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Competency-based education degrees

Complete in less than a year for under $11,000.

Competency-based education (CBE) is a pathway to gaining career skills, faster. In a CBE program, each credit is tied to a competency, or measurable skill that can help improve your performance on the job. Since you may have some of these skills already, you can demonstrate what you know quickly, earn credit for it and spend more time learning something new.

Choose CBE if you:

  • Already work in a professional setting

  • Have strong organizational and time management skills

  • Prefer to work independently at your own pace with instructor support

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Why earn your competency-based education degree at University of Phoenix?

Our CBE courses aren’t just designed to help you take advantage of your work experience; they’re also built to fit your schedule. Take several 16-week courses at the same time, allowing you the flexibility to demonstrate mastery that fits within your schedule — and the flexibility to balance work, life and school.

Faster and more affordable

Complete in less than 12 months and for under $11,000.

Tailored to your experience

Move quickly through the topics you already know, so you can focus on the ones you don’t.

Focused on results

Equip yourself with the skills your industry needs today, and tomorrow.

Driven by assessments

Advance by showing mastery of each skill, so you can graduate confident and prepared.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Master of Business Administration – Complete in under 12 months and for less than $10k.
  • Master of Information Systems – Complete in under 12 months and for less than $11k.
  • Master of Health Administration – Complete in under 12 months and for less than $11k.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Complete in under 12 months and for less than $10k.

Experienced faculty will guide and assist you on learning activities and exercises to help build your knowledge in areas where you will be assessed to demonstrate your level of learning and comprehension for a competency. Faculty then will help support you by providing robust feedback and further development opportunities on your authentic assessments to assist you in reaching mastery. 

Competency-based degree programs emphasize the mastery of skills and proficiency requirements for specific fields, industries and jobs. The application of that theory through projects and assignments allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the curricular components in an outcome that can yield a tangible result.  Review each of the four programs offered to learn more about the specific competencies correlated to each.

Unlike our traditional degree programs where you take one course at a time, competency-based programs are designed for you to take several 16-week courses concurrently, allowing you the flexibility to demonstrate mastery at your own pace — and the flexibility to balance work, life and school throughout the 16-weeks.