer courses. Industry certifications are built into this accelerated online program, saving you money and time. Designed with input from industry experts, this accelerated degree program at WGU prepares you with the most in-demand skills:
- Scripting and programming
- Networking and security
- Systems and services
- Data management
- Business of IT
A bachelor’s degree in IT helps you gain a solid foundation in computer information systems and technology. A master’s degree in IT management advances your technical skills and prepares you to be a leader, helping you stand out when seeking promotions and new job opportunities.
Earn two degrees in about
This accelerated program combines a bachelor's degree and a master's, letting you take fewer courses than you would if you completed the programs separately.
*WGU Internal Data
Tuition per six-month term is
$3,625 and $3,940
Tuition is less for the undergraduate portion, and tuition is charged per term—rather than per credit—helps you control the ultimate cost of your degree. Finish faster, pay less!
Income growth after two years
Just 2 years after graduation, WGU students report earning $18,200* more per year. Four years after graduation, they report earning $25,900 more than before they enrolled.
*Source: 2021 Harris Poll of 1,252 WGU graduates
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HOW THIS PROGRAM WORKS
Two Degrees. One Program. Big Savings.
This IT degree path allows you to accelerate your education and earn an undergraduate and graduate degree more quickly, saving you time and money. Here’s how it works:
1. Apply and get accepted to the program.
2. Complete your general education courses along with six bachelor’s-level IT courses.
3. Move into graduate-level coursework with four master’s-level bridge courses.
4. Earn your bachelor’s degree and industry-relevant certifications.
5. Complete six more master’s-level courses and a capstone.
6. Earn your master’s degree and industry-relevant certifications.
COURSES & COMPETENCIES
IT Bridge Courses
This unique bachelor's and master's degree plan was designed, and is regularly updated, with input from the experts on our College of Information Technology Program Council, ensuring you learn best practices in systems and services, networking and security, scripting and programming, data management, and the business of IT.
Students enrolled in the Accelerated Information Technology Bachelor's and Master's Degree program will first complete the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology portion of the program. After completing the necessary bachelor's and bridge coursework, the student will receive the Bachelor of Science, Information Technology degree. Students will then progress to the remaining graduate coursework, and upon completion will receive the Master of Science, Information Technology Management degree.
Earning a degree designed by industry experts adds theoretical depth to the practical knowledge you already have. Our programs are designed to meet you where you are—and then boost your knowledge and skills from there. The experts who make up our College of IT Program Council know exactly what it takes for a graduate to be successful in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of information technology.
Cloud Foundations introduces learners to real-world issues and practical solutions to cloud computing. This course covers the business value of cloud computing, examining cloud types, the steps to successful cloud adoption, and the effect cloud adoption has on IT service management, as well as the risks and consequences of implementing cloud solutions. This course prepares learners for the AWS Certified Practitioner certification exam. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Technical Communication examines communication types and strategies that information technology executives will use to communicate effectively within an organization. As leaders, IT executives frequently contribute to business goals by designing and communicating specialized information in a variety of media to customers, clients, and other departments. In this course, students learn to communicate accurately, effectively, and ethically to a variety of audiences. Students choose, design, and deliver the communication product and assess the effectiveness to improve future communication. This course has no prerequisites.
IT Management introduces the key topics and skills needed to lead next-generation technology organizations. This course explores how common applications and innovation drive value and business needs. Ethical and regulatory compliance issues are discussed, including current practices for risk management, disaster recovery, and cybersecurity. Students will also analyze the key leadership skills and traits necessary to lead responsive, competitive, and innovative organizations. This course has no prerequisites.
Project Management is a thorough exploration of the inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs across the five process groups and 10 knowledge areas identified in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide. The essential concepts and practical scenarios included enable students to build the competencies of an effective project manager.
Current and Emerging Technologies explores organizational leadership trends, practices, processes, and technology in contemporary technology-intensive organizations. IT executives need to stay informed of technological trends to determine their relevance and implementation within an organization. This course requires students to read and evaluate academic literature pertaining to emerging IT topics. This course has no prerequisites.
