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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MBA degree program
Becky Odneal

MBA '02

Owner - Education Link, LLC

More than a traditional MBA

The MBA is a time-honored milestone in the path to business leadership. But more and more, businesses are looking for skills that go beyond the traditional. They’re looking for leaders who are driven to pursue growth in a business climate that is diverse, dynamic and demanding. The new skills include the ability and willingness to take calculated risks and build smart, agile teams that deliver results. You can expect to develop these talents as you complete the William Woods University MBA program.

The MBA program at William Woods University is accredited by the ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) as well as the Higher Learning Commission. It’s designed to fit the schedules of working professionals and can be completed in two years or less through evening courses taught in convenient locations around the state. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise in the corporate world. The MBA degree’s strong theoretical background is balanced by an emphasis on practice that puts classroom theory to work.

To make this an investment you can count on, as long as you stay continuously enrolled, your tuition will not go up.

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Your MBA degree at work

The skills you develop — leadership, financial competency, organizational theory, information systems and more — will show your organization that you are ready to take your place among its leaders. Chief among these skills is entrepreneurship, which will help you find new ways to lead and create solutions in a world of constrained resources, environmental challenges and competitive global markets.

$13,500 Average total cost of our MBA program
$65,000 Average annual salary of our MBA graduates
$100,000 Annual salary earned by 18 percent of our MBA graduates

Business and managerial skills are in high demand in today’s job market, with many students transitioning to MBA programs focused on broadening their career reach. Job opportunities for MBA graduates include:

  • Business partner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial manager
  • Health services manager
  • High-end management consultant
  • Marketing manager
  • Sales manager
  • Information technology director


You will earn your degree by completing twelve 3-credit courses, including a final capstone project that you will present to an outside panel of business experts.

Courses you will take:

  • BUS 500 Management and Leadership
  • BUS 517 Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 524 Economics for Managers
  • BUS 538 Accounting for Managers
  • BUS 539 Legal Environment for Business, Government and Society
  • BUS 542 Finance
  • BUS 545 Managerial Ethics
  • BUS 552 Business Strategies
  • BUS 560 Statistics and Research Methods
  • BUS 566 Financial Decisions
  • BUS 580 Management Systems
  • BUS 585 Integrated Studies in Business Administration

 You may also pursue an emphasis in the areas of Small Business or Global Business.


  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university of which you graduated
  • You must have 3 hours of accounting and 3 hours of economics on an undergraduate level. (William Woods University provides these courses online.)


Fulton, MO
Due to Covid-19, classes are currently running in virtual synchronous delivery mode for the safety of our community.

Also available online

For those students looking to take a less traditional route and interested in earning your degree online, William Woods University also offers an  Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) .

William Woods in the real world

94% of our MBA graduates are working or earning an advanced degree. You’ll find them in some amazing positions. Here are some examples:

Mardy Leathers, MBA ‘14 Director, Division of Workfrorce Development, State of Missouri

Mardy oversees 324 employees and a $98 million budget. He manages all the federal dollars that come to the state to help people who are unemployed or underemployed. He works with individuals who want to enter job enrichment programs and helps businesses and communities develop strategies to attract and retain talent. Mardy on his William Woods experience: “I enjoyed the 18-month cohort set up and as an adult learner my experience with the MBA program was awesome.” Mardy also serves as an adjunct professor at William Woods and was a recent commencement speaker.

Makele Ndessokia, MBA ‘13 Human Resources Director at Missouri Department of Agriculture

Makele has 10 years of federal and state government experience in the area of Human Resources, collaborating with Missouri Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services, Administrative Hearing Commission, and the Bureau of the Public Debt.

One more thing

It’s not always about being the next Warren Buffett. You may have a unique plan to serve the nonprofit world, or develop a social enterprise that does well by doing good. Bring it to us and see what happens. We’re not just committed to helping you move up the ladder; we are committed to creating pathways and possibilities for the most unique and exceptional career plans to flourish.

Admissions Information

Learn more about graduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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