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Master of Business Administration Online

Earn a respected online MBA designed to give you the knowledge and flexibility to reach new heights in your career or shift to a new one.

09/22/21 Next Application Due Date
10/04/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

Get to know our online MBA program

$15,708 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
33 Credit Hours

The 100% online Master of Business Administration program at Northern Kentucky University gives you valuable tools for career advancement while empowering you to tailor your degree to meet your personal and professional goals. Featuring a holistic admission process, this AACSB-accredited MBA program delivers relevant curriculum in an accelerated online format designed to fuel your ambition.

Enrich Your MBA With Innovative Areas of Emphasis

In addition to your online MBA essentials and capstone courses, the curriculum includes course stacks in relevant emphasis areas. As a student, you will choose two of these stacks or mix and match courses from any stack to further customize your Online MBA experience:

Data Analytics [+]

Understand and apply advanced methodologies to analyze data and produce solutions to complex business challenges.

Finance [+]

Understand the principles of finance within a corporate setting. Enhance your knowledge of corporate finance, investments and security analysis, international financial management, and more.

Healthcare Administration [+]

Explore the unique challenges in the healthcare industry and analyze the external factors facing the industry. Understand and apply the tools to effectively manage healthcare organizations.

Innovation Through Competitive Intelligence [+]

Broaden your perspective on ideation and innovation strategies, formulating accurate competitive intelligence techniques and finding value for organizations.

Leadership [+]

Explore leadership and organizational change as the key components of effective management. Develop leadership competencies to transform organizations to ensure current and future success.

Marketing [+]

Evaluate the appropriate elements and develop effective marketing strategies for business decision-making.

Human Resource Management [+]

Gain comprehensive insight into the responsibilities involved in HR management, from talent acquisition through compensation, benefits, training, and development.

Global Supply Chain Management [+]

Develop an understanding of global supply chain management, including supply chain design, integration and sustainability, as well as distribution logistics and strategic sourcing/purchasing.

Construction Management [+]

Gain an advanced managerial view of construction, including projects and tools used in project control, risk identification and management approaches, and various legal principles.

Legal Studies [+]

Expand your knowledge of legal challenges, especially related to technology and digital commerce. This program is ideal if you want to manage the intersection of the digital world and law.

Health Care Commercialization [+]

Prepare to revolutionize the healthcare space by learning how to translate objective research into medical products, services, and procedures that are cost efficient and effective.

AACSB

The Haile/US Bank College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Have questions or need more information about our online programs?

Also available:

Northern Kentucky University offers four Bachelor of Science in Business Administration programs online. Learn more about our online business programs.

Tuition

Enjoy convenient pay-by-the-course tuition

The MBA online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

Tuition breakdown:

$460 Per Credit Hour
$15,708 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per 2-Credit Hour Course Required Fees Total With Fees
Master of Business Administration $460 $920 $528 $15,708
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Calendar

Important dates you need to know

The MBA online program is flexible and efficient for busy schedules, with accelerated courses that start multiple times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, and be sure to submit your application, registration, documents and tuition by the corresponding deadlines.

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 3 04/05/2021 03/24/2021 03/29/2021 04/01/2021 04/05/2021 05/07/2021
Summer 1 05/24/2021 05/12/2021 05/17/2021 05/20/2021 05/24/2021 06/28/2021
Summer 2 07/12/2021 06/30/2021 07/05/2021 07/08/2021 07/12/2021 08/13/2021
Fall 1 08/23/2021 08/11/2021 08/16/2021 08/19/2021 08/23/2021 09/24/2021
Fall 2 10/04/2021 09/22/2021 09/27/2021 10/01/2021 10/04/2021 09/27/2021
Fall 3 11/11/2021 10/29/2021 11/03/2021 11/08/2021 11/11/2021 12/17/2021
 

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Admissions

Follow our streamlined admission requirements

The admission process for the MBA online is streamlined to help you get started sooner. Requirements include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions
2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
Current resume with three years of professional work experience

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MBA Online Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MBA online program are evaluated on a holistic basis. The program adheres to the accreditation standards established by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

A portfolio approach is used in evaluating prospective students for acceptance into the MBA program. Factors considered for admission include:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions with a minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Current resume
  • Essay (250 to 500 words) stating your motivation for pursuing an MBA
  • Applicants with an undergraduate overall GPA under 3.0 must have three years of professional work experience
  • International applicants must achieve a TOEFL iBT (or equivalent) score of at least 550 or an IELTS score of at least 6.5; score must be submitted to the NKU Office for International Students and Scholar Services

