Master of Business Administration

Maximize your professional possibilities

It’s time to realize your potential. To bring more to the here and now while keeping an eye to the future. To open doors and challenge yourself with a career-focused MBA program, one that uses a highly relevant curriculum to develop skills you can apply in the workplace, starting today.

The Nichols MBA offers you a high-quality, customizable business education that works with your busy life. Design a degree that focuses on your areas of interest and choose the method of learning that works best for you—whether that’s attending class in person or participating remotely. Courses are offered in an accelerated seven-week window so you can finish faster, too.

Your Degree

Costs Only $23,400

Finishes In 2 Years Part-Time

Why a Nichols MBA?

Get there faster

Courses are offered in accelerated seven-week sessions, so you can complete your MBA in as little as 18 months.

Build skills you’ll use today

With a curriculum that’s always current and a faculty of industry experts, you’ll develop skills you’ll use in your career right now and in the future.

Learn how you want & when you can

With HyFlex learning, you can balance your MBA degree with the rest of your life. Choose how you want to learn each week—in class or online in real time.

Get an MBA degree that pays off

A Nichols MBA is an exceptional return on your investment. Nichols offers great value for the time and money you dedicate.

Admission Requirements

* Waived for Nichols College graduates

Financial Aid

Students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid. The Nichols school code is 002197.

Countdown to Your MBA

Finish as soon as August 2017

Begin your degree when it’s best for you

With 6 start dates to choose from, Nichols lets you boost your career and balance your life. Be sure to check out our simplified course sequence maps so you can plan for what to expect. If you choose to start on a January, May, or August start date, you’ll follow Course Sequence I. If you choose to start on a February, June, or October start date, you’ll follow Course Sequence II. To find out the exact start date for your course, take a look at our academic calendar.

Outcomes & Courses

Graduates of the Nichols MBA program will have the business leadership skills to:

  • Critically analyze business problems to find creative solutions
  • Use both quantitative and qualitative business models to find the most feasible results
  • Apply an ethical decision framework to business issues to find solutions
  • Use cultural awareness and communication skills to foster highly productive and collaborative relationships among individuals, teams and organizations

Required Courses
Common Master Level Skills (12 credits)

  • BUS-610 Experience Nichols I - Learn.Lead.Succeed.

    This course leads new students through a comprehensive overview of the College, its advantages in the business field, and the resources that are readily available to students.  In addition, this course guides students through the process of personal development necessary to succeed in the program and today’s business market.  (This course is designed to be completed as a series of three one-credit segments.  BUS 610: 1 credit – First Session of your program, BUS 611: 1 credit – 15 credits into your program, and BUS 612: 1 credit – 27 credits into the program.)

    As a result of completing all three parts of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify Nichols community, culture, learning tools, and college resources
    2. Locate methods and tools for research as 21st century learners
    3. Analyze emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, collaboration, and teamwork)
    4. Develop personal learning objectives for maximizing return on investment in a master’s program


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  • BUS-611 Experience Nichols II - Learn.Lead.Succeed.

    This course leads new students through a comprehensive overview of the College, its advantages in the business field, and the resources that are readily available to students.  In addition, this course guides students through the process of personal development necessary to succeed in the program and today’s business market.  (This course is designed to be completed as a series of three one-credit segments.  BUS 610: 1 credit – First Session of your program, BUS 611: 1 credit – 15 credits into your program, and BUS 612: 1 credit – 27 credits into the program.)

    As a result of completing all three parts of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify Nichols community, culture, learning tools, and college resources
    2. Locate methods and tools for research as 21st century learners
    3. Analyze emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, collaboration, and teamwork)
    4. Develop personal learning objectives for maximizing return on investment in a master’s program


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  • BUS-612 Experience Nichols III - Learn.Lead.Succeed.

