One-Year MBA@theMART or Schaumburg

Earn your MBA from Northern Illinois University in just 12 months with classes held in the Chicago Loop at Merchandise Mart or Schaumburg. Our AACSB-accredited program includes:

  • C-suite networking.
  • Executive lecture events.
  • Special topics electives.
  • Nine-day international study program.
  • Personalized professional development plan.

Course Fees and Schedules

Chicago

The total cost of the One-Year MBA in Chicago for the class beginning in fall 2022 is $39,000. This price includes all course materials and a nine-day international trip.

A nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 is due upon acceptance into the program.

Tuesday Evening Schedule

Time Activity
5:30 - 7 p.m. Class
7 - 7:15 p.m. Refreshment break
7:15 - 9:15 p.m. Continuation of class

Thursday Evening Schedule

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
Schaumburg

The total cost of the One-Year MBA program beginning in the spring of 2022 is $39,000. This price includes all course materials and a nine-day international trip.

A nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 is due upon acceptance into the program.

Typical Schedule

Time Activity
6:15 p.m. Class
8 p.m. Refreshments
8:15 p.m. Class continued
10 p.m. Class ends

Admissions

Criteria

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

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 One-Year 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)

Candidates with a nonbusiness undergraduate degree and those with a business degree who have not successfully completed all of the courses listed above must satisfy these prerequisites before starting the One-Year MBA. These courses can be satisfied in a classroom format in the Evening MBA or through interactive self-paced online courses.

Prerequisites for One-Year MBA

For candidates with a non-business 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 $200 per course.

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How to Apply

Complete the following forms to apply for admission to the One-Year MBA. Supporting documents should be mailed to:

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

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact us at mba@niu.edu.

  • Complete the Graduate School application.
  • Complete the supplemental information form as early as possible and mail it to the MBA office.
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted through the Graduate School application.
  • Complete a statement of purpose
  • Request an official transcript from each college or university from which you graduated.
  • GMAT not required.
  • Have your supervisor, manager, an HR representative or company official sign a sponsorship form.
  • Please note: After you submit your application, you'll be notified and a personal interview will be scheduled.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a One-Year MBA?

The One-Year MBA allows you to complete your MBA degree in 12 months. The program features a cohort class structure that offers a lock-step, planned curriculum in a professional setting. In other words, members of each class begin the program together and complete the degree requirements for graduation as a group. A unique aspect of the program is the collective professional experience of its participants, which greatly enriches the educational environment. A team approach is used to allow for the sharing of diverse perspectives on various topics. This interaction results in a challenging, stimulating learning experience that allows for maximum return on time and resources invested.

What is different about the One-Year MBA curriculum?

The One-Year MBA curriculum addresses the functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, management, marketing and operations. To round out the curriculum, you'll address contemporary global issues and negotiations and put all your business tools to task through a live case.

The same core courses required in a traditional MBA are taught in the Twelve Month MBA; however, the courses are enhanced by the extensive professional experience of the participants and uniquely structured to teach a maximum amount of course material in an accelerated timeframe.

Who attends the One-Year MBA?

You must have a business undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent credential from a recognized international institution. Candidates with a nonbusiness undergraduate degree and those with a business degree who have not successfully completed all of the prerequisite courses must satisfy prerequisites before starting the One-Year MBA. You must also have three years of post-undergraduate work experience.

What type of time commitment is required?

The program is structured so that you can complete your course work in just 12 months by attending classes two evenings each week. Added to the already heavy demands of a business career, the time involved in pursuing an MBA is considerable and requires a high level of motivation and commitment.

Who teaches in the MBA?

Each faculty member has been hand selected to teach in the One-Year MBA. As experienced educators, researchers and consultants, our faculty members understand the rigors of the program and the busy schedules and demands facing the students in the program. Because the students in the program have significant managerial experience, students learn a great deal from each other.

Our accreditation by the AACSB attests to the quality of the faculty and academic programs in the College of Business. Of approximately 1,200 collegiate business programs in the U.S., only about 100 have achieved the four levels of accreditation earned by NIU.

How will an MBA impact your career?

An MBA degree reflects a sophisticated level of knowledge and skills concerning a wide range of contemporary management topics. It also implies a well-developed understanding of strategic thinking and planning in a globally competitive world.

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MBA Program
Barsema Hall
740 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
866-NIU-MBA1
mba@niu.edu

Online MBA Program
833-358-1715
niuonline@niu.edu

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