Western Governors University Reviews of MBA Programs

  • 28 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $7,790
87% of 28 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 28 students said they would recommend this program to others
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  • Reviewed: 3/10/2022
  • Degree: MBA
"I recently finished my WGU MBA. I've read some mentor horror stories but that was not my experience. I did my entire MBA in a single term. That is a lot of work but a motivated person can do it. I work full 50-60 hours per week and completed it, The work is not easy but the work is manageable. I am fortunate because I have a lot of experience in business and have a CPA. Therefore, the accounting courses which can be troublesome for some were easy for me. All of the objective tests were material I knew. I passed all the tests with small effort. The writing is extensive. I wrote over 400 pages in papers. I haven't been looking for a new position so I cannot speak to the MBA helping or not. If you do need an MBA and it is simply checking a box, WGU is great. I can't use it to continue to research and receive a PhD."
Christopher Lewis
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2021
  • Degree: MBA
""Wow". WGU has been a great ride. I recommend this school to anyone who wants to push their limits and fulfill their dreams. I was able to complete the program in one term. That doesn't mean it was easy, it fully tested my knowledge and abilities. This is the working person's degree program."
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2020
  • Degree: MBA
"Great non profit school that really is flexible to those who work. No pre set times at all! Also can accelerate as fast your as slow as you want. Cant beat the price for a regionally accredited school especially if you are a go getter. Overall very happy with my education. I think with the global pandemic online education will only become more and more normalized."
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2020
  • Degree: MBA
"This school is perfect for people who are either experienced in their field, or students who are hard workers looking to blast through a degree program at record-pace. All classes have some videos made by instructors, and instructors respond very quickly to any questions you may have. My only gripe - I have not been able to find decent employment, and the school cannot assist beyond the basics."
Mark Rowe
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: MBA
"As someone who was a working software consultant and project manager, I was able to easily translate my work experience from my job to about 1/2 of the classes in both the MBA and MSML. The MSML was 7 classes after my MBAIT. You have to do the work and read and learn yourself, but you can blow through a lot of classes. I am onto my PhD applications now with transfer credits by taking both of these masters in under 9 months."
Affordable and convenient
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: MBA
"WGU is designed for disciplined students who would have a difficulty attending traditional classroom courses. The school is an amazing value and solved two of my biggest discontents with higher education: too much time and money to obtain a degree. Even though the degree can be obtained relatively quickly and for substantially less than other universities, quality is not lacking. The MBA program had some low points (such as financial management and operations management) where you may need to seek outside resources to understand the course material. Although videos and interactive exercises are scattered throughout courses, the majority of learning requires reading both textbooks and powerpoints. Overall the content was well designed and increased my ability to understand and apply key business principles. My program mentor was helpful, as were the course instructors the few times I arranged appointments. The best tips for success are: read assessment criteria carefully (paper rubrics especially), schedule instructor appointments early when you have trouble in a class and most importantly aim to do well, not just pass the class. Like any other in-person or online course Ive ever taken, what you get out of the program is heavily weighted on what you put into it."
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2019
  • Degree: MBA
"Best decision I ever made was attending Western Governors University. Believe it or not, although it's an online school, you really get a sense of community and an abundance of support from faculty and students (through support and social media pages sych as FB and Reddit). From entrance to finish, my experience at WGU has been great."
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2018
  • Degree: MBA
"I'm giving this a 0 star review because the entrance counselor I had at the beginning gave me false information about financial aid and ultimately wasted my time. 0 stars because the financial aid is a joke and won't let you take out student loans in order to go to school and live life. Waste of time applying to this school. The people working there should be on the same page and give out the same information instead of everyone saying something different."
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2018
  • Degree: MBA
"Excellent MBA program for people who are driven. I highly recommend this to people who know their knowledge from experience will wipe out roughly 3/4 of any Master's program. Perhaps my accounting degree and financial background provided me a leg up on courses that may trip up others, but I was able to complete the program in a year and was grateful to apply a few nuggets from the economics courses to my job (great for strategic planning). If you are driven and have progressed steadily through your career, this MBA program will work well for you and save you tens of thousands of dollars. If you are the type of person who blames circumstances on your shortcomings, you will likely hate this competency based approach."
