May 23, 2024  
2018-19 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2018-19 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration, M.B.A. *

OSRHE Program Code: 056
CIP Code: 520201


Major Code: 1586
Option Codes:

  • 1587 - General Management
  • 1588 - Managerial Accounting and Finance
  • 1589 - Native American Enterprise
  • 1591 - Business Analytics
  • 1592 - Healthcare Administration
  • 1593 - Health Informatics
  • 1594 - Long Term Care
  • 1596 - Environmental, Health, and Safety Management

(36 Semester Hours)


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.

Specialty Accreditation

The Master of Business Administration program offered through the College of Business and Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, 913-339-9356).


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 listed below.  Prerequisites, if required, are in addition to the 36 MBA program hours.

Degree Requirements

A student must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework 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.

Required Courses

I. Program Prerequisite Courses

III. Options - 12 hours

Select one option area.

Total - 36 hours

Accelerated Bachelor’s to M.B.A. Business Administration

Note:  Please refer to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program  for complete information concerning the Accelerated Degree Program.  Refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for bachelor’s degree requirements.


  • The following accelerated bachelor’s to M.B.A. Business Administration degree programs are available to qualified students:
    • B.B.A. Business Administration: Business Analytics to M.B.A. Business Administration: Business Analytics
    • B.B.A. Health Organizations Administration: Health Informatics to M.B.A. Business Administration: Health Informatics
    • B.B.A. Health Organizations Administration: Healthcare Administration to M.B.A. Business Administration: Healthcare Administration
    • B.S. Environmental, Health and Safety Management: Major/Minor to M.B.A. Business Administration: Environmental, Health and Safety Management
  • Students admitted to these accelerated degree programs will complete the twelve (12) hours listed in the corresponding options above for the M.B.A. Business Adminstration program to apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • A minimum grade of C is required for all 5000 level graduate courses.
  • Students who do not follow the approved degree plan may become ineligible to continue in the accelerated degree program. 
  • Prior to completing the undergraduate degree, if the undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA and/or overall GPA fall below a 3.00, the student becomes ineligible to continue in the ADP.
  • Students may withdraw from an approved accelerated degree pathway.  Graduate credit hours completed prior to the student withdrawing or becoming ineligible to continue in the ADP apply toward the undergraduate degree only.