Program Requirements

Complete a master of business administration (MBA) degree for a broad, multi-disciplinary preparation for your career as a leader and manager in the business sector.

The MBA is a 36 semester-hour degree, requiring 13 core courses and five electives. Each graduate course is two semester hours. You can complete the degree in just 21 months, but, on average, our students complete the program in two-and-a-half years.


Elective courses for all graduate business and nonprofit degrees can be chosen from the wide range of choices available in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. The core courses listed below cannot count as electives. You may be able to complete a graduate business or nonprofit certificate through your elective credits.

View all graduate business and nonprofit management courses.

Master of Business Administration Core Courses

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Please review the full academic catalog for the year you enrolled at North Park for official requirements, including prerequisite and corequisite courses. The catalog, a School of Business and Nonprofit Management advisor, and our course schedules can assist you in planning your course sequence to complete your MBA degree.

SBNM 5010 – Organizational Behavior and Ethics
This course examines the importance of ethical decision making and relates existing theory and research to an understanding and explanation of human behavior within organizations. The course covers basic concepts: foundations of individual behavior; perception and individual decision-making; values, attitudes, and job satisfaction; basic motivation concepts and application. Also studied are foundations of group behavior, understanding work teams, communication, leadership, power, and politics. Ethical dilemmas are studied within the context of the behavior of individuals and groups.

SBNM 5011 – Ethical Leadership
This course will explore modern business leadership. The leader, followers, and the situation will be studied individually, as well as techniques of achieving congruence between these potentially diverse components. Opportunities will be provided for students to assess their individual leadership styles and the appropriateness of those styles given the other components of leadership in their situation. This course expands on basic concepts: foundations of organization structure; technology, work design, and stress; human resource policies and practices; organizational culture; and organizational change and development. Ethical and social responsibility issues are studied from the viewpoint of the organization as a whole.

SBNM 5110 – Financial Accounting
Financial accounting develops the ability to read and analyze a corporate financial statement. The course is oriented toward the user of financial accounting data and emphasizes the reconstruction of economic events from published accounting reports. It presents the accounting model, reviews accounting standards used for financial reporting, and considers their impact on managerial decisions. The role of accounting in planning, decision making, control, and performance evaluation is the managerial focus of this course. An examination of the ethical issues encountered when making accounting decisions is undertaken throughout the course.

SBNM 5111 – Managerial Accounting
Managerial accounting takes an internal decision-oriented approach and examines the information requirements of various techniques and planning models. The course emphasizes the solution of particular types of problems and the structural evolution of costing systems for management planning and control. It covers accounting data used by managers for several purposes: product cost and income determination, routine short-run decision making, fundamental policy formation, and control of various activities of the organization. Stress is placed on the design of accounting systems aimed at encouraging ethical behavior consistent with top-management goals.

SBNM 5210 – Macroeconomics
This course studies the determinants of aggregate demand and aggregate supply, causes of economic recessions and recoveries, government policies that foster stability and growth, processes leading to inflation, the effect of inflationary expectations on interest rates and labor markets, and the effect of central bank policies on the value of the dollar. The course deals with the equilibrium level of employment and output, the differential impact of temporary and permanent changes in policy on the equilibrium values of macro variables, the distinction between policy actions and rules, and the connection between fiscal and monetary policy.

SBNM 5211 – Global Economics
This course studies the basis for international trade, and how global exchanges of resources take place. The course studies the changing patterns of trade between nations in various regions of the world. The competition of nations in global markets and the strategic positions of business firms within international markets are analyzed. The course studies both developed nations as well as the newly industrializing countries representing emerging markets. The nature and goals of regional economic alliances are presented, and the role played by national governments in shaping global trade is discussed. The course explains differences in technology exchanges between nations.