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Excellent school and program! WGU is a fantastic opportunity if you are a self-starter, organized, and enjoy learning online. However, if you can't set your own deadlines and stick to them of if you like a lot of prompting, WGU might not be the best school for you. I already had two degrees from a large public university before getting my MBA, so that previous college experience is my frame of reference for evaluating WGU."
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"I had an excellent experience with WGU. The courses were very challenging. I transferred credits from credits in from 3 other hard-sided universities in Colorado and Montana due to life and interest changes. I ended up finishing both my bachelors in Business Management and my MBA through WGU because it was so high quality. I had incredible access to course mentors, and engaged in online lectures and interactive learning sessions. Both of my student mentors were incredible, and the school was very accommodating in finding the best fit of a mentor for my needs. They really have online learning dialed in. If this were a private company on the stock exchange, I would invest in their stock due to the value, efficiency, and quality of the education they are delivering. I am a non-traditional student with a lot of business experience, and recognize this value based on the rigor of my work requirements. WGU uses evidence-based certification and simulation programs that most Universities also use in their curriculum. The access to those certifications to enhance the degree was of incredible value as well (PHR, Project Management, etc.)."
Adam S.
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Overall, WGU is a great experience. You have to look at the trade-offs though as far as MBAs go. Pros: - Far cheaper education; - Accredited education; - Can complete the program faster than a traditional program since it is self-paced; - Academic support is excellent (mentors contact you once a week); and - GMAT is not required. Cons: - Limited development track (no electives); - Limited (to no) professional development support; - Limited opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships with other high functioning business professionals (i.e. the hallmark of a brick and mortar program); - Must be extremely time conscious to succeed; and - The grading can be a rough learning curve (three or four submissions per assignment is not unheard of); and - No company is beating down the door to recruit you out of WGU. Overall: It all comes down to the trade-offs. If you are a career professional, who (1) just wants the degree initials behind your name; (2) want the MBA to propel you toward a different degree (i.e. JD); or (3) because you have been told that the MBA is required for the next rung (but you meet all the other qualifications. This is a great cheap option. If you are looking for interpersonal relationships to help guide your career for the next 20 - 30 years, maybe consider the more traditional or executive MBA routes at a more known school."
Daniel L
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"I started out my WGU journey with some friction. At first I extremely disliked the pass/fail system. I felt as though sometimes my work would otherwise at worst be considered a "B", but if any portions were missing I would fail. This was frustrating until I got the hang of what was expected. With all things, there is a learning curve. Once I got the hang of it, it was smooth sailing. The curriculum was challenging and you can't beat the format/self paced study. It was the only option I had, as I worked more than full time. It satisfied a need and I'm grateful for the experience."
WGU is Good
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"This is a great school that teaches you the essentials of the business World utilizing the most advanced tools in education today. This is Affordable and for someone who is self-motivated. You need to use your mentor to be successful they are there to help you navigate through the system"
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"I graduated from an accredited and respected school with my undergraduate degree. I was planning on continuing my education with the same school but my busy schedule did not allow enough flexibility. I did a lot of research and concluded that WGU would be a great fit for me. The program was extremely well structured and I feel like I got a much better education than my undergraduate degree. I am a WGU ambassador after the quality education I received. If you read the negative reviews you will find a common theme, someone who didn't have the drive to be successful. If you want a school that is going to hold your hand and beg you to pass your classes this is not it."
MBA Student
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"The work is self directed. If you can read and learn this is a great place to learn. I did have issues with finances, but WGU bent over backwards to make this work for me. I previously posted a negative review regarding this, but the came back and fixed it and honestly did more for me than I expected. I am very happy with them and their work."
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"I earned my undergraduate degree from an accredited brick & mortar school in 2013. When I looked at finishing my MBA there it was $35,000 + with little flexibility. WGU was half the price and I can honestly say it was a far better educational experience. It is a very well organized and supportive school that doesn't overcharge for a mediocre education. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants a high quality education for half the price. this school is going to continue to grow while other schools struggle to survive. Thanks WGU!!!"
