Master of Business Administration
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With a broad understanding of business, management generalists are poised to take on a variety of leadership roles. Through NCU’s online MBA in Management, you will gain conceptual oversight into modern theories of management and develop a strong understanding of how to apply theory to practice in the business environment. Led by your mentoring professors, you will explore leadership functions for environmental and legal compliance, as well as contemporary policy issues in business, economics and marketing management. During your MBA in Management program you will also use your critical thinking skills to analyze workplace examples of organizational leadership and financial asset management and further demonstrate your mastery of these skills in a final written research project.

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.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Course Description


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 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 WSCUC, 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.