Master of Business Administration

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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  • LESS THAN $23,000 covers tuition, books and fees
  • 12-16 MONTHS to completion
  • 42 CREDITS, 14 courses
  • ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS CLASSES or a mix of both

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.

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.

Best in Idaho MBA Badge

Best MBA Programs Award

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will identify, analyze, and evaluate legal and ethical aspects of the business environment and be able to articulate an ethical framework from which they will make sound decisions.
  2. Students will demonstrate self-awareness, an understanding of their leadership strengths, and the critical leadership skills necessary to effectively manage change in today's dynamic business environment.
  3. Students will develop critical thinking abilities and be able to demonstrate effective analytical and problem-solving skills using a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  4. Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills, be able to collaborate as productive members of high-performing teams and work with diverse populations of people to succeed in a vibrant organizational setting.
  5. Students will recognize the political, social, and economical aspects of operating in today's complex and dynamic global business environment and evaluate strategies for successful management of organizational performance.

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)

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.

International Experience

The MBA program offers an international experience through the class "Managing in a Global Economy*." Participants will engage in relevant business and cultural experiences and complete coursework along the way. Through this exciting program, students will gain experience that will give them an edge in the global business environment.


  • Experience Global Business – Discuss business problems with professors and company managers in the destination country
  • Complete Assignments Hands-On – The majority of coursework is housed in experiences rather than traditional assignments
  • Travel Abroad Affordably (and safely!) – NNU provides a discount on travel costs for eligible students and walks with you through every aspect of the trip

The details:

  • Trip usually takes place in July, during the Summer II subsession (8-week session)
  • Duration is 7-10 days
  • Cost is determined by destination and other factors and announced in January of the trip year

*Students who are unable to travel internationally may complete the online version of this course.

Degree Details

Master of Business Administration

Offered Online and On Campus

$695 per credit (books/materials included)

Related Career Paths
Career Avg. Salary
Chief Executives $57,910
Financial Managers $76,560
Management Analysts $83,160
Management Occupations $63,900
Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area occupational employment and wage estimates for the Boise area are sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sample Cost Breakdown
Actual costs will vary  
$695 per credit (42 credits) $29,190
Books Included
Application Fee $50
Graduation/Commencement Fee $25/$100
Technology Fee ($100 per semester) $400
Sample Total $29,765

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

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