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Ignite Your Career with an MBA from Concordia University Chicago

Today’s top leadership positions are typically reserved for candidates with a master’s in business administration (MBA) and specialized expertise. Concordia University proudly offers MBA programs both on-campus and online. Online MBA programs allow busy professionals to prepare for coveted leadership roles while learning the strategies and tactics that are critical to an organization’s success.

Concordia University Chicago takes an innovative approach to the MBA program, allowing students to complete their MBA degree in two years or with an accelerated one-year plan. In addition to the 36-credit MBA degree, students may choose from 10 specialization options.

Prepare for Business Leadership with an MBA Degree from Concordia University Chicago

Students enrolled in the core online MBA program at Concordia University Chicago will master the latest business theories and best practices while honing their leadership skills in critical business areas. Whether students choose the two-year or accelerated one-year degree plan, all MBA options feature the same 12 core courses:

  • Managing and Leading Effective Organizations
  • Ethics, Law and Communication in Decision Making
  • Global Marketing in the Digital Era
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Economics for Managers
  • Entrepreneurialism and Innovation
  • Accounting for Decision-Making
  • Managing Human Capital
  • Statistics Applied to Managerial Problems
  • Financial Management
  • Global Management
  • MBA Capstone
On-Campus and Online MBA Specializations

Professionals who plan to pursue leadership roles in a particular business discipline or industry may choose to apply for a specialized MBA degree. Total credit hours and specialization courses will vary by program. Details on each of the 10 available MBA specializations can be found on the corresponding degree page. Click each option to learn more:

Degree Program Specifications

The MBA program at Concordia University Chicago consists of 36 credit hours of on-campus or online coursework. The academic calendar encompasses three 16-week semesters per year, and each semester is divided into two consecutive eight-week terms. With a total of six sessions per calendar year, students can complete the MBA program in two years by taking one class per term. Those who opt for the intensive accelerated plan will enroll in two courses each term and finish their degree in just one year.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the MBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago, including any of the 10 MBA specializations, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Complete and submit all required admission materials as follows:

  • Objective Statement – Write a brief statement outlining your education and career goals and explain how an MBA degree from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
  • Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree. Full admission requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.85 or better for bachelor’s degrees and 3.00 or higher for a master’s degrees.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies and personal character.
  • Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications, and skills.

International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service.

There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online MBA program at Concordia University Chicago.

The Concordia University Chicago MBA: 36 Credit Degree Program


One-year MBA

Managing and Leading Effective Organizations

MBAC 6000      3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to facilitate innovative leadership and management within different types of organizations.  This course focuses on the impact of leadership and management on organizational effectiveness. Students will hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will learn attributes of successful leaders and managers, the challenges they face in in a global society, and how they build relationships and impact culture for organizational sustainability and innovations. 

Ethics, Law & Communication in Decision Making

MBAC 6050      3 credit hours

This course introduces the legal and ethical obligations in business. Knowledge of law and ethics must be included into managerial decisions.  Students will learn to apply and communicate ethical frameworks to business decisions, with a lens on social responsibility. Proactive and effective communication can provide a competitive edge to organizations, reducing risk and liability.

Global Marketing in the Digital Era

MBAC 6100      3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the global marketing environment through key marketing concepts, digital marketing tools and global marketing strategy.  The course challenges you to think critically about the global marketplace.  Students will hone their approach to global marketing decisions, policies and strategies.  Students will learn to formulate and evaluate a global marketing plan through the use of digital marketing tools and techniques.

Organizational Behavior

MBAC 6150      3 credit hours

This course focuses on providing students with cutting edge thinking about the topics that are germane to organization behavior. It is the people within an organization who create, innovate, and are responsible for keeping a competitive advantage. Knowing how to motivate and mobilize an organization’s human capital is critical to organizational performance. This course will assist students in developing a systematic understanding of why people behave the way they do and understand how to translate that knowledge into organizational applications.

Economics for Managers

MBAC 6200      3 credit hours

This course examines key economic concepts critical to managerial decision-making within today’s business environment with an emphasis on national and global, real-world applications. The course incorporates both microeconomic and macroeconomic principles.

Strategy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MBAC 6250      3 credit hours

This course challenges students to think about how they can create, build, or change an organization through sound leadership and management theories, personal relationships, creative and critical thinking, as well as how design thinking and innovation principles can be used to create value.

Accounting for Decision Making

MBAC 6300      3 credit hours

This course provides students with an understanding of accounting information critical in planning, control and decision making to achieve stated goals within an organization.  It will incorporate the use of cases that focus on accounting data in directing the decisions and strategy of businesses.  The course will provide students with the skills to analyze financial information through the use of appropriate accounting software in order to make sound managerial decisions.

