The Master of Business Administration (MBA) focuses on integrated learning experiences and is designed for those students desiring a broad understanding of business operations or leadership. You may enter the program in any of five modules during the calendar year. In the program, you will develop problem-solving and team-building skills, and operate in an environment in which you can comfortably and confidently learn from classmates as well as from the faculty.
Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings and are also delivered in a weekend format at both the Aurora University campus in Aurora, IL, and the AU Woodstock Center in Woodstock, IL. Courses are also available online. The program is designed for the working professional; it is expected that you will have some professional work experience upon entering the program. While there are no prerequisites for the program, if you were not a business major as an undergraduate, you will have the opportunity to take a variety of courses designed to provide you with the understanding of business needed for graduate-level work in the field.
The information provided reflects changes made to the program effective Fall 2013. If you began the MBA program prior to the Fall 2013, please refer to the Academic Catalog and Schedules for your program requirements and course information.
MBA Program Admission
Aurora University's MBA program accepts students from all academic backgrounds and an undergraduate degree in business is not required. There are no prerequisite courses required for admission to the MBA program. In the interest of ensuring your success, the Chair of the Graduate Business Programs, or his designee, may require limited foundational business courses if your academic and experiential background suggests that you would benefit from such preparation. Decisions about required foundational business courses are made collaboratively with you and are based on a review of academic transcripts, professional experience and the results of a personal interview.
MBA Course Requirements
The MBA degree requires 36 semester hours.: 21 semester hours of required core courses plus 15 semester hours from concentration courses and/or special topics courses.
MBA Required Courses
Three semester hours each; 21 semester hours required
|MBA6030||Leadership and Organizational Behavior|
|MBA6090||Applied Business Research|
MBA Concentration in Leadership
A minimum of nine semester hours is required within the Concentration in Leadership. The remaining six semester hours can be chosen from among any other MBA elective courses or select Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) or Master of Science in Digital Marketing and Analytics (MSM) courses.
Three semester hours each
|MBA6610||Leading Organizational Development
||Special Topics in Leadership
If you are pursuing the Concentration in Leadership, choose six additional semester hours of MBA electives. If you choose to complete the MBA program without the Leadership Concentration, select 15 semester hours from the list of Leadership courses and/or from the list of MBA elective courses.
Three semester hours each
|MBA6200||Human Resource Management
|MBA6500||Global Business Immersion
||Travel Study: Global Business Experience
|MBA6520||Project Management Planning|
|MBA6530||Project Management Execution|
Attendance is mandatory for all class sections. If you are absent for any reason, you must discuss the expected absence with the course instructor before it occurs.
Academic Standards and Evaluation
Grades will be assigned to you at the conclusion of each course according to the procedures outlined in the section "Graduate Grading System."
At the graduate level, a "C" grade indicates less than complete mastery of the content of a course. Only two grades of "C" are accepted at the graduate level in the MBA program and they must be balanced by two grades of "A." If a "C" is received within the first three courses, you may be removed from the program by action of the program faculty.
A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit must be earned at Aurora University in order to receive the MBA degree. A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from an accredited college or university and applied to the requirements of this degree. Transfer credit must have been completed prior to the start of the your MBA experience with Aurora University. Any course work submitted for transfer must be approved by the program faculty and the director. See the section "Transfer of Credit" for the conditions governing the transfer of credit.