Lead the Way with an Online Master’s or Doctorate Program

Take your education and career to new levels with a master’s degree or doctorate from WBUonline.

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Online Master’s and Doctorate Degrees

When you earn a master’s degree or doctorate from WBUonline, you’re opening doors to new opportunities—in your career and in life. With 16 online programs to choose from, you’re sure to find the right degree to help you achieve your goals.

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Online MBA (Master of Business Administration)

A WBU online MBA degree can give you the edge you need to advance your career in today’s competitive and quickly evolving business environment. You’ll build a well-rounded skillset of foundational business knowledge and technical skills that will prepare you to take on greater responsibility, move up faster, and command a higher salary by bringing unique value to organizations. And, if entrepreneurship is in your future, you’ll graduate ready to launch your business using proven best practices and methodologies.

  • Complete 48 semester hours of core and specialization courses. Up to three Foundation courses may be waived for applicants who have academic background in business disciplines.
  • Learn how to analyze data for effective decision-making.
  • Gain the management theory, principles, and skills needed to inspire and lead effective teams.
  • Develop a philosophy of responsible leadership and an appreciation of business ethics.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Consumer Products

Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Looking to elevate your ministry effectiveness? The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree program from WBUonline will help you develop biblical and theoretical perspectives on Christian leadership and build on your theological training to prepare for greater success bringing others to Christ.

  • Practical courses such as Preaching, Evangelism, and Principles of Pastoral Counseling will prepare you for ministry in churches or church-related organizations.
  • If you currently work in ministry, this program’s online format will allow you to gain additional theological training while continuing to serve wherever you’re located.
  • Experiential learning opportunities to engage academic coursework and ministry application in contemporary, contextualized situations.
  • Specializations available in African American Church Leadership and Hispanic Church Leadership.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Pastor
  • Christian Education Minister
  • Church Administration
  • Student Minister
  • Children’s Minister
  • Service in a Parachurch Organization
  • Missionary
  • Doctoral Studies

Online Master’s in Criminal Justice

The WBUonline Master’s in Criminal Justice degree program is designed to prepare you to apply knowledge necessary to address the problems related to crime and justice today. Through the course of 36 credit hours you’ll gain an advanced understanding of the social and legal aspects of crime to become an effective agent of change in a complex system.

The WBU online M.A. in Criminal Justice program may be the perfect fit, if you:

  • Need a credential for entry into criminal justice professions.
  • Are currently employed in the criminal justice system and wish to acquire job-related knowledge or to broaden your perspective.
  • Are currently employed in the criminal justice field and want to teach at the community college level or move into another area of the criminal justice system.
  • Are interested in a career in academia and wish to obtain a master’s degree before entering a doctoral program.

Choose from the following specializations:

  • Crisis Intervention Specialization, M.A.
  • Domestic Terrorism Specialization, M.A.
  • Law Enforcement Administration Specialization, M.A.
  • Restorative Justice Specialization, M.A.
  • Special Victims Specialization, M.A.
  • Or choose your own specialization courses

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Criminologist
  • Court Services Director
  • Criminal Justice Professor at a Community College
  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Law School Candidate

Online Master of Divinity

Considered the essential degree for those who feel called to minister for Christ as their profession, a Master of Divinity will prepare you with the knowledge and tools to enter ministry in the twenty-first century.

WBUonline offers one of the premier Master of Divinity degrees available. Our program is designed to provide you with practical insight into the challenges and opportunities of ministry. The 100% online format allows those actively engaged in ministry and unable to relocate the ability to earn their M.Div. from wherever they are.

Learning outcomes of the WBU online Master of Divinity include:

  • Competency in the use of sound methods to analyze and interpret biblical material in order to apply and communicate the message in contemporary, contextualized settings.
  • The ability to analyze and clearly articulate your own personal faith and the practice of your local congregation within the context of historic and global Christian beliefs and practices.
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of your personal calling as a servant leader, guiding the local body of Christ to discern and join God’s work of building the kingdom.
  • Specializations available in African American Church Leadership and Hispanic Church Leadership.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Church Pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Christian Education Minister
  • Service in a Denominational Institution
  • Service in a Parachurch Organization
  • Missionary
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Doctoral Studies

Online Master of Education

A Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree can open the door to career change or advancement in the education field. Whether you wish to enhance the classroom experience, become a leader of teachers, improve the administration of educational organizations, or focus on children with special needs, our online M.Ed. will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve your goals.