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Courses

Course details for our Master of Business Administration online program

For the Master of Business Administration online, students must complete 16 courses, comprising 33 credit hours. These include eight essentials courses (16 credit hours), 12 credit hours of specialization courses, and five credit hours for a capstone project.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or consent of program director. Managing people is a challenge in an increasingly complex and interdependent work context. This course helps prospective managers develop the skills necessary to assess, analyze, and act upon the challenges of managing with people.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or consent of program director. Analytic techniques for decision making; basic financial analysis for managing corporate finances.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or consent of program director. Provides a foundation for understanding accounting concepts. Topics include financial and managerial accounting issues including financial statement analysis, debt versus equity, budgeting, product costing, strategic decision making, corporate social responsibility, and internal control.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or consent of program director. This course prepares students to solve problems faced by mid- and top-level marketing decision-makers, and to understand the consequences of their decisions. A variety of contemporary marketing issues will be studied in depth. May use case methodology and/or client-based projects.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or consent of program director. Looks at the issues of analysis, implementation and evaluation of an organizational strategy. Students are exposed to issues involved in creating and managing the sustainable, high performance enterprise including operational activities such as financing, human resources, R&D, marketing, distribution and customer service.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program or consent of instructor. Fundamental concepts of management information systems, managerial and organizational principles, and other concepts relevant to MIS. This includes the use of information for decision making, organizational structure of MIS, information resource management, and managing end-user computing. This course is open only to students in the MBA program.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or consent of program director. Survey of the legal system requirements and limitations; political process, constitution, torts, criminal law, ethics, environment, product liability, consumer protection, antitrust, employment and negotiable instruments.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program or consent of program director. Introduces concepts and techniques of modern operations and supply chain management. Topics include design and structuring of operating systems, production planning, inventory control, materials requirements planning, project management, facilities layout, quality control, process and job design.

You will choose two of these stacks or mix and match courses totaling 12 credit hours from any stack to further customize your Online MBA experience. If choosing the Health Care Administration stack, then you would select only that one stack, totaling four courses and 12 credit hours.

Data Analytics Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: MBI 600 or department approval. The course covers the design and development of business intelligence systems (data warehouses and data marts, for example). Dimensional models will be developed and reports will be produced. Students gain a working knowledge of business intelligence systems with hands on labs.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: MBI 600 or department approval. The course covers the design of data visualizations for solving Business problems and exploring business opportunities. The course addresses both good practices in visualization development as well as using datasets and at least one example of a visualization tool to effectively structure visualizations that are appealing and instructive.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: MBI 600 or department approval. Business decisions require data analysis to increase problem understanding and produce better answers. This course is a hands-on introduction to the business analytics process, including problem modeling, tools and techniques for analysis, and effectively communicating insights. This course is open only to students in the MBA program.

Finance Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: FIN 605 or department approval. In depth exploration of capital budgeting, dividend analysis, capital structure, risk/return analysis, costs of capital, international aspects of finance, valuation issues, leasing, basic financial forecasting and institutional structures for finance. Component course in MBA Finance Stack.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: FIN 620 or department approval. Introduction to the modern theory and practice of investing. In-depth discussion of risk and rate of return, portfolio theory, valuation of financial claims such as bonds, stocks, and derivative securities, portfolio formation and revision, and portfolio performance monitoring. Component course in MBA Finance Stack.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: FIN 620 or department approval. In-depth exploration of the impact that globalization brings to capital budgeting, dividend analysis, capital structure, risk/return analysis, costs of capital, valuation issues, leasing, basic financial forecasting and institutional structures for finance. Component course in MBA Finance Stack.

Health Care Administration Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSHS, MBA, or permission of instructor. This course is an overview of the U.S. healthcare system; in-depth analysis of modern and potential future trends evaluation of current status of healthcare system with emphasis on cultural diversity and competency.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSHS, MBA, or permission of instructor. This course covers financial administration processes and payment systems in health care delivery systems. Topics include financial operations, various tools to review and manage comparative data, construct and evaluate budgets, tools to plan, monitor, and manage financial status, allocation of resources, and acquire funds.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSHS, MBA, or permission of instructor. An in-depth study of successful strategic planning and marketing tactics utilized in the field of healthcare. Evaluation of stakeholders, community needs and desires, as well as implementation and evaluation of such methods.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSHS, MBA, or permission of instructor. Study and evaluation of health care law and its interface with the healthcare system and the key players within. Real life ethical dilemmas will be examined with application of various theories and principles that apply.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSHS, MBA, or permission of instructor. This course offers a broad understanding of the human resources management function in health care organizations, especially as it relates to organizational strategy, behavior, and design. Topics include developing a vision, problem solving, and analytical skills essential for harnessing human resources to advance organizational goals in the health care environment.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSHS, MBA, or permission of instructor. Explore healthcare issues, policies and economic factors influenced by technological, social, economic, and political factors; availability of and access to healthcare; social distribution of healthcare; and actions for dealing with healthcare dilemmas. Federal and state regulatory programs and healthcare financing will be examined.

