May 19, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration, M.B.A.

Duke Thompson, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director


The Master of Business Administration is a degree designed to equip its graduates for success and enhancement in the workplace. Through a flexible program structure, elective courses for specialization and a hybrid delivery format, students receive all of their education and skills for advancement in their career. The program is aimed toward full-time working professionals, classes are held during the week in the evening and online.

The MBA program curriculum is comprised of three major areas for a total of 33 credit hours:

  1. Business Essentials (core) - 8 foundational courses in the business disciplines, including: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Strategy, Information Systems, Business Law/Ethics, and Operations. The essentials total 16 hours.
  2. Two “stacks” (focus areas) - students will complete two stack areas made up of multiple classes totaling 6 hours for each stack. The stacks give students the opportunity to develop depth of knowledge in current, high interest topical business areas. Stack course offerings will vary each semester, topics may range from leadership, data analytics, finance, innovation and/or another area of the student’s election, designed with program director approval. The stacks total 12 hours.
  3. A capstone experience - the capstone experience spans two courses (MBA 610  and MBA 611 ).  MBA 610  is a comprehensive review of the main MBA essentials. MBA 611  is the final part of the culminating experience and involves application of the main essentials through a reading and a series of questions posed by faculty members.  

Admission Information

A portfolio approach is used in evaluating prospective students for acceptance into the MBA program. Factors considered for admission include:

  • Online application and fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions with a minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.  Acceptable transcripts should show evidence of successful completion of quantitative courses.*
  • Current resume with 3 years of professional work experience.
  • No longer than one page (single spaced) essay stating your motivation for pursuing an MBA.
  • If an international applicant, IBT, TOEFL or equivalent with a minimum score of 550 or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 must be submitted to the NKU Office for International Students and Scholar Services.

*Students are required to take the GMAT or GRE if their transcripts do not show evidence of successful completion of quantitative courses.  Although scores make up only one factor in the admissions process, it is anticipated that successful applicants will have a minimum overall score of 520 on the GMAT (comparable GRE scores will also be considered). 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they become complete.

♦ Indicates prerequisite.