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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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Sandra Spataro, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director

Ned Jackson, Director of College of Business Graduate Program Administration


The Master of Business Administration is a degree designed to equip its graduates for success and enhancement in the workplace. Through an integrated curriculum, hybrid courses, and small cohort sizes students receive all of their education and skills for advancement in their career at a location close to home in the Northern Kentucky area. The program is aimed toward full-time working professionals, and classes are held during the week in the evening.

The program focuses on an integrated curriculum on the following topics:

  • Managing and Leading Organizations
  • Analytics
  • Managerial Concepts and Tools
  • Global Environments
  • Strategy and Structure
  • Managing for the Future


Admission Information

This two-year program, distinctive in content and delivery, is precisely calibrated for high-potential individuals looking to meet the demands of leading organizations in the 21st century.

Candidates need to have at least three years experience in an organization.

They might have previous business education or maybe not. Either way, they have learned something from their work experience.

Admissions Requirements for the Program

  1. An application for the MBA admission and the application fee.
  2. Official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions.
  3. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required for consideration.
  4. An official copy if the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report taken within the last five (5) years. A minimum score of 525 is required for consideration.
  5. A current resume (Three years of work experience is highly preferred).
  6. An essay explaining how an MBA can help you reach your professional goals (500-750 words)
  7. Three letters of recommendation are required. One letter of recommendation must be from the most recent employer.
  8. If an international applicant, the iBT TOEFL must be submitted.

This is a highly competitive program and will accept a limited number of candidates. All documentation (applications and admissions materials) must be submitted by June 1 to be considered for the fall term.

♦ Indicates prerequisite.

Program Requirements

Preparatory Work

To be an excellent MBA student, one must possess or acquire an understanding of the fundamentals of business. Some MBA students may have taken coursework in business subjects while others may have not. All incoming NKU MBA students are required to complete the following online, foundational tutorials/assessments to become familiar or to be reacquainted with subject matter, an understanding of which is necessary to facilitate successful progression through the program.

The MBA Foundations online tutorials/assessments consist of 7 individual modules covering the following subjects:

  1. Quantitative - about 45 questions
  2. Statistics - about 60 questions
  3. Economics - about 30 questions
  4. Accounting - about 70 questions
  5. Finance - about 50 questions
  6. Excel 2010 - Data Presentation in Spreadsheets - about 70 questions

Upon registration, students receive instructions to obtain a tutorial access code. Once you have obtained your access code, you may take the assessments as many times as you need to achieve the required proficiency. Assessments must be completed before the beginning of Module 1 (Semester 1).

MBA Program Overview (36 credit hours)

MBA Boot Camp MBA 600   MBA Boot Camp 0
Module 1 MBA 601   Managing and Leading in Organizations 6
Module 2 MBA 602   Analytics for Decision Making 6
Module 3 MBA 603   Managerial Concepts and Tools 6
Module 4 MBA 604   Managing for the Future 6
Module 5 MBA 605   Operating in a Global Environment 6
Module 6 MBA 606   Aligning Strategy and Structure 6

Boot Camp (Required)

This 1.5 day zero credit is intended to orient and prepare students to succeed in the MBA curriculum.

The objectives are to introduce students to:

  • Critical Thinking emphasis
  • Business writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • The Case Method of Learning
  • Elemental Aspects of Financial Analysis
  • Problem Solving Processors
  • Becoming Life-Long Learners
  • The Systems Approach to the MBA Program
  • The Expectations for Students in the Program

Module 1

Managing and Leading Organizations

  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Leadership Styles and Theories
  • Teams: Structure, Composition and Processes
  • Emotional Intelligence; Cognitive and Perceptual Biases
  • Adaptability, Creativity, and Diversity
  • Power, Networks, and Influences

Module 2

Analytics for Decision Making

  • Decision Making and Simulation
  • Macro and Microeconomics
  • Financial Statement and Statistical Analysis
  • Pricing Perspectives and Strategies
  • Securities and Firm Valuation; Risk and Return Analysis
  • Managerial and Cost Accounting

Module 3

Managerial Concepts and Tools

  • Regulatory Issues and Public Property
  • Developing Ethical Problems
  • Organizational Form, Structure, and Culture
  • Informal Organizational Structures and Networks
  • Legal Aspects of Managerial Decision Making
  • Employment Law, Diversity, and Discrimination

Module 4

Managing for the Future

  • Managing Innovation/Innovators
  • Using Information as a Resource
  • Market Segmentation and Opportunity Analysis
  • Funding the Future of the Organization
  • Forecasting and Organizational Valuation
  • Business Intelligence
  • Geopolitics: Present and Future

Module 5

Operating in a Global Environment

  • International Trade Agreements
  • Culture and Economic Differences
  • Global Business: Functions, Process, and Procedures
  • Global Supply Chains: Partnerships and Alliances
  • Global Sourcing, Negotiating, Production, and Logistics
  • Intellectual Property Issues

Module 6

Aligning Strategy and Structure

  • Global Competitive Advantage
  • Global Project Analysis
  • Strategic Issues in Managing and Growing Customer-Centered Firms
  • Creating and Managing the Sustainable Enterprise
  • Strategic Management of Nonprofit and Entrepreneurial Organizations
  • Developing a Socially Responsible Firm

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