Management of Engineering and Technology

Master of Business Administration

The Management of Engineering and Technology specialization emphasizes issues relating to principles of productivity, quality management and environmental systems management. In this specialization, you will examine methods for improving the cost and production efficiency of businesses, in addition to how technological innovations can strengthen an organization's operational performance. You will also further develop your skills in risk assessment, quality assurance, time management, strategic planning and project management. As a final assignment, you will complete a research project in which you assess an industry-specific issue and offer a plausible action plan to address it.

MBA Degree Requirements

 

An MBA in Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor degree level. The MBA program includes 15 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen their fundamental business skills. The remaining 15 credit hours encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals. Students may also opt for a General Business specialization, electing 15 credit hours of cross-discipline courses. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student's degree program.

Students in the MBA program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

  • Research - MBA students are required to show competency in writing skills for research purposes through their Northcentral University coursework.
  • Computer Competency - MBA students are required to use appropriate computer skills that are necessary in writing research papers. Students must be able to prepare documents using APA formatting and advanced word processing skills, such as the creation of title pages, abstracts, tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, and hanging indents.

 

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational and specialization requirements of each program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students' Academic Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Business Administration for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

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 - 15 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

BTM5000 / BTM5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study in Business

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a MBA degree in Business. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

MGT5026 / MGT5026-8

Effective Managerial Communications

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.

MGT5028 / MGT5028-8

Business Statistics

This course introduces the graduate student to the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics and inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts and helping students to understand statistical methodologies used in business, and more generally, to develop a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.

HRM5000 / HRM5000-8

Human Resource Management

Throughout this course, students will work to develop an understanding of and will focus on the management of human behavior in organizations for optimal organizational effectiveness as well as individual outcomes. Students will also examine human resource management in a global context. Theories of managing the dynamics of individual, group, and system relationships to achieve organizational goals are explored in detail.

MGT5019 / MGT5019-8

Ethics in Business

Ethics and social responsibility are terms frequently applied to businesses often in the context of describing the lack of them. Using a case study methodology, students in this course will explore the responsibilities of a business and the stakeholders to whom it is responsible. The course includes case study analyses of business law, labor laws, discrimination, and applications pertaining to affirmative action, conflicts of interest, honesty, and moral responsibility. Students will also investigate sexual harassment, social responsibility, government contracting, and workplace safety.

Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours, Select 4 from the following

Course Code

Name

Course Description

MET5000 / MET5000-8

Principles of Productivity

This course is designed to provide an overview of many topics that can affect productivity. The topics covered in the course are product design and operations, process design and choice of technology, management of quality, capacity and scheduling management of production and inventory management systems.

MET5002 / MET5002-8

Applied Systems Theory

Systems engineering has been recognized as the process by which the orderly evolution of man-made systems can be achieved. The knowledge and tools needed for implementation of this process are discussed, including the system design process, system analysis and modeling, and the techniques of designing for operational feasibility. This course examines managerial systems concepts such as open/closed systems, equifinality, equilibrium, synergism and cybernetics in order to understand and optimize organizational processes. An overview of system engineering management is presented.

MET5003 / MET5003-8

Applied Decision Theory

This is a graduate level, decision-oriented course that focuses on the frameworks, concepts, theories, and principles needed to organize and use information to make informed business decisions in complex environments. Cases, exercises, and other tools are used to help students build data gathering and analysis skills.

MET5006 / MET5006-8

Operations Research

Operations Research employs mathematical modeling, feasible solutions, optimization and iterative computations in order to solve complex decisions. This course stresses the quantitative nature of the operations research process. The student is exposed to modeling, sensitivity analysis, goal programming, determinism waiting lines analysis and forecasting.

MET5010 / MET5010-8

Quality Management

The successful implementation of total quality management practices is a requirement for all organizations to be successful. This Master’s level course introduces a systematic approach for implementing total quality management for an organization with strong emphasis on the customer” including customer expectations for product quality. This course covers the topics of defining quality, the history of quality management, identifying and understanding the customer, and adopting process improvements to implement quality management.

MET5015 / MET5015-8

The Process and Impact of Technology

Technology is a key resource of profound importance for corporate profitability and growth. This course will focus on the process of technology and the effect that technology has on companies, industries, and countries. Effective management of technology links engineering, science, and management disciplines will be studied using real business cases. These disciplines address the issues involved in the planning, development, and the implementation of technological capabilities required to shape and accomplish strategic and operational objectives of an organization.

MET5016 / MET5016-8

Improving Productivity Through Technology

This course is primarily concerned with the processes of acquiring technology to improve productivity in the firm. This includes looking at organizational change needed to successfully implement technological advances. The course will review organizations and their attempts to adopt technological innovations - especially computer and information system related innovations. This course will also examine the changes needed to make effective use of new technology and assure consistency between the technology and organizational processes and structures. This course also investigates the impact of technology on improving productivity, and the limits of such improvements.

MET5017 / MET5017-8

Emerging Technologies

This graduate course allows participants to identify and understand the direction and consequences of emerging technologies on industry and society. Addressed in the course are the evolutionary development of technology and application, revolutionary inventions, and expanding needs that result from new technological possibilities.

MET5020 / MET5020-8

Management of Technology

This course is concerned with the impact of rapidly changing technology and the problems of managing these technological changes. The success of these ventures is even more dependent on timely and often courageous technological change decisions. The traditional concepts of operational and economic life of technologies must be used with caution. The real and impending impact of technological change is ever present as a factor and it must be continually managed for a firm to survive.

MET5023 / MET5023-8

Managing the Research and Development Organization

The course examines the management of the R & D environment including planning, new product development, technological forecasting, innovation, and creativity. The course objectives provide the student with the opportunity to apply course concepts to current or potential real-world situations.

Required Specialization Signature Course: 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

MET6010 / MET6010-8

Management of Engineering and Technology Research Project

This is a field study in the area of Management of Engineering and Technology. Either the specifics of a topic in an applied setting, or the interactions of various topics may be considered. This course requires the graduate student to conduct a research study in an area of Management of Engineering and Technology and to document the results in a formal project report.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $743
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,229
  • Program cost: $22,290
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Registration Fee: $0

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

MBA Tuition Cost Comparison

Total Program Tuition was calculated by taking the degree program’s maximum credits x cost per credit.  Degree programs used for this comparison are: NCU – MBA; Capella – MBA-Business Administration; University of Phoenix – MBA; Walden – MBA; Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University - MBA.  Institutions may charge additional degree program costs such as technology fees, resources fees and books.  NCU’s Total Program Tuition is inclusive of all fees and charges, except for books. All rates are subject to change. Total Program Tuition is based on information obtained from referenced institutions' websites on May 16th, 2014 and is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. 

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.