Project Management is one of the fastest growing professional disciplines. In this specialization, you will explore principles, concepts, tools and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. You will examine all aspects of company projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any organization. You will also complete a final written research project demonstrating your ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention and recommend a plan of preventative action. As a graduate, you will be prepared to lead single or multiple project teams, or serve as a project expert in a centralized project organization in various industries.
Courses in this program count as Professional Development Units for PMI® certification. Northcentral University is recognized as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) at the Global Provider Enrollment Level by Project Management Institute (PMI)®. See Registered Education Provider Certificate. Learn More
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.
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.
SKS5000 / SKS5000-8
Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies
Students will describe, discuss, and apply knowledge in 12 business topical areas necessary to address a wide variety of business-related situations. The course focuses on demonstrating core proficiencies in the following business areas: Marketing, Business Finance, Accounting, Management, Legal Environment of Business, Economics, Business Ethics, Global Dimensions of Business, Information Systems, Quantitative Techniques and Statistics, Leadership, and Business Applications. The intent of this course is not to introduce these core business concepts, but rather to verify a bachelor-degree-level threshold competency within each topical business core area. The course includes a comprehensive case study that will allow the students to demonstrate their competency with all 12 common professional components.
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.
MGT5028 / MGT5028-8
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.
Project Procurement Management
Project Procurement Management includes the processes necessary to acquire the products, services, or results necessary for the project team to perform their mission. This course includes contract management and the change control processes required to administer contracts or purchase orders issued by project team members.
Project Risk Management
Project risk is an uncertain event or condition that can have either a positive or negative effect on a project's objectives. This course includes the processes concerned with conducting project risk management planning, identification, analysis, mitigation and monitoring and control.
Project Monitoring and Control
In this course, students will explore the components of project monitoring and control measures in project management. Students will monitor project progress in order to identify variances from the initial project plan. Corrective actions will be identified in order to meet project objectives. Students will identify and quantify control concepts, pricing and estimating methodologies in order to incorporate these concepts in to a Quality Management Plan for the project.
Management of Multiple Projects
This course presents proven methods from a cross-section of industries for the management of a portfolio of projects. It will demonstrate multi-project management tools, techniques and methods. You will learn how successful businesses manage projects, how they set up multiple project management processes, what technologies are effective and how they allocate resources across various projects.
Earned Value Project Management
Earned Value is the accurate measurement of the authorized work physically accomplished plus management's budget for the completed work. This course presents the Earned Value technique which has been around for decades. It is discussed in this course as an effective technique to manage projects.
Management, Leadership and Team Building in the Project and Program Environment
This course will explore techniques and skills that can mitigate human resource problems in the project and program environment. Such problems can cause delays, erode quality, increase costs, and result in high levels of stress for everyone on the project team. This course will introduce and investigate soft skills utilized in management, leadership, and team building that can be applied to managing tough human resource issues.
PM6010 / PM6010-8
Project Risk Management Research Project
This course provides students with an opportunity to do a real-world field study in Project Risk Management. The student will select a project that interests them and will apply this selection to the research project as the basis for their research and analysis. The course will be a culmination of all prior project management courses and will be the capstone of the project management specialization.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Master of Business Administration tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your MBA program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:
- Per credit cost: $688
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,063
- Program cost: $20,630
- 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.
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. 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 July 31st, 2013 and is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed.
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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program
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.