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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.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date


Get to Know Our General MBA Online Program

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

At Northwest Missouri State University, the General MBA 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.

ACBSP accredited online

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

MBA 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

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.

$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

2nd day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
6th day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
8th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

Required Fees:

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

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current amounts are based on 2020-21 tuition rates. Textbooks and laptops are not included with tuition.

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


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.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/11/23 01/03/23 01/03/23 01/04/23 01/06/23 03/03/23
Spring 2 03/13/23 02/24/23 03/01/23 03/07/23 03/08/23 04/28/23
Summer 1 05/09/23 04/25/23 04/28/23 05/02/23 05/04/23 06/23/23
Summer 2 06/26/23 06/09/23 06/14/23 06/16/23 06/21/23 08/11/23
Fall 1 08/21/23 08/07/23 08/10/23 08/14/23 08/16/23 10/06/23
Fall 2 10/16/23 10/02/23 10/05/23 10/09/23 10/11/23 12/01/23

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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:

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 apply to the MBA General program without submission of a GMAT or GRE score, you must submit an official 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 resume including three years of continuous, full-time professional work experience
  • A resume including three years of continuous, full-time United States enlisted or commissioned military service
  • 3.5 overall undergraduate GPA
  • 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
  • 3.5 overall undergraduate GPA
  • 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 as your first class, which is designed specifically for students who are new to business curriculum.

Official transcript(s) can be emailed to: [email protected]. 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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Read About Our General Online MBA 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.

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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

Managerial Economics is the application of economic analysis to managerial decision making. The course applies basic economic theory to day-to-day business decisions and long-run strategy and explores how economics affects the firm and the external environment in which the firm operates. Topics include: economic models, supply and demand theory, elasticity, regression analysis, firm and consumer behavior, production functions, cost analysis, forecasting, and firm organization and structure.

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.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will examine the fundamental principles of data mining and how data mining techniques can enhance management decision making. Understanding data mining will change the way business leaders think of data and its influence in business decisions. The increasingly volume and speed of data generation require business leaders to methodically analyze data. This course will apply data mining techniques on industry cases to develop data-analytic thinking.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes formulation of business models widely used in industries and interpretation of results. The course will introduce how to use important analytic methods such as spreadsheet modeling, optimization, Monte-Carlo simulation. These basic principles and techniques of applied mathematical modeling for managerial decision-making will allow you to recognize their assumptions and limitations, and to employ them in decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the processes and practices of transforming business data into business intelligence. An understanding of data storage and retrieval is an integral component to building useful information to support business decision making. The course provides a framework for quantitative decision making, effective budgetary allocation and economic efficiency.

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