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Lauren Wuertz




Master of Business Administration

With flexible scheduling for working professionals, NNU’s MBA program delivers relevance, accessibility and affordability. Our team of faculty remains active in business fields through dual careers, consulting and more, providing insight on current trends. What’s more, we offer a personalized approach to assist you in reaching your goals. No matter where you come from, we can help you succeed with an MBA from NNU.

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  • 12-16 MONTHS to completion
  • 33 CREDITS, 11 courses
  • ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS CLASSES or a mix of both

About Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration degree program at Northwest Nazarene University is designed to enhance your leadership and decision-making skills through relevant education delivered by faculty with real-world experience. Our MBA degree will equip you with both hard skills and soft skills combined with the ethical foundation needed to successfully lead in today’s complex business environment. If you have a special interest in Global Business, take advantage of our annual International Experience through the course “Managing in a Global Economy.”

Our flexible degree program allows you to pursue your graduate degree in the way that best fits your lifestyle, with online classes, on campus evening classes, or a combination of both. An NNU advisor will help you craft a custom schedule and assist you every step of the way.

You can apply for the MBA program with an undergraduate degree in any discipline since intensive Foundational Business Courses will provide the background needed to succeed in the major courses.


degree details

Master of Business Administration

Offered Online and On Campus

$695 per credit

High-Quality Program

NNU’s Business programs are accredited by both ACBSP (Business schools internationally) and NWCCU (regional accreditation). Accreditation means that our programs are regularly evaluated by these organizations. In order to maintain accreditation, NNU is required to constantly assess, evaluate and improve our programs.

Professors who teach in our programs have professional experience in the business world and use that experience to inform their teaching. However, faculty and staff are available to support students and are willing to take the extra time to help each student succeed.

NNU’s MBA degree program has been training professionals for over 25 years and has a reputation for producing informed and ethical leaders. Graduating students score in the 80th percentile on nationally-ranked exit exams and have the opportunity to be selected for the business honor society, Delta Mu Delta. With an MBA from NNU, our students have found success in the corporate, nonprofit, military and governmental sectors in local, national and international organizations.

List of Courses

Major Courses
BSNS6000 MBA Orientation (0)
BSNS6011 Managerial and Cost Accounting (3)
BSNS6021 Management Law (3)
BSNS6031 Corporate Finance (3)
BSNS6101 Organizational Dynamics (3)
BSNS6122 Management Information Systems (3)
BSNS6132 Managing in a Global Economy (3); or BSNS6142 Managing in a Global Economy (International Experience) (3)
BSNS6162 Ethics in Management (3)
BSNS6172 Leadership Development (3)
BSNS6201 Applied Business Analytics (3)
BSNS6302 Strategic Marketing (3)
BSNS6902 MBA Capstone: Strategic Management (3)
Foundational Courses
Required for students whose undergraduate degree was not in Business.

BSNS6002 The Business Environment (3)
BSNS6003 Business Financial Systems (3)
BSNS6004 Business Processes and Systems (3)


42 Required Credits

BSNS6002 – Business Environment (3 credits)

Explores foundational concepts in the areas of marketing, management, ethics, leadership and strategic management. Strategic market planning, marketing segmentation, product and pricing strategies, channel distribution and other basic marketing concepts will be covered. Organizational behavior and culture, human resource management, management philosophies and quality management will be discussed through the eyes of ethical leaders and strategy.

BSNS6003 – Business Financial Systems (3 credits)

Explores foundational concepts in the areas of quantitative methods, finance, accounting and microeconomics. Core concepts related to the interpretation of financial statements and the analysis of cash flow statements as they relate to strategic and operational financial planning will be covered. Both microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts will be discussed. A conceptual understanding of the role data analysis and decision-making have on the business organization will be reviewed. This course will utilize business resource tools such as EXCEL spreadsheets.

BSNS6004 – Business Processes and Systems (3 credits)

Explores foundational concepts in the areas of information management systems, business law, and global dimensions of business. Basic concepts related to small business, administrative, consumer and corporate law, and an introduction to information systems and decision support systems will be presented. The student’s understanding of the world of business will increase when viewed through the dimension of global business. A writing component is an integral part of this foundation course.

BSNS6011 – Managerial and Cost Accounting (3 credits)

Develops the concepts and techniques necessary to analyze financial statements and management accounting reports. In particular, participants will learn to use these statements and reports as effective management tools for decision-making in the coordination of managerial and organizational activities.

