This specialization explores relevant financial analysis of financial and non-financial organizations. You will acquire a broad collection of skills that fit within financial positions in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, such as financial statement analysis, investment selection techniques and how financial institutions generate earnings and manage risks. You will also complete a final written research project demonstrating the 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 might choose to apply for positions as a financial analyst, budget analyst, loan officer, financial manager, financial planner or investment banker.
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.
Foundations for Graduate Study in the Global Business Environment
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.
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.
Applied Decision Making
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.
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.
This course is an introduction to the principles of operations management as it relates 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. The course will also introduce to the student how information systems can have a positive impact on operational productivity, competitiveness, automation of business processes, and electronic.
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.
This course examines the most important components of corporate finance. It begins with an examination of the financial statements and the related financial ratios. It then studies some fundamental concepts on using present value and future value to solve business and personal financial problems. The differences between debt and equity securities are next examined followed by an assessment of the issues of risk and return include an examination of the capital asset pricing model. The course finishes with a study of the capital budgeting process and the theories on capital structure.
This course examines the theoretical and technical concepts involved in investing in marketable securities. Some important valuation models are examined including the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the Arbitrage Pricing Theory. The course further includes an analysis for fixed income security investing with important emphasis on interest rate risk for these securities. Moreover, the course studies the use of derivative securities including futures, forward contracts, options and swaps. A framework for making intelligent investment decisions and achieving successful investment results is developed.
This course takes a broad approach in studying financial institutions such as commercial banks, savings and loan associations, investment banks and insurance companies. The central theme involves examining the risks facing financial institutions and the methods and markets through which these risks are managed.
Financial Statement Analysis
This course provides a broad coverage of topics related to financial statements and the financial analyses that emerge from these statements. We begin by reviewing some basic reporting requirements and the introduction of the fundamental accounting statements. We then cover an important topic on common size financial statements which allow for an analysis that controls for size differences across time and across firms. Financial ratio analysis is a further important concept that we explore in detail with attention given to the investors’ perspective in using these ratios. The course finishes by studying some special industries, government and non-profit organizations.
This course examines, in detail, corporate international financial flows and balance of payment considerations. Particular emphasis is placed on the following five issues: (1) the international finance environment; (2) foreign exchange risk management; (3) financing from a global perspective; (4) direct foreign investment decisions; and (5) management of ongoing operations.
Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
This Master's level course provides a complete review of the accounting principles and practices used in Not-for-Profit organizations with a heavy focus on governmental accounting practices. Students will also examine accounting principles and practices for hospitals, colleges and universities, health and welfare agencies, and other similar organizations. A logical framework for understanding and solving the accounting-related problems of nonprofit organizations is emphasized.
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
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
- Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $250
- 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; 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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