The Concordia University Chicago Core MBA

100% online innovative degree programs
General MBA + 8 specializations to customize your career
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Professionals with a Master’s degree can earn up to 90% more than someone without. 

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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 Chicago 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 at their own pace. In addition to the 36-credit MBA degree, students may choose from 8 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. 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 for Competitive Advantage
  • Economics for Managers
  • Strategy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • 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 8 available MBA specializations can be found on the corresponding degree page by clicking in the sections below.

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. Students should partner with their advisor to create a customized degree plan that is comfortable for their unique circumstances.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the MBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago Online, including any of the 8 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. For full requirements, visit the Admission & Tuition page. 

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

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The Concordia University Chicago Core MBA: 36 Credit Degree Program

Course Number Course Credit Hours
MBAC 6000 Managing and Leading Effective Organizations 3
MBAC 6050 Ethics, Law & Communication in Decision Making 3
MBAC 6100 Global Marketing in the Digital Era 3
MBAC 6155 Organizational Behavior for Competitive Advantage 3
MBAC 6200 Economics for Managers 3
MBAC 6250 Strategy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3
MBAC 6300 Accounting for Decision Making 3
MBAC 6350 Managing Human Capital 3
MBAC 6400 Statistics Applied to Managerial Problems 3
MBAC 6450 Financial Management 3
MBAC 6500 Global Management 3
MBAC 6990 Capstone Course 3

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.

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.

Project Management Specialization

Project Managers provide a seemingly boundless value when it comes to executing successful business iniatives and keeping projects on task, on time, and on budget. Graduates from the MBA with a Project Management Specialization can expect to be equipped with the skills, tools, and techniques to to handle project planning, risk management, high-level decision making, and management strategy implementation in a wide range of project-intensive fields. 

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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