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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.

01/04/21 Next Application Due Date
01/13/21 Next Class Start Date


$12,300 Total Tuition
As few as 12-18 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

In the MBA General online program, all of our 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 MBA 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.

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Northwest's MBA programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information about ACBSP accreditation, visit

Career opportunities include:

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

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Tuition and Fees

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.

$400 Per Credit Hour
$12,300 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MBA General $400 $1,200 $12,300*

Important Refund Information

1st day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
2nd day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
3rd day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

Required Fees:

Required fee per course: $30
Total required fees: $300

*Program cost includes $300 for all required fees.

Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by SR Education Group (2019).


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

01/04/21 Next Application Deadline
01/13/21 Start Classes

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 2 10/19/20 10/05/20 10/09/20 10/12/20 10/14/20 12/11/20
Spring 1 01/13/21 01/04/21 01/05/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 03/05/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northwest?


At Northwest, we’ve 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:

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

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Required Documentation

To successfully complete the application process, you will need to:

  • Complete the Graduate Studies online application
  • Submit the non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Submit final official transcript(s) documenting undergraduate and graduate coursework taken at the accredited institution(s) attended. Transcript(s) must document proof of degree(s) earned. Official transcript(s) must be sent directly to Northwest Missouri State University from the granting institution(s).
  • Submit a current resume with start and end dates for each position held. Also, include any accomplishments and skills earned as well as managerial experience.
  • Submit official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT™) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®) scores, if required

Official transcript(s) can be emailed to: To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

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

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GMAT Waiver Information

To apply to the MBA General online degree program without submission of a GMAT or GRE score, you must have a bachelor's degree* with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited university plus one of the following:

  • Three years of continuous, full-time professional work experience
  • Three years of continuous, full-time United States enlisted or commissioned military service
  • Graduate degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A score in the 70th percentile or above on the Business Major Field Test

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may apply if you have a bachelor's degree* with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited university plus one of the following:

  • A GMAT score of 440 or above
  • A GRE score of 285 or above
  • An admission index of 1,100 (undergraduate GPA x 200 + GMAT)
  • An admission index of 965 (undergraduate GPA x 200 + GRE)

*Applicants to the MBA program who do not have a bachelor's degree in business are required to successfully complete the MBA Business Foundation course, which is designed specifically for students who are new to business curriculum.


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.

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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 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

Student masters the techniques and concepts used in industry to improve processes in manufacturing, service and administration. Explores concepts of six sigma, cause and effect diagrams, scatter diagrams, process flow mapping, failure mode analysis, control charts, Pareto charts, histograms, tolerance control, Kaizen, and process capability study.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on current theories and quality strategies used by leaders in industry. Nomenclature and quality expert views will be examined and analyzed. Explores concepts of history of quality management, various quality experts' views of quality, theories of quality, TQM, quality in the supply chain, contemporary perspectives of quality, effective large group behavior and group dynamics.

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.

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

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.

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