Master of Business Administration General Online

Develop the skills to advance your career in a variety of upper-level management positions, along with essential decision-making tools and problem-solving techniques.

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Program Overview

Get To Know Our MBA General Online Program

At Northwest Missouri State University, the MBA General online program courses are taught by caring, highly qualified professors with professional credentials who are eager to help you develop your management skills through relevant, real-world applications.

An online Master of Business Administration General degree from Northwest gives you the diverse business background to advance your career in organizations across the evolving global business arena. This program will enable you to develop your strengths for leadership as you study real-world business topics through extensive analyses and applications.

Our relevant curriculum will empower you with a thorough understanding of entrepreneurship, marketing communication, human resource management, international business and more, enabling you to confidently make business decisions in a leadership position.

Accreditation:

The business programs at Northwest Missouri State University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information about ACBSP accreditation, visit acbsp.org.

MBA career opportunities include:

  • Business Operations Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Project Manager

Online MBA programs also available

Northwest online offers a variety of specialized MBAs. Check out all of our online MBA concentrations.

Total Tuition $13,730*
Program Duration As few as 12-18 months
Credit Hours 30

Accreditation:

The business programs at Northwest Missouri State University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information about ACBSP accreditation, visit acbsp.org.

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Tuition

Learn More About Our Affordable Tuition

Our MBA General online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $13,730*
Per Credit Hour $446

Calendar

Northwest Online Dates and Deadlines

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 26/24/246/7/246/12/246/14/246/18/248/9/24
Fall 18/26/248/12/248/15/248/19/248/21/2410/11/24
Fall 210/21/2410/7/2410/10/2410/14/2410/16/2412/6/24
Spring 11/13/251/3/251/6/251/7/251/8/252/28/25
Spring 23/10/252/24/252/27/253/3/253/5/254/25/25

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Next Apply Date: 8/12/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/26/24
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Admissions

Requirements for the Online MBA General Program

Northwest has streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MBA General online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume detailing professional experience
  • 3 years of work experience or acceptable GMAT/GRE score

Required Documentation

Applicants to Northwest’s MBA program who have a bachelor's degree in business* from a regionally accredited university must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and one of the following:

  • Three years of continuous professional, full-time work experience
  • Three years of continuous full-time U.S.-enlisted or commissioned military service
  • Graduate degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 3.50 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • GMAT score of 440 or above
  • Admission index of 1100 (undergraduate GPA x 200 + GMAT)
  • GRE score of 285 or above
  • Admission index of 965 (undergraduate GPA x 200 + GRE)
  • 70th percentile or above score on the Major Field Test for Business

*In addition to the general requirements prescribed by the Graduate School, all students without an undergraduate degree in a business field must successfully complete the MGMT 54201: MBA Business Foundation course before any graduate course.

Official transcript(s) may be emailed to:
[email protected].

Official documents may be mailed to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume detailing professional experience
  • 3 years of work experience or acceptable GMAT/GRE score

Courses

Read About Our Online MBA General Classes

For the MBA General online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 21 hours of core courses and 9 hours of advisor-approved general concentration courses.

