Mar 04, 2024  
2016-17 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2016-17 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration M.B.A. - Major Code 1586 (1587/1588/1589)

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OSRHE Program Code: 056
CIP Code: 520201

(36 Semester Hours)

Program of Study

The MBA program is a 36 semester hour program which integrates the functional areas of business with several areas of concentration. The program imposes a workload that requires a high degree of discipline and commitment on the part of the student, however the program allows flexibility in course selection. By combining the use of case studies, immersive learning, and interactive projects and lectures, the MBA program prepares decision makers of the highest caliber for the nation’s businesses, industries, academic institutions, and government.


Northeastern State University seeks highly qualified applicants for the MBA program.  An undergraduate degree in business is not required prior to program entry, however some business foundation courses may be required for formal admission.  The admission decision is based on an evaluation of all application materials submitted by the individual. Previous academic records, current resume, GMAT score, and recommendations are assessed during the admission process. To be considered for admission to the MBA program, the student must submit the following documents: 

  1. a transcript showing undergraduate degree completion;
  2. an official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report of 400 minimum and a combined score of 1000 (undergraduate GPA x 200) + GMAT;
  3. a current resume showing all academic honors and work experience; and
  4. an approved application for graduate admission.

Letters of recommendation are optional but highly recommended. In some cases an interview may be scheduled before admission to the program.

Background Requirements

Before beginning required MBA courses it is necessary to have sufficient background in core business subjects. It is also imperative that any student entering the program have excellent language skills and computer literacy. MBA students are subject to proficiency examination before entering the program and subject to entrance proficiency requirements for core courses and computer usage. Even students with business degrees may be required to remove deficiencies by taking business foundations courses. This may be accomplished by taking the undergraduate level three hour business courses which comprise the common professional component (CPC) core business classes or deficiencies may be removed by taking any or all of the MBA Business Foundations courses.  Prerequisites, if required, are in addition to the 36 MBA program hours.

  • MBA 5013, Business Foundations I: Statistics and Management
  • MBA 5023, Business Foundations II: Law, Economics, and Marketing
  • MBA 5033, Business Foundations III: Accounting and Finance

Degree Requirements

A student must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  The student must take 24 hours of core course requirements with 12 hours of electives in a selected emphasis.

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to the MBA degree program does not imply admission to candidacy. Students are eligible to be admitted to candidacy if they have:

  1. Been regularly admitted to the MBA program;
  2. Been assigned an advisor by the Graduate College from the College of Business graduate faculty;
  3. Filed a degree plan signed by the student, the advisor, and the Dean of the Graduate College;
  4. Filed a Statement of Understanding signed by the student and the advisor with the Graduate College;
  5. Completed a minimum of twelve graduate hours as prescribed by the degree plan;
  6. Maintained a 3.0 average in all course work by the date of candidacy.
  7. Fifteen semester hours toward the master’s degree must be completed after being admitted to candidacy.


Required Courses

I. Prerequisite Business Foundations Courses

The following courses are required of students with non-business undergraduate majors or any student who does not pass the entrance examinations in any subject area:

III. Options - 12 hours

Select one option area.

Total - 36 hours

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