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Achieve Your Business Career Aspirations with an Online MBA Degree

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to successfully manage organizations in the ever-changing business environment. You’ll learn relevant management skills in both domestic and global business settings, effective team building, quantitative and qualitative decision-making, and creative problem-solving skills that you can immediately apply in your professional life.

Our MBA degree program also offers specializations that’ll help you stand out in the competitive business field and prepare you for its challenges. Specializations include Bank Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, and Supply Chain Management.

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Course Listing

Program Requirements

  • 12-14 courses; 54-63 quarter units

Foundation Courses

  • 2 courses; 9 quarter units

The following two foundation courses may be waived if students have taken the appropriate accounting, finance, and mathematics courses as a part of an undergraduate degree in business at a regionally accredited university or if a score of 80 percent or above is achieved on a challenge exam. Each course is four weeks long.

Course Name

An introduction to accounting for students with no recent previous exposure to the subject. This course prepares students to comprehend the relationship among the financial statements, ascertain how business transactions are reflected in the financial statements, and analyze solvency, profitability, and stability of a business enterprise to make informed operating decisions.

An examination of the increasing complexity of business problem-solving confronting today’s managers, this course covers the role statistics and forecasting play in the business decision-making process, as well as the principles and steps involved in planning and conducting business research. Within the context of this course, students propose to study a situation that exists within an organizational setting and identify a faculty research advisor with knowledge in the focus area.

*Students who have completed an undergraduate business degree that includes ACC 201, ACC 202, and FIN 310 are waived of the ACC 600 requirement.
**Students who have completed an undergraduate business degree that includes MNS 205, MTH 210, MTH 215, or MTH 220 and MNS 407 are waived of the MNS 601 requirement.

Core Competency Courses

  • 7 courses; 31.5 quarter units

Course Name

An in-depth examination of marketing environments and the impact marketing activities have on organizational operations in competitive, global, multicultural business settings, the course discusses both domestic and international frameworks of the fundamental marketing functions of product, pricing, distribution, and promotion. It explores and analyzes modern marketing problems and solutions from conceptual, legal, social, and ethical perspectives. It explains marketing information systems and the use of advanced technologies in marketing decision making.

An analysis of the global economic, political, and cultural factors affecting international business, this course provides an overview of international trade and investment theory, the pros and cons of protectionism, the global financial environment, and the role of the multinational corporation. It analyzes international sourcing, marketing, and strategic management for global business.

This course presents a customer-oriented view of operations within an organization. Guided by the organization’s strategic plan, operations deliver the products and services to the customers. This course explores how this delivery is accomplished with efficiency and effectiveness. Components of the course include issues of quality, physical design, and systems management.

Students focus on major corporate applications of information technology, learning how business decisions are facilitated by these tools. Specific applications include the effective and efficient management of projects, inventory and transportation. The course concludes with the evolution of logistics into the broader scope of supply chain management, focusing on how enterprise-wide information systems enable this cross-functional, inter-firm collaboration that leads to new competitive advantages.

A study of accounting concepts and reporting techniques applied in a management decision-making context, Students analyze accounting data from real-world case studies and present their analysis, conclusions, and recommendations. Managerial accounting models used by diverse enterprises in virtually all industrialized nations include cost accounting and the behavior of costs, budgeting, differential analysis, and responsibility accounting are examined. Reporting techniques involving the use of current spreadsheet and graphic presentation technology are presented.

Recommended: Prior completion ofMNS 601

In this course, students study the price system, market structure, and consumer theory as they apply to managers in a variety of decision-making environments. This course covers the use of mathematical and economic decision-making tools for determining optimal levels of output, resource usage, and capacity planning.

PrerequisiteFIN 310, or ACC 600

A study of corporate financial management, through case studies and/or term projects, this course covers issues such as sources of long-term financing, cost of capital, capital budgeting, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization, the globalization of finance, ethical standards, information technology, and financial strategy.

General Electives

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

Students may select any four graduate courses offered by the Department of Business and Management. As an alternative, students may enroll in an Area of Specialization (see below).

MBA Specialization Requirements for Specialization

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

In lieu of general electives, students can choose an Area of Specialization. In order to graduate with a specialization, students must complete all courses specified in the desired specialization, in addition to all core competency courses, and the capstone course, MGT 685C.