  • 100% online degree program can be completed in just 18 months.
  • Curriculum integrates theory with classroom practice and develops better skills for continuous improvement in education processes.
  • Option to pursue a state teaching certification along with your Master of Education.

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9 In-Demand Specializations:

  • Education Literacy
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • English
  • Human Resources
  • Instructional Technology
  • Leadership Development
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Sports Administration and Management

Online MA in English

Prepare for a variety of career opportunities through master’s-level study in topics such as literature, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. These include teaching at the community college level, working at a high level in creative writing or related writing and research fields, or even taking your first step toward a doctoral program. The M.A. degree program from WBUonline also includes a thesis option that allows you to research a topic of special interest to you.

  • Complete 37 graduate-level credit hours.
  • Choose between two tracks—thesis and non-thesis.
  • Transfer up to 12 hours of approved graduate credit from an accredited college or university.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Community College Professor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Creative Writer

Online MA in History

The WBUonline M.A. in History program provides you with the opportunity to explore in depth historical topics from a variety of eras. Develop the skillset you need to serve as a public historian, historic preservationist, museum curator, archives/records manager, or analyst with government agencies. This degree can also prepare you to teach at the college level or pursue a doctoral degree.

  • Complete 37 graduate-level credit hours.
  • Choose either to research and write a thesis (six hours’ credit) or take two additional subject area courses.
  • Transfer up to 12 hours of approved graduate credit from an accredited college or university.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Public Historian
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Museum Curator
  • Archives/Records Manager
  • Analyst

Online MA in Human Services

Become an informed, ethical professional prepared to effectively help others with the WBUonline Master of Arts in Human Services. Our highly interdisciplinary online program draws on knowledge in a variety of fields including sociology, counseling, criminal justice, non-profit management, and public administration to provide you a deeper understanding of people and society.

  • Strong foundation in social justice with the tools needed to make change and advocate for others.
  • Flexibility to tailor specialization courses toward your area of service.
  • Capstone component lets you put theory into practice through real-world learning experiences.

Choose from the following specializations:

  • Counseling Specialization (Non-Licensure)
  • Criminal Justice Specialization
  • Crisis Response Specialization
  • Helping Professions Administration Specialization
  • Marriage and Family Studies Specialization
  • Or choose your own specialization courses

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Graduate Education in Counseling

Online MA in Humanities

The WBUonline M.A. in Humanities program develops the skills needed to advance your career in a variety of fields—from being a leader in public relations, editing, or social media, to serving as an administrator in government, military, or nonprofit organizations, or in museums, galleries, and exhibition halls. This degree can also prepare you to teach at the college level or pursue a doctoral degree.

  • Complete 37 graduate-level credit hours with a minimum of 18 hours in one of four disciplines—English, history, philosophy or religion.
  • Choose to attempt a six-hour thesis or three-hour portfolio in an 18-hour area of specialization.
  • Transfer up to 12 hours of approved graduate credit from an accredited college or university.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Art Director/Graphic Designer
  • Curator
  • Entertainer/Actor
  • Event Organizer
  • Game Design
  • Ministry
  • Nonprofit Development
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Writing

Online MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in English and History

Teach college in two subject areas with the WBUonline Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in English and History. By earning 18 graduate credit hours in both English and history, you’ll obtain a versatile degree for helping you achieve your goal of teaching at the college level. It can also prepare you for further graduate work. The 37-hour M.A. degree program includes a one-hour comprehensive exam.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Postsecondary English teacher
  • Postsecondary history teacher

Online Master of Legal Studies

Develop a better understanding of the law and its practical application with the WBUonline Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.). Our online M.L.S. provides foundational knowledge of U.S. law to enhance effectiveness in your current career or for positions involving regulations, negotiations, policy and procedures, and interacting with lawyers.

  • Versatile skills can be applied in a wide range of business settings or non-practicing legal occupations.
  • Core courses explore essential knowledge for becoming conversant in legal studies.
  • Choice of electives lets you focus on your areas of interest.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Paralegal
  • Law School
  • Business
  • Public Policy

Online Master’s in Management

Designed for working professionals who are looking to advance their careers as managers and business leaders, the WBU online master’s degree in management program can help prepare you for the challenges of management in today’s business climate.

