Admission Requirements and Deadlines for the College of Business

Degrees from the College of Business emphasize mastery of the skills and knowledge that are essential for continued advancement. Below are admissions requirements specific to College of Business programs that are in addition to WGU’s general admissions requirements.

Special Requirements for WGU’s MBA Programs and M.S. Management and Leadership Program

  • Submit a transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution.
  • Submit a resume demonstrating at least three years of significant experience in business, industry, or aat a nonprofit organization.

Special requirements for WGU’s MS Accounting program

  • Submit a transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution.
  • Demonstrate accounting experience through at least one of the following methods:
    • A bachelor's degree in accounting
    • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license

Undergraduate Business Programs
For undergraduate business programs, there are currently no additional admission requirements beyond the general admission requirements.

Steps and Deadlines for Enrollment into a Business Program

Below is the list of steps and their respective deadlines required for enrollment into an online business degree program. Click here for a printer-friendly version of the Business enrollment checklist. Please note that at the present time, WGU is accepting applications only from individuals living in the United States and select geographical areas of Canada.

Apply for admission and pay the application fee
You may apply for admission at any time once you’re ready. The application fee is $65. You can pay online using a credit card or by mailing a check. You must pay the application fee for your application to be fully processed.

Send in your official transcripts
Transcripts of your prior college experience are required if you are seeking transfer credit or if you are looking to enroll into a graduate program. You should submit official copies of your transcripts by the 1st of the month prior to your intended start date for evaluation (or confirmation of receipt of a bachelor’s degree).

Please make arrangements for the official copies to be sent to:

Western Governors University
ATTN: Transcripts Department
4001 South 700 East, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533

Click here to learn more about transferring credits.

Complete the Readiness Assessment
The WGU Readiness Assessment is a three-part online test designed to determine your likelihood of success at WGU. This assessment is not required for admission to graduate degree programs or for undergraduate applicants who have earned an AA or AS degree. Your Enrollment Counselor can answer questions regarding this assessment.

Complete the Financial Aid application process (if necessary)
If you intend to use federal financial aid to cover your tuition expenses, you will need to complete WGU’s financial aid application process and be certified as eligible to receive aid no later than the 22nd of the month prior to your intended start date. An Enrollment Counselor can answer any questions you may have about the financial aid process.

Click here to learn more about financial aid.

Complete your Intake Interview
The Intake Interview is a 20- to 30-minute phone-based interview that finalizes your enrollment and officially sets your program start date. This call is conducted by your Enrollment Counselor to ensure that you’ve developed accurate and appropriate expectations of WGU and of your program. This step must be completed by the enrollment deadline (generally the 15th of the month prior to your start date).

Make tuition payment arrangements
Tuition payment arrangements must be made by the 22nd of the month prior to your start date.

Click here to learn more about paying tuition.

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