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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree

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Compared to three decades ago, today’s business world is far more advanced, requiring a personal body of knowledge that includes management theory, diversity, decision making tools and other advanced skills. Innovation pulses through and connects a thriving and always-growing global economy, where diverse experiences and perspectives coalesce into a single goal. Tenacity and inventiveness provide the momentum forward, yet within this framework, the ability to creatively apply long-held theories, embrace inclusiveness, and prioritize originality not only make you one of a kind—they transform you into tomorrow’s leader ready to tackle the next challenge.

You’re not only devoted to these tenents—through experience powered by an internal drive, you’re someone who has persevered over obstacles using your cunning resolve and imagination to get through it. From your bachelor’s degree through your years making an impact in the workplace, you’ve built a lengthy list of achievements, and as the next step forward, you eye a leadership role where you can make a difference for your company and society. Northeastern Illinois University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, in full- and part-time formats, was created with working professionals like you in mind—individuals seeking not just to compete in the business world but shape it for the future.

Take a closer look at Northeastern Illinois University. Our AACSB-accredited MBA prepares you for mid- and upper-level management careers. Our small class sizes allow for quality interaction with faculty and students to gain the skills you need.

Program at a Glance

AACSB Accredited

Our MBA demonstrates quality through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation and offers an outstanding return on investment.

Designed to Fit Your Personal Timeline

The MBA is a self-paced 33 credit hour program offering seven concentrations. Students can complete the program in one or two years.

Small Classes for Personalized Attention

Students can take advantage of small class sizes for personalized attention. Convenient evening, weekend and online classes are offered for working professionals.

Jake Meding, alum

"The highly qualified professors care deeply about each of their students, and the flexible hours allowed me to obtain my degree while still working full-time."

Michael Bedell, PhD, Dean

“When you walk down the halls, the students, the staff, the faculty members you pass are all so diverse. This university is remarkable. There is a learning opportunity every day due to its diversity.”

About the MBA Program

NEIU’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)–accredited MBA program prepares you to succeed in leadership and c-suite roles in the private or public sector. The curriculum, designed as a bridge that incorporates the best of theory and application, also provides a broad set of business skills. Core courses provide up-to-date business knowledge and the Elective courses enable you to shape the program to meet your interests. Our diverse faculty and student body provide opportunities to develop your knowledge of cultures and diversity that are not your own. You’ll also be exposed to the complexities of modern business management and the tools needed for effective, influential decision making.

As an AACSB accredited college, NEIU’s College of Business and Technology is one of the 5% of Colleges to earn this achievement globally. What started as a handful of business courses has expanded into a key institution within NEIU, one of the most diverse Midwestern universities that represents over 60 different countries across the globe among students and staff.

Through this long history, we attract top-tier faculty, invite student research and innovation, and connect you with engaged, forward-thinking entrepreneurs and opportunities for gaining real-world experience. Understanding your personal and professional objectives and dedication to fostering change, NEIU’s MBA program strives to foster your vision and supply you with the tools to orchestrate it:

  • A diverse student body: Uniformity undermines success and inventiveness. NEIU’s multicultural environment not only invites a range of unique perspectives into the classroom but reflects the business world’s increasingly global makeup.
  • Resources for growing your career: NEIU's MBA program views professional connections as integral to your career advancement. Preparing you to tackle the next stage of your career, we encourage networking among classmates and professionals, schedule career-building events, and nurture your self-confidence through a network of 82,000 alumni, including many at local and national financial institutions.
  • Flexible formats: Don’t let scheduling get in the way of achieving your goals. Designed for working professionals, NEIU holds MBA courses in the evening during the week and on occasional Saturdays, providing a degree of predictability. The core courses are offered in a flex environment -- meeting both in-person and through extended online media, simultaneously. Thus, students can be on campus or access the classroom virtually. Most elective courses are offered online. Through these formats, MBA students can take courses on a full- or part-time basis, depending on their availability.
  • We’re devoted to your success: Never feel like a number in the classroom or like a faceless student passing through. NEIU facilitates a collaborative atmosphere through reasonable class sizes, faculty ready to engage with you, and advisors guiding you toward the next stage.
  • A dependable return on investment: According to U.S. News and World Report in 2015 and 2016, students who graduate from NEIU have among the lowest amounts of student loan debt. Helping you keep costs in perspective are per-credit tuition rates for part-time students and lower-than-average full-time tuition. Review and calculate program costs.

MBA Curriculum (33 Credit Hours)

From a holistic perspective, NEIU’s MBA program supplies accomplished, creative professionals with the competencies needed to lead diverse teams and manage firms in a global business environment. To reach this point, the MBA curriculum strongly emphasizes collaboration and written and oral communication skills, sensitivity toward ethical issues, and solving complex problems with traditional and modern tools.

You’ll kick off the program with seven core courses (21 credit hours) encompassing the use and applications of information systems and technology in business and develop a more comprehensive understanding of fundamental business areas, including accounting, corporate finance, marketing management, leadership and organizational behavior theories, applied research and operations management.  A capstone course (3 credit hours) to round out your program that covers policy and strategy is also required.

For strengthening and improving your knowledge, you’ll take three elective courses (9 credit hours) from public health, information technology, international business, finance, marketing, and organizational and leadership areas.

You can further specialize your course of study by selecting from one of nine concentrations:

  • General Business
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global/International
  • Information Technology
  • Public Health
  • Sports/Exercise Management

Explore the full curriculum and course descriptions.

Careers with an MBA

You’ve never seen yourself as one part of a whole—you’re someone who envisions success through progress, conceptualizes out-of-the-box ideas, and strives to uplift others as you gain more responsibility. NEIU’s MBA not only illuminates the path forward but is structured toward vibrant, ambitious professionals wanting to not only advance but promote connection, innovation, and diversity in the business world.

Through its versatile structure, NEIU’s MBA enhances skill sets for professionals in the fields of technology, manufacturing, service, finance, and government and turns you into a leader and a contender for the chair at the top. The College of Business and Technology maintains strong relationships with many professional organizations (i.e., ALPFA, CPA Society, SHRM) and Chicago entities.

Reflecting this spectrum of possibilities, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 5% growth for management occupations between 2019 and 2029, influenced by the emergence of new organizations and expansion of existing institutions. 

Admission Requirements

The College of Business and Management accepts interested candidates for fall, spring, and summer semesters. If you’re considering this move to grow your career, requirements include:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  • GMAT or GRE scores;
  • a statement of career goals and objectives;
  • two letters of recommendations;
  • a resume with a listing of of professional accomplishments;
  • a minimum 2.75 GPA for all coursework completed to date;
  • minimum mathematical competencies;
  • if applying as an international student, an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score, and;
  • non-US degrees need to have a course-by-course evaluation by a member of NACES to determine the equivalence of degrees.

Review all admission requirements before starting your application.

Challenge and Change the Business World with an MBA from NEIU

With tenacity as your guide, invigorate the business world with your ideas and skills gained through NEIU’s MBA program. If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact us at or (773) 442-6107.

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