Public Administration

Master of Business Administration

In this public administration MBA program specialization, you will acquire the administrative knowledge and skills needed for public administrators who may oversee local, state and federal government agencies. You will explore such diverse areas as budgeting, government relations, personnel policies, politics and urban planning. As a final research project, you will investigate a workplace problem and recommend a plan of preventative action. As a graduate, you might choose to pursue a variety of related positions, including business analyst, policy analyst, budget analyst, budget director, evaluation consultant, program evaluation director, economic research analyst and economic development director.

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.

MBA Required Foundational Courses - 18 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

MBA5101-8

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.

MBA5110-8

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.

MBA5120-8

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.

MBA5130-8

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.

MBA5140-8

Operations Management

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.

MBA5150-8

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):

Course Code

Name

Course Description

PUB5000-8

Introduction to Public Administration

In this course, bureaucracy is examined at the federal, state, and local levels with particular focus on how government functions. Major emphasis will be on public policies and their implications for the society at large; such as, the impact of Citizens power on decisions related to public accountability, and making choices for the benefit of the society at large.

PUB5002-8

Public/Government Relations

This Masters level course is designed to deal with the issues of lobbying at the national and local levels. Students will examine the ways that government officials influence public opinion and the informative role that government plays on major social issues, using publicity, advertising, press agency, public affairs, issues management, investor relations, and development. Finally, the course offers the student to chance to develop a comprehensive public relations campaign.

PUB5005-8

Public Budgeting and Finance

The major focus of this Masters level course is to acquaint the student with the administration and management of public funds for organizations in the public sector. Organizational units could be at local, state or federal levels, as well as in the private sector in the form of nonprofit organizations such as the United Way Agencies and a myriad of other organizations.

PUB5007-8

Quality Management in Public Administration

This Masters level course provides students the opportunity to examine the principles and methods for implementing an effective Total Quality Management system in a governmental environment. The course materials also provide a variety of planning methods to sustain such a system. By differentiating between strategic planning and operational planning, this course helps to define a vision of quality improvement and insures those efforts stay on track.

PUB5009-8

Public Program Evaluation

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the processes, techniques, and practices associated with program and public policy evaluation. The course is designed to create greater understanding of the policy analysis process, the challenges of program evaluation in the public sector, and to learn about specific policy analysis procedures.

PUB5015-8

Grant Writing

Public funds are a major source of funding for research and investigative programs within both the public and private sectors. This course is designed to introduce students to the area of public funding and grant writing. Course participants will gain awareness and understanding what public sources of funds are available and how to prepare grants and program applications at all levels of government.

The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be complete as the last course in the degree program.

Course Code

Name

Course Description

MBA6010-8

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

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.

MBA Tuition Cost Comparison

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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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.