Washington State University Online Master of Business Administration

Why Washington State University?

An online Master of Business Administration degree program is offered by this very large public research university located in Pullman, Washington. There are no prerequisites for this program specified. Applications are assessed holistically based on potential for success in the program, educational background and performance, and professional experience. Applicants must submit results of either the GRE or the GMAT. Standardized test scores are not required. The program is administered by the university’s Carson College of Business

Program Snapshot

University Name Washington State University
Location Pullman
State WA
Niche.com Grade A-
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program Carson College of Business
Credits 52
Cost per credit 876
Tuition for Entire Program $45,552.00
Test Requirements GRE or GMAT
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 22-29 months
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Business Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • General
Synchronous classes yes
Required Courses
  • Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Data Analysis for Managers
  • Foundations in Marketing
  • Foundations in Operations Management
  • Foundations of Business Law
  • Foundations in Finance
  • Managerial Economics
  • Strategic Planning for Personal and Program Success
  • Beyond the MBA: Application of Principles, Theories and Practice
  • Strategy Formulation and Organizational Design
  • Managerial Leadership and Productivity
  • Administrative Control
  • Financial Management
  • Business Analytics: Transforming Data into Decisions
  • Information Systems Analysis
  • Marketing Management
  • Capstone Project and Final Presentation
Does the Program Include a Capstone? yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique optional international field studies; distinctive concentration in hospitality and tourism; numerous extracurricular events; available independent study course
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Conduct business analysis and formulate actionable business strategies that are grounded in theory and practice from multiple disciplines
  • Apply leadership theory to analyze business situations and develop theory-based recommendations
  • Identify relevant data sources, use analytical tools and techniques, and conduct data-driven analyses to address significant business problems, pinpoint solutions, and prompt action
  • Identify and evaluate the ethical, global, and societal implications of doing business as an organization.
Program Description The program’s 52 credits can be completed within 22-29 months.  A capstone is required but there is no required internship or practicum.  Students can specialize within 4 concentration areas within a program that balances data-driven decision-making with ethical, global and societal implications of business actions.


What will I Learn?

Graduates of this program will be able to perform business analysis and develop effective business plans based on theory and practice from a variety of disciplines. Students will be able to employ leadership theory to assess business circumstances and provide recommendations based on theory. Students will learn to discover relevant data sources, employ analytical tools and methodologies, and perform data-driven studies to solve key business challenges, pinpoint solutions, and motivate action throughout the course. They will also develop the habit of identifying and assessing the ethical, global, and societal aspects of conducting business as an organization.

The core of the curriculum begins with Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting, followed by Data Analysis for Managers, Foundations in Marketing and  Foundations in Operations Management. Students look at specialized contexts in Foundations of Business Law, Foundations in Finance and Managerial Economics. They learn leadership and project management skills in Strategic Planning for Personal and Program Success, Beyond the MBA: Application of Principles, Theories and Practice and Strategy Formulation and Organizational Design.

Further skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making are practiced in Managerial Leadership and Productivity, Administrative Control, Financial Management and Business Analytics: Transforming Data into Decisions. Information Systems Analysis and Marketing Management round out the curriculum.

All students are required to complete a Capstone Project and Final Presentation.

Students can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations: Finance; Hospitality Business Management; International Business; Marketing; General

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 22-29 months and pay $876 per credit for a total of 52 credits, or just over $45,500.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

All courses have at least some synchronous class meetings, in which students attend an online class at a specific time. Students are not required to visit campus unless they wish. They complete the program within 22-29 months. Offering three start dates per year, the program accepts new students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.


The Washington State University program offers unique course options focusing intensively on the skills of leadership and decision-making. Applicants may also be attracted to the program’s optional international field studies and distinctive concentrations in hospitality and tourism and international business. WSU provides a personalized experience for students with opportunities for independent study courses, on-campus events if desired, and the required in-depth research project examining a topic of the student’s choice.