tempo logoProfessionals and entrepreneurs today need real-world business acumen to remain current with the latest innovations in an increasingly global market. Walden's ACBSP-accredited, competency-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides vital business and leadership skills that you can apply immediately to your career.

Delivered through Tempo Learning™ by Walden, this self-paced online MBA with a specialization in Project Management allows you to learn and advance by completing a series of competencies on your own schedule. You can accomplish your education goals your way with help from faculty when you need it. Plus, you can use your real-life experience and prior knowledge to demonstrate what you already know through competency assessments. By applying what you already know, you can accelerate your progress to potentially save time and money.

Through the competency-based MBA program, you can learn to:

  • Solve business challenges, lead diverse teams to achieve strategic organizational goals, and advance your career as you explore business and leadership fundamentals.
  • Identify business problems and develop innovative solutions in the workplace through the use of leadership and marketing frameworks, IT risk and financial health analysis, and systems thinking strategies.
  • Apply technology tools, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to analyze and evaluate complex data and make informed business decisions.
  • Gain insight into emerging business trends with opportunities to learn from a dynamic network of business leaders and experts. The program includes special access to video mini-lectures by industry leaders and business icons such as Patrick Lencioni, Marcus Buckingham, Tony Hsieh, and Ursula Burns.

Tempo Learning™

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program delivered through Tempo Learning™ by Walden is a custom-paced, competency-based education option for working professionals, meaning that your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Two Ways to Learn

With Tempo Learning™ by Walden, you can earn your degree on your own schedule, at your own pace, building on your existing skills, knowledge, and experience. In addition to the competency-based online Master of Business Administration degree, we offer a course-based option.


Preset course start and end dates help you manage your schedule over time. Knowing these dates makes it easier to plan ahead in completing your online MBA degree program.

The course-based approach exposes you to new material as well as reinforces and updates your knowledge in areas you’ve already mastered.

Your fellow students will be learning the same material at the same time, so if you find yourself struggling, you can connect with them for additional support.



Complete competencies at your own pace, based on your ability to demonstrate understanding of their content. At the beginning of each term, you will map out your learning goals in partnership with your Academic Coach.

You can use what you already know to accelerate your progress, potentially saving you time and money.

If you find materials challenging, you can slow down and spend additional time with them. You can also raise your hand to get support directly from our faculty subject matter experts.

Compare highlights of the Tempo Learning™ and course-based formats to decide which best suits your career goals and learning style.

*Cost and time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. For information on estimating your time to degree completion with Tempo Learning, call an enrollment advisor at 1-855-598-3427.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
  • Evaluate the environment in which businesses operate with awareness of complexities, interdependencies, risks, consequences, and diverse stakeholder perspectives.
  • Make decisions within a business context that are effective, well-reasoned, ethical, and socially responsible.
  • Formulate statements of business problems or opportunities to facilitate insightful dialogue and critical thinking.
  • Generate solutions to complex business problems or opportunities through critical, creative, and systems thinking and apply appropriate theories, concepts, tools, skills, practices, and research.
  • Employ business-appropriate communication skills that enable effective exchange or transfer of information, promote mutual respect, encourage healthy discourse, and display an acute awareness of the needs of the intended audience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with others to meet goals in diverse and complex business environments.
  • Evaluate opportunities for business stakeholders, including oneself, to contribute to positive social change locally and globally.

An ACBSP-Accredited MBA Program

ACBSPWalden University's online MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Among other benefits, ACBSP accreditation provides:

  • Validation that your program meets nationally recognized standards of quality endorsed by businesses, government, and other organizations.
  • Assurance that your program can provide you with the skills you need to compete in today's global marketplace.
  • Recognition by employers, graduate schools, and regulatory organizations.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


Heidi McFadden

Heidi McFadden

MS in Early Childhood Studies - Tempo Learning Student
Looking back on my MBA program, it is impossible for me to not recognize the leaps and bounds of progress I have made both personally and professionally.
I liked the convenience of distance learning. As a wife, mom, and career woman, I was unable to sit in a classroom several times per week.
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree with Walden is effecting positive social change.
Lisa Minnihan BSBA Graduate / MBA Graduate
Lisa Minnihan
Tiko Russell MBA Graduate
Tiko Russell
Lisa Hargett MBA Graduate
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