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Western Governors University's Online MBA Ranked Among Top 10 Best Values by GetEducated.com
Apr 27, 2010 (05:04 PM EDT)


SALT LAKE CITY, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University's online MBA program has again been ranked a "Best Buy" by GetEducated.com, a consumer group that reviews and ranks online universities for cost, quality, and credibility. The rankings are based on a national survey of 90 regionally accredited business schools that offer 250 master's in business administration degrees using distance learning technology. Non-profit WGU's MBA program was ranked the eighth most affordable program -- students will pay approximately $13,200 in tuition to complete their degrees. By comparison, the average cost for a regionally accredited online MBA is $22,924.

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Tuition for WGU's Master of Business Administration programs is $3,250 per six-month term with a $45-per-term library fee, or $13,180 for two years. In the past three years, tuition for WGU's MBA program has not increased, and it will not increase through 2010. Unlike most colleges, WGU does not charge tuition based on semesters or credit hours --it is charged for six-month terms that can begin on the first day of any month. And, because WGU uses a competency-based academic model that requires students to demonstrate competency in degree subjects to advance, students with prior education or experience or those who can commit additional time to study may be able to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money.

"Distance learning has made higher education more accessible nationwide," said Vicky Phillips, GetEducated.com's founder. "But cost remains a huge inhibiting factor. Western Governors University offers online students across the country an opportunity to earn a high-quality master's degree through distance learning for close to half the cost of the national average. That's an amazing value proposition."

"Learners nationwide can enroll at WGU online and enjoy one low distance learning tuition rate, yet sacrifice nothing in terms of quality. In return, they gain access to a business school that carries regional accreditation, an accreditation status considered by many to be the hallmark for residential degree-granting universities," Phillips continued.

"While affordability is a critical factor for all students considering advancing their careers by earning an MBA, it's also vital that the program they choose is rigorous, challenging, and relevant to today's business environment," said WGU Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment Patrick Partridge. "WGU is continuing to work with industry representatives to ensure that our programs and coursework are up-to-date and offer meaningful learning experiences that prepare our students for their careers."

WGU's online bachelor's degrees in Business Management previously earned a top ranking on GetEducated.com's list of the Top Ranked Best Buys – Online Bachelor's Degrees in Business and Management. To learn more, go to http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-bachelor-business-management.

About GetEducated.com

Founded in 1989, GetEducated.com is a consumer group that reviews and ranks online university degree programs along the dimensions of cost, quality, and credibility. The group issues report cards on accredited online degree programs in an effort to bring transparency to the online education selection process in terms of cost, public perception, and student satisfaction.

GetEducated's complete list of the Top Ranked Best Buys in Online MBAs – Regionally Accredited can be accessed online at http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-mba-regional. For more information, contact Vicky Phillips, CEO, GetEducated.com, LLC, Essex Junction, VT, 05456. 802-899-4866. Website: http://www.geteducated.com.

About Western Governors University (WGU)

"[WGU is] the best relatively cheap university you've never heard of."– TIME magazine

Recently featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, WGU is the only university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs and the only non-profit, fully online university in the country. WGU offers degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology, and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. Since its inception in 1997, WGU has grown into a national institution, serving more than 19,000 students in all 50 states.  

WGU's College of Business offers eight bachelor's and master's degree programs, including MBA programs in management, information technology, and healthcare management.

WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). WGU's Teachers College is the first and only exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU nursing programs have been accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, Dell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, HCA, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, Sun Microsystems, American Express, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu.

CONTACT: Joan Mitchell of Western Governors University, +1-801-428-5463, jmitchell@wgu.edu

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