Master of Business Administration (MBA)


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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12 Months to Your MBA

MBA degree can be completed as quickly as 12 months, unless students need to take one or two prerequisites’ courses (12-14 classes).

Online Classes

GMAT not required for admission.

Year-round Enrollment

Our admissions team reviews applications year-round.

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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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  • 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 men-tor 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 de-tails, 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?”.

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.

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 per-cent or above is achieved on a challenge exam. Each course is four-weeks-long.

Course Description
ACC 600 Financial Accounting for MBAs*
MNS 601 Statistics for Business**

*Students who have completed an undergraduate business degree that includes ACC 201, ACC 202, and FIN 310 are waived 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 Description
MKT 602 Marketing Management
IBU 606 Global Business
MGT 603 Business Operations Management
MGT 608 Info & Supply Chain Systems
ACC 604 Managerial Accounting
ECO 607 Eco. for Managerial Decisions
Recommended: Prior completion of MNS 601
FIN 609A Seminar in Financial Management
Prerequisite: FIN 310 or ACC 600

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 Requirements for Specialization (4 courses; 18 quarter units)

In place of general electives, students can choose an area of specialization. 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.

Capstone (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)

Course Description
MGT 685C Business Strategy and Policy
Prerequisite: MKT 602, IBU 606, ACC 604, ECO 607, FIN 609A, MGT 608, and MGT 603

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

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Take the first step by starting your application online today. To speak to an enrollment advisor about this program, please email [email protected].

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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.

Why Choose National University?

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to or be eligible for certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. The existence of criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and licensing authority.

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*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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