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School of Business & Entrepreneurship

Master of Business Administration

Why Pursue a Master of Business Administration Degree at North Central College?

Take Flexible 100% online courses from anywhere in the world! They are designed to help you balance your work, life, and school. 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. Learn more about graduate online learning at North Central.

You will walk away with:

  • Insights and abilities to bring value to your organization on day one and get noticed.
  • A broadened network of business professionals, faculty and alumni that will collaborate and support each other’s careers.
  • The potential to expand your career with promotions, new jobs, maintaining industry relevance, and career longevity.

Learn how you can save up to 20% in Graduate tuition

Graduate Aid and Costs 

Graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 in the federal direct unsubsidized loan annually. (fall, spring, and summer semesters included)

MBA Degree Features

  • 100% Online: Study from anywhere!
  • 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. (1 year completion timeline is subject to change within the time span of one's North Central College career due to enrollment and course offerings)  
  • Weekend Professional Development Virtual Experiences: Offered in a seminar-type of format, this synchronous virtual component of the MBA degree gives you the opportunity to network with your classmates and faculty 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.
  • Customized Electives: The MBA curriculum gives you the flexibility to take the courses that interest you. You can enroll in elective courses from our other graduate degree programs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to convey business concepts and original and creative solutions in a coherent and professional manner.
  • Ability to apply data analysis, interpretation, and presentation skills to advanced and complex business situations.
  • Awareness and importance of managing global and multicultural personnel in a professional setting for international organizations.
  • Understanding of the ethical and social responsibilities of companies, organizations, and business professionals.
  • Expertise in the application of a broad range of business concepts.

Personal and Professional Development

A key distinguishing feature of our MBA degree is the Weekend Professional Development Experiences. You will be immersed in a virtual 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

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is 12 courses (36 credit hours):

  • A core set of five courses focused on business fundamentals.
  • Four courses focused on business administration.
  • Flexibility to customize three electives plus a professional development experience that sets the foundation to launch or advance your career.

Courses are offered in asynchronous, seven-week sessions allowing you to learn on your own schedule. Take one course every session and complete your degree in two years. We also offer a one-year MBA program that starts in the fall of each year.

Core Courses

Business Administration Courses

Specialization Options

Residency Experience

Students must attend at least one Residency Experience, a distinguishing feature of the MBA degree. Students are immersed in a professional development conference atmosphere with content that bolsters our liberal arts approach to business education. These experiences are not directly tied to specific course content but provides students 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

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. 

Accounting Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Accounting and Finance

David Gray

Professor of Accounting; Chairperson, Department of Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

Suzanne Seymoure

Associate Professor of Accounting

Accounting and Finance

Gerald Thalmann

Associate Professor of Accounting

Accounting and Finance

Dan Vitale

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Accounting

Economics and Finance Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Economics

Natalia De Lima Bracarense

Associate Professor of Economics

Accounting and Finance

John Colletti

Adjunct Associate Professor of Accounting

Economics

Ryan Decker

Assistant Professor of Economics; Director of the Center for Financial Literacy

Accounting and Finance

Patrick Gray

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance

Economics

Najrin Khanom

Associate Professor of Finance

Economics

Doh-Khul Kim

Professor of Economics and Finance

Economics

Mark Johnson

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics

Economics

Brenden Mason

Assistant Professor of Economics

Entrepreneurship Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Business & Entrepreneurship

Chetan Chawla

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Management & Marketing

Brian Hanlon

Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship

Human Resources Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Management & Marketing

Rhetta Standifer

Associate Professor of Management

International Business

Faculty and Staff

Management & Marketing

Robert Moussetis

Professor of International Business

Management Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Management & Marketing

Jeffrey Anstine

Professor of Management

Management & Marketing

Esen Andic-Mortan

Assistant Professor of Management

Management & Marketing

Thomas Cavenagh, JD

Schneller Sisters Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and Values; Director of Leadership, Ethics and Values; Director of the Center for Social Impact; Director, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Economics

Mark Rusin

Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics

Management & Marketing

Joshua Seago

Half-time Assistant Professor of Management

Management & Marketing

Rhetta Standifer

Associate Professor of Management

Marketing Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Management & Marketing

Xiaoye Chen

Associate Professor of Marketing

Management & Marketing

Richard Fobes

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Marketing

Management & Marketing

Mary Galvan

Associate Professor of Marketing; Chairperson, Department of Management and Marketing

Management & Marketing

Donnavieve Smith

Associate Professor of Marketing; Grantman Professor in Business & Economics

Weekend Professional Development Experiences

As an important piece of your professional development, you are required to attend one virtual weekend 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