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Master of Business Administration (Competency Based-CB)


Master of Business Administration (Competency Based-CB)

Master's degree

12 months

Approximate Program Length


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Cost per Credit



Start when you're ready

Register by: Apr 19, 2023

Complete in less than 12 months and for under $10,000.

Businesses today face unprecedented challenges that can only be solved by the professionals who are on the ground, dealing with them. Which is why our new competency-based MBA equips you with advanced business skills in under 12 months. This program is designed for professionals with a business degree and experience working in that field.

What is competency-based education?

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Management

  • Strategic planning

  • Decision making

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Earn skills course by course

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every five- to six-week course.

We’ve worked with labor market researchers like Lightcast to find in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Showcase new skills in weeks – not years – as you pursue your degree.

Skills-aligned program




Course at a time


Weeks per course


Courses per year

  • An undergraduate degree, or higher, in business or business management
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Three years of experience within the past 10 years in a business environment


Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Master of Business Administration (Competency-Based).

What you'll learn

When you earn your Master of Business Administration (Competency-Based), you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Integrate decision-making skills to deliver organizational value in dynamic environments.
  • Create strategies for sustainable organizational success that integrates the organization’s mission and vision with societal values.
  • Synthesize leadership skills to foster innovation and facilitate change in a dynamic business environment.
  • Evaluate the global environment to sustain an organization’s competitive advantage.
  • Integrate managerial skills to support strategic execution in a rapidly changing business environment.

Careers & Outcomes

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Business Administration degree (Competency-Based)?

An MBA can help prepare you to be a: 

  • Business Manager
  • General Manager (GM)
  • Operations Director
  • Administrative Director


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for general managers is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

You'll have a team of advisors at University of Phoenix

Stand out with an in-demand business degree

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Paying for school

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Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Enrollment representatives are ready to help

Need some help?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Accreditation & Faculty

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic Accreditation

Our MBA has been reaffirmed for accreditation until 2027 by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), ensuring the quality of your education. Accreditation occurs on a 10-year cycle with regular quality reviews.

What does that mean in real life? ACBSP-accredited business programs are committed to quality standards. The quality of the program is regularly benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for the business industry. Accreditation occurs on a 10-year cycle with regular quality reviews.

View the completion and first-year persistence rates for the University of Phoenix ACBSP-accredited business and accounting programs.

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Real-world Faculty


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Chief Executive Officers


Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors.

Doris Savron

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader.

Doris Savron
Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

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Frequently asked questions  

With a competency-based MBA, you can set your own pace within each 16-week term and control how fast or slow you move through the curriculum. You can leverage prior experience and demonstrate your mastery of subject matter you already know and spend more time on unfamiliar topics. A CB MBA program may be an ideal fit for you if you have previous work experience and prefer more flexible, independent learning than a traditional program.

Our competency-based Master of Business Administration (CB MBA) program equips you with advanced business skills in a shorter time. You can complete a CB MBA program in less than 12 months and for under $10,000.

It’s designed for professionals who already have a business degree and want to leverage their experience in the field to complete a degree faster. You can learn in-demand skills like strategic planning, decision-making, capital budgeting and more, to enhance your marketability as a business professional and increase the quality of your future job opportunities.

Our competency-based Master of Business Administration (CB MBA) program enables you to consume content faster around your own schedule. You can enjoy a flexible learning experience with faculty guidance to prepare for competency assessments. This allows you to complete your degree faster and in a manner that may fit your demanding work and life commitments better.

Traditional MBA programs can take one to two years to complete, but you can finish in less than a year with a CB MBA program. In a CB MBA program, you can enroll in up to four courses concurrently rather than taking one course at a time in our traditional MBA program. CB MBA programs require more self-discipline than the traditional model because you have more autonomy while learning. To enroll in a CB MBA program, you must meet specific work experience and eligibility requirements.

*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.