Web Development Foundations introduces students to web design and development using HTML, XML, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the foundational languages of the web. This course also covers how to troubleshoot problems using developer tools and integrated development environments commonly employed in web development. There are no prerequisites for this course.
This course covers tools and techniques employed in user interface design, including web and mobile applications. Concepts of clarity, usability, and detectability are included in this course, as well as other design elements such as color schemes, typography, and layout. Techniques like wireframing, usability testing, and SEO optimization are also covered.
Data Management Foundations offers an introduction in creating conceptual, logical and physical data models. Students gain skills in creating databases and tables in SQL-enabled database management systems, as well as skills in normalizing databases. No prerequisites are required for this course
Data Management - Applications covers conceptual data modeling and introduces MySQL. Students will learn how to create simple to complex SELECT queries, including subqueries and joins, and how to use SQL to update and delete data. Topics covered in this course include exposure to MySQL; creating and modifying databases, tables, views, foreign keys and primary keys (FKs and PKs), and indexes; populating tables; and developing simple Select-From-Where (SFW) queries to complex 3+ table join queries. The following course is a prerequisite: Data Management - Foundations.
Organizational Behavior and Leadership explores how to lead and manage effectively in diverse business environments. The course requires students to demonstrate the ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.
Network and Security - Foundations introduces learners to the basic network systems and concepts related to networking technologies. Learners will gain skills in applying network security concepts for business continuity, data access, and confidentiality, and in identifying solutions for compliance with security guidance.
Network and Security - Applications prepares learners for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. The course introduces learners to skills in identifying threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities to organizational security. The learner will also gain skills in designing security solutions for enterprise infrastructures and architectures, as well as in implementing security solutions across hardware, applications, and network services. Learners will be able to execute operations and incident response with tools, policies, forensics, and mitigation techniques, and to analyze information security controls, governance, risk, and compliance.
Introduction to IT examines information technology as a discipline and the various roles and functions of the IT department as business support. Students are presented with various IT disciplines including systems and services, network and security, scripting and programming, data management, and business of IT, with a survey of technologies in every area and how they relate to each other and to the business.
IT Applications introduces skills in identifying operating systems and their configurations and in implementing security principles across devices and networks. Learners will also gain skills in troubleshooting software, security, and malware issues, and in implementing basic operational procedures in documentation, change management, compliance, and communication. The course will introduce basic disaster recovery and business continuity procedures, scripting basics, and remote access technology solutions. The course prepares learners for the CompTIA A+ Core 2 certification exam.
IT Foundations provides learners with an understanding of personal computer components and their functions in a desktop system; a knowledge of computer data storage and retrieval; and skills in classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, and troubleshooting printers, laptops, portable devices, operating systems, networks, and system security. This course also gives learners the ability to recommend appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance, and troubleshooting techniques for personal computer components in a desktop system; strategies for identifying, preventing, and reporting safety hazards and environmental or human accidents in technological environments; and effective communication skills for interacting with colleagues and clients, including job-related professional behavior. The course prepares learners for the CompTIA A+ Core 1 certification exam.
Business of IT - Applications examines Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) terminology, structure, policies, and concepts. Focusing on the management of information technology (IT) infrastructure, development, and operations, learners will explore the core principles of ITIL practices for service management to prepare them for careers as IT professionals, business managers, and business process owners. This course has no prerequisites.
In this course you will learn key critical thinking concepts and how to apply them in the analysis and evaluation of reasons and evidence. The course examines the basic components of an argument, the credibility of evidence sources, the impact of bias, and how to construct an argument that provides good support for a claim. The course consists of an introduction and four major sections. Each section includes learning opportunities through readings, videos, audio, and other relevant resources. Assessment activities with feedback also provide opportunities to check your learning, practice, and show how well you understand course content. Because the course is self-paced, you may move through the material as quickly or as slowly as you need to gain proficiency in the four competencies that will be covered in the final assessment. If you have no prior knowledge or experience, you can expect to spend 30-40 hours on the course content.
This is a Global Arts and Humanities course that contains three modules with corresponding lessons. This course is an invitation to see the world through the humanities, examine the humanities during the Information Age, and explore the global origins of music—essentially questioning what makes us human, and how people are connected across culture and time. Each module includes learning opportunities through readings, videos, audio, and other relevant resources. Assessment activities with feedback also provide opportunities to practice and check learning. With no prior knowledge or experience, a learner can expect to spend 30-40 hours on the course content.
