Master of Business Administration
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This specialization will take you beyond the classroom as you build and test your entrepreneurial ideas in real-world settings. You will explore various business disciplines, including marketing, finance, operations and strategy, as you develop skills in building businesses, investing in businesses, raising capital and evaluating business opportunities. Courses will emphasize analysis, decision-making and business planning of a real new venture product or service. As a graduate, you can expect to have a solid business plan that is ready to be presented to investors, banks or private entities.

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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Innovation - The Entrepreneur and Intrapreneur

This is the initial course in the entrepreneurship specialization and serves as the prerequisite for all future courses within the specialization. Prior to the start of this course, it is recommended that students enter the course with a well thought out product or service venture. Students will explore many facets of the potential venture to include new venture feasibility, an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), and identification of potential investors to determine if the new venture is needed within the marketplace.


Strategic Market Assessments

In this course, students will learn how to identify and analyze the various governmental, business and political challenges and opportunities that exist when operating within emerging national and international markets. The roles of history and tradition are also explored in light of their potential impact on various emerging market economies. The course will require the student to delve into advanced exploration of current topics, marketing of innovations and early stage technologies, the entrepreneurial dimensions of market research and analysis, intellectual property protection and management, and other potential new market plan related topics.


New Venture Formation

The formation of a new venture is an evolutionary process which requires research, analysis, assessment, and reevaluation of a new product or service in a competitive environment. Students will assess various leadership styles and how the styles might enhance venture performance. Students will examine the many business models available and determine how the models may possibly be incorporated into the new venture plan. A cursory analysis of personnel to define needs for skill types and sets will also be performed. Students will evaluate funding and financing options as well as market strategies based on an initial competitive analysis of the marketplace. At the conclusion of the course, students will have completed steps to solidify and clarify their new venture plan through research and analysis.


Venture Capital and Private Equity

Students will develop a plan to research, identify, and acquire the financial resources required for successful funding of the new venture. Funding the new venture will require students to examine business valuation, deal development, debt planning and structure, and the acquisition of venture capital from government agencies (Small Business Administration for example) or interested investors. A clear and succinct plan for funding the new business venture will be paramount to the successful acceptance of the new venture business plan by interested parties such as investors, stakeholders, bankers, or angel funds. Upon completion of the course, students will have a detailed financial plan that can be presented to investors and other interested parties.


Sustainable Business Practices

The goal of this course is to explore how the product or service will be effectively integrated into business activities to ensure that the venture is viable and sustainable in the marketplace. Depending on the product or service, students will have to identify any sustainability issues and evaluate if the process required for supporting the product or service is truly sustainable. Future success will depend on the overall sustainability of the venture processes that will support the new product or service. The course will also require students to examine social responsibility and the impact the new product or service may have on the environment, both today and in the future.


New Venture Business Plan Creation

Students will finalize and complete a new venture business plan that has been the focus of the four prior entrepreneur/intrapreneur specialization courses. At the conclusion of this course, students will have reviewed and finalized all applicable research, preparation, and analysis that was required in the previous courses. The final deliverable is a business plan and investor presentation for a startup business concept. The business plan should be of final form in which it is presentable for interested investors, stakeholders, or other interested parties.

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.