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Master's degree

Master of Business Administration (Competency Based)

1 year

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Register by: Jul 14, 2021

Complete in less than 12 months and for under $10,000

Businesses today face unprecedented challenges that can only be solved by the professionals who are on the ground, dealing with them. Which is why our new competency-based MBA equips you with advanced business skills in under 12 months. This program is designed for professionals with a business degree and experience working in that field.

What is competency-based education?

Instead of measuring your progress through lectures and written assignments, our competency-based programs assess your knowledge of real-world skills. You’ll take approximately four courses every 16 weeks, moving through the content through the completion of authentic assessments evaluated by your instructor

This program gives you even more flexibility to balance school around your life. More importantly, it means every competency you master doesn’t just bring you closer to graduation — it's another skill you can use in the workplace.



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This program includes additional admissions requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business or a related field
  • Experience working in a business environment


Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Master of Business Administration (Competency-Based).

What you'll learn

When you earn your Master of Business Administration (Competency-Based), you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Human capital management
  • Business law
  • Organizational leadership
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Research and statistics

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Business Administration (Competency-Based)?

An MBA-CB can help prepare you to be an:

  • Business manager
  • Facilities manager
  • General manager
  • Operations director
  • Business administrator
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. job growth for management occupations is projected to be as fast as average between 2018 and 2028.


Paying for school

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Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.


Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic accreditation

Our MBA has been reaffirmed for accreditation until 2027 by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), ensuring the quality of your education. Accreditation occurs on a 10-year cycle with regular quality reviews.

What does that mean in real life? ACBSP-accredited business programs are committed to quality standards.

The quality of the program is regularly benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for the business industry. Accreditation occurs on a 10-year cycle with regular quality reviews.

View the completion and first-year persistence rates for the University of Phoenix ACBSP-accredited business and accounting programs.

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Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.