  • 1 course; 4.5 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteMGT 605; MGT 608; MKT 602; MNS 601; ECO 607; IBU 606; ACC 604; FIN 609A

The course provides students with an opportunity to integrate the various topics introduced throughout the learner’s program by engaging in strategy execution. An integral part of the course will be preparation of a comprehensive, written case analysis. The perspective is a holistic one which views the organization as a total system, which encompasses internal, specialized sub-systems, interacting with an external, dynamic environment. The emphasis will be on the development, implementation, and analysis of organization strategies and policies that impact a firm’s survival and success in a progressively competitive global marketplace. Models for strategic formulation, implementation, and control are developed that facilitate an integrated understanding of the courses that comprise the MBA curriculum. Readings and lectures illustrate strategic management theories and frameworks while case discussions, experiential exercises, and team projects provide opportunities for application.

To see specialization course listings in full, visit our catalog.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive an MBA degree, students must complete 54-63 quarter units of graduate credit. A total of 13.5 quarter units of equivalent graduate work may be granted if completed with a grade of “B” or better (3.0 GPA) at another regionally accredited institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Please refer to the section on graduate admission procedures for specific information regarding application, evaluation, and the course waiver process.


Modern business activities have an increasingly global reach. From supply chains to expanding consumer and B2B markets, successful companies and professionals must thoroughly understand international business environments to grow and thrive. With the International Business specialization, you’ll explore cultural, economic, and legal issues, as well as international exporting, licensing, franchising, foreign direct investment, outsourcing, risk analysis, and human capital development. You’ll also be able to travel to a foreign location for a full-immersion international experience.

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The Bank Management specialization provides a sound theoretical and practical framework for those seeking professional positions in the banking industry. Instruction and coursework focus on bank management and the international facets of banking operations, including analysis of foreign exchange rate movements, foreign exchange risk management, credit management, real estate finance, and case or research projects examining contemporary issues in banking and finance.

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The Financial Management specialization works best for those seeking leadership and analysis positions in the growing, global field of financial management. With coursework applicable to domestic and international businesses, nonprofits, and governmental organizations, your studies will focus on growth and diversification policies, portfolio management, investment banking, merger strategies, exchange rate movement and risk, and case or research projects that analyze contemporary financial issues.

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The Organizational Leadership specialization prepares professionals to become problem-solving, change-oriented leaders in diverse, dynamic organizations. The instruction, coursework, and experiential exercises are for those desiring to understand and apply the technical and reflective processes that accompany leadership opportunities in the modern workplace — whether business or nonprofit, domestic or international.

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The Marketing specialization informs students of how marketing relates to consumers and all other business disciplines. The program examines why consumers make purchasing decisions and how product development, branding, pricing, and other marketing elements influence those choices. Instruction and coursework will focus on market research, consumer behavior, global marketing, and strategic operational marketing. At the completion of the specialization, you’ll present a project that integrates the many elements you’ve learned for turning undecided consumers into dedicated customers.

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While globalization and outsourcing impact nearly every market and industry, supply chain management skills have become essential for competitive businesses, professionals, and managers. The Supply Chain Management specialization examines the integration of logistical planning, inventory deployment, and transportation networks to achieve the most efficient physical connections between firms. Global corporations, nonprofits, healthcare providers, and government agencies demand the increased performance, timeliness, and cost savings that result from supply chain expertise.

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The Human Resource Management (HRM) specialization prepares you to manage people, their needs, and their performance. Instruction and coursework focus on recruiting, selecting, training, evaluating, and compensating employees. You’ll explore changes in the workplace such as governmental regulations, global competition, developing technologies, and organizational transformations — and their influence on worker performance. With technical knowledge and practical skills for supporting a multicultural workforce, you’ll be ready to bring new ideas, effective tools, and leadership skills and manage an organization’s most valuable resource: its people.

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  • Ideal Online Experience Designed for Working Professionals. Access materials, faculty support, and online student communities at your convenience.
  • Accredited by the IACBE and Updated Every Year. The MBA program is consistently assessed each year to ensure it is up-to-date, relevant, and meets the needs of graduates.
  • Accelerated and Self-Paced Options. Through year-round enrollment and four-week class format, the program can accommodate anyone’s schedule.
  • Faculty Mentorship and Program Support. Each MBA student receives a mentor to help them understand and succeed in the program. They’ll help you find a solution if you need one.
  • Small Class Sizes for 1:1 Engagement. Get the face time you need with experienced faculty who can offer support in a smaller setting.
  • On-site and Hybrid Options. Choose online or on-site format to suit your needs and schedule.

Mastering soft skills is a must in the business world. Decision-making, digital literacy, and other core components of day-to-day operations are critical and must be addressed by an MBA program. With our online format, you can gain teamwork experience as you improve your digital literacy. Plus, you do it all at your pace, one class at a time.As you complete the program, you’ll be better able to think critically and communicate more effectively. All of these skills are crucial to career development and success in the business landscape.

