Master of Business Administration
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In this specialization, you will gain conceptual oversight into the modern practice of management and develop a strong understanding of how to apply theory to practice in the business environment. You will explore leadership functions of environmental and legal compliance, as well as contemporary policy issues in business, economics and marketing management. You will also use your critical thinking skills to analyze workplace examples of organizational leadership and financial asset management. You will further demonstrate these skills in a final written research project where you will have to investigate and identify a workplace problem and present a recommendation for preventative action.

MBA Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The MBA program includes 18 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. The next 9 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program.

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

MBA Required Foundational Courses - 18 credit hours

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Welcome to Changing Times - Business in the 21st Century

This course is designed to encourage students to understand and consider the impact of current trends such as globalization, sustainability, and technology on businesses. The subsequent core courses will provide a greater in-depth knowledge of business concepts and areas in an integrated fashion.


Managing People and Teams

This course presents the basic theories, skills, and applications related to communications in an organizational setting from a manager's point of view. The course focuses on the consistent, logical process approach that can be used to solve many communication problems. The course also covers topics that are essential to contemporary business communications, including critical thinking, the Internet, the World Wide Web, email, and other technological communication tools. It also presents basic theories, skills, and applications required to effectively communicate in a complex organizational setting emphasizing a manager's point-of-view.


Managerial Decision-Making

This course is a study of the skills and cognitive processes that managers utilize and the factors that influence effective business decisions in the global business environment. Students will learn practical problem-solving and critical thinking in their analysis of real-world business scenarios, selection of tools and techniques, and identification of problems, opportunities, and solutions. Students will also learn how information technology can provide effective decision support for complex business issues.


Managing Business Finances

In this course, students are introduced to procedures, process, and tools to effectively manage the business finances. Students will apply and practice these concepts in a wide range of simulated business and managerial situations. Topics include; Business and managerial economics, profit and loss, understanding financial reports, financial risk analysis, asset valuation, budgeting, managerial and financial accounting, financial ethics, and cost management. Students will practice using financial tools and case studies to aid in their analysis and financial decision-making.


Operations Management

This course is an introduction to the principles of operations management as they relate to business strategy. Students will learn how to manage business operations based on a global supply chain with diverse and geographically-dispersed suppliers and customers. Students will also examine how information systems can have a positive impact on operational productivity, competitiveness, automation of business processes, and electronic commerce.


Innovation and Marketing

In this project-based course, students will investigate and practice strategies for innovation and introduction of new ideas, products, and technologies to market. Students will practice assessing their customers' needs and tailoring strategies and tactics accordingly. An integrative approach builds marketing management upon business analysis, supply chain, operations, economics, and financial management. Students will set marketing goals and produce plans to reach those goals and measure their progress. Ethical, social, and legal aspects such as marketing to minors and false or deceptive practices will be examined.

Specialization Courses - Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

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Business Organization and Management

This course examines the essential characteristics of business organizations and management in a manner, which will enable students to assess and develop answers to the following questions: What is management? What is expected of a manager? How does a manager accomplish goals and achieve positive results? How is a manager graded on performance? Do different organizational structures require different management styles? How do managers communicate and lead?


Economics and the Modern Manager

Economic concepts for management form the basis for decision-making in the business and industrial environment. Supply and demand, competition, labor and capital markets, as well as economic, social, political, legal, and technical factors influence business and industrial service and profitability.


Marketing Management

This course includes critical thinking exercises designed to provide the student with a well-rounded view of marketing theory built around environmental research, marketing strategy differentiation, the product life cycle, segmentation strategies, the marketing mix (4 P's), and the new product cycle.


Management Finance and Control

All organizations must manage financial resources through capital generation, asset planning, and asset management. Budgetary planning and controls, financial and risk analysis, and managerial decision making are also detailed in this course.


The Evolution of Organizational Behavior

This master level course acquaints the student with the evolution of organizational behavior (OB) its beginnings and key theories and contributions made to it. Emphasis is placed on the underpinnings of individuals, groups, organizational structures, and organizational processes and their positive and negative contributions to the dynamics of the work environment and the achievement of organizational goals. Some key topics covered include: progression of organizational behavior and theoretical contributions, interpretation of individual behavior and personality, application of operant conditioning, and antecedents, dynamics of groups and teams, organizational processes, intrinsic and extrinsic work values and effective leadership.


Strategic Management

Strategic managers look at long-term needs of an organization and the implementation or plans necessary to address those needs. Strategic Management can be applied to organizations of any size or in any industry and are appropriate to international and non-profit endeavors, as well as ordinary businesses, public and private. The course is designed to help students complete various assessments and analysis necessary to lead an organization strategically.


International Business

This course focuses on world trade and competition, and the international economic, political, cultural, and technological environments of business. The course explores the challenges of business operations and structures for regulation in an increasingly complex and interconnected environment of globalization and cross border transactions. Students will examine strategies and case examples of corporate operations in varied international contexts and have the opportunity to select a specific country for further in-depth analysis.


Leadership in Organizations

Prerequisites: Fundamental requirement in General Management or fundamental Psychology courses. Investigation of leadership roles, styles, philosophy, and behavior in organizations are components of this course. It also explores the qualities of leadership through the presentation of new models dealing with high performance leadership. This course presents a broad survey of theory and research on leadership in formal organizations. The key question to be answered after the completion of this course is: What makes a person an effective leader?


Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

Managerial Accounting emphasizes the uses of accounting data internally by managers in directing the affairs of business and non-business organizations. It focuses on the needs of the manager for financial information and timely reports on the firm's operations in order to make sound managerial decisions.


Managing Change

This course examines the challenge of change and the implementation of change in organizations. It focuses on realistic managerial situations and the techniques involved in managing change and responses to opportunities and threats.


Operational Management

Operations management is at the heart of most if not all businesses. It is focused on planning and managing the processes to produce and distribute products and services. Fundamentally, operations management is concerned with converting inputs to outputs. The processes that make this transformation possible are measured for their effectiveness (in terms of the business' objectives) and their efficiency (in terms of the resources used). The concepts, principles, tools and techniques of operations management are addressed in this course. Emphasis is placed on applying methods of operations management to product and service industries in the private and public sectors. The key principles of operations management are developed into an integrated framework the student can use in their current environment or an envisioned future environment.


Organizational Development

This course contains instructions that permit the student to explore a variety of factors that focus on changing and increasing an organization's effectiveness through planning. Additional topics examined include organizational climate, teams, the structural bases of centralization and decentralization, job design, decision making processes, and design theories.


Total Quality Perspectives in Management

This course provides a comprehensive review of Total Quality Management principles, focusing on quality and continuous improvement in all aspects of business operation. A balance of case studies and examples is presented to illustrate major concepts. It focuses on integrating quality and continuous improvement in all aspects of an operation.


Legal Implications in Management

This course will familiarize business law students with how legal principles affect management in business. The student will learn the theoretical foundations of the legal regime governing business and will become familiar with key substantive areas of law affecting business decisions.

The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be complete as the last course in the degree program.

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Strategic Planning

This course provides an overview of effective strategic planning formulation and correct application for use in real life situations. Students will develop skills in operational business strategies as well as being introduced to the entire strategic planning process

The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $850
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,550
  • Program cost: $25,850-$28-400
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program

ACBSP Accredited

In addition to NCU’s regional accreditation from the HLC, our business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.