Innovation Through Competitive Intelligence Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: department approval. Develops a context for ideation through the formulation of new opportunities and the process and identification of strategic options leading to viable strategies. Experiential application of strategies is applied to real problems. Component course in MBA Innovation through Competitive Intelligence Stack. Prerequisite: MGT 605

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: MBA 620 or department approval. Moving ideas into action requires gathering data on the market, industry and competitors. Focuses on competitive intelligence data capture, analysis and translation techniques to identify a viable set of strategic options. Experiential application of content knowledge is applied to real problems. Component course in MBA Innovation through Competitive Intelligence Stack.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: MBA 621 or department approval. Validation and refinement of business outcomes through gap analysis, design of critical operating models, sustainable implementation mapping. Covers clearly defined approaches for taking new ideas to successful strategic launches no matter the construct (people, process, product) or level of volatility. Component course in MBA Innovation through Competitive Intelligence Stack.

Leadership Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: MGT 605 or department approval. Application of theories of leadership and organizational change to a variety of business organizations; personal assessment and reflection on leadership; planning and implementing of organizational change; use of simulations, cases, and/or projects to blend theory and practice. Component course in MBA Leadership Stack.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: MGT 620 or department approval. Provides a conceptual and practical understanding of the concepts, legal framework, theory, and practice of negotiation and conflict resolution. Includes the research and framing of issues, bargaining strategies, successful tactics, and methods of reaching a settlement. Component course in MBA Leadership Stack.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: MGT 620 or department approval. Qualitative and quantitative approaches to structuring projects in multi- functional organizational settings; planning, team development, software, quality improvement, completion; case analysis, internships, and/or term projects to blend theory with practice. Component course in MBA Leadership Stack.

Marketing Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Pre-req MKT 605. Successful businesses evaluate their various environments and forge sustainable competitive advantages in the marketplace. It is critical to create a long-term strategy that builds, maintains, and ultimately grows the market position. This course focuses on the evaluation of extant strategies and the creation and justification of alternative marketing strategies.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Pre-req MKT 620. The primary focus of the course is to explore the consumer path to purchase by studying the physical, physiological, social, and cognitive models and theories of consumer behavior.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Pre-req MKT 620. To properly design and engage marketing strategies, managers today need to understand the role that big data plays in the marketplace. In this course, you will be provided real-life examples of data and asked to develop and apply the appropriate insights needed to make a business decision.

Human Resource Management Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course is an introduction to effective training and development practices within a human resource management framework. The goal is to help students develop the knowledge of the instructional design model, learning processes, training and development methods, and contemporary perspectives of strategic training and development.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to the effective policies and practices of employer compensation and benefits within a human resources management framework. The goal is to provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of the procedures, legislation and strategies for determining compensation and benefit systems in contemporary organizations.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

One of the primary responsibilities of an organization is to hire the best employee for the role. Talent acquisition and management can be a competitive differentiator for the organization. The course will focus on methodology of proper recruiting and selection of the right employee for the position.

Global Supply Chain Management Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to the concepts and techniques of global supply chain management and will focus on key operational decisions. Students will be exposed to current topics in how to effectively manage supply chains supply chain design, strategies, integration, and sustainability.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Explores how purchasing and strategic sourcing can contribute to the organization, by improving the overall supply chain competitiveness and sustainability. Overview of strategic sourcing concepts, techniques and relevant strategies in support of global supply chain optimization.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Familiarizes students with an overview of Distribution systems and Logistics and their essential role in the design of an overall effective Supply Chain. Distribution strategies and network design considerations are examined. Explores logistics strategies, techniques and approaches with a focus on integration within the overall Supply Chain.