BSNS6021 – Management Law (3 credits)

Provides an overview of legal and regulatory issues of the workplace. It focuses on situations that commonly arise and the legal principles that apply.

BSNS6031 – Corporate Finance (3 credits)

Covers applications of financial theory in the firm including the time value of money, risk and return, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, and capital structure. Special topics in financial management such as derivatives and multinational finance may also be covered.

BSNS6101 – Organizational Dynamics (3 credits)

This course focuses on the practical application of current research and concepts in human communication and behavior in organizations. Topics include the changing world of work, organizational paradigms and systems, culture, and organizational dynamics of the individual and groups.

BSNS6132 – Managing in a Global Economy (3 credits)

Presents the concepts, techniques, and fundamentals of managerial economics in an international environment. Trends in trade and international payments are explored. Important international, cultural, political, and legal issues are examined focusing on their effects on the economics of international pricing, financial policies, and investment strategies.

BSNS6172 – Leadership Development (3 credits)

Provides an overview on the history, current models, and the future of leadership in an environment of social and cultural changes. Attention will also be given to the leader as a person and the management of individual and professional priorities.

BSNS6302 – Strategic Marketing (3 credits)

Provides a strategic overview of a company’s activities from a marketing perspective. A key focus is establishing competitive advantage by creating customer value. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of marketing strategy and analysis as well as an understanding of the strategic issues involved in the development of products and services, pricing, distribution, promotion, and segmentation and positioning. A variety of managerial decision-making techniques will be used in the analysis and solving of managerial problems.

BSNS6902 – MBA Capstone – Strategic Management (3 credits)

This is the capstone course to be taken as the last of the MBA core courses. It reviews basic concepts of strategic planning, identifies and interprets alternative business strategies, seeking those that have the highest probability for success given the stage of industry evolution, the position of the company within its industry, and the level of investment possible. In addition, the course may evaluate selected aspects of business systems in countries outside the United States and consider long range planning in the context of future developments. Instructor’s approval required.

BSNS6201 – Applied Business Analytics (3 credits)

Introduces students to the practical aspects of business analytics and the quantitative methods and tools used in management decision making. The domains covered include descriptive analytics, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics. Concepts include probability distributions and data modeling, sampling and estimation, statistical inference, forecasting techniques, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, and linear and non-linear optimization.

BSNS6122 – Management Information Systems (3 credits)

Surveys a variety of topics about computing, information systems, and the application of information systems technology. Topics include systems principles, current technology, design and analysis of information systems, implementation issues, and applications. Emphasis is given to the direct support of management decision making and the application of microcomputers.

Additional Information

Flexible Scheduling

Scheduling features include:

  • Six start dates per year – new sessions begin every 8 weeks
  • Option to take 1 or 2 classes per 8-week session (one class per session equals 6 credits per semester, which is considered full-time)
  • Ability to take classes in virtually any order (Capstone class must be taken last)
  • Option to take classes online or on campus (evening) every time you register
  • Access to an NNU advisor who will help you build a schedule that fits your needs
Application Requirements

You can apply to our MBA program with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. The following comprises our application packet:

  • Online application
  • Two letters of recommendation (sent automatically to your references when you complete the application)
  • A professional essay on an assigned topic
  • Official copies of all previous transcripts

Consideration for acceptance is based on the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all academic coursework
  • Evidence of competency in writing
  • Official transcript of undergraduate degree and completed graduate work
  • Two professional recommendations
  • A favorable recommendation from the College of Business Graduate Admissions Committee
  • An acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not an applicant’s native language; if a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived

Note that Graduate Students in the College of Business do not have to sign an NNU Lifestyle Covenant – this requirement is waived to promote diversity at the Graduate level. Professors and staff are supportive of the NNU Lifestyle Covenant, but seek to welcome all races, religions and lifestyles. To learn more about NNU’s religious affiliation, please see our Statement of Faith.

Sample Cost Breakdown

Actual costs will vary

$695 per credit (33 credits) $22,935
Application Fee $50
Graduation/Commencement Fee $25/$100
Technology Fee ($150 per semester) $600
Sample Total $29,965
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Meet Our Faculty

We live in a very competitive world and you have to have an MBA to set yourself apart. The skillsets of the professors at NNU are very strong. I’ve had a lot of experience with a lot of people and I can tell you, the talent at the school is robust.
Doug Reader

Master of Business Administration