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Master of Business Administration - General

Walden University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Self-Designed program is designed to provide individuals from wide-ranging academic backgrounds with training in economics, management, and other business areas. This course of study is designed to give students skills and knowledge they can immediately use to address challenges in diverse real-world settings, including organizations they may work in while taking classes. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Self-Designed

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Description:

Individuals enrolled in Walden University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Self-Designed program have the opportunity to develop expertise in economics, management, and other important areas in business. This course of study, available to students from wide-ranging academic backgrounds, is designed to provide knowledge and training that may be immediately applied in real-world settings. The program features a blend of academic classes, field experiences, networking opportunities, and mentoring partnerships with notable business visionaries. Coursework addresses topics that include leadership, operations, marketing, accounting, innovation, and financial management. Individuals in the program must also complete capstone projects to demonstrate what they have learned. These projects address real-world scenarios of students' choosing and typically relate to issues they may encounter in their prospective areas of business. Students already working within organizations may use their projects to identify solutions for particular challenges in those environments.


Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

Learning Format:


Estimated Program Length:

22 months: Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Personalized estimates of time to completion can be discussed with Walden University enrollment advisors.

Total Credits Required:

36 semester credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Walden University offers a number of financial aid opportunities including scholarships, fellowships, and employer tuition reimbursement for those who qualify. Enrollment advisors can also assist with federal aid, private loans, veteran benefits, and other opportunities.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Courses for the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Self-Designed:

Degree program curriculum and credits are subject to change. Contact Walden University for the most current information before enrolling in a program.

Course Title Credits
Semester 1
Success Strategies in the Online Environment 1.5
Jump-Start Your Future in the Borderless World 1.5
Leading People 3
Semester 2
Business Operations in the U.S. and Abroad 3
Marketing 3
Semester 3
Innovation and Technology 3
Accounting for Business Management 3
Semester 4
Financial Management 3
Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage 3
Semester 5
Specialization Course 4
Specialization Course 4
Semester 6
Capstone: Becoming a World-Class Manager 4

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Self-Designed program at Walden University can prepare professionals for a wide variety of roles within organizations that value economic expertise and management acumen. Many individuals earning this degree enter the business world, although it can also be useful for those in fields such as healthcare, education, and engineering. The program's emphasis on providing practical skills for use in real-world settings may allow students to emerge qualified for diverse positions in private companies, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies.

Careers that program graduates may seek include:

  • Accounting Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Financial Analyst
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Department Chair
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Business Development Manager