Western Governors University Reviews - Master's in MBA

4.42 out of 5 stars
(27 Reviews)
87% of 27 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 27 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Julia - 11/13/2015
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016
"WGU is simply amazing. The best school ever, I cannot say enough good things about it. It is challenging, fun and flexible. I started my MBA last month and already finished my first "term" so I've completed 3 courses so far. I can't wait to graduate and apply to be a WGU Student Mentor! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS UNIVERSITY."
4.3 out of 5 stars
JKB - 12/11/2014
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015
"I have attended the classic brick and mortar schools and this was my first "online" degree. The MBA Degree program involved competency based papers and some group work. The work was not terribly complex but the ability to research, understand, and produce results were all taught through these courses. This has helped me in my career as a manager and has given me a better understanding of what my CIO is looking for. I initially had trouble with a couple financial courses and I found that some of the classes had vague rubrics and caused me some distress. However, my mentor taught me a trick about the courses and what they are asking for and I found that that extremely helpful. I would recommend that before you start any course work or paper watch ALL the videos the course mentors put out on the respective courses. Each video ranged from 10 to 20 minutes but they provided invaluable ideas for completing the work successfully as well as tips on how to tackle the work. (These would include the gotchas) This has saved me countless hours of time and frustration. Over all I found the work challenging but the real challenge was the motivation to find the time and discover the answers to the courses through research, reading, online discussions, talking to mentors, and other professionals. If you are motivated and willing to do your own work this can be a school for you."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Charles - 8/28/2014
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014
"Awesome university backed with amazing learning resources and best practices in education. I completed my MBA-IT management in 6 months of time. I must say it was tough, you need to spend a lot of time in analyzing the problem statement. But with the help of very proactive and supportive course mentors it becomes easy and your weaknesses start becoming you strength. I would always recommend this university to everyone."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nick - 7/25/2013
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2013
"Tell us about your college experience.This school is a gift to the motivated, goal-oriented folks of the world. If you really love to learn and you're okay not sitting in a classroom, you can't beat the flexibility, the price, and the quality of material. I can't believe the people that say they didn't learn anything - that's insane. The point of competency based education is that you move fast (or skip) things you already know and slow down and learn the things you need to. Employers like hearing about this in an interview, and when you talk about your discipline, goal-setting, and time management of attending school while working you will demolish your competitors and get the job.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?100% YES! I work full time and getting my MBA helped my career, I received an immediate raise and make over $35 an hour. I did it without debt and could push forward and accelerate courses.What advice can you offer other students?WGU is designed to fit around real-world competencies. You have to find the answer yourself and there isn't a lot of hand-holding, which is just like what the workplace is like. That said, the Course Mentors and resources are incredible and I'm very pleased with the quality of instruction. Give this amazing place a chance and you'll know you aren't "just a number", but that they want you to succeed."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 3/15/2013
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015
"I did my undergrad at WGU and it has greatly helped my career. In addition to salary and title improvements within my IT community, my confidence and the respect from others in my office is obvious. My MBA education has already opened opportunities for future advancement that requires an MBA."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 2/18/2013
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2012
"To get right to the point, WGU is an excellent school if you are self motivated and dedicated to getting a degree. I feel that the quality of education surpassed what I have previously experienced in my undergraduate at a highly ranked 'traditional' University.The social interaction is relatively limited, which would have bugged me in an earlier stage of my life. However, at this stage of my life I loved the direct to the point education I was able to receive, with fewer hoops to jump through then I am used to in higher education. A great institution."
2.0 out of 5 stars
C J - 12/8/2012
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year:
"After I completed my BA at Indiana University, I wanted to find an MBA program that did not require the 3-5 years management experience to be accepted. WGU had just come to Indiana as a new state school, so it seemed legit. I will admit I did not research it enough, as I was too excited to start and get moving on my MBA. I did classes for about a year, then decided I wanted to graduate from a stronger MBA program, as there are many online options. Below are the main problems with WGU:1. Structure of School - WGU thought they could reinvent the wheel in regards to the standard structure of a university. Rather than the having an advisor, and a professor who teaches your classes and grades your papers, what you get is a personal mentor who calls you every week to check up on you, a class mentor who is basically just there to answer questions in regards to the class, and a third party grader who has no involvement in the class other than grading your paper.2. Cirriculum - I was under the impression I would be having a standard syllabus with due dates on assignments flexible enough for the working person. Also, I thought there would be SOME multimedia and recorded lectures. What I got was a final project that you need to turn in to pass the class, and a bunch of material and quizzes that you can essentially bypass. They take random chapters from a variety of books and the final project has nothing to do with what you just read.3. Grading system - When I enrolled they told me it was pass/fail but a passing grade was a 3.0 equivalent. To me, this meant that when an employer or university asked for my transcript it would show a 3.0 average. Not so... no GPA exists at WGU.4. Going back to the structure of the university I will dive deeper in to the problems that plague WGU; a.)Personal Mentor - When you are new to WGU, you have a lot of questions, and it is helpful to have someone on call about how it all works. However, I am a very independent person. After a few weeks when I figured everything out, the calls got old quick. The mentor went from helping mode to essentially becoming my academic boss. They check up on you in a scheduled call each week, and start getting on your butt about getting the class finished. What I found out soon after is that mentors are paid commission for students they retain. If you fall behind or drop out they are denied commission. So they start panicking if you aren't up to par. Toward the end of my second session I seriously lost all motivation because I realized the program was both flawed and a sham. I just started ignoring the calls from my mentor, and he soon informed me it was required and I could be kicked out of WGU for failing to talk to him. Let's just say the mentor is an annoying pain in your side after the first month or so.b.) Class mentor - These were likely the most helpful people at WGU, as they actually understood the coursework. Unfortunately their help is of little good, as what they want does not coincide with what the third party grader is looking for. I even had multiple class mentors admit that while they prefer it a certain way, to simply stick to the ruberic you are given for the class in order to pass, which brings me to the next section;c.) Ruberic and third party grading - Unlike most professors who use a ruberic to a certain point but still have an understanding of the material you are writing, your paper gets submitted, then either approved or denied by a third party. Example, I finish a project for a class, submit a paper or project, then submit in their database. 5-7 days later I recieve a message saying that I did not pass, and must make revisions. Then you get a scale of 1-5 in each category, you must have a 4-5/5 in every category to pass. While the ruberic is acceptable, there are times at Indiana where the professor did not understand what I was getting at. When I talked to them and explained the situation, they accepted it or gave me feedback on what I did wrong. You get none of this at WGU, just accepted/rejected and numbers. You can have a different person grade your paper each time you submit. For example, I submitted an e-commerce project which required 10 links on the webpage. I have over 10... closer to 15 links. The grader just thought the links were blue underlined font and told me I only had 2 links. This would easily be resolved but there was no communication with them. I think they have updated this so the student can actually send a message back to the grader, but it is still third party grading... they literally outsource it to a company. To me this is unacceptable and I don't even know how these guys are accredited.I started the program in 2/2011, and left 11/2011. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I am now looking at an online MS from a decent program so that I can eventually get into a top tier AACSB accredited school, hopefully IU Kelley School of Business.Save yourself some time and money, don't go to WGU. When I read good reviews for this school it blows me away. I literally learned NOTHING over the course of a year in this MBA that I did not know from IU. I am paying for an education not a degree mill."