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Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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. These 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 online 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 online courses. To make this an investment you can count on, as long as you stay continuously enrolled, your tuition will not go up. “In the William Woods online Master of Business Administration program, we want to equip you with the decision-making abilities necessary to be a successful leader in your organization,” said Stephen K. Forsha, director of the William Woods School of Business and Technology. “Many of our graduate students have developed business plans under faculty supervision that have led to successful startups. Others have completed original research and presented at academic conferences, and several have gone on to complete their doctoral studies upon graduation from our program. Whatever your path, our program is designed to provide knowledge you can apply immediately to your work or academic environment."

In this program, you can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise in the corporate world. Our faculty are approachable, knowledgeable and supportive and with our small class sizes, you will have the opportunity to work closely with them on a variety of projects.  Our faculty combine professional and academic experience to provide a theoretical and applications based education, holding academic credentials from such schools as St. Louis University, The University of Southern California, The University of Missouri, Washington University and Webster University.  Their professional experiences include being chief executive officers, chief information officers, United Nations peacekeeping forces commanders, directors of governmental agencies and heads of marketing, human resources and accounting and finance departments. The online MBA degree’s strong theoretical background is balanced by an emphasis on practice that puts theory to work.

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Your online MBA degree at work

The skills you develop in our online MBA program — 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 decision-making, 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 online 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 the degree by completing twelve 3-credit courses, including a capstone project 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.)

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online graduate programs are available to students across the country. In Missouri, our students come from Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more locations. Beyond Missouri, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and other states.

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 Accelerator & Founding Principal, ICS Advisors

Mardy describes himself as “Elected Official, Policy Wonk, Economic Developer and Planner.” He is the Founding Principal of ICS Advisors, a project management and business advisory firm specializing in financial analysis, business planning and development, M&A, economic planning and forecasting, and social media marketing.

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 online admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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