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2018-2019 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, MBA

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College Business
Academic Award MBA
Credits Required 39 semester credits
Facutly Lead Teresa Gillespie
Concentrations Leadership, Non-Profit Management, Project Management, Public Safety Administration
CIP Code 52.0201, 52.0213, 52.0206, 52.0211, 43.0104

Northwest University MBA prepares graduate students for higher levels of responsible leadership. Our students learn how to lead so they can make a difference in the organizations that they serve.


Northwest University’s MBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. Accreditation standards are modeled on the Baldrige National Quality Program. Employers find value in knowing that Northwest University uses the same standards as those used by other organizations to recognize excellence.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Arts or Science (or equivalent degree) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale on all previous college work.
  • A qualifying score on the Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT)
    • Northwest University’s Institutional Code is #4541
    • The GMAT is WAIVED for applicants with a master’s degree or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
  • A completed application.
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score of 580 (or equivalent) on the TOEFL exam as part of the application process.
  • Applicants without an undergraduate course in finance or accounting must take an online tutorial prior to their first MBA finance or accounting course at the start of their second year.
  • MBA students may transfer up to 9 credit hours of eligible graduate level coursework (subject to Program Director’s approval) from an accredited institution towards their degree.

Finance and Accounting Prerequisite for Non-Business Undergraduate majors

All non-business undergraduate students seeking the MBA degree must demonstrate a basic understanding of marketing, management, finance, accounting, economics, and the legal environment of business. The requirement can be met by prior work experience or satisfactory completion of an online tutorial.

Work Experience

Work experience as a business professional is necessary for successful completion of the MBA degree. Admitted students without such experience will satisfy this curricular requirement with an internship or graduate practicum.

Academic Progress

Students whose academic histories reflect a GPA below 3.0 (“B” level) may be admitted to the program on academic probation. Students may also be placed on probation if their GPA falls below 3.0. Students are given one academic term to show improvement and to raise their GPA to at least 3.0, at which point they are removed from probationary status. If the student’s GPA has been below 3.0 for two or more terms, he or she is placed on academic suspension (disqualification). Students must earn at least a 3.0 overall grade point average to graduate.

Master of Business Administration

Courses are offered in two formats: online and on-campus. Each online course lasts for eight weeks. In our on-campus format, students attend class one night per week from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. for seven weeks, plus one Saturday morning session. In both programs, students take one course at a time. Students also have the option of doing a hybrid program and take both online and on-campus courses

The MBA’s strong core curriculum covers functional areas of business (operations, marketing, finance) as well as leadership soft skill development and corporate strategy analysis, all in the context of Christian values. Courses are taught in a cohort model in which students start and finish the program together with the same group. The cohort becomes a learning community as well as a trusted support network of friends.

The 39 credits can be completed in 23 months.

MBA Concentrations

MBA students may choose one of the following concentrations. The concentration allows students to focus their study in the indicated field without increasing the number of overall credits required for the degree. Some of these courses may only be available in an online delivery format.

Leadership Concentration

CIP Code 52.0213

Students may receive a MBA with a Concentration in Leadership by selecting the following courses:

Nonprofit Management Concentration

CIP Code 52.0206

Students may receive a MBA with a Concentration in Nonprofit Management by selecting the following courses:

Project Management Concentration

CIP Code 52.0211

Students may receive a MBA with a Concentration in Project Management by selecting three of the following courses:

Public Safety Administration Concentration

CIP Code 43.0104

Students may receive a MBA with a Concentration in Public Safety Administration by selecting the following courses:

Total: 39 Semester Credits

(*40 credits for non-business majors)

**Elective Choices may include: Agile Project Management, Graduate Internship, Informational Management, Leadership Challenges, Management Consulting, and Nonprofit Management.

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