Worcester Polytechnic Institute Online Master of Business Administration

Why Worcester Polytechnic Institute? 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute recruits applicants for its online Master of Business Administration program. This small private research university in Worcester, Massachusetts administers the program through its School of Business.

There is no minimum GPA requirement for admission, but academic potential and past success will be taken into account as part of the admissions process. There are no needed prior courses. Applicants with little prior business experience, on the other hand, may choose to attend up to two preparation courses before enrolling. No standardized test results are necessary.

Program Snapshot

University Name Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Location Worcester
State MA
Niche.com Grade A
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program School of Business
Credits 48
Cost per credit $1,250.00
Tuition for Entire Program $60,000.00
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none; students can take up to 2 prep courses
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations
  • Business Intelligence & Analytics
  • Global Supply Chain & Operations Management
  • Information Technology & UX Design
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Product Management & Marketing
Synchronous classes mostly not
Required Courses
  • Business Intelligence
  • Financial Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Integrative Business Foundation
  • Strategic Management
  • 3 specialization courses
  • 2 elective courses
  • capstone project
Does the Program Include a Capstone? yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique MBA for Engineers, Scientists, & Changemakers; intersection of technology, science and business; opportunity to try before you buy
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) Develop the analytical, operational, and marketing skills needed to oversee successful, competitive, and sustainable business enterprises; Build valuable leadership and communication skills
Program Description This degree requires 48 credits of coursework. Students complete a capstone course to consolidate and extend the knowledge learned throughout the program. There is no internship or practicum requirement. Most students complete the program within 2 years. 5 concentration areas are offered: Business Intelligence & Analytics; Global Supply Chain & Operations Management; Information Technology & UX Design; Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Product Management & Marketing.  The program focuses on the leadership, marketing and operational skills needed to build successful companies particularly in the technology and science domains. 


What will I Learn?

The Worcester curriculum is aimed at developing leaders and entrepreneurs within the fields of science and technology, who excel at connecting great ideas to great people and who can build successful organizations. Graduates will attain analytical, operational and marketing skills necessary for building sustainable organizations. Leadership and communication are emphasized throughout. 

A distinctive feature of the Worcester degree is the required capstone project. In this project, students bring together skills taught in three specialization courses and two elective courses, as well as the core curriculum.

The core curriculum consists of courses in Business Intelligence, Financial Management, Leadership; Marketing Strategy, and Operations Management. Curriculum strands are brought together and reconsolidated in courses in Integrative Business Foundation and Strategic Management. 

Students can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations: Business Intelligence & Analytics; Global Supply Chain & Operations Management; Information Technology & UX Design; Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Product Management & Marketing

How much will the program cost?

The program costs $1,250.00 per credit, and 48 credits are required. The total cost of the degree is just under $60,000.00 for the entire degree. Most students take two years to finish their studies.

How does the program fit into my life?

The average time to graduate from the program is 2 years. The typical student works full time while pursuing their education. Scheduled online classes, often known as synchronous classes, are typically not required for most courses. Asynchronous learning, on the other hand, is used in the vast majority of today’s classrooms, and requires students to engage in various online activities on their own time. Although if students don’t physically meet with their instructors, they still have plenty of opportunities to connect with them on a personal level through virtual office hours and meetings.

No mandatory on-campus visits are required of students at any time during the program. You may start your studies whenever it is most convenient for you because we provide three start dates every year (fall, spring, and summer).


Billing itself as the “MBA for Engineers, Scientists, & Changemakers”, Worcester Polytechnic positions its curriculum at the intersection of technology, science and business. This challenging curriculum offers the special opportunity to complete a capstone project, enabling students to build relationships and have a marketable product to pedal to prospective employers. Some applicants will be attracted to the “try before you buy” model of admissions, through the option to take two preparatory courses prior to admission and enrollment.