This course provides students with an overview of the basic principles and unifying ideas of the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, and earth sciences. Course materials focus on scientific reasoning and practical, everyday applications of physical science concepts to help students integrate conceptual knowledge with practical skills.
Welcome to Composition: Writing with a Strategy! In this course, you will focus on three main topics: understanding purpose, context, and audience, writing strategies and techniques, and editing and revising. In addition, the first section, will offer review on core elements of the writing process, cross-cultural communication, as well as working with words and common standards and practices. Each section includes learning opportunities through readings, videos, audio, and other relevant resources. Assessment activities with feedback also provide opportunities to check your learning, practice, and show how well you understand course content. Because the course is self-paced, you may move through the material as quickly or as slowly as you need to gain proficiency in the seven competencies that will be covered in the final assessment. If you have no prior knowledge or experience, you can expect to spend 30-40 hours on the course content.
Welcome to Introduction to Communication: Connecting with Others! It may seem like common knowledge that communication skills are important, and that communicating with others is inescapable in our everyday lives. While this may appear simplistic, the study of communication is actually complex, dynamic, and multifaceted. Strong communication skills are invaluable to strengthening a multitude of aspects of life. Specifically, this course will focus on communication in the professional setting, and present material from multiple vantage points, including communicating with others in a variety of contexts, across situations, and with diverse populations. Upon completion, you will have a deeper understanding of both your own and others’ communication behaviors, and a toolbox of effective behaviors to enhance your experience in the workplace.
Welcome to Composition: Successful Self-Expression! In this course, you will focus on four main topics: professional writing for a cross-cultural audience, narrowing research topics and questions, researching for content to support a topic, and referencing research sources. Each section includes learning opportunities through readings, videos, audio, and other relevant resources. Assessment activities with feedback also provide opportunities to check your learning, practice, and show how well you understand course content. Because the course is self-paced, you may move through the material as quickly or as slowly as you need to gain proficiency in the seven competencies that will be covered in the final assessment. If you have no prior knowledge or experience, you can expect to spend 30-40 hours on the course content. You will demonstrate competency through a performance assessment. There is no prerequisite for this course and there is no specific technical knowledge needed.
Applied Probability and Statistics is designed to help students develop competence in the fundamental concepts of basic statistics including: introductory algebra and graphing; descriptive statistics; regression and correlation; and probability. Statistical data and probability are often used in everyday life, science, business, information technology, and educational settings to make informed decisions about the validity of studies and the effect of data on decisions. This course discusses what constitutes sound research design and how to appropriately model phenomena using statistical data. Additionally, the content covers simple probability calculations, based on events that occur in the business and IT industries. No prerequisites are required for this course.
Finite Mathematics covers the knowledge and skills necessary to apply discrete mathematics and properties of number systems to model and solve real-life problems. Topics include sets and operations; prime and composite numbers; GCD and LCM; order of operations; ordering numbers; mathematical systems including modular arithmetic, arithmetic and geometric sequences, ratio and proportion, subsets of real numbers, logic and truth tables, graphs, and trees and networks. There are no prerequisites for this course.
This is Introduction to Physical and Human Geography, a three-module course that addresses the question of what geography really is in today's complex world; how migration affects—and has been affected by—geography; and one of the biggest present problems related to geography: climate change. Because the course is self-paced, you may move through the material as quickly or as slowly as you need to, with the goal of demonstrating proficiency in the five competencies covered in the final assessment. If you have no prior knowledge of this material, you can expect to spend 30–40 hours on the course content.
Applied Algebra is designed to help you develop competence in working with functions, the algebra of functions, and using some applied properties of functions. You will start learning about how we can apply different kinds of functions to relevant, real-life examples. From there, the algebra of several families of functions will be explored, including linear, polynomial, exponential, and logistic functions. You will also learn about relevant, applicable mathematical properties of each family of functions, including rate of change, concavity, maximizing/minimizing, and asymptotes. These properties will be used to solve problems related to your major and make sense of everyday living problems. Students should complete Applied Probability and Statistics or its equivalent prior to engaging in Applied Algebra.