Managing Human Capital

MBAC 6350      3 credit hours

Organizational managers and leaders must understand how changing technologies, demographics, mergers and acquisitions, and globalization influence the potential of human capital to create and maintain strategic competitive advantage.  This course will focus on how expanding the leadership and talent pool by having a sound diversity strategy can create competitive advantage.  Issues such as immigration, diversity laws, work-life balance, equal opportunity, ageism, and the multigenerational workforce are discussed. 

Statistics Applied to Managerial Problems

MBAC 6400      3 credit hours

This course provides students with an understanding of statistical data for the primary purpose of managerial problem solving and decision making.  Topics include probability distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, quality control and regression analysis. Applications of statistical techniques to issues in marketing, investment analysis and manufacturing are discussed.

Financial Management

MBAC 6450      3 credit hours

This course is designed to develop the financial skills and critical thinking necessary to understand and discuss financial policy decisions in a global economy. Topics covered include: financial statement analysis for decision making; developing an understanding of the time value of money; the cost of capital, valuation of stocks and bonds, management of short-term assets, short-term and long-term financing, capital markets, and multinational financial management. This course also addresses the impact of legal, social, technological, and ethical considerations on efficient economic outcomes.

Global Management

MBAC 6500      3 credit hours

This course focuses on how globalization has opened the world to organizations and provides students the skills and knowledge to perform effectively as a leader within a company with global presence. Topics covered the broader themes about globalization and its implications, as well as multinational business strategies, from exporting to foreign direct investment, as well as economic, political, and cultural influences on the international marketplace.

Capstone Course

MBAC 6990      3 credit hours

The capstone course is a culmination of your MBA coursework and is taken in your final term of your program. It gives you the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills developed through the College of Business MBA program. Through the MBA course portfolio signature assignments, students will demonstrate how knowledge learned impacts their business leadership.

Two-year MBA (at your own pace)

Year 1

Managing and Leading Effective Organizations

MBAC 6000      3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to facilitate innovative leadership and management within different types of organizations.  This course focuses on the impact of leadership and management on organizational effectiveness. Students will hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will learn attributes of successful leaders and managers, the challenges they face in in a global society, and how they build relationships and impact culture for organizational sustainability and innovations. 

Ethics, Law & Communication in Decision Making

MBAC 6050      3 credit hours

This course introduces the legal and ethical obligations in business. Knowledge of law and ethics must be included into managerial decisions.  Students will learn to apply and communicate ethical frameworks to business decisions, with a lens on social responsibility. Proactive and effective communication can provide a competitive edge to organizations, reducing risk and liability.

Global Marketing in the Digital Era

MBAC 6100      3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the global marketing environment through key marketing concepts, digital marketing tools and global marketing strategy.  The course challenges you to think critically about the global marketplace.  Students will hone their approach to global marketing decisions, policies and strategies.  Students will learn to formulate and evaluate a global marketing plan through the use of digital marketing tools and techniques.

Organizational Behavior

MBAC 6150      3 credit hours

This course focuses on providing students with cutting edge thinking about the topics that are germane to organization behavior. It is the people within an organization who create, innovate, and are responsible for keeping a competitive advantage. Knowing how to motivate and mobilize an organization’s human capital is critical to organizational performance. This course will assist students in developing a systematic understanding of why people behave the way they do and understand how to translate that knowledge into organizational applications.

Economics for Managers

MBAC 6200      3 credit hours

This course examines key economic concepts critical to managerial decision-making within today’s business environment with an emphasis on national and global, real-world applications. The course incorporates both microeconomic and macroeconomic principles.

Strategy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MBAC 6250      3 credit hours

This course challenges students to think about how they can create, build, or change an organization through sound leadership and management theories, personal relationships, creative and critical thinking, as well as how design thinking and innovation principles can be used to create value.

Year 2

Accounting for Decision Making

MBAC 6300      3 credit hours

This course provides students with an understanding of accounting information critical in planning, control and decision making to achieve stated goals within an organization.  It will incorporate the use of cases that focus on accounting data in directing the decisions and strategy of businesses.  The course will provide students with the skills to analyze financial information through the use of appropriate accounting software in order to make sound managerial decisions.

