Evening MBA

We understand your busy schedule. With evening classes and the option to attend part time, our Evening MBA gives you the flexibility you need to make your career goals a reality. We’ll prepare you to succeed in the rapidly changing global business environment with a curriculum that emphasizes critical analysis and strategic thinking.

  • Flexible evening scheduling
  • Electives in business disciplines
  • Classes in Hoffman Estates and Naperville
  • International experience option

MBA in the News

Our Evening MBA continues to rank among the best in the nation. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report released a survey of part-time MBA programs that ranked NIU 95th nationally - up nearly 30 positions from last year - out of more than 700 eligible AACSB-accredited schools. This was the fifth consecutive year our Evening MBA ranked among the nation’s best.

Admission is competitive. In addition to compliance with the policies of the Graduate School, the College of Business considers several indicators of potential for success in graduate business studies, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) at the baccalaureate institution, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate program, or the completion of 15 or more semester hours of graduate work at an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.20.
  • The total score, verbal and quantitative percentiles and, where available, the analytical writing assessment (AWA) score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The standards are set by the individual graduate programs in business.
  • Work experience at the post-baccalaureate level, where applicable. Resume requested with application.
  • Leadership and communication skills as documented in a goals statement and resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose native language is not English.

At the discretion of the respective program directors, you may be required to attend an interview or submit additional materials deemed important in assessing potential for success in graduate business studies.

J.D./MBA - Simultaneous Enrollment Option

The NIU College of Law and the NIU College of Business offer a simultaneous enrollment option, which permits students to earn both J.D. and MBA degrees. Students must be separately admitted to both the MBA and J.D. programs.

To apply for admission, submit the following forms by the applicable deadline. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact us at mbaadvisor@niu.edu.

  • Complete the Graduate School application. The application fee is $60.
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted through the Graduate School application.
  • Request transcripts from your associate, baccalaureate and any higher degree.
  • Please note: You'll receive an automated email within two days of submitting your application that provides instructions on how to submit your goals statement and how to obtain a username and password for MyNIU.
  • Include in your resume any increasing responsibility you have had in your job(s), any cost center or budget for which you are responsible and the number and types of employees you supervise. Email your resume to mbaadvisor@niu.edu.
  • Include in your materials the graduate assistantship application, if applicable.
  • Please note: The GMAT may be waived on a case-by-case basis for graduates of the NIU College of Business (with a 3.00 or greater cumulative GPA) or an AACSB-accredited business program.
  • Submit a TOEFL score if your native language is not English.

Evening MBA courses are offered at our Hoffman Estates and Naperville campus locations. With the program advisor's approval, some on-campus graduate-credit courses may be used to satisfy elective requirements for the MBA Program.

Graduate Assistantships

Each department offers a limited number of graduate assistantships. These assistantships, which can involve classroom teaching, are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time students who are in good academic standing. These assistantships typically entail some duties and responsibilities in return for a tuition-waiver scholarship and monthly stipend.

The Graduate School lists available fellowships.

  • Phase One: Business Foundation Core (up to 18 semester credit hours, depending on undergraduate courses completed)
  • Phase Two: Business Applications Core and Electives (30 semester credit hours)
  • Colloquium Block: Attendance at three noncredit colloquia is required (noncredit)

Degree Requirements

What is the application deadline?

The Graduate School must receive your completed application no later than July 15 for the fall semester, Dec. 10 for the spring semester and June 1 for the summer session. For any deadline occurring on a Saturday, Sunday or university holiday, the deadline becomes the next day university offices are open.

Can I meet with an advisor?

Most advising by the academic counselor is done by telephone or email, at 815-753-1264 or mbaadvisor@niu.edu. Individual appointments can be set up at our campus in DeKalb. We do suggest that you attend one of our open house events, where most questions are likely to be answered.

Where do you offer your MBA, and can I complete the program in one location?

Our Evening MBA is offered at two convenient locations: Hoffman Estates and Naperville. Although you can complete your degree at either location, you are not limited to just one site. Once admitted, you can select courses from either site.

Do you offer any Saturday courses?

Courses are offered primarily one night per week, Monday through Thursday. If weeknights are not convenient, we offer an Executive MBA that meets on Saturdays.

Can I submit my application even though I have not taken the GMAT?

We strongly recommend that you begin and complete the application process as early as possible. GMAT scores are not necessary to begin the process. Once your application is received, a file is started and additional information is added as it comes in.

If I have already completed a master's or professional degree, do I need the GMAT?

We will consider waiver of the GMAT on an individual basis. Contact our academic counselor and be prepared for us to review your undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resume and applicable test scores. Contact Mona Salmon, director of the MBA Program, if you have questions regarding the GMAT waiver.

Who should I contact to find out the status of my application?

Once your application has been received and processed by the Graduate School, you will be mailed a postcard confirming its receipt with a checklist of items received and/or already on file. The postcard will include the name of the records officer to contact regarding your application status. If you have misplaced your postcard, call the Graduate School at 815-753-0395.

How long does it take to complete the application process?

Once your application file has been completed, including your application, fee, transcripts, letters of recommendation, GMAT, TOEFL (if applicable) and resume, we ask that you allow two weeks for us to evaluate your file and make a decision.

How can I find out which Phase One foundation courses I will be required to take?

For a Phase One evaluation, you may send a copy of your official or unofficial transcript(s) to our academic advisor by fax at 815-753-3300 or email to mbaadvisor@niu.edu. Please be sure to include a phone number or email address where you can be reached with the results of the evaluation.

Can Phase One courses be waived based on work experience?

Phase One courses are only waived based on successful completion of the course(s) at an undergraduate or graduate institution. If you have significant work experience in a particular area, we suggest you take an exemption exam. Admitted students are eligible to take these exams. Successfully passing the exam on your first and only attempt will waive that Phase One requirement. Exemption exams are available for all Phase One courses, except MKTG 505.

Are there any other program prerequisites I should be aware of?

Minimum competencies in computer, mathematics and communication skills will be expected before entry into the program. Successful completion of Finite Mathematics, or a first course in calculus, is required. This course can be completed through your local community/junior college.

Am I required to select an area of study?

Areas of study are not required as part of your MBA program. You should select electives that are most beneficial to your professional and personal development. Most students select the general area of study by choosing any three electives. Certificates of Graduate Study are offered in finance, international business, managerial leadership and strategic marketing to satisfy Evening MBA elective requirements.

What if I do not meet the minimum admission criteria for your MBA program?

Although we have minimum admission criteria, we will evaluate your file on an individual basis. If you have special circumstances, contact our academic advisor at mbaadvisor@niu.edu, 1-866-NIU-MBA1 (866-648-6221) or 815-753-1264 to discuss your situation.

How long will it take to complete my MBA?

Our program offers the flexibility for you to take courses at your own pace. You take one, two or three courses in a semester. The time it takes to complete your MBA will depend on your undergraduate degree and the number of courses you are able to take each semester. The average completion time for the MBA program is three years; however, it is possible for a student with an undergraduate degree in business to complete the Evening MBA in less than 18 months.

What if I need to stop out a semester?

Our program offers students the ability to stop out without penalty. Although you can stop out for up to 12 months without penalty, students usually do not take advantage of this option unless they have extreme circumstances. Some students elect to take one or two semesters off at most, depending on work or personal situations.

About Our MBA Program

Praise for the Evening MBA

"[NIU's Evening MBA] gave me the flexibility to work full time and get my MBA. It also provided me with the in-class time to go in-depth with the subject matter and apply that knowledge to my job."

- Brad Ortmann

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