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Master of Business Administration Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 33 Tuition: $16,995

Overview


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

Innovative Approach to Areas of Emphasis in Your MBA

In addition to your MBA foundation courses, your MBA will include emphasis areas from the following in-demand stacks:

MBA program structure

You will choose two of these stacks:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Innovation Through Competitive Intelligence – Broaden your perspective on ideation and innovation strategies, formulating accurate competitive intelligence techniques and finding value for organizations.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Business Administration online, students must complete 16 courses, comprising 33 credit hours.

To see the full list of MBA online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration online degree program must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited institutions, a current resume. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA.

To learn more about MBA online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Business Administration online degree program is $16,995, which includes all required fees. The graduate application fee is $40. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Kentucky and can be paid by the course.

To learn more about MBA online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Business Administration online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation, registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MBA online, view calendar.

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Courses


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.

Students must choose two stacks and take the corresponding courses from the following list, totaling six courses (three from each stack) and 12 credit hours.

Finance courses include FIN 620, FIN 621, and FIN 622. Leadership courses include MGT 620, MGT 621, and MGT 622. Innovation through Competitive Intelligence courses include MBA 620, MBA 621, and MBA 622.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisites: MGT 605, ACC 610, FIN 605, MGT 607, MGT 610, MBI 600, MKT 605, BUS 605. This MBA Capstone gives students an opportunity to improve management skills, put theory into practice, and develop recommendations into implementable solutions. The preparation course is for students to form teams, design projects, get proposals approved, and begin data collection.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: MBA 610. In the MBA Capstone, student teams, directed by a faculty leader, will work on a wide range of potential projects. The end product of each project will be a written report summarizing key insights and detailing specific recommendations and next steps for implementation.

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Admissions


It's time to get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Business Administration online program, along with information on required documentation.

MBA Online 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:

  • Online application and fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions with a minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. Acceptable transcripts should show evidence of successful completion of quantitative courses.*
  • Current resume with 3 years of professional work experience.
  • No longer than one page (single spaced) essay stating your motivation for pursuing an MBA.
  • If an international applicant, IBT, TOEFL or equivalent with a minimum score of 550 or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 must be submitted to the NKU Office for International Students and Scholar Services.

*Students are required to take the GMAT or GRE if their transcripts do not show evidence of successful completion of quantitative courses. Although scores make up only one factor in the admissions process, it is anticipated that successful applicants will have a minimum overall score of 520 on the GMAT (comparable GRE scores will also be considered).

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
Lucas Administrative Center
400 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Business Administration online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Per Credit Hour Per 2-Credit Hour Course Required Fees Total With Fees
$499 $998 $528 $16,995

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the MBA Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 2 February 19, 2018 February 5, 2018 February 12, 2018 February 14, 2018 February 20, 2018 March 23, 2018
Spring 3 April 2, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 26, 2018 March 28, 2018 April 2, 2018 May 4, 2018
Summer 1 May 29, 2018 May 14, 2018 May 21, 2018 May 23, 2018 May 29, 2018 July 2, 2018
Summer 2 July 9, 2018 June 26, 2018 July 2, 2018 July 5, 2018 July 9, 2018 August 10, 2018
Fall 1 August 20, 2018 August 6, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 15, 2018 August 20, 2018 September 21, 2018
Fall 2 October 1, 2018 September 17, 2018 September 24, 2018 September 26, 2018 October 1, 2018 November 2, 2018
Fall 3 November 8, 2018 October 24, 2018 October 31, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 8, 2018 December 14, 2018
Spring 1 January 14, 2019 January 2, 2019 January 7, 2018 January 9, 2019 January 15, 2019 February 15, 2019
Spring 2 February 25, 2019 February 11, 2019 February 18, 2019 February 20, 2019 February 26, 2019 March 29, 2019
Spring 3 April 8, 2019 March 25, 2019 April 1, 2019 April 3, 2019 April 9, 2019 May 10, 2019
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