Note:  If offered, students may take ECON 52654 (Managerial Economics) in place of ECON 52651.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the accounting concepts that are useful in making managerial decisions.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An analysis of aggregate economic variables and their relation to business management and decision-making. Macroeconomic models, business fluctuations, and macroeconomic policies will be studied, available empirical data will be analyzed, and their relevance to business decision-making will be examined.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course includes financial statement analysis, financial planning, capital budgeting, and valuation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The application of mathematical and statistical methods to business decision-making in the various fields of business. Topics cover a number of subjects, including quality management, linear programming and queuing problems.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A consideration of various behavioral concepts which are found in organizational settings and which have implications for management personnel. Emphasis is on practical application of various topics such as teamwork, leadership, motivation, organizational change and development.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of contemporary business practices utilized by successful organizations. Emphasis is placed on understanding current issues faced by senior management. Can be taken only during the last trimester of enrollment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of contemporary marketing practices built around the strategic marketing process. The central focus is on becoming a customer-focused organization. Areas such as understanding customer satisfaction and customer value, as well as delivery and applied measurement issues, are explored.
Students must take three advisor-approved courses from the following:
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course combines theoretical concepts underlying the presentation of financial statements with the practical techniques of financial analysis. Topics include analysis and application of key accounting concepts at a conceptual level including revenue recognition criteria, inventory accounting choices and implications, fixed assets and the impact of depreciation policy on business strategy, capitalizing vs expensing costs, evaluating purchase and lease options, liability reporting, statement of cash flows, pro forma financial statements, shareholder's equity, institutional and political contexts that affect the choice of a company's accounting policies and financial statement analysis as applied to an acquisition decision.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines contemporary issues confronting accountants, business and their stakeholders. Topics such as corporate governance (the balance between economic and social goals and individual and communal goals), professional ethics, fraud examination, corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting and critical accounting perspectives may be examined. Specific topics may change from year to year.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The primary objective of financial reporting is to provide useful information for decision making. To serve this objective, various standards and rules have been adopted to govern financial reporting, auditing and tax reporting. Accounting, auditing and tax rules are complex and change rapidly over time in response to the economic, political, legal, cultural and social environment. Those standards also provide accountants and business leaders considerable discretion and require effective exercise of professional judgment on many aspects of financial reporting (i.e. accrual estimation, revenue recognition) particularly where there are no rules to follow or the existing rules conflict. This course introduces students to research methods, research appreciation and evaluation together with practice in conducting and reporting professional research projects in accounting, auditing and taxation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will introduce students to basic statistics from a data science perspective. Statistical methods are a key part of data science. The primary objective of this course is to explain how to apply various statistical methods to data science, how to avoid their misuse and to give advice on what is important and what is not. Topics include exploratory data analysis, data and sampling distributions, statistical experiments and significance testing, regression and prediction, classification, statistical machine learning, and unsupervised learning. It starts with simple statistics and then move on to statistical methods used in data science algorithms. The concepts learned in this course should help students learn the statistical techniques required to implement data evaluation in data science tasks such as data cleaning, mining, and analysis.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the design and development of exploratory diagrams and graphics for various data sets. The course may include concepts such as chart and graph design, networks, topological graphs, display of multi-dimensional data, effective use of space and color, animations, interactive visualizations, mapping, cartography, web data acquisition, and advanced visualization tools. Prerequisite: Coursework equivalent to general statistics and programming.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will introduce students to various techniques available to extract suitable information (business intelligence, BI) from the large volume of data an organization can use to help managers make better business decisions.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on IT product and service selection and evaluation based on financial considerations including return on investment, time cost of money, depreciation, and system life. It includes key measurements for software development and project management, and a methodology for selecting the best measurements. In addition, students will use Microsoft Excel extensively to build financial analysis models.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A practical course which should enable the student to understand why people invest and how they make their investment decisions. Analysis of individual investment instruments will be the primary focus.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces students to U.S. financial markets and institutions, explaining how they operate, how they promote economic growth and well-being. Among the financial markets examined are those for money markets, mortgages, government and corporate bonds and corporate equity. Financial institutions studied include insurance companies, investment banks, investment companies, pension funds, and Fintech companies. The course also examines the role of the Federal Reserve in the financial system and the nature and purpose of financial regulation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course examines the managerial implications of financial decisions for multinational corporations (MNCs).  It will cover topics like exchange rate determination, foreign exchange risk, financial institutions worldwide, international corporate governance, international corporate valuation, and international capital budgeting.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
GIS is a powerful technology for managing and analyzing geographic data. This course provides students with the conceptual background for a rigorous study of fundamental GIS principles, including the nature of spatial data, vector and raster data models, and key GIS analysis operations. It provides a strong foundation for advanced courses or work in GIS.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of health care delivery systems in the United States. Students will examine historical and contemporary characteristics of various types of healthcare agencies, various approaches to service delivery, relevant healthcare policy, and financing mechanisms. The impact of economic, legal, political, and social factors on the various elements of healthcare delivery will be explored.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores financial principles unique to the health care setting, and is intended to enhance skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation of advanced financial management theories, principles, concepts and techniques important to health management. Methods for reimbursement, revenue cycle, and associated management functions are examined.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course engages students in a survey of recent trends and emerging opportunities in healthcare. Students will be asked to identify implications of internal and external trends for healthcare managers and the organizations they lead. Application of strategic decision making to prepare for and address the challenges and opportunities that arise from such trends will be a primary element of the learning experience.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of human resource management with concentration on areas of special interest to managers, including recruitment, selection, training/development and compensation. Special emphasis on legal and ethical concerns.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the process of entrepreneurship from identification and evaluation of opportunities to methods for exploiting these opportunities. General approaches to developing and commercializing innovative opportunities are presented in conjunction with the feasibility of these opportunities. Special attention is provided to the pursuit of funding for the exploitation of these opportunities and exit strategies for the venture.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In the 21st century global economy, managers are challenged to rethink traditional approaches to designing compensation packages to attract suitable employees. This course examines the design of compensation and benefit plans intended to appeal to qualified and suitable employees. Emphasis is on how successful compensation packages can enhance recruitment, quality of employee work life, higher productivity, higher morale, and reduce employee absenteeism and turnover.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a solid background on the fundamentals of training and development for complex organizations in the 21st century. It focuses on needs assessment, transfer of training, learning environment design, methods and evaluation and examines the models that enhance the best training and development practices suitable for rapidly changing environments.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of current problems and theory relating to the structure and operations of international business, structured around the overarching themes of globalization, privatization and liberalization. Course material ranges from historical background to strategic choices made by international managers.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers one of the four components of a traditional marketing mix that is a critical component of marketing strategy. Otherwise known as promotion, this course focuses on how marketers inform, persuade and remind potential buyers of a product in order to influence an opinion or elicit responses that are essential for its long-term viability. Students will be exposed to basic components of marketing communications, such as personal selling, sales promotion, advertising and public relations. Topics of customer relationship management (CRM), integrated marketing communication (IMC), social media marketing, and other contemporary strategies and tactics in marketing communications will also be examined.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course examines marketing practices in the global context, specifically focusing on global environment analysis, development of competitive strategy, development of global marketing strategy, global marketing strategy execution, and global marketing ethics.

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