Jun 19, 2024  
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration, M.B.A. *

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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


The Master of Business Administration in Business Administration program 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). http://www.acbsp.org

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an acceptable level of understanding of the business function, including financial management, operations and marketing.
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  3. Apply ethical and corporate responsibility principles.
  4. Apply critical analysis, synthesis, and integration to business situations.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing skills.

Admission, Retention, and Graduation

Admission. An undergraduate degree in business is not required prior to program entry, however some business foundation courses may be required for formal admission.  Before beginning required MBA coursework, 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:

1. Completing required undergraduate Common Professional Componenet (CPC) courses at Northeastern State University or at other approved and accredited schools.

2. Receiving a minimum score of 80% of the final exam of the CPC Ivy Software components as approved by the MBA Director. Such courses may include: 1) Financial Accounting, 2) Business Math and Statistics, 3) Principles of Marketing, 4) Principles of Management, 5) Understanding Corporate Finance.

Beyond the admission requirements for the Graduate College, admission to the Masters of Business Administration program requires:

  1. Completion of the Common Professional Component courses as needed or testing out (program prerequisites).
  2. An official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report of 400 or higher or a GRE equivalent score. GMAT waivers are available based on the following criteria:
  • A combined undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a 3.25 in the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree; OR
  • If GMAT score < 400, receiving a minimum score of 80% on the final exam of IVY Sortware components of Business Math and Statistics and Interactive Business; OR
  • Previously conferred master’s or terminal degree from an accredited university.

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 may be assessed during the admission process. Conditional admission may be allowed on a case by case basis with no more that 9 hours taken prior to meeting requirements. Prerequisites, if required, are in addition to the 36 MBA program hours.

Advisement. The Graduate College assigns students an advisor upon admission to graduate studies. Initially, each student will be advised by the departmental coordinator of graduate studies from the student’s emphasis area.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to make an appointment with the advisor prior to enrollment to discuss policies and procedures relevant to the degree program. Confering with the student, the advisor develops the plan of study, assists in the selection of classes, and counsels the student.

Retention and Graduation. The candidate for the Master of Business Administration in Business Administration degree must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Continue to meet the Graduate College’s Retention Standards. See the Academic Information page for more information.
  2. Monitor degree progress using the degree audit system in the goNSU portal.
  3. Meet Graduate College policies detailed in Academic Information and Master’s Degree Requirements regarding GPA, minimum grades, coursework age, residency and institutional / state regulations governing degree conferral.

Business Administration, M.B.A. - 36 hours

Prerequisites - Common Professional Component courses

The following business foundations courses are prerequisites to courses in the MBA and required of students with non-business undergraduate majors: Introduction to Financial Accounting, Business Statistics, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Management, and Principles of Finance, all from an approved, accredited undergraduate program.

OR students may demonstrate competency in these areas by earning a minimum score of 80% of the final exam of the CPC Ivy Software components as approved by the MBA Director. An advisor will work with the student to determine which component assessments are needed. Such components may include: 1) Financial Accounting, 2) Business Math and Statistics, 3) Principles of Marketing, 4) Principles of Management, 5) Understanding Corporate Finance.

Options - 12 hours

Select one option area.

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.

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