The Marketing specialization will move you beyond the fundamentals, emphasizing marketing management and marketing research. You will explore the importance of market research and learn how to examine consumer metrics, such as age, gender, cultural background and buying patterns, in order to plan and execute targeted marketing plans. You will also examine industry laws, professional ethics, sales leadership, customer relations and product management. Before completing the program, you will develop a major research project addressing a field-specific area of concern and a viable way to address the issue. As a graduate, you might find career opportunities in both for-profit and non-profit sectors at the management and director level in marketing, sales, advertising, corporate communications, events or public relations.
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.
Service Marketing is a relatively new marketing discipline that extends the classical definitions of marketing theory and introduces new ideas to the design, development and management of service products. The student will explore new theories of service quality (SERVQUAL) with emphasis on customer service behavior and acquire analytical tools to measure customer perceptions and expectations. A variety of learning methods prepares the student for various new career opportunities in a service dominated economy while providing the freedom of student assignment selections and various work exercises.
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 Ps), and the new product cycle.
Customer Relationship Management
This graduate course examines the consequences of initiating, developing, and maintaining a customer relationship management strategy and analyzes the impact of profitable, long term customer relationships.
Advertising and Promotion
This course examines the creative and strategic process of advertising and promotion and discusses current practices and research in advertising and promotion focusing on consumer behavior theories, advertising and promotion methods, and ethical practices of designing, developing, and implementing advertising and promotion of an integrative marketing communication program.
Product Management is a critical activity that develops strategies and plans for building winning products, increasing market share, improving customer appeal, and beating the competition. MKT6001 provides the marketing foundations required to develop, through the use of various analytical tools, a focused product marketing strategy. Developing sound product strategies through MKT6001 is introduced through a series of building exercises that carefully constructs a valuable Marketing Plan that the student can use as an actual or template model for future applications. The course covers all of the critical marketing activities from the Product Managers (PdM) vantage point. MKT6001 is a core Marketing Specialty component offering a comprehensive tour de force of best-practice, theory-based marketing methodology for immediate real world application. It is demanding and very rewarding.
Marketing Research I
Marketing Research I provides the fundamental building blocks for a thorough research project. The course syllabus introduces both qualitative research methodologies with quantitative techniques. The course introduces survey design, sampling procedures and research planning and reporting. From the basics of human inquiry to the advanced topics of research application, the course offers a series of tools to construct and implement an effective research initiative. Introduction to SAP with embedded exercises and easy to follow diagnostics on datasets are in the syllabus. The course offers considerable flexibility in selection of many different exercises and is designed to accommodate various research subjects. The course covers qualitative analysis and the use of focus groups, coding conventions, and provides a review of research tasks.
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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