SBNM 5212 – Microeconomics
The focus of microeconomic analysis is on business decision making within the firm, on the behavior of individual markets reacting to supply and demand forces, on the consequences of alternative market structures and business policies, and on the interactions between the public and private sectors. Specific topics for this course include supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, theory of cost and production, pricing and non-price modes of competition, market structure, economic deficiency, and policy response to market failure. Ethical considerations with respect to pricing and competition are incorporated throughout the course. The legal framework and laws covering anti-trust are examined.

SBNM 5310 – Managerial Finance
This course covers the foundations of finance with applications in investments and business financial management. Topics include the valuation of financial assets and liabilities, determination of present value of cash flows, relationship between risk and return, and characteristics of equilibrium in efficient capital markets. This course describes the financial environment in which business operates, the sources and forms of external financing, and changes in financial market conditions. It includes the study of investment decisions, the estimation of financing needs, and the choice among financing alternatives, so that skills can be developed in bringing analysis, information, and judgment to bear on such decisions. This course also provides a survey of various types of financial assets such as stocks, bonds, and options. The role of ethical behavior is incorporated into the study of financial markets, as well as in financial management. Financial models will be solved using microcomputers throughout the course.

SBNM 5311 – Financial Decision Making
This course covers the theory and practice of corporate finance, especially the application of financial theory to solve practical problems. Topics include the investment, or capital budgeting decision and the financing decision. This course also assists the financial manager in deciding how much to invest, what assets to invest in, and how to raise the necessary cash. It includes the study of dividend policy, debt policy, risk management, and alternative forms of debt. This course covers financial planning, channels for short-term borrowing, the management of liquid assets, and the management of accounts receivable. The role of ethical behavior is incorporated into the study of financial markets, as well as in financial management. Financial models will be solved using personal computers throughout the course.

SBNM 5411 – Quantitative Decision Analysis
This course is primarily concerned with time series analysis and forecasting. The future of any organization depends on the ability of management to spot trends and develop appropriate strategies. The leaders of these organizations must know when to change direction and stay a step ahead of the competition. The ability to accurately forecast may be the difference between success and failure. Some of the critical areas include sales, production, staffing, the economy, finance, and many others. Knowledge of statistics is critical in the area of forecasting and in most other fields in business and economics. Part of this course is devoted to the study of statistics required by organizations to optimize output and help to compare data.

SBNM 5610 – Marketing Analysis and Consumer Behavior
This course introduces the substantive and procedural aspects of marketing, sharpens skills for critical analytical thinking, and promotes effective communication. Basic concepts examined include marketing in a changing world; creating customer value and satisfaction; strategic planning and the marketing process; the marketing environment; marketing research and information systems; consumer markets and consumer buyer behavior; business markets and business buyer behavior; measuring and forecasting demand; market segmentation, targeting, and positioning for competitive advantage. Ethical concerns for the use and potential abuse of market research data are woven into the course.

SBNM 5611 – Advanced Marketing Management
This course builds upon the foundations established in the introductory course. The course introduces a rigorous analytical process for marketing decision making including designing products, brands, packaging, and services; designing new products and product life-cycle strategies; pricing considerations, approaches, and strategies; distribution channels and logistics management; retailing and wholesaling; marketing communication strategy; advertising, sales promotion, and public relations; creating competitive advantage through competitor analysis and competitive marketing strategies; the global marketplace; social responsibility and marketing ethics. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the formulation and implementation of effective, efficient, and ethical marketing programs for businesses and the nonprofit sector.

SBNM 5991 – Ethical Strategic Management
This course will emphasize application of leadership skills to strategic management. Emphasis will be placed on providing leadership to develop strategies that will maintain the organization's congruence with its environment; economic, socio/cultural, political/legal, and technological. The course systematically focuses on the general manager's task in the context of an overall set of elements that include establishing the mission and strategy; delineating targets, rewards, and reviews; fostering the working environment's culture, values, and norms'; developing people and skills; structuring the organization; allocating human and financial resources; and negotiating with important stakeholders.

Program Requirements