American Politics and the U.S. Constitution examines the evolution of representative government in the United States and the changing interpretations of the civil rights and civil liberties protected by the Constitution. This course will give candidates an understanding of the powers of the branches of the federal government, the continual tensions inherent in a federal system, the shifting relationship between state and federal governments, and the interactions between elected officials and the ever-changing electorate. This course will focus on such topics as the role of a free press in a democracy, the impact of changing demographics on American politics, and the debates over and expansion of civil rights. Upon completion of the course, candidates should be able to explain the basic functions of the federal government, describe the forces that shape American policy and politics, and be better prepared to participate in America’s civic institutions. This course has no prerequisite.
This course provides students an introduction to using the scientific method and engaging in scientific research to reach conclusions about the natural world. Students will design and carry out an experiment to investigate a hypothesis by gathering quantitative data. They will also research a specific ecosystem using academic sources and draw conclusions from their findings.
Ethics in Technology examines the ethical considerations of technology use in the 21st century and introduces students to a decision-making process informed by ethical frameworks. Students will study specific cases related to important topics such as surveillance, social media, hacking, data manipulation, plagiarism and piracy, artificial intelligence, responsible innovation, and the digital divide. This course has no prerequisites.
Principles of Management provides students with an introductory look at the discipline of management and its context within the business environment. Students of this course build on previously mastered competencies by taking a more in-depth look at management as a discipline and how it differs from leadership while further exploring the importance of communication within business. This course provides students with a business generalist overview in the areas of strategic decision-making and operational planning, managerial budgeting, change management, human capital management, staff development, and conflict management.
Linux Foundations prepares learners for the LPI Linux Essentials certification, and is an introduction to Linux as an operating system as well as an introduction to open-source concepts and the basics of the Linux command line. Learners will gain skills in identifying the fundamentals of open-source software and to develop resources for data access and security.
Scripting and Programming - Foundations introduces programming basics such as variables, data types, flow control, and design concepts. The course is language-agnostic in nature, ending in a survey of languages, and introduces the distinction between interpreted and compiled languages. Learners will gain skills in identifying scripts for computer program requirements and in using fundamental programming elements as part of common computer programming tasks. Learners will also gain an understanding of the logic and outcome of simple algorithms.
The Spreadsheets course will help students become proficient in using spreadsheets to analyze business problems. Students will demonstrate competency in spreadsheet development and analysis for business/accounting applications (e.g., using essential spreadsheet functions, formulas, charts, etc.)
Networks introduces skills in configuring networking components and a network infrastructure. Learners will gain skills in optimizing network operations for availability, performance, and security, and in troubleshooting network issues. The course prepares learners for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Network and Security - Foundations is a prerequisite for this course.
The capstone project consists of a technical work proposal, the proposal’s implementation, and a post-implementation report that describes the graduate’s experience in developing and implementing the capstone project. The capstone project should be presented and approved by the course instructor in relation to the graduate’s technical emphasis.
Technological Globalization explores information and communication technologies used to meet business needs in global markets. IT executives must analyze their organization’s technological needs, develop internationally-capable strategic plans, and mitigate the operational challenges of each of the countries in which the organization does business. This course provides students with the practical knowledge and understanding of how to plan, evaluate, and successfully integrate effective and efficient technical communication solutions in the global business market. This course has no prerequisites.
IT Sourcing and Development in a Global Economy examines the practice of sourcing and developing global IT projects from a management perspective. In today’s organizations, leaders look for efficient and effective ways to deliver goods and services. This course will allow students to explore the strategic, operational, tactical, and security-related impacts on the organization of sourcing and supporting a global IT project. Students will cultivate a deep understanding of the documents, skills, and stakeholders needed for any given project and develop the ability to leverage these elements to achieve success. This course will also explore the ethical, cultural, and regulatory considerations surrounding sourcing and managing IT projects in a global space. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Managing Technical Operations and Innovations explores the importance of innovation in the processes of operations management and business competitiveness. From the formulation of tactical operations plans from strategic objectives, IT executives need to create partnerships to drive innovation within an organization. This course provides students with the practical knowledge and understanding of operations management concepts, business models, methods, tools, applications and best practices used by successful organizations to improve their operations. This course has no prerequisites.
