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online competency-based mba degree

Master of Business Administration (Competency Based-CB)

Complete your degree in less than 12 months and for under $10K

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?


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Browse courses for your online MBA degree

Education should hold practical value. That’s why our courses meet rigorous academic standards and provide you with skills and knowledge immediately applicable to your career.

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Requirements: 33 credits

In a competency-based program, you earn credit by demonstrating your knowledge of a core skill, or competency. Since there are 33 credits in this program, one competency equals one credit.

  • 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

11 Core Courses

Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.

4 courses at a time

16 weeks per course

11 courses per year


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

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Earn career-relevant skills in weeks — not years.

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every 16-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. 


Affordable, fixed tuition

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. That's your Tuition Guarantee.

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Cost per credit

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Federal student loan fees
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1The tuition component is based on a per credit weighted average for the credential level across the entire University.

2The University allows the same living expense amounts for students in all living arrangements and dependency statuses.

3The living expense component for students receiving Military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) only includes an allowance for food.

Financial aid

You have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.

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Careers & Outcomes

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

Learning can lead to earning. Discover where your degree might take you and make informed choices about your future.

A competency-based MBA can help prepare you to be a:

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

Top skills learned in this program:

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Management

  • Strategic planning

  • Decision making

Ready to get started?

Start your application for free or request additional information.

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.

8% Growth

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

The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.


Apply for free – no application fee, no obligation.

Starting your degree is a big decision — and we want you to feel great about it. That’s why we remove obstacles from your application.

  • No cost to request transcripts
  • No GMAT
  • No essay required

How to enroll at University of Phoenix

Receive highly rated 1-on-1 support

You’ll have a support team of real people you can lean on to encourage your success as a student. Start a conversation about your future with one of our enrollment representatives today.

Call or chat with us 7 days a week.

Gabriel G., Enrollment Rep

Receive highly rated 1-on-1 support

You’ll have a support team of real people you can lean on to encourage your success as a student. Start a conversation about your future with one of our enrollment representatives today.

Call us at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Faculty Spotlight

Professionals dedicated to you

Your success is a top priority for our deans and faculty members. They bring an average of 26 years of experience and hands-on perspective to the classroom, and help bridge the gap between academics and industry knowledge.

I’m dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to meet their career goals.

Kathryn Uhles
Dean, College of Business and IT, University of Phoenix


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.

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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Frequently asked questions about this MBA

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.