Construction Management Stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides the students with a general survey of construction contracts including contract formation, contract parties, and contract risk sharing and allocation. Students will be exposed to major legal principles used for contract interpretation including the Spearin Doctrine, Contra Proferentem, and major rules for contract administration. Students will learn about the effects of time on the construction project and resolution of conflicts resulting from different types of construction delays. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods are introduced providing a framework for resolving construction disputes in both proactive and reactive manners.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides the students with advanced skills in managing and controlling the construction project. The goal is to provide the student tools and techniques to manage the project triple constraint; time, cost, and quality. This course will expose the students to the concepts and tools project stakeholders and methods to prioritize and manage them, in addition to theories and tools of quality management, as well as the time/cost interaction and managing the cash flow and project progress using the Earned Value approach. Class presentations, discussions, and case exercises will provide the vehicle for developing a comprehensive methodology for dealing with the project triple constraint.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course is an in-depth study in the management of risks affecting the construction business and construction projects. The goal is to provide the student with a large exposure to the different approaches to identifying, prioritizing, analyzing (both qualitatively and quantitatively), and responding to risks at the macro (company) and the micro (project) levels. Students will be exposed to the concepts and tools of risk tolerance, risk breakdown structures, risk registers, etc.

Legal Studies Stack

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

As commerce shifts to the Internet and mobile technologies, the law has been forced to adapt to the realities of the e-commerce marketplace. Consumers and businesses buy and sell goods or services through virtual storefronts using digital contracts, paying with digital currency, and, in some cases, resolving disputes online. Meanwhile, blockchain technology has offered new ways to document and to pay for e-commerce transactions through smart contracts and cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin. This course will address e-commerce common and regulatory law, with a special emphasis upon blockchain technology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The exponential and infinite proliferation of big data raises both privacy and security issues, as the sensitive information of individuals, organizations, and governments are collected and stored online where it can be hacked or misused without authorization. This course will explore the developing, complex web of laws, national and international, that govern data privacy and cybersecurity. More specifically, it will examine the limitations of the existing legal framework and consider the policy implications of greater regulation of data collection over the Internet and the evolving Internet of Things.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Today’s world is on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, the Digital Revolution, with ever-emerging technologies transforming life in the 21st century—connecting billions of people through the internet; improving access to goods and services; and redefining commerce, education, governance, and the workplace. Over two semesters, students will be introduced to emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, blockchain, cryptocurrency, drones, the internet of things (IoT), machine learning, quantum computing, robotics, 3D printing, and virtual and augmented reality—and their impact upon contract, criminal, property, tort and other core areas of the law.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Today’s world is on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, the Digital Revolution, with ever-emerging technologies transforming life in the 21st century—connecting billions of people through the internet; improving access to goods and services; and redefining commerce, education, governance, and the workplace. Over two semesters, students will be introduced to emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, blockchain, cryptocurrency, drones, the internet of things (IoT), machine learning, quantum computing, robotics, 3D printing, and virtual and augmented reality—and their impact upon contract, criminal, property, tort and other core areas of the law.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses upon the legal needs of entrepreneurs and their startups. While successful startups may require help with complex legal drafting and transactions—to obtain financing, issue shares, go public, or sell the company—entrepreneurs and lawyers that represent them require general knowledge of many areas of the law. The course will consider some of the expertise that a lawyer must acquire to counsel startups, explore ways that attorneys can better understand these unique clients and develop a practice to serve them, and introduce entrepreneurs, or those who may want to become entrepreneurs, to legal issues common to creating and running a startup.

Health Care Commercialization Stack

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Unique challenges and limitations imposed by regulatory bodies and other considerations factor into marketing healthcare related products and services. This course uses case studies and projects to enable marketing plan development responsive to legal and regulatory constraints, clinical evidence requirements, and reimbursement implications for pricing and product design.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Systematically examines successes and failures in product development across a spectrum of health care companies to provide the skills needed to move ideas to market with an increased likelihood of success.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on mastering the complex symptomatic, diagnostic, operative, and therapeutic medical terms critical to success in the health care field.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced operations management approaches to quality; process and productivity improvement in health care organizations; use of case studies, exercises, and/or term projects to show application of management and quantitative concepts.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to health economics focuses on using the tools of microeconomic analysis to understand behavior by consumers, producers and insurers in health care markets. The tools of microeconomic analysis will also be applied to current policy problems, and supported with analyses of publicly available data sources.

Students must take the following courses, totaling five credit hours, as part of the MBA practicum.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Review and testing on MBA Essentials topics in Finance, Accounting, Management, Marketing, and Operations in preparation for MBA 611.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is the final part of the MBA capstone. The coursework involves examining a business case with a team. The readings encompass a wide variety of topics covered in the MBA Program.

 

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