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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 or mix and match courses from any stack to further customize your Online MBA experience.

  • 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.
  • Marketing – Evaluate the appropriate elements and develop effective marketing strategies for business decision-making.
  • Health Care 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.
  • Data Analytics – Understand and apply advanced methodologies to analyze data and produce solutions to complex business challenges.

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 online courses for this program, 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 and a letter of intent. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, 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 the tuition for this program, 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 this program, 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.

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 students select the Health Care Administration stack, then only one stack is selected, totaling four courses 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.

Health Care Administration courses include HSC 620, HSC 630, HSC 640, and HSC 650. Marketing courses include MKT 620, MKT 621, and MKT 622.

Data Analytics courses include, MBI 606, MBI 607, and MBI 608.

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. 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.

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.

Health Care Administration stack

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of financial administration processes and payment systems within the various health care delivery systems. Topics to include but are not limited to: Tools to analyze and understand 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: 3

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: 3

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: 3

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.

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.

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 culminating experience in the MBA Program. The coursework involves the completion of a series of questions posed by faculty members based on readings done in class. The readings encompass a wide variety of topics covered in the MBA Program.

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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:

  • 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. 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
302 Lucas Administrative Center
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
Summer 2 July 15, 2019 July 1, 2019 July 8, 2019 July 10, 2019 July 15, 2019 August 16, 2019
Fall 1 August 19, 2019 August 7, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 15, 2019 August 19, 2019 September 20, 2019
Fall 2 September 30, 2019 September 18, 2019 September 23, 2019 September 26, 2019 September 30, 2019 November 1, 2019
Fall 3 November 7, 2019 October 25, 2019 October 31, 2019 November 4, 2019 November 7, 2019 December 13, 2019
Spring 1 January 13, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 13, 2020 February 14, 2020
Spring 2 February 24, 2020 February 12, 2020 February 17, 2020 February 20, 2020 February 24, 2020 March 27, 2020
Spring 3 April 6, 2020 March 25, 2020 March 30, 2020 April 2, 2020 April 6, 2020 May 8, 2020
Summer 1 May 26, 2020 May 13, 2020 May 18, 2020 May 21, 2020 May 26, 2020 June 29, 2020
Summer 2 July 13, 2020 July 1, 2020 July 6, 2020 July 9, 2020 July 13, 2020 August 14, 2020
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