Business Administration, Master of Business Administration

Business Administration

The W. A. Franke College of Business

This graduate degree is intended for both early-career individuals as well as working professionals who aspire to develop business knowledge and skills for their career growth and success. MBA students bring a diversity of academic and professional experiences, making the classroom a dynamic environment for the exchange of perspectives and ideas. The program is offered both an online and in-person format. The in-person format is available at the Flagstaff campus and in addition to the benefits of an MBA degree, it also offers excellent opportunities, such as credits earned towards the 150-unit CPA licensing requirements. Students who want to pursue other concentration areas, such as Applied Management, acquire communication and leadership skills and have the opportunity to participate in an experiential class where they consult for real clients.

The W.A. Franke College of Business at NAU partners with organizations, such as Dignity Health Global Education, to offer the custom concentration under our Organizational Partnerships – Online Campus.

Earn your degree alongside your colleagues, right in your own community!

This program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.

    Read the full policy here.

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 119
Additional Admission Requirements

Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.

Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan Optional

Purpose Statement

The accelerated MBA program is focused on students with a core business education seeking graduate studies in management theory and practice and those seeking accounting certification. Our primary goal is to prepare students to make valuable contributions to their chosen profession and their communities. Our secondary goal is to provide high-quality, business-related training, education, consulting, and information to the Arizona community.

In pursuit of these goals we commit to the following:

  • foster a sense of community and promote diversity among our students, staff, faculty, and alumni,
  • offer a rigorous, current, AACSB-accredited curriculum,
  • integrate advanced technologies into the curriculum,
  • support and encourage our faculty in their creative and personalized delivery of our curriculum and their counseling of our students,
  • maintain and nurture an ongoing faculty commitment to a broad array of intellectual contributions that includes pedagogical research, contributions to practice, and discipline-based scholarship. 

Student Learning Outcomes
Strategic Integrative Thinking:  MBAs should apply integrative frameworks reflecting appropriate functional knowledge to identify issues and problems, generate alternatives, and develop logical solutions for complex business situations.  Solutions should be supported by relevant analysis and decision model selection. 
Ethics and Social Responsibility:  MBAs can demonstrate the ability to identify ethical dilemmas and be able to recognize and evaluate alternative courses of actions. 
Global Applications:   MBAs are able to analyze complex global economic and business issues, understand available and feasible choices for global business decisions, and generate feasible recommendations for firms operating in global business environments.
Professional Self-Management Skills:  MBAs should display professional demeanor through confidence, courtesy, appearance and a proactive approach to work and career.  They should build effective working relationships and pursue opportunities for self-improvement by developing networking and feedback resources. 
Communication:  MBAs can communicate effectively in written and oral formats for a variety of purposes, situations and audiences.  Additionally, students can communicate effectively as both individuals and as part of a group presentation. 
Leadership:   MBAs will demonstrate the ability to lead classmates in the performance of team-based coursework.  The MBAs will influence their peers by using a values-based approach as opposed to a command-and-control style of influence.

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.

  • The NAU graduate online application is required for all programs. Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.

    Admission requirements include the following:

    • Transcripts.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale ("A" = 4.0), or the equivalent.

    Visit the NAU Graduate Admissions website for additional information about graduate school application deadlines, eligibility for study, and admissions policies.

    Ready to apply? Begin your application now.

    International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy.

    • The MBA Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to candidate evaluation with consideration of academic ability, leadership qualities, communication and interpersonal skills, relevant professional experience, potential for career growth, and motivation for success. No particular undergraduate major is necessary for students applying to the MBA program. Instead, candidates must demonstrate competency in background business subjects if they do not have a foundational business background.
    • All applicants will conduct a review of their previous coursework and professional experience in consultation with the graduate coordinator and identify whether additional foundation courses are necessary for the students’ future program success, particularly if additional foundation courses in business and math are necessary for the students’ future program success.  Foundation courses are considered part of the program of study, and must be successfully completed before enrollment in MBA core or elective courses.  
    • Reference form with contact information for two references
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Responses to specific essay questions
Master's Requirements
  • This Master’s degree requires 30 units distributed as follows:

    • Core Courses: 21 units
    • Select a Concentration: 9 units
      • Accounting Concentration
      • Applied Management Concentration
      • Custom Concentration

    Take the following 30 units:

    Core Courses (21 units)

    Concentration Requirements (Select One):
    • Accounting Concentration (MBA- ACC) (9 units)
      Prepares students to receive the necessary hours for the CPA exam.
      Applied Management Concentration (MBA) (9 units)
      Provides learning and hands-on experience that enables students to enter the workforce with an advanced skill set.
      Custom Concentration (9 units)
      • In consultation with your advisor, select electives that support your chosen field of study.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.

Additional Information
  • Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program

    This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. Departments may allow students to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by approving up to 12 units applicable toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR).  A program fee of $3500 per semester has been approved for this program.