General Business

Master of Business Administration
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The General Business specialization allows you to select courses that fit your personal and professional goals from a broad range of electives. You will also have the opportunity to further develop the knowledge you need to effectively manage successful organizations, including in-depth exploration of corporate finance, supervisory concepts and practices, international economics, business organization and management. You will also complete a final management research project to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

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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Corporate Finance

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.


Innovation – The Entrepreneur and Intrapreneuer

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.


International Business

Managing in the international economic environment continues to pose major challenges; therefore, it is increasingly important to understand the practical concepts and principles of international economics. This course covers the economic foundations of international trade and investment, government intervention, international monetary systems, balance of payments analysis, and foreign exchange markets and currencies.


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?

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.