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"They were constantly changing requirements as I went. I had a situation where I was working on a paper for weeks that suddenly changed it to an exam. I was back at square one and they did nothing to compensate all of the time and and money I spent for their changed mind. Things like this happened constantly throughout my program. Then when I needed help from course mentors, they knew nothing about the overall material or tests. The mentors don't know what is on the tests at all so they were zero help in actually guiding specific study. They also don't have any say in the material or make up of the class. What is the point of having a course mentor? Basically, it can be done but you're pretty much on your own. I finished in a year and a half for a good price overall, but with no support from the institution itself, the staff or faculty. I was constantly submitting complaints about big issues within the program that were never addressed at all. Overall extremely disappointed."
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"First, let me say that I am a real person who is attending WGU for my MBA. I live in Southwest Georgia, and I am working as a librarian. I am from Florida and I attended Florida State University for my Bachelor and Masters in Library Science. I graduated with my Masters in Library Science from Florida State University in 2007. I was able to obtain a professional librarian position with that masters degree. However, over the years I have thought about changing professions and getting an MBA. I do not make a lot of money, so I needed to find a program that would offer me the best bang for my buck so to speak. Last year I began in earnest searching for a reputable program that would not break the bank. My criteria consisted of a Regionally Accredited program that would offer me the option to transfer credits for a doctorate. I also offer prefer a non-profit over a for profit university. I love the history of WGU how it was founded by 19 Governors, which for me gives it more credibility. I did not have a lot of other options as far as going on campus for a traditional MBA. With all of that being said, I love everything about WGU. I love how the textbooks and assigned readings are available to me whenever I log in. I do NOT have to go out and purchase textbooks and then carry them around. I really love how my exams were proctored and I had to show my ID and have a professional proctor watch me as I took an exam. I have completed the ten required exams and I am now working on my Capstone. I have a great experience at WGU. My group that I am working with for the Capstone are three very nice professional ladies, and we all get along and we work together very well. My student mentor does call me each week to check in on me. I know for some people that might be an annoyance, but for me I enjoy it. It provides me an opportunity to discuss how I am doing and get her perspective. Overall, I am completely pleased with WGU. If I had to make my decision over again without any hesitation I would choose WGU for my MBA. Now, beware that getting an online degree from an exclusively online or virtual university will carry some stigma to some people. Some people may not respect your degree, but you will certainly be able to use it many opportunities in my experience. My coworker in IT is going to WGU for his MBA and he likewise is very happy with the curriculum and experience so far. I am now looking at online doctoral programs in Business Administration and I have had no problems with anyone accepting an MBA from WGU. When I started the MBA at WGU I wanted to learn more about business and I wanted a degree that would be relevant and enable me to change careers. I am finishing up my Capstone and while I have not actually changed careers, from what I have learned I can say it has met my expectations. I have learned a lot about business, which I know will serve me well as I begin my next chapter of earning an online doctorate, PhD, in Business Administration. Everyone has a different set of circumstances, so what works for one person does not work for another. Some people may not be a good fit for an online learning environment. You have to be self disciplined and you have to be self motivated. If you are and you keep your eyes focused on your goal obtaining an MBA or any other degree from WGU is very realistic. I definitely recommend giving WGU a chance it is a great university!"
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"If you are wanting the bottom line, then here it is: WGU is a wonderful, progressive approach to higher education; but only for motivated students with related work experience. This concept is very important to understand if you are considering WGU. It's not a bad thing. It just means that WGU's approach caters to a specific type of student. If you have little/no experience in the field of your desired degree, then you may find WGU's competency approach to be difficult. If you are not good at organizing your time or keeping yourself on task, then you may not reap the cost-savings benefit of WGU's flat rate pricing. Personally, I had a great experience with WGU and received a wonderful education. My focus was in business - first with the BSBM program and then with the MBA program. My 6+ years working at various supervisory and project management levels certainly helped me to pull the courses' business concepts together. The coursework was challenging and I retained volumes of knowledge through the process. Sure, I had to commit 12+ hours per week to class work for a few years, but I kept myself on track and finished both programs far ahead of schedule."