Power, Influence, and Leadership focuses on the development of the critical leadership and soft skills necessary for success in information technology leadership and management. The course focuses specifically on skills such as cultivating effective leadership communication, building personal influence, enhancing emotional intelligence (soft skills), generating ideas and encouraging idea generation in others, resolving conflicts, and positioning oneself as an influential change agent within different organizational cultures. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Financial Management for IT Professionals develops learners’ skills in financial management, budgeting, and procurement. This course teaches how to leverage financial know-how to improve workplace decision-making. This course also provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to spend money on the right projects and right equipment, while aligning operating budgets with strategic initiatives. There are no prerequisites for this course.
MSITM Capstone course challenges students to demonstrate mastery of all the MSITM program outcomes. The capstone challenges students to integrate skills and knowledge from all program domains into one project.
Program consists of 42 courses
At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.
Special requirements for this program
At the end of your online IT bachelor's and master's degree programs, you will complete capstone projects that represents the culmination of all your hard work—projects that allows you to turn what you’ve learned into real-world application, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business.
"Shortly after completing my WGU degree, I was interviewed for a Database Administrator position at a local company. I got the job and have been working there for six months now. The new career came with great benefits and almost doubled my monthly income. I believe that the degree that I received from WGU was a major factor in obtaining my new career."
B.S. Information Technology
According to a 2022 Harris Poll, just two years after graduation, WGU grads report earning $22,200 more per year, and that amount increases to $29,200 four years after graduation.
On Your Schedule
No class times, no assignment deadlines. You are in charge of your learning and schedule. You can move through your courses as quickly as you master the material, meaning you can graduate faster.
The accelerated IT bachelor's and master's at WGU is 100% online, which means it works wherever you are. You can do your coursework at night after working at your full-time job, on weekends, while you're traveling the world or on vacation—it's entirely up to you.
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.
3rd Party IT Certifications Included
Industry IT certifications in this degree program include a variety of CompTIA certifications, Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner, LPI Linux Essentials, and PMI CAPM.
The cost of these certifications is included in your tuition, helping you save money as you enhance your skills. Earning certifications before you’ve even finished your degree gives you the knowledge, skills, and credentials that will immediately boost your résumé.
- IT Operations Specialist
- Secure Infrastructure Specialist
- Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
- ITIL®*^ Foundation Certification
*Subject to vendor availability.
^ITIL® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.
- PMI CAPM
- LPI Linux Essentials
COST & TIME
Affordable Online IT Degrees
By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees.
Costs for the Undergraduate Portion of This Program
Tuition per 6-month term
At WGU, tuition is charged every six months. For the bachelor's degree, the only other fees you'll have is a flat fee of $200 each term for e-books and learning resources and a $150 program fee.
Costs for the Graduate Portion of This Program
Tuition per 6-month term
Fees include the $200 per term resource fee and the $150 program fee
An Information Technology Management Degree Is Within Reach
There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:
The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.
*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).
Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits.
Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.
Competency-Based Education Puts You in the Driver’s Seat of Your IT Degrees
Online. Competency-based. Student-obsessed. Countless things make our programs a great fit for today’s working students—and make WGU a different kind of university. Our learning model is just one of those.
Competency-based degree programs allow you to speed up your progress. No waiting for other class members to catch up or for a new semester to start. Taking a course covering concepts you’ve been applying for years? Review the online course material, take the online assessment, and move on. Taking a course in a subject you’ve never tried? Maximize all available resources to ensure you’re comfortable with the material by the time you take the assessment.
"You have to be a self starter, self motivator! But know that WGU has your back! Whether through your mentor, course instructors and the numerous departments set up to see you succeed, they are there to guide and aide you along your journey!”
M.S. Information Technology Management
Prepare to Lead and Earn More
Nearly every industry needs skilled IT professionals. When you’ve completed WGU’s online accelerated information technology bachelor's and master's degree program, you’ll find yourself in demand because of the skills, knowledge, and certifications you’ve gained. In fact, you’ll have all the tools necessary for a successful IT career from fields like computer programming to IT management.