    This course leads new students through a comprehensive overview of the College, its advantages in the business field, and the resources that are readily available to students.  In addition, this course guides students through the process of personal development necessary to succeed in the program and today’s business market.  (This course is designed to be completed as a series of three one-credit segments.  BUS 610: 1 credit – First Session of your program, BUS 611: 1 credit – 15 credits into your program, and BUS 612: 1 credit – 27 credits into the program.)

    As a result of completing all three parts of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify Nichols community, culture, learning tools, and college resources
    2. Locate methods and tools for research as 21st century learners
    3. Analyze emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, collaboration, and teamwork)
    4. Develop personal learning objectives for maximizing return on investment in a master’s program


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  • BUS-615 Business Communications

    Communication is key to success, whether through inter-office reports and communications, marketplace messages and conversations, or inter-personal interactions.  This course will aid students in developing skills and abilities in the area of communication - personal and business. 

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Generate well-organized and effective informational and persuasive presentations
    2. Analyze and draw inferences from written material
    3. Write effective proposals and reports
    4. Develop strategies for employing style, structure, format, and for maximizing impact
    5. Apply frameworks in the digital age of communication


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  • BUS-620 Cultural Awareness in Global Business Today

    Today’s business reaches across national and international borders, and the successful business leader understands this paradigm.  This course will lead the student through discovery, analysis, and utilization of international business practices.  In order to complete this course successfully, the student will identify and understand governmental policies, international organizations and competition as well as models for doing business in developing nations using culture in the decision-making process.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Analyze global business initiatives
    2. Identify issues related to globalization from a variety of viewpoints
    3. Develop an ethical framework and analyze issues through that framework
    4. Identify, describe, and debate major themes concerning globalization, culture, and ethics
    5. Analyze teamwork dynamics across geographic and cultural boundaries
    6. Evaluate business culture and practices in developing nations


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  • BUS-625 Current Trends in Leadership

    As business practices evolve to meet the changing demands of the marketplace, leaders must constantly evaluate and make adjustments to stay on top of the field.  This course is designed to help students identify, evaluate, and analyze current trends and then to make judgments on the viability and wisdom of those trends. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Compare and contrast leadership styles, including leading with vision, inspiring, and motivating others
    2. Analyze and summarize critical issues in leadership and ethical decision-making
    3. Analyze current professional literature
    4. Examine the evolution of teams


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MBA Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • MBA-705 Global Marketing and Data Analytics

    Because business operates in a global economic market, it is vital to have the ability to locate and analyze data that will impact business at the local level.  This course is designed to guide the student through the processes necessary to make wise business decisions based on rigorous analysis of global trends.  Statistical software will be used throughout the course. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify and evaluate the external global marketing environment and analyze its impact on various industries
    2. Evaluate select international markets for entry and growth in a variety of industry categories
    3. Identify, evaluate critically, and apply marketing information using primary and secondary data for global strategic marketing decision-making
    4. Assess emerging opportunities in global markets


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  • MBA-710 Managerial Finance

    General managers require a sophisticated understanding of the contributions and limitations of data analysis.  The aim of this course is to enable the student to understand financial issues facing today’s business.  Students will analyze case studies and apply financial models in evaluating corporate financing and operational decisions. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Evaluate how interests of various stockholders may conflict
    2. Evaluate the financial health of an organization by analyzing the financial statements and supplementary internal and external information from annual reports and other company data
    3. Apply working capital management techniques to a business in terms of risk and
    profitability
    4. Develop and apply tools of finance to value investment projects including the determination of relevant cash flows and the appropriate discount rate
    5. Critically analyze current financial management issues and the role of ethics


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  • MBA-715 Operations Management and Cost Control I

    This is an integrated two-part course that examines operations models of the organization through a cost savings lens.  It introduces new methods and models to analyzing, diagnosing and improving operations for both manufacturing and service firms.  The course focuses on key issues that impact competitiveness, including operations strategy, innovation, product and process design and development, supply change management, quality management and sustainable operations.  (MBA 715 must be completed before MBA 720)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Analyze operational components to identify process improvements
    2. Analyze operational and strategic decisions using variance analysis and breakeven techniques
    3. Measure optimal performance through process analysis
    4. Evaluate the potential tradeoffs between effectiveness and efficiency


