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School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Master of Business Administration

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Become equipped with key competencies and innovative skills to advance your career through the online Master of Business Administration (MBA). The professional development experience provides you mentorship from Chicagoland business leaders and opportunities to network with colleagues while engaging in value-added seminars. Online courses are taught by experienced, full-time faculty. Earn your one-year MBA degree and enhance your career potential.

MBA Degree Features

  • No GMAT and No Prerequisites: The degree is open to graduates from any discipline.
  • One-Year Master's Degree: As a full-time student, you can complete your master's degree in as little as one year with courses offered in 8-week modules.
  • Flexible Online Courses: Take online courses from anywhere in the world! They are designed to help you balance your work, life, and school.
  • Weekend Professional Development Experiences: Offered in a seminar-type of format, the residency component of the MBA degree gives you the opportunity to network with your classmates and faculty face-to-face while learning from successful business professionals. 
  • Business Fundamentals: unique core focused on business fundamentals that industry leaders need, such as analytics and strategic management across several disciplines.
  • Customize Your Electives: The MBA curriculum gives you flexibility to take the courses that interest you. You can enroll in elective courses from our other graduate degree programs.

Personal and Professional Development

A key distinguishing feature of our MBA degree are the residency experiences. You will be immersed in a professional development conference atmosphere with content that bolsters our liberal arts approach to your business education. These experiences are not directly tied to specific course content, but will provide you with relevant training in areas such as:

  • Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Leadership and Talent Development
  • Professionalism and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Personal and Professional Selling
  • Physical, Mental and Financial Health
  • Creativity, Curiosity, and Idea Generation

Master of Business Administration Curriculum

  • As a full-time student, you can complete your degree within one full year if you enroll in two courses each eight-week term, including the summer.
  • If you are a part-time student, you can complete the degree within two full years if you enroll in one course each 8-week term, including summer.

Core Business Courses: 15 credit hours

  • MBUS 500 - Data Analytics for Managers: This course is designed to develop analytical skills for business professionals as it pertains to data analysis, interpretation, and presentation. The course relies on real-world data to develop competencies in the approach and tools necessary to analyze data. Students will gain an understanding of how data scientists use data to inform business decisions. Students will develop familiarity with various data analysis and presentation programs commonly used by business professionals.
  • MFIN 510 - Financial Management (Prereq. for MFM courses): This course provides an in-depth analysis to corporate financial management. Students will study advanced concepts in financial accounting, financial analysis, and corporate finance. This course will ensure students have familiarity with necessary financial management topics such as, financial statement analysis, cash flow analysis, theory of capital structure, fundamentals of financial markets, and risk and return concepts.
  • MHRM 515 - Strategic Human Resource Management (Prereq. for MHRM courses): The course examines the role of human resource professionals as a strategic partner to organizational success.  Key activities are examined including recruitment, selection, training, development, job analysis, job design, compensation, benefits, performance management, and employee relations.  Best practices of employers of choice are analyzed.
  • MBUS 520 - Applied Managerial Marketing: This course examines marketing management as a cross-functional process that joins the marketing vision for an organization with its financial goals and production capabilities. An emphasis is placed on the development of a strategic marketing plan which includes targeting, positioning of good/services, and the marketing mix to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage. In addition, case studies are used to analyze marketing management problems and solutions.
  • MBUS 696 - Strategic Management (Capstone): Provides practice in diagnosing and identifying realistic solutions to complex strategic and organizational problems. The course builds on previous coursework by providing an opportunity to integrate various functional areas and by providing a total business perspective. Topics include an overview of strategic management, the process of choosing and defining purposes and objectives, identifying internal and external environmental factors relevant to strategic management, formulating and implementing a viable strategy and monitoring strategic performance. The course focuses on relationships among the firm, its strategy, and its environment; why firms choose certain businesses; which business strategies are successful; and how firms can change in response to a dynamic environment. (Prerequisite: 27 hours of completed graduate coursework, including MBUS 500, MFIN 510, MHRM 515, & MBUS 520)