An information technology degree from WGU is key in helping you gain the critical skills and experience you need to thrive in the information sector. Increase your earning potential, boost your résumé with valuable credentials, and find a career you love with the help of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in information technology.
Return on Your Investment
On average, WGU graduates see an increase in income post-graduation
Average income increase from all degrees in annual salary vs. pre-enrollment salary. Source: 2022 Harris Poll Survey of 1,542 WGU graduates.
Survey was sent to a representative sample of WGU graduates from all colleges. Respondents received at least one WGU degree since 2017.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 15% for all computer occupations from 2021 to 2031.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
An Information Technology Degree Opens the Door to Continued Success in your Career
Our M.S. IT alumni have great jobs and satisfying careers:
- Chief Information Officer
- IT manager
- IT director
- Information systems manager
- Cisco Systems
- U.S. Air Force
- Florida Community Health Centers
- Legal Aid of West Virginia
WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers
Information Technology Management Degree Admissions Requirements
To be considered for enrollment into this program, you must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent AND demonstrate program readiness through one of the following:
- Option 1: Submit transcripts documenting completion of college-level coursework with a minimum of 2.5 GPA or higher.
- Option 2: Possess a bachelors or associate degree (A.A, A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable) from an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Option 3: Demonstrate at least two years of IT work experience through resume review.
- Option 4: Submit official record of completion of a transferable IT certification, some of which may provide transfer credit into various programs.
- Option 5: Submit high school transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.75 GPA and a B grade or higher in a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) course. *Only advanced mathematics courses will satisfy this requirement
- Option 6: Submit transcripts documenting completion of previous IT coursework. IT coursework must be 300 level or higher.
NOTE: You do not need to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.
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You should speak with an Enrollment Counselor. WGU can often provide advice or resources to help a prospective student fulfill enrollment prerequisites.
When you enroll in a WGU degree program, our goal is to see you through to graduation. Admission requirements are designed to increase your likelihood of success. Years of data and experience with the nontraditional students WGU serves have shown us how various types of academic and professional experience can be highly important in helping a student persist to graduation. Industry certifications are one of many ways a student can meet eligibility.
WGU has an obligation to our graduates—and their current and future employers—to ensure WGU alumni have mastered the most up-to-date, current competencies and skills needed in the workplace. Recency of certifications helps us ensure that students have demonstrated competency in skills as they are needed in today's working world.
As a full-time student, you will be required to maintain a minimum pace of 12 competency units (CUs) per term for undergraduate programs or 8 CUs per term for graduate programs. However, there is no maximum speed—once you complete a course, you move immediately to the next, and you complete a course not by waiting for the syllabus, the professor, or the rest of the class. You progress by learning the material and proving it—so you can move through your coursework at the speed of your own learning and experience.
Instructors are highly educated, experienced experts in the subject matter of a course. Unlike in a traditional university where going to class means listening to an instructor lecture while you take notes and try to learn in a group setting, WGU's Instructors provide one-on-one instruction and support when you need it—tailoring the instruction to your precise needs when you need it. Instructors also provide additional resources, lead topical discussions in online communities, and find countless other ways to bring a specific course to life for students.
This unique program allows you to fast-track your education and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time. The program contains some courses that count toward both degrees, meaning you’ll take four fewer classes (or 12 fewer competency units) than you would if you were to pursue each degree individually through separate programs.
The combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program contains largely the same curriculum as the two separate programs with a few modifications. The bridge courses students take are Technical Communication, IT Management, Project Management, and Emerging Technologies. These four bridge courses replace four undergraduate courses and allow students to move into their master’s program sooner.
This accelerated program costs $3,625 per six-month term for the undergraduate portion and $3,940 for the master’s portion. Since the undergraduate portion of this program satisfies part of the typical master’s portion, students can graduate in fewer terms than they would if they’d pursued each degree separately, thus earning a master’s degree for less.
Because of our competency-based model, the number of terms to completion varies. Overall, it’s anticipated that students can complete this program in one less term than it would take to complete the bachelor’s and master’s degrees separately.
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