Managing Human Capital

MBAC 6350      3 credit hours

Organizational managers and leaders must understand how changing technologies, demographics, mergers and acquisitions, and globalization influence the potential of human capital to create and maintain strategic competitive advantage.  This course will focus on how expanding the leadership and talent pool by having a sound diversity strategy can create competitive advantage.  Issues such as immigration, diversity laws, work-life balance, equal opportunity, ageism, and the multigenerational workforce are discussed. 

Statistics Applied to Managerial Problems

MBAC 6400      3 credit hours

This course provides students with an understanding of statistical data for the primary purpose of managerial problem solving and decision making.  Topics include probability distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, quality control and regression analysis. Applications of statistical techniques to issues in marketing, investment analysis and manufacturing are discussed.

Financial Management

MBAC 6450      3 credit hours

This course is designed to develop the financial skills and critical thinking necessary to understand and discuss financial policy decisions in a global economy. Topics covered include: financial statement analysis for decision making; developing an understanding of the time value of money; the cost of capital, valuation of stocks and bonds, management of short-term assets, short-term and long-term financing, capital markets, and multinational financial management. This course also addresses the impact of legal, social, technological, and ethical considerations on efficient economic outcomes.

Global Management

MBAC 6500      3 credit hours

This course focuses on how globalization has opened the world to organizations and provides students the skills and knowledge to perform effectively as a leader within a company with global presence. Topics covered the broader themes about globalization and its implications, as well as multinational business strategies, from exporting to foreign direct investment, as well as economic, political, and cultural influences on the international marketplace.

Capstone Course

MBAC 6990      3 credit hours

The capstone course is a culmination of your MBA coursework and is taken in your final term of your program. It gives you the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills developed through the College of Business MBA program. Through the MBA course portfolio signature assignments, students will demonstrate how knowledge learned impacts their business leadership.

Accounting Specialization

Accounting is the life’s blood of any organization. Those who graduate from the MBA with an Accounting Specialization program are prepared to take on leadership positions in this critical field. Topics covered include tax law, auditing and managerial accounting.

Chief School Business Official Specialization

The online MBA with a Chief School Business Official Specialization will prepare for influential leadership in today’s complex educational system with this innovative degree. In this program, graduates learn the latest successful strategies for leading educational institutions and systems, as well as the complex financial, regulatory and educational challenges faced by schools in the 21st century.

Digital Marketing Specialization

Marketing has moved dramatically into the digital age. Those who earn an MBA with a Digital Marketing Specialization are prepared for success in the information age, including data-driven marketing strategies, social media best-practices, reputation management and more to succeed in leadership roles in the fast-paced online marketing world.

Entrepreneurship Specialization

Small businesses account for the majority of new jobs in the United States. Small businesses also often fail within the first two years. Students in the Concordia University Chicago MBA with an Entrepreneurship Specialization learn how to avoid the traps that often trip up entrepreneurs. The program equips graudates with expertise on running a business, from finance and cash flow management to human resources, leadership, marketing and budgeting through real-world applications.

Finance Specialization

Finance remains one of the most important aspects of business. Choosing where and how to investment money – from market investments to putting funds into new products and services – is the job of those who work in finance. Graduates from the MBA with a Finance Specialization program have expertise in the latest approaches to risk assessment, financial planning and getting the best possible return on financial investment.

Health Care Management Specialization

The healthcare industry faces more complex financial and regulatory challenges than ever before. Graduates from the MBA with a Health Care Management Specialization are prepared to take on these challenges, armed with expertise in finance, administration, business strategy and innovative technology. 

Leadership and Change Management Specialization

The MBA with a Leadership and Change Management Specialization program from Concordia University Chicago focuses students on the challenges of becoming adaptable in an ever-evolving business climate. Graduates leave the degree program having learned the latest theories, techniques and tactics involving the development of strategic change within an organization.

Not-for-Profit Management Specialization

Not-for-profit organizations play an increasingly important role in the world, focusing on bettering life for people everywhere by tackling some of the biggest challenges facing world leaders. Graduates from the MBA with a Not-for-Profit Management Specialization learn best practices for grant writing and finding funding sources, as well as ethical decision-making and social responsibility.

School Business Management Specialization

Leaders of 21st century educational institutions face complex challenges. Graduates from the MBA with a School Business Management Specialization degree program are prepared to take on those issues, armed with foundational knowledge in budgeting and finance as well as managing facilities and human resources. Graduates from the program are prepared to earn Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) national certification.

Sports Management Specialization

Sports are now as competitive in the front offices as they are on the field. Graduates from the MBA with a Sports Management Specialization program learn the latest strategies and tactics in running a sports team, including finance, managing payroll, marketing, public relations and making sound strategic plans for both the short and long-term.

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Concordia University Chicago
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