Chicago MBA

Own your tomorrow with an MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Earn your MBA in the vibrant heart of Chicago. Classes in our 12-month, AACSB-accredited program are held at a convenient location in the Chicago Loop on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. You'll begin the program with a group of fellow students and share your educational experience with them throughout the year, growing your professional network. You'll also gain valuable perspectives from around the world through travel to Germany and Italy.

Program Highlights

  • C-suite networking
  • Executive lecture events
  • Special topics electives
  • Global field project
  • Personalized professional development plan

To learn more about the Chicago MBA, contact us at 866-NIU-MBA1 or

Academic ability, quality of work experience and professional business success are all important factors considered for admission. A minimum of three to five years of successful business experience is preferred, as well as a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale).

Candidates with a nonbusiness undergraduate degree must satisfy prerequisites before starting the Chicago MBA.

The following courses or equivalents must be completed (with a grade of C or better at the undergraduate level or a grade of B or better at the graduate level) prior to enrolling in the Chicago MBA:

  • Business Statistics (OMIS 524)
  • Business Information Systems (OMIS 507)
  • Financial Accounting (ACCY 505)
  • Survey of Business Economics - Macro and Micro (FINA 500)
  • Principles of Operations Management (OMIS 505)
  • Principles of Management (MGMT 505)
  • Graduate Survey of Marketing (MKTG 505)
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management (FINA 505)
  • Business Law Essentials (MGMT 511)

In addition to reviewing transcripts during the admission process, the MBA office will evaluate your transcripts prior to submission of the application, checking for the prerequisite courses or their equivalents. Documents may be faxed to 815-753-1668 or emailed to

Prerequisites for One-Year MBA

For candidates with a nonbusiness undergraduate degree and those with a business degree who have not successfully completed all of the admission requirements, we offer interactive, self-paced online courses for $750 per course.

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To apply for admission, please submit the following forms by the applicable deadline. Mail supporting documents to:

Northern Illinois University
College of Business MBA Program
1425 W. Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, Illinois 60115-9913.

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  • Complete the online Graduate School application and pay the $60 application fee.
  • Complete the supplemental information form as early as possible and mail it to the MBA office.
  • Complete a statement of purpose.
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted through the Graduate School application.
  • Request an official college transcript from the college or university from which you graduated.
  • Get a sponsorship agreement form signed by your supervisor, manager, an HR representative or company official.
  • Please note: After submitting your application, you'll be notified to schedule a personal interview.

Course Fees

The total cost of the Chicago MBA for the class beginning in September 2018 is $39,000. This price includes all course materials and the international trip.

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Typical Week in Chicago MBA Program

Time Activity
5:30 - 7 p.m. Class
7 - 7:15 p.m. Refreshment break
7:15 - 9:15 p.m. Continuation of class
Time Activity
5:30 - 7 p.m. Class (different topic from Tuesday)
7 - 7:15 p.m. Refreshment break
7:15 - 9:15 p.m. Continuation of class

The academically challenging curriculum, a common core of all AACSB-accredited MBA programs, includes managerial accounting, financial hand operations analysis, organizational behavior, management of information systems technology, strategic policy and marketing management.


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