Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration program provides students with the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in the field of business. Specialty electives include Accounting; E-Marketing; Health Care Administration; Human Resource Management; Information Technology Management; International Business; Management; and Project and Process Management.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MBA program will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate concepts in the principal areas of business to develop actionable business plans.
  2. Use current business technologies in support of organizational sustainability.
  3. Demonstrate the leadership skills required to achieve a multi-dimensional business strategy.
  4. Evaluate an appropriate code of ethics for a global business environment.
  5. Proficiently communicate across diverse stakeholder groups.
  6. Productively collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups.

MBA Program Requirements

The MBA degree provided by NAU consists of two academic requirements: master's core courses and elective courses.  The degree program consists of 10 courses and successful completion of 45.0 credit hours.

The MBA degree may be earned under a non-thesis or a thesis plan (general only).  Under the non-thesis option, the student must satisfy the preparatory requirements, and complete 31 hours of master's-level core courses and 13.5 hours of electives.  Under the thesis option plan, the student must complete 31 hours of master's-level core courses, 4.5 hours of electives and nine (9) hours of thesis.

An in-depth analysis of a case, accomplished in the Strategy and Policy course, is designed to integrate the MBA core areas and is required in both the non-thesis and thesis options to satisfy the university's requirement for a comprehensive program assessment.

MBA Prerequisite Requirements

Students wishing to pursue the MBA, who have not completed sufficient undergraduate coursework in accounting, business finance, statistics and economics, shall be required to choose the general emphasis with Option B*.

The following NAU courses are considered sufficient undergraduate preparation for the MBA:
AC2760Financial Accounting for Managers


MA3000Business Statistics




FN3000Business Finance I


This requirement may also be met in the following ways:
  • The equivalent undergraduate courses or master's courses may be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or from an institution recognized or accredited by an appropriate government or third-party agency, and
  • The student has earned a C or higher in the course(s), or
  • The student may attempt and successfully complete CLEP or DANTES examinations, or
  • The student may submit an experiential learning portfolio to the graduate school for approval.

Option B

*Option B includes the following courses:



EC6100Economic Analysis


FN6200Accounting and Finance for Managers


Students who have sufficient academic preparation in one or two, but not all three of these areas will be allowed to choose an alternative class or classes from the elective courses to fulfill program requirements.

The MBA program requires that students be proficient in the use of computers and of application software. Students are encouraged to discuss their level of computer proficiency with their admissions advisor prior to starting the program.

MBA Core Courses

MT6255 must be completed during the first term and prior to completing the other master's courses. The core MBA courses are as follows:

Core Courses:

AC6550Managerial Accounting


EC6150Managerial Economics


FN6350Financial Management


MA6600Quantitative Methods for Management Decisions


MG6500Marketing Administration


MT6255Introduction to Leadership and Quality


MT6650Strategy and Policy


Elective Courses:

Three elective courses.

MBA Electives

In order to meet the MBA program requirements, a student must complete a minimum of three elective courses as a part of his/her program. Each student will work with his/her advisor to select 13.5 hours of elective credit that best match their professional interests. These electives can be selected from any master's courses not included in the MBA core courses, provided that the student meets any individual course prerequisites. Students wishing to pursue the MBA who have not completed sufficient undergraduate coursework in accounting, business finance, statistics and economics shall be required to choose the general emphasis.

MBA Thesis Option

Thesis Process

The thesis is an essential component of master's-level coursework and an opportunity for students to examine a management topic, become subject matter experts, and contribute to that body of knowledge, see the note below.

Identify Thesis Topic and Committee

Begin by working with a student services advisor to notify the dean and select a thesis advisor.


Students who select the thesis option must complete the following courses in place of the program electives and MT6650:

MT6100Research Methods


MT6805Master's Thesis I


MT6810Master's Thesis II



The MBA offers specialties in Accounting; Advanced Incident and Consequence Management; Advanced Security Management; E-Marketing; Health Care Administration; Human Resource Management; Information Technology Management; International Business; Management; Project and Process Management; and Strategic Security Management. A specialty is a grouping of electives that focus on particular interests and career paths.

Specialty in Accounting

(Students choose three courses from the list below.)

  • AC6250 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • AC6260 Accounting Ethics
  • AC6270 Accounting Information Systems and Computer Related Fraud
  • AC6280 Auditing and Information Assurance

Specialty in Advanced Incident and Consequence Management

  • CJ6250 Management of Critical Incidents
  • PRO605 Advanced Consequence Management
  • SEC537 Crisis Negotiation

Specialty in Advanced Security Management

  • PRO605 Advanced Consequence Management
  • PRO690 Advanced Threat Assessment
  • SEC505 Advanced Strategies & Crisis Preparedness

Specialty in E-Marketing

(Students choose three courses from the list below.)

Specialty in Health Care Administration

  • HA6500 Fiscal and Regulatory Issues in Health Services
  • HA6510 Global Issues in Health Care
  • HA6520 Health Care Administration and Policy Seminar

Specialty in Human Resource Management

(Students choose three courses from the list below.)

  • LA6570 Human Resource Law
  • MT6300 Managing Human Resources
  • MT6310 Training and Development in Human Resource Management
  • MT6320 Employee Evaluation and Compensation

Specialty in Information Technology Management

(Students choose three courses from the list below.)

  • CI6600 Computer Security
  • CI6605 Risk Assessment and Analysis
  • CI6615 Computer Forensics and Incident Handling
  • CI6620 Foundations of Security (Security+) (E)

Specialty in Management

  • MT6XXX or LA6XXX Elective
  • MT6XXX or LA6XXX Elective
  • MT6XXX or LA6XXX Elective

Specialty in Project and Process Management

  • MT6619 Project Management Essentials
  • MT6621 Intermediate Project Management
  • MT6622 Advanced Project Management

Specialty in Strategic Security Management

  • DSS720DC Strategic Security Information Literacy
  • DSS750DC Briefings, De-briefings & Presentations
  • DSS760DC Advanced Leadership and Management