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School of Graduate and Professional Studies

One Year Master of Business Administration


In the fast-paced world of business, you need a degree that fits your schedule. The One Year Master of Business Administration is designed to be flexible while keeping you on track to earn your degree in 12 months. Whether you are a busy professional or a recent grad eager to jump into the business arena, this program will help propel your career forward in just three semesters.  

Recently recognized on the 2023 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs list, North Central's program will equip you with the latest business strategies and critical skills to set you apart. Courses will prepare you for advanced management and provide a growing professional network to help you take your career to the next level.  

The professional development experience provides you with 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. 

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 

Program Overview 

Degree Features  

  • Courses delivered in an online, asynchronous format 
  • No GMAT and no prerequisites 
  • One Year (12 months) degree completion  
  • Virtual Professional Development Experience featuring keynote speakers and opportunities to network with business professionals, classmates, and faculty  
  • Unique core focused on business fundamentals that industry leaders need, such as analytics and strategic management across several disciplines. 

How to Apply 

The One Year MBA is available for Fall semester starts only. Click below for more information regarding deadlines and application instructions.  



Cost of Attendance and Scholarships 

Graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 in the federal direct unsubsidized loan annually; this includes Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. North Central offers several scholarships and awards to help reduce tuition cost by up to 20%.


One-Year MBA Curriculum

The One Year (12 months) Master of Business Administration program begins in the Fall semester and is 12 courses (36 credit hours): 

  • Core set of five courses focused on business fundamentals
  • Four courses focused on business administration
  • Three electives  


One Year MBA Schedule

Semester Course # Course Name
Fall I MBUS 505 Organizational Behavior
MBUS 606 Entrepreneurship & New Venture Strategy
Fall II MBUS 603 Global Business
MBUS 500 Data Analytics
Spring I MFIN 510 Financial Management
MBUS 609 Global Supply Chain Management
Spring II MBUS 520 Managerial Marketing
MBUS 600 Managerial Economics
Summer I Elective -
Elective -
Summer II Elective -
MBUS 696 Strategic Management

2024-2025 Session Dates

Fall 2024

  • First Day Session I - August 21
  • Last Day Session I - October 11
  • First Day Session II - October 16
  • Classes End - December 6

Spring 2025

  • First Day Session I - January 6
  • Last Day Session I - February 28
  • First Day Session II - March 3
  • Classes End - April 25

Summer 2025

  • First Day Session I - May 5
  • Last Day Session I - June 13
  • First Day Session II - June 23
  • Classes End - August 1

Professional Development Experience 

As an important piece of your professional development, you are required to attend one virtual experience during your master's degree. A 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 breakout 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