WGU [Western Governors University] introduces nationâ€™s first competency-based MBA degrees
WGU offers a traditional Master of Business Administration and an MBA with an emphasis in Information Technology Management designed for the experienced IT professional. The MBA-IT Management degree develops studentsâ€™ core business skills while advancing their IT managerial expertise. Both programs prepare students for mid-level to upper-level management positions in business, industry, and nonprofit organizations. Graduates are eligible for CMBAâ„¢ designationâ€”a national recognition of business knowledge competence.
â€œWe use a flexible approach targeted to students who can work independentlyâ€”with mentor guidanceâ€”and who are prepared to do what it takes to demonstrate competency,â€ said Dr. Dennis Bromley, MBA program coordinator for WGU. â€œBecause the programs are competency-based, students move through the curriculum with challenging assessments and projects incorporating real-world situations.â€
Debbie Austin, a senior IT project manager and recent WGU graduate with a bachelorâ€™s degree in Business-IT Management, will begin the universityâ€™s MBA in Information Technology program next January. â€œI know WGUâ€™s flexible, competency-based approach works,â€ said Ms. Austin. â€œIâ€™m continuing with the universityâ€™s new masters program because it offers the depth and intensity I am seeking to advance my career.â€
The competency-based university is attractive to students with extensive business backgrounds. Larry Braby, a former executive with the JC Penney Corporation, comes to WGUâ€™s MBA program with more than 40 years of experience. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted an MBA degreeâ€ shares Mr. Braby. â€œAnd WGUâ€™s program is an excellent way for me to achieve this goal.â€
All WGU degrees benefit from the advice of its National Advisory Board including business leaders from over 20 companies, which include BearingPoint, Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Thomson and TimeWarner among others. The schoolâ€™s emphasis on producing highly competent graduates is one of the key reasons for this valuable business support. WGU uses competency assessments similar to how businesses recognize competence through such measures as IT or other professional certifications.
About Western Governors University
WGU is the only accredited university in the U.S. offering online competency-based degree programs. The university was founded and is supported by 19 governors, as well as over 20 leading corporations and foundations. WGU offers bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in Information Technology, Business and Education. More information is available at www.wgu.edu
Western Governors University