Bachelor’s Degree + MBA in 5

  • Overview

    You can get a William Peace University bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Meredith College in just five years. This new program launched in 2021 and offers students the opportunity to reach their academic goals more quickly. The program is tailored to each student who participates based on their major.

    How does it work?
    During a student’s senior year at WPU, if admitted the student may take up to six credit hours at Meredith College in the MBA program. Those credits will count for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

    Do I need to major in business to participate?
    No, WPU students can have any undergraduate major. However, some of the prerequisites for the Meredith MBA are already part of the curriculum in the business-related majors. If you’re studying something without any business classes, you can work with your advisor to see where you may be able to fit the prerequisite courses in your academic plan. 

    What about financial aid? Will I pay Meredith or WPU?
    While an undergraduate student at WPU, you pay WPU tuition with any financial aid that you qualify for as usual. The six credits of Meredith MBA courses taken during the senior year are included. Once you graduate from WPU and enter the Meredith MBA program full-time, you pay those tuition and fees directly to Meredith. 

    When should I decide if I’m going to pursue the Meredith MBA?
    Ideally, students would apply for the 4+1 program by March of their junior year. However, the sooner you work with your advisor, the better. That way you can discuss classes that align with your undergraduate degree and prepare you for the  4+1 program. 

    Next Steps
    If you’re interested in this program, contact the Office of Academic and Career Advising at Because it is fully customized for each student, an advisor will work with you to discuss a path to a Bachelor’s and MBA. 

  • Careers

    Business professionals from WPU secure job titles ranging from management analysts, compliance officers, and logisticians. Whether they are in technology, finance, or consulting, there is somewhere for everyone in business. WPU offers an accelerated Bachelor’s and MBA program, preparing individuals for the business world in five years. 

    An MBA graduate has a variety of career opportunities. There are countless possibilities in hospitals, marketing firms, banks, and small businesses looking for people with strong leadership and strategic skills to ensure the success of the company. The median salary for those with an MBA was predicted to be $87,966 in 2021, 11.3% higher than the following year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

    Although management is at the core of MBAs, students will also learn leadership, planning, business strategy, organizational behavior, along with practical and theoretical training. 

    The U.S. BLS anticipates a steady career growth of 9% from 2020 to 2030 in management occupations. In addition, the growth should allow the availability of jobs in this industry to increase with approximately 906,800 positions created.

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