Management of Engineering and Technology

Master of Business Administration
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The Management of Engineering and Technology specialization emphasizes issues relating to principles of productivity, quality management and environmental systems management. In this specialization, you will examine methods for improving the cost and production efficiency of businesses, in addition to how technological innovations can strengthen an organization's operational performance. You will also further develop your skills in risk assessment, quality assurance, time management, strategic planning and project management. As a final assignment, you will complete a research project in which you assess an industry-specific issue and offer a plausible action plan to address it.

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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MET5000 / MET5000-8

Principles of Productivity

This course is designed to provide an overview of many topics that can affect productivity. The topics covered in the course are product design and operations, process design and choice of technology, management of quality, capacity and scheduling management of production and inventory management systems.

MET5002 / MET5002-8

Applied Systems Theory

Systems engineering has been recognized as the process by which the orderly evolution of man-made systems can be achieved. The knowledge and tools needed for implementation of this process are discussed, including the system design process, system analysis and modeling, and the techniques of designing for operational feasibility. This course examines managerial systems concepts such as open/closed systems, equifinality, equilibrium, synergism and cybernetics in order to understand and optimize organizational processes. An overview of system engineering management is presented.

MET5003 / MET5003-8

Applied Decision Theory

This is a graduate level, decision-oriented course that focuses on the frameworks, concepts, theories, and principles needed to organize and use information to make informed business decisions in complex environments. Cases, exercises, and other tools are used to help students build data gathering and analysis skills.

MET5006 / MET5006-8

Operations Research

Operations Research employs mathematical modeling, feasible solutions, optimization and iterative computations in order to solve complex decisions. This course stresses the quantitative nature of the operations research process. The student is exposed to modeling, sensitivity analysis, goal programming, determinism waiting lines analysis and forecasting.

MET5010 / MET5010-8

Quality Management

The successful implementation of total quality management practices is a requirement for all organizations to be successful. This Master’s level course introduces a systematic approach for implementing total quality management for an organization with strong emphasis on the customer” including customer expectations for product quality. This course covers the topics of defining quality, the history of quality management, identifying and understanding the customer, and adopting process improvements to implement quality management.

MET5015 / MET5015-8

The Process and Impact of Technology

Technology is a key resource of profound importance for corporate profitability and growth. This course will focus on the process of technology and the effect that technology has on companies, industries, and countries. Effective management of technology links engineering, science, and management disciplines will be studied using real business cases. These disciplines address the issues involved in the planning, development, and the implementation of technological capabilities required to shape and accomplish strategic and operational objectives of an organization.

MET5016 / MET5016-8

Improving Productivity Through Technology

This course is primarily concerned with the processes of acquiring technology to improve productivity in the firm. This includes looking at organizational change needed to successfully implement technological advances. The course will review organizations and their attempts to adopt technological innovations - especially computer and information system related innovations. This course will also examine the changes needed to make effective use of new technology and assure consistency between the technology and organizational processes and structures. This course also investigates the impact of technology on improving productivity, and the limits of such improvements.

MET5017 / MET5017-8

Emerging Technologies

This graduate course allows participants to identify and understand the direction and consequences of emerging technologies on industry and society. Addressed in the course are the evolutionary development of technology and application, revolutionary inventions, and expanding needs that result from new technological possibilities.

MET5020 / MET5020-8

Management of Technology

This course is concerned with the impact of rapidly changing technology and the problems of managing these technological changes. The success of these ventures is even more dependent on timely and often courageous technological change decisions. The traditional concepts of operational and economic life of technologies must be used with caution. The real and impending impact of technological change is ever present as a factor and it must be continually managed for a firm to survive.

MET5023 / MET5023-8

Managing the Research and Development Organization

The course examines the management of the R & D environment including planning, new product development, technological forecasting, innovation, and creativity. The course objectives provide the student with the opportunity to apply course concepts to current or potential real-world situations.

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.