MBA Courses: 12 credit hours

  • MBUS 600 – Managerial Economics: The course studies the merger of economic theory and business practices. The decisions managers make can affect large cohorts of employees and customers. A successful business professional makes informed decisions. Managerial economics is the application of economic analysis to the decision making process within business environments. Understanding market forces, small and large, lead to educated decision making. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing)
  • MBUS 603 – Global Business: This course focuses on the environment of international business, globalization, culture, politics, trade theories, international institutions, strategic issues relating to internationalization of the business firm, and methods to enter the international markets. It will explore foreign direct investment, international financial institutions, differences in political economy and culture, barriers to trade, foreign exchange, business-government relations, and the strategic alternatives available to companies operating in the global economy. It will emphasize the multidimensional nature, complexity and ambiguity surrounding the international business enterprises and will provide the global businessperson with the opportunity to make good decisions and to formulate successful corporate or business strategies in the global environment. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing)
  • MBUS 606 – Entrepreneurship and New Venture Strategy: Entrepreneurshipand New Venture Strategy focuses on skills and business strategies necessary for launching a business. Topics include opportunity recognition, new market development, resource allocation, growth strategies, innovation, legal issues, taxation and acquiring seed capital, among others.  Each student will develop a new venture concept plan to envision, and potentially create and launch, a new business. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing)
  • MBUS 609 - Global Supply Chain Design and Management: A comprehensive study of the concepts, processes, and models used in the design, development, analysis, and management of global supply chains. Students will study the supply chain strategies and how to design and manage the most effective supply configurations and interrelationships to develop and maintain competitive advantage. Specific topics include global procurement, electronic commerce, facilities location, transportation decisions, routing and scheduling, distribution planning, information technology, and logistics systems design. (Prerequisite MFIN 510)

Elective Courses:  9 credit hours

You will select three elective courses from a variety of business disciplines including: Marketing, Management, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Finance, and Economics. Electives can also be taken from other master’s programs.

MBA Faculty

Our faculty have real-world experience and are able to bring case studies into your virtual classroom. Although our degree is online, the business faculty are accessible for you to reach out and connect. 

Marketing Faculty

Mary Galvan

Associate Professor of Marketing; Chair, Department of Management and Marketing
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5473
Xiaoye Chen

Associate Professor of Marketing
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5239
Donnavieve Smith

Associate Professor of Marketing
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5467
Richard Fobes

Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5589

Entrepreneurship Faculty

Chetan Chawla

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Business & Entrepreneurship
+1 630 637 5471
Brian Hanlon

Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5242

Management Faculty

Esen Andic-Mortan

Assistant Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5249
Thomas Cavenagh, JD

Schneller Sisters Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and Values; Director of Leadership, Ethics and Values; Co-Director of the Center for Social Impact; and Professor of Business Law and Conflict Resolution
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5157
Brian Glibkowski
Brian Glibkowski

Associate Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5240
Robert Moussetis

Professor of International Business
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5475
Rhetta Standifer
Rhetta Standifer

Associate Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5244
Mark Rusin
Mark Rusin

Half-time Assistant Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5240
Joshua Seago

Half-Time Instructor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5240
Jeffrey Woodruff

Half-time Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5247

Human Resources Faculty

Brian Glibkowski
Brian Glibkowski

Associate Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5240
Rhetta Standifer
Rhetta Standifer

Associate Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5244

Finance Faculty

Doh-Khul Kim

Associate Professor of Economics and Finance
Economics
+1 630 637 5243
Najrin Khanom

Assistant Professor of Finance
Economics
+1 630 637 5466
Patrick Gray

Half-Time Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance
Economics
+1 630 637 5499
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics
Economics
+1 630 637 5240
John Colletti

Half-Time Assistant Professor of Economics
Economics
+1 630 637 5240

Economics Faculty

Natalia De Lima Bracarense

Assistant Professor of Economics
Economics
+1 630 637 5458
Brenden Mason

Assistant Professor of Economics
Economics
+1 630 637 5420
Ryan Decker

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
Economics
+1 630 637 5248

Accounting Faculty

David Gray

Associate Professor of Accounting; Chair of Accounting and Finance
Accounting and Finance
+1 630 637 5586
Suzanne Seymoure
Suzanne Seymoure

Associate Professor of Accounting
Accounting and Finance
+1 630 637 5587
Gerald Thalmann

Associate Professor of Accounting
Accounting and Finance
+1 630 637 5588
Dan Vitale
Dan Vitale

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Accounting and Finance
+1 630 637 5353

International Business

Robert Moussetis

Professor of International Business
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5475

Weekend Professional Development Experiences

As an important piece of your professional development, you are required to attend one weekend residency experience during your master's degree. A weekend professional development experience provides you with opportunities to interact with business leaders willing to serve as mentors, meet program faculty, network with peers, and participate in value-added seminars specially designed to significantly enhance your career potential.

The professional development events are a unique feature of our program and are offered in a conference format with speakers and break out sessions, rather than a course led by one instructor. 

Professional Development Topics

Experienced professionals and guest speakers will host workshops and events on a variety of topics, which may include:

  • Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Leadership and Talent Development 
  • Professionalism and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Personal and Professional Selling 
  • Physical, Mental and Financial Health
  • Creativity, Curiosity and Idea Generation

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