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  • MBA-720 Operations Management and Cost Control II

    This is an integrated two-part course that examines operations models of the organization through a cost savings lens.  It introduces new methods and models to analyzing, diagnosing and improving operations for both manufacturing and service firms.  The course focuses on key issues that impact competitiveness, including operations strategy, innovation, product and process design and development, supply change management, quality management and sustainable operations.  (MBA 715 must be completed before MBA 720)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Analyze operational components to identify process improvements
    2. Analyze operational and strategic decisions using variance analysis and breakeven techniques
    3. Measure optimal performance through process analysis
    4. Evaluate the potential tradeoffs between effectiveness and efficiency


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  • MBA-800 Strategic Management

    This is the capstone of the MBA program and affords students an opportunity to integrate, synthesize and apply the program’s core learning outcomes with simulation experience.  Concepts taught are solidified using tools and course concepts to diagnose current conditions, select appropriate interventions, and create effective, ethical roadmaps for execution. (pre-requisites BUS 611, MBA 705, MBA 710, & MBA 720)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify and apply metrics for firm performance
    2. Analyze firms for growth, organization, and competitive advantage
    3. Synthesize prior content to articulate desired outcomes and values in a given organizational context
    4. Articulate theory-backed rationales for possible outcomes


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While earning your MBA, you can customize your electives to obtain a graduate certificate.

Electives/Master Certificates - (9 credits)

We will accept up to 9 credits of graduate level business electives from other accredited programs.

Advanced Critical Thinking and Decision-making

  • MBA-730 Critical Thinking

    Designed as a business “think tank,” this course gives students the opportunity to learn from experts as well as classmates when considering business decisions.  Participants will be guided through the thinking process necessary for success in management.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify issues that transcend any single discipline or function of management
    2. Analyze, communicate, and debate fundamental issues that arise in organizations
    3. Develop an enhanced ability to identify critical questions when exploring a new business issue

  • MBA-740 Creative Decision Making

    Creativity is not always innate.  It can be developed and improved.  Based on the exploration of decision-making theory and current literature on the topic, this course begins with understanding the nature of creative thinking and provides a structured approach to problem solving.  It is this understanding and structure that allows participants to learn quickly how to solve problems, generate fresh ideas, and then work with those ideas effectively.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Evaluate and apply a wide range of practical techniques to understand problems thoroughly
    2. Generate and develop new ideas and solutions for real world situations
    3. Compare, evaluate and communicate solutions and ideas effectively

  • MBA-750 Problem Solving and Analysis

    This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to identify and analyze problems in a business environment, weigh alternatives, and propose solutions.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    • Identify potential problems in a simulated business model
    • Propose solutions which will avoid major disruptions in business
    • Analyze actual business models and evaluate the chosen course of action

Employee Benefits

  • MBA-731 Group Health Plan Design

    With the radical changes in the health care marketplace, navigating this area of the benefits package can be challenging to the business professional.  This course leads the learner in an examination of today’s group health care options and the decision-making processes that are involved in making wise choices for the organization and the individuals who depend on this benefit. The material covered will be the same as the study material for applicable CEBS examination.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Identify and define the managed care spectrum and managed care plans
    2. Create a plan for maintaining and improving employee health
    3. Appraise dental plans
    4. Identify and assess specialized benefits—behavioral health, prescription drugs, vision, and hearing care plans

  • MBA-741 Group Benefits Management

    Because the benefits package is such an integral part of any compensation plan, the successful business manager must have a firm grasp of all aspects of this complex process.  This course is designed to showcase the possibilities in the area of group benefits and lead the student through the process of package development.  The material covered will be the same as the study material for applicable CEBS examination.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Articulate dependent care and family leave benefits, education assistance, vacation and other time-off benefits, flexible benefit plans, and flexible spending accounts)
    2. Design a compensation package to include each of the above benefits
    3. Assess various functions associated with welfare plans such as administration, communication and taxation

