One-Year MBA

One year to leadership opportunities.

Earn your MBA in the vibrant heart of downtown Chicago or in the northwestern suburb of Schaumburg. You’ll grow your professional network while gaining a valuable global perspective through a nine-day, international immersion trip. Our One-Year MBA program will challenge you to reimagine your future and prepare for the everchanging business environment. And we'll be there every step of the way. You'll benefit from the responsiveness and support of the entire NIU MBA team.

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One-Year Chicago MBA

Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at MATTER, a nationally renowned health-care incubator in downtown Chicago. 

One-Year Schaumburg MBA

Classes are held on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Motorola Solutions Campus in Schaumburg. 

Program Highlights

  • Enhanced learning opportunities due to our unique locations and partnerships
  • Leadership development and career growth, including a personalized professional development plan
  • Fast-paced program that allows you to complete the degree requirements in just 12 months
  • Affordable tuition ($39,000) includes course materials, nine-day international immersion trip, refreshment breaks on class days and our unique concierge services

With an eye to creating an integrative mindset to solve business problems and lead teams, our program is designed around the following five building blocks. Courses will map to each block, and co-curricular experiences will enhance your understanding of one or more of them.

  • Leadership and strategic thinking
  • Managing operations and technology
  • Understanding customers and people
  • Managing with a global perspective
  • Understanding and managing financial resources

Our global component provides an immersive, nine-day international experience. You’ll engage in hands-on business at international organizations, use what you learn and interact with global corporate leaders.

Previous experiences have included trips to:

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Central America
  • South America
  • Australia

Company visits have included:

  • McDonald’s
  • Motorola
  • Seimens
  • Samsung
  • Mercedes
  • BMW
  • Hyundai
  • Lindt
  • Moser Watches
  • V-Zug
  • Schindler
  • Tesla
  • Adobe
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Incubators
  • American Chamber of Commerce

Praise for NIU's MBA

“The NIU MBA offered me an opportunity to develop and grow my skillsets and strategic thinking. The faculty members in the program challenged me and my colleagues to excel and come together as a collaborative team to address challenges facing national and global organizations.”

Michelle Metry, Executive Director, Clinical Research, Merck MBA alumnus, 2020

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MBA Program
Barsema Hall
740 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

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