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Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Gain the Knowledge Needed to Advance Your Career

William Woods University’s MBA program differentiates itself by combining real-world experience with academic rigor. Our program offers students the opportunity to learn from experts in their field of instruction. Each of the 10 course offerings (30 hours) combines theory with real world experience and is uniquely designed to enhance students’ skills and knowledge needed to compete in today’s competitive business markets. Our smaller class sizes allow for a much more personable experience and connection with your classmates and the professors that teach our courses.

Program Advantages

The flexibility of the MBA Program at William Woods University is what makes it so attractive. The program offers students the opportunity to enter the program at any point during a new 8-week term. It is designed to fit the schedules of working professionals, as well as traditional students just completing their undergraduate degree, and can be completed in 12 to 18 months. No matter where or how you attend, you can expect academic excellence combined with real-world relevance. Courses are designed and taught by professionals that not only hold terminal degrees in the areas they instruct but have proven their expertise in the business world.

The William Woods MBA program gave me and many others the opportunity to develop our business skills and knowledge. Spending two more years at William Woods was a blessing, as it gave me time to figure out my post-graduation plans, under the fantastic guidance of the program leaders and professors. - Harry Willsher ‘21, MBA

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts showing a minimum 2.5 GPA from an accredited university or college.


This 30 credit-hour MBA is comprised of 10 three-credit-hour courses.

Online Master of Business Administration Courses

ORL 577 - Strategy Development and Implementation - 3.00

In this course, students will learn to formulate and implement effective strategies to manage a successful organization. They will examine various strategic issues, challenges, and concerns with practical hands-on projects and case studies. The course will refine them to gain expertise in strategic planning and decision-making. They will also develop important management skills that will enable them to shape and implement strategic projects and processes of different kinds. Students will engage in discussions to explore new areas in strategic management, strategy types, competitive advantage, and different types of techniques that support strategic planning and decision-making. Prerequisite: ORL505

BUS 580 - Management Systems - 3.00

This course will provide an overall vision, framework and pedagogy to understanding information systems in the workplace. It will provide students an essential core of guiding Information Systems principles to use as they face the career challenges ahead. The application of these principles to solve real-world problems is driven home throughout each class. The ultimate goal of the course is to develop effective, thinking, action-oriented employees by instilling them with principles to help guide their decision- making actions. In addition, the course will give students exposure to a number of online Web 2.0 tools. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to experience first- hand how these tools could be effective communication devices for collaboration in business today. Prerequisite: BUS500

BUS 585 - Integrated Studies in Business Administration - 3.00

As the culminating course of the MBA program, students will be required to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the theories, concepts and practical applications presented throughout their course of study. Students will analyze and prepare a comprehensive solution to complex business issues. Prerequisite: Completion of all core MBA courses.

BUS 500 - Management and Leadership - 3.00

This course provides an overview of management and leadership theory necessary to be successful in management positions. Students will analyze classic and emerging theories in management and leadership and apply them to practice.

BUS 524 - Economics For Managers - 3.00

This course will provide students with a general overview of basic economic concepts and their practical application to issues confronting them as managers, business leaders, business owners, employees, voters, and consumers in the marketplace. Throughout this course, students will practice the economic way of thinking by analyzing both micro and macro economic concerns of society as a whole. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Economics (3 Credits) and BUS500

BUS 538 - Accounting For Managers - 3.00

A study of financial statement preparation and analysis, accounting information systems and accounting principles as they apply to managers with emphasis placed on operations, investing and financial functions within the enterprise. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Accounting (3 Credits) and BUS500

BUS 539 - Legal Environment of Business, Government and Society - 3.00

This course will provide the opportunity for students to explore the legal environment of business and government. Students will analyze elements of the law pertaining to business and evaluate managerial issues confronting organizations from a legal perspective. Prerequisite:BUS500

BUS 542 - Finance - 3.00

The course will introduce and reinforce basic finance principles such as time value of money, internal rate of return on a project and capital structure. Students will also focus on the interpretation of financial statements from the perspective of a manager. Prerequisite: BUS500

BUS 545 - Managerial Ethics - 3.00

This course is designed to immerse the student in organizational ethical decision-making processes and issues, as well as an introduction to basic leadership theory and its role in ethical decision-making within organizations. This course is designed as an application-oriented ethics course. Prerequisite: BUS500

SBA 550 - Data Analytics for Business - 3.00

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of data analytics and prepares students to gather, describe, and analyze data, to support important business decisions. Students will learn to use advanced statistical tools and analytics methods to synthesize, analyze, and visualize data covering different business scenarios and problems. Topics include introduction to business intelligence, data science & analytics, descriptive analytics, data visualization, predictive analytics, statistical modeling, prescriptive analytics, big data concepts and practices. Prerequisite: MAT114 or Equivalent.


Elevate Your Career with Your MBA!

icon.pngAn MBA degree earns graduates $28,000 more annually when compared to master’s-level graduates’ salaries overall.
icon.pngThe median MBA base starting salary is $85,000*
icon.pngJobs requiring the MBA degree specifically continue to rise, growing an average of 3.4% monthly across 2021.


*Source: EAB analysis; Lightcast; AACSB, “2019-20 BSQ Employment Module,” 2020; College Scorecard, US Department of Education, Aug 2021; Dr. Rahul Choudaha et al., “2021 Corporate Recruiters Survey: Demand of Graduate Management Talent,” Graduate Management Admission Council, June 2021.

MBA Flex program

Students may complete the MBA consisting of 30 credit hours or develop a concentration area through the MBA Flex program.

Through the Flex program, students complete the core MBA courses (30-credit hours) and an additional 9-credit hour concentration developed in partnership with a content specialist faculty member or the MBA Program Manager. This path allows students to develop a more personalized concentration in an area of interest.