  • MBA-751 Retirement Plan Design

    Because retirement issues are of prime concern for most employers and employees alike, a thorough understanding of retirement benefits is vital to successful business management.  This course examines prevalent retirement plan offerings in various labor market settings. An in-depth examination of 401(k) plans is provided, with additional coverage of the unique features of 403(b) and 457 plans found in the nonprofit and public sectors. Requirements mandated by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 also are included in the course. The material covered will be the same as the study material for applicable CEBS examination.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    ·      Identify and explore individual retirement needs
    ·      Define and develop an employer-sponsored program
    ·      Categorize specific plan design considerations
    ·      Compare and contrast defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB)
    ·      Examine various types of retirement plans, the primary provisions of Social Security, the fundamental characteristics of tax-qualified plans, and the workings of distinct types of DC plans, and assess prevalent retirement plan offerings in various labor market settings
    ·      Evaluate 401(k) plans
    ·      Compare 401(k) plans 403(b) and 457 plans found in the nonprofit and public sectors
    ·      Articulate the requirements mandated by the Pension Protection Act of 2006

Operations Management/Six Sigma

  • MBA-732 Six Sigma

    Six Sigma is a measure of continuous improvement that strives for near perfection.  Lean manufacturing is a way to maximize customer value while minimizing waste.  Many companies use one or the other of these methods for continuous process improvement.  This class is an introduction to both processes, providing the student with an opportunity to explore the applicability of the theories to real life situations through case studies.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    • Explain the skills required in order to utilize lean tools and data to decrease expenses, reduce cycle times, increase volume, and improve efficiency in Service, Operations, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing sectors
    • Compare and contrast Lean Flow and Six Sigma
    • Determine when and how to utilize the two systems together to achieve faster results

  • MBA-742 Advanced Six Sigma

    Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects (driving toward six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit) in any process – from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service. This class will provide a thorough understanding of all aspects of the DMAIC model in accordance with Six Sigma principles. (pre-requisite MBA 732)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Demonstrate professional qualities in team leadership
    2. Articulate Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools
    3. Identify team dynamics and assign team member roles and responsibilities

  • MBA-752 Advanced Project Management

    A major stepping stone to organizational leadership is the ability to manage a specific project successfully.  This course is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary to plan and implement a project design and recognize areas of concern and failure.  This course will use the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®) as text.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1.    Recognize projects failures and provide remedies that work
    2.    Prepare a detailed project plan
    3.    Analyze the level of project management detail needed in various circumstances

  • MBA-732 Six Sigma

    Six Sigma is a measure of continuous improvement that strives for near perfection.  Lean manufacturing is a way to maximize customer value while minimizing waste.  Many companies use one or the other of these methods for continuous process improvement.  This class is an introduction to both processes, providing the student with an opportunity to explore the applicability of the theories to real life situations through case studies.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    • Explain the skills required in order to utilize lean tools and data to decrease expenses, reduce cycle times, increase volume, and improve efficiency in Service, Operations, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing sectors
    • Compare and contrast Lean Flow and Six Sigma
    • Determine when and how to utilize the two systems together to achieve faster results


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  • MBA-742 Advanced Six Sigma

    Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects (driving toward six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit) in any process – from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service. This class will provide a thorough understanding of all aspects of the DMAIC model in accordance with Six Sigma principles. (pre-requisite MBA 732)

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1. Demonstrate professional qualities in team leadership
    2. Articulate Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools
    3. Identify team dynamics and assign team member roles and responsibilities


    Register for this course →

  • MBA-752 Advanced Project Management

    A major stepping stone to organizational leadership is the ability to manage a specific project successfully.  This course is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary to plan and implement a project design and recognize areas of concern and failure.  This course will use the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®) as text.

    As a result of this course, the student will:
    1.    Recognize projects failures and provide remedies that work
    2.    Prepare a detailed project plan
    3.    Analyze the level of project management detail needed in various circumstances


    Register for this course →