The courses in the MBA program also have a workplace impact: you can take all of the aspects of business you learned and readily apply them to your workplace set-ting. With an MBA, you can hone the skills that are in demand and ensure success in the business sphere.

Advancing your career requires you to have the experience and education necessary to navigate your field with confidence. Our specializations help students stand out in the job pool and have degrees with modern career applications. NU offers seven specializations within our MBA program:

  • Specialization in Bank Management: Gain theoretical and conceptual insight into the banking industry. The program emphasizes bank management, international bank operations, real estate, credit management, and more.
  • Specialization in Financial Management: Enhance your finance background with this specialization, which studies growth and diversification policies, evaluation and management of securities portfolios, investment banking and merger strategies, and more!
  • Specialization in Human Resource Management: Go beyond traditional interpersonal skills and learn how to recruit, select, train, compensate, and evaluate employees.
  • Specialization in International Business: Discover which cultural, economic, and legal issues come with international business. Students also have the opportunity to visit, under the guidance of NU professors, foreign environments to gain an understanding of how different markets operate.
  • Specialization in Marketing: Learn about the power of marketing, its effect on how businesses are run, and how to add marketing to standard practices.
  • Specialization in Organizational Leadership: Get the tools that can give you the potential to seek promotion and move up in your company while gaining a deeper understanding of the technical and reflective processes that result in leadership opportunities.
  • Specialization in Supply Chain Management: This specialization allows students to learn about the operational aspects of business, making them more acutely aware of any distribution or operation challenges that may arise. The specialization covers a variety of topics, from inventory to transportation networks.

As you grow in your career, you can utilize one of the specializations in the MBA program to give yourself an advantage and additional expertise. Let us help you find the specialization that fits your career goals! For further MBA specialization details, visit our catalog.

The business landscape is highly competitive. If your resume stands out, you have better luck succeeding in the field as you gain more opportunities and expand your growth in a rapidly evolving market. The NU MBA program allows you to show employers — in various industries — that you have the in-demand skills they seek to meet the demand of an industry expected to grow by 19% within the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, the demand for business expertise has trickled into other industries. An MBA could give you the established skills you need to advance to a new field, such as the tech industry. Silicon Valley, Amazon, and other companies are interested in hiring MBA graduates.

MBA graduates can expect higher salary outcomes: the BLS also states that, in some business sectors, employees with a master’s degree can earn up to 89% more than their bachelor’s counterparts. The BLS’ data also points out that the median wage for management occupations was $109,760 in May 2020 — the highest wage of all major occupational groups.

Learn more about the benefits of an MBA degree and which industries are looking for MBA graduates in our article, “What Can You Do With an MBA?”.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate financial statements and quantitative information for decision-making using appropriate information systems and tools.
  • Analyze the competitive environment, employing both external and internal factor analysis, and apply appropriate strategies for an organization, emphasizing the practice of ethical decisions and actions.
  • Create and communicate business plans and reports in an efficient and compelling way, orally and in written form.
  • Design solutions to logistical and operational problems using critical thinking skills and innovative approaches to generating alternatives.
  • Assess the global business environment and generate alternatives for companies to succeed in different countries and cultures.
  • Assess the economic environment within an industry and choose appropriate financial decisions for the firm.

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Master of Business Administration Degree FAQs

Yes. National University offers online programs that can be completed 100% online, one class at a time. By taking one class at a time, adult learners can earn their degree faster while balancing their busy lives.

Given the popularity, scope, and evolution of online degrees, recruiters say that most employers accept online MBAs from candidates. The reputation of where you get your degree remains the most important factor.

Yes. Not only does an MBA give you further experience and a better understanding of business, but it also opens the door for work in other industries. An MBA can help you hone your soft skills, be more marketable to employers, and advance your career. Plus, our MBA program allows you to earn it online.

When you enroll in NU’s MBA program, you can earn your degree in just a year (12 core classes), unless you need to take foundation courses.

Business and management are powerful industries, and projected salary reflects that. Employees with postgraduate business and management qualifications have reported significant salary growth.

Students should expect to spend roughly nine hours in class, divided into two sessions per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Additionally, students will need to attend two Saturday sessions (three if a weekday holiday makes it necessary) per month, with each being four and a half hours long. For a week with a Saturday session, MBA students can spend up to 13.5 hours working toward their degree. It is worth noting, however, that the MBA program is self-paced and can be adjusted to fit your schedule.

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