- Course Information
Project Management is one of the fastest growing professional disciplines. In this specialization, you will explore principles, concepts, tools and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. You will examine all aspects of company projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any organization. You will also complete a final written research project demonstrating your ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention and recommend a plan of preventative action. As a graduate, you will be prepared to lead single or multiple project teams, or serve as a project expert in a centralized project organization in various industries.
Courses in this program count as Professional Development Units for PMI® certification. Northcentral University is recognized as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) at the Global Provider Enrollment Level by Project Management Institute (PMI®)(PMI® is a registered mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.). See Registered Education Provider Certificate. Learn More
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.
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.
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.
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.
Project Procurement Management
Project Procurement Management includes the processes necessary to acquire the products, services, or results necessary for the project team to perform their mission. This course includes contract management and the change control processes required to administer contracts or purchase orders issued by project team members.
Project Risk Management
Project risk is an uncertain event or condition that can have either a positive or negative effect on a project's objectives. This course includes the processes concerned with conducting project risk management planning, identification, analysis, mitigation and monitoring and control.
Project Monitoring and Control
In this course, students will explore the components of project monitoring and control measures in project management. Students will monitor project progress in order to identify variances from the initial project plan. Corrective actions will be identified in order to meet project objectives. Students will identify and quantify control concepts, pricing and estimating methodologies in order to incorporate these concepts in to a Quality Management Plan for the project.
Management of Multiple Projects
This course presents proven methods from a cross-section of industries for the management of a portfolio of projects. It will demonstrate multi-project management tools, techniques and methods. You will learn how successful businesses manage projects, how they set up multiple project management processes, what technologies are effective and how they allocate resources across various projects.
Earned Value Project Management
Earned Value is the accurate measurement of the authorized work physically accomplished plus management's budget for the completed work. This course presents the Earned Value technique which has been around for decades. It is discussed in this course as an effective technique to manage projects.
Management, Leadership and Team Building in the Project and Program Environment
This course will explore techniques and skills that can mitigate human resource problems in the project and program environment. Such problems can cause delays, erode quality, increase costs, and result in high levels of stress for everyone on the project team. This course will introduce and investigate soft skills utilized in management, leadership, and team building that can be applied to managing tough human resource issues.
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
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.