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Utah has enjoyed one of the most robust economies in recent years – in spite of the recession. As noted in a special economic development report published by the state last year, its job growth – one of the highest in the nation at approximately 3% – has made for an “exceptional business environment.” This has not gone unnoticed, either, as the state has topped the 2010 and 2011 Forbes list as the Best U.S. State for Business and Careers, was named first in the nation for “Best Business Climate” by Business Facilities, ranked second on the Pollina list of “Top 10 Pro-Business States” in 2011 for the third consecutive year, and ranked first in the nation for Economic Dynamism and third for Fastest Growing Firms in the Kauffman Foundation’s most recent State New Economy Index (2010).

That all spells good news for those looking to earn an online MBA in Utah and become a competitive and highly skilled addition to the state’s workforce. A major provider of online MBA programs in the state is Western Governors University, which leads the nation’s universities in the number of programs and students involved in online teacher certification, credential, and licensure programs. The private, Salt Lake City-based university awards a general MBA, as well as two specialized degrees in Information Technology Management and Healthcare Management. These line up well with some of the biggest areas of employment in the state. One of the largest employers in Utah, for instance, is Intermountain Healthcare, a statewide network of hospitals and clinics. Software development and information technology is also one of the seven core “economic clusters” in the state, along with aviation and aerospace, defense and homeland security, energy and natural resources, financial services, life sciences, and outdoor products and recreation.

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Western Governors University
Headquarters: Salt Lake City, Utah
Type: Public, Online
Accreditation: DETC
Base Program Cost: $13,000*
Per Credit Hour: $394*
Minimum Credit Hours: 33
GMAT Required: No
Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months
Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives, Healthcare, Information Technology
On Campus Requirements: No
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OnlineMBA School Profile: Western Governors University Online MBA Program
* Western Governors University charges a flat fee of $3,250 per 6-month term ($3,250). Students may take as many credits as they choose for the same price. The base program cost is geared toward a 24 month completion target.

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