  • Complete your degree in 39 credit hours.
  • Develop leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Become proficient at accomplishing tasks, setting goals, and developing relationships necessary for professional success and advancement.
  • Enhance your resume with a specialization in human resource management, health care administration, or organizational management.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • General Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Marketing Management
  • Project Management
  • Business Development
  • Human Resource Management

Online Master's in Nursing (MSN)

WBUonline offers a specialized online MSN degree program for nurses who wish to teach in a nursing education setting or even manage nursing education for an entire organization. This unique degree places a strong emphasis on curriculum development, teaching strategies, evaluation, and adult learning, with a secondary focus on business management. To help you become a well-rounded educator, the curriculum also emphasizes research methods, legal and ethical issues, and leadership development.

  • 36 graduate-level credit hours.
  • Includes a practicum designed to integrate theory with teaching roles in a classroom, clinical setting, and health-care educational setting.
  • Ability to transfer up to 12 credit hours from an accredited college or university.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Nursing Educator
  • Nursing Education Manager
  • Nursing Education Administrator

Online Master of Public Administration

Prepare to serve your community with a Master of Public Administration degree from WBUonline. Designed to prepare students for career entry or advancement in administration, the WBU online Master of Public Administration emphasizes practical expertise in issues facing government bodies at all levels, community organizations, and the nonprofit sector. It's also ideal for military personnel who want to advance in rank or transition to civilian life.

  • Complete 36 graduate-level credit hours.
  • Choose from the following specializations: alternative dispute resolution, government administration, homeland security and emergency management, and justice administration.
  • Transfer up to 12 hours of approved graduate credit from an accredited college or university.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Ombudsman
  • Contract Negotiator

Online MA in Spiritual Formation

Pursue your calling to spiritual formation and discipleship ministries with the WBUonline Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation. The program focuses on enhancing your spiritual growth and moral integrity through extensive study of Christian spiritual disciplines and traditions. Coursework also includes the theology and practice of Christian worship, interpretation and application of the Old and New Testaments, and 12 hours of ministry/theology electives.

In the 100% online M.A. in Spiritual Formation, you will:

  • Develop habits of authentic Christian disciplines for living holistically in today’s world.
  • Synthesize a critical and constructive understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of the Christian tradition of formation and discipleship.
  • Articulate an understanding of formation and discipleship as it relates to the mission of God in the world.
  • Demonstrate the character and skills necessary for spiritually guiding individuals and communities in the Christian tradition of formation and discipleship.

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Online Doctor of Management

The WBUonline Doctor of Management degree (D.Mgt.) will help you develop the talents, skills, and abilities to take the lead in the business world. Over the course of 11-week terms throughout the calendar year, you’ll gain expertise in the areas of management theory, organizational behavior and theory, human resource management, and project design.

  • Complete 60 semester hours including a comprehensive exam and three credit hours for a research project.
  • Learn to apply research techniques and theories to a wide variety of management problems.
  • Become proficient at performing research and demonstrating expertise in the fields of management, organizational behavior and theory, and human resource management.
  • Graduate prepared to conduct analysis and research within the context of organizations in the global economy.

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Career Opportunities Include:

  • C-Level Executive
  • Economist
  • Management Consulting
  • Management Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Professor

Online Degrees in a Faith-Based Community

Affordable Tuition and Flexible Online Format

Discounts for Military, Law Enforcement, and Other Public Servants

Small Classes with Personalized Support

Earn Your Degree Online While Growing in Your Christian Faith

At Wayland Baptist University, online students are our purpose, not an afterthought—we were among the first Texas universities to offer degree programs entirely online. Each of our programs reflect the highly engaging, academically challenging, and close-knit faith community culture that’s deeply ingrained in every aspect of the WBUonline experience.

WBUonline is Fully Accredited

Wayland Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees and certificates at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Why Choose WBUonline?

Quality Academics with the Flexibility of Online

Online programs at WBU are taught by the same expert faculty and offer the same high academic standards you’ll find on Wayland Baptist University campuses and are designed with maximum convenience and flexibility to fit your busy schedule.

110 Years of Shaping Christian Leaders

Every WBUonline course aligns with Wayland Baptist University’s Christian values. You’ll not only prepare for professional success, but also for service to God, your family, and your community.

Affordable Tuition and Generous Credit Transfer Policy

WBUonline programs consistently rank among the most affordable in the United States. Plus, we award maximum credit for work experience, college credit, and military service—helping you graduate faster and reduce costs.

Proud to Serve Our Military and Law Enforcement

To thank those who serve our country, we offer active-duty military and law enforcement members discounted tuition and award maximum credit for military service, law enforcement service, and civilian work experience.

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