Online Master of Business Administration

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Having a career plan in place is a key factor in moving from the job you have to the job you want. The Marylhurst online MBA is designed to help you formulate a working plan for your professional future while also providing the global business skills and strategic knowledge to execute it. Electives in general management, finance, marketing and nonprofit management help create a focused educational experience that can help you reach your individual goals. The best online MBA programs are rooted in real-world business issues and solutions. At Marylhurst, we’ve assembled a world-class faculty with extensive professional experience to deliver an online MBA program that’s practical and relevant. We also make a practice of meeting with business leaders from different sectors to find out what they look for in a candidate, helping us to provide a curriculum with real-world value.

Choose from elective coursework in:


General Management

Focus on becoming an effective, ethical leader with strong project management skills and the ability to effect organizational change.



Explore corporate finance and portfolio management while discovering effective practices and principles for the international marketplace.



Develop the market research and communication skills to help you become a strong management candidate with global consciousness.


Nonprofit Management

Learn practices and principles, such as finance and fundraising, as they apply specifically to leadership within a nonprofit organization.

An MBA does more than equip us with the skill sets and the quantitative topics and the critical thinking. It’s a transformational process.
Susan Marcus, Ph.D., Chair, MBA Department
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Why choose Marylhurst University?

For more than 120 years, Marylhurst University has empowered students of all ages to change the world through education and mentorship. Marylhurst students are lifelong learners who embrace the challenge to continually better themselves personally and professionally. Our dedication to the holistic improvement of our students is why we integrate the liberal arts into every degree program we offer. Also present in every Marylhurst program is a commitment to social responsibility and diversity in all its forms.

Since the mid-1990s, Marylhurst has offered online degree programs to accommodate working professionals around the world. We believe online learners have as much right to small classes and high-level engagement as traditional students. We believe that you can balance your job and personal life with academic responsibilities and earn a first-rate education. We also believe a first-rate education should be affordable. Why choose Marylhurst University? A Marylhurst degree makes people stand up and take notice, and a Marylhurst education builds knowledge, character and marketability in students like you.

Pretty much every class I’ve taken has come into use over the past six months. … It's been fun to actually say, 'I can do that.'
Krisheena Mason, Online MBA in General Management

Why should I get an MBA?

An MBA can help boost your earning potential and reach the professional level you’re striving for. However, there are plenty of other reasons to earn an advanced business degree. An MBA can provide valuable networking opportunities and help you develop strong leadership skills. It can also introduce you to accomplished professors and guest speakers who can teach you about modern business from a real-world perspective. And because we require our students to have work experience, our programs offer the chance to engage with smart, upwardly mobile peers from many industry sectors.

“The salary premium for an MBA compared with a bachelor’s degree is an increase of $40,000.”*


Why should I choose a part-time MBA program?

The decision to pursue an MBA is an investment in your future, and a part-time MBA program can help make that investment provide returns while you study. For starters, a part-time MBA allows you to continue your employment so you don’t have to give up your salary while you are in the program. Some part-time MBA students even find that their employer is willing to help with the cost, especially when they see the value many students bring back to the workplace as they progress through the program. These benefits help explain why more than half of all MBA students are enrolled on a part-time basis.*


“Part-time MBA grads achieved a pay raise at graduation of 41% over their pre-MBA pay. By the fifth year post-MBA their pay had gone up another 56%.”

U.S. News Education


Our online MBA program includes 32-to-37 credits of core courses, 12 credits of coursework in electives of your choice and a four-credit capstone class. This dynamic degree is an all-encompassing business experience built to prepare ambitious students for management success.

Business Core Courses

Foundations of Business

This course is intended to prepare students to be successful in an MBA program by introducing them to the following topics: writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing, statistics and Microsoft Office. Students without an undergraduate business degree, and students without professional work experience in a business-related field, will find this course particularly useful as they prepare for their MBA coursework. 5 crs.

Organizational Behavior

During this orientation course, students refresh their knowledge of key business subjects while being introduced to new academic concepts and graduate-level expectations. This course introduces both the theory and practical application of organizational behavior, the study of how individuals and groups impact behavior within an organization. Topics include decision making, motivation theories, individual and group behaviors, leadership, power and organizational politics, and organizational culture. 4 crs.

Business Law for Managers

This course is a practical survey of business law geared towards providing busy managers with a solid grasp of key legal concepts and principles that they are likely to encounter in their work day. Students learn that the benefits of legal action must be weighed against the risks and costs of litigation. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, commercial transactions, and business organizational structures. 4 crs.

Managerial Economics

This course is designed to help graduate students develop an understanding of the basic concepts of economics. The focus will be on having students apply foundational concepts of microeconomics, including scarcity, ownership and markets to their personal decision making and professional life. In addition, students will learn the macroeconomics concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables and use forecasts to understand the application to their personal and professional life. Finally, students will learn some of the basic concepts of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates. 4 crs.

Marketing & Communications

Effective marketing is a customer-focused process that pervades an organization. Through qualitative and quantitative analysis, students learn how to segment markets and position a firm’s offerings in order to create long-term customer and shareholder value. This course explores marketing opportunities through product and service line development, pricing strategies, customer communications including digital media, and channel management. 4 crs.

Managerial Accounting

In this course students learn accounting concepts from a decision maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements, and financial reporting, special attention will be given to accounting information used to assist management in business operations. 4 crs.

Financial Management

This course is designed to help students understand financial theory and its important applications. With a focus on concepts including the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles, and the role of financial markets, and through real-world examples and practical exercises, students learn concepts and terms used by financial analysts and strategists. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 521

Statistics for Managers

Managers use statistics to make important decisions in all phases of the business life cycle. This course is an introduction to the benefits of statistical thinking. Students explore how statistics and data analysis can help solve managerial problems, leading to more effective decisions. This course covers basic concepts of distributions, probability, variables, hypothesis testing, inference and experimental design. 4 crs.

Strategic Planning

Successful managers understand the value of strategic planning. This course develops the analytical and financial skills to gain competitive advantage in a dynamic business climate. Students learn how to evaluate the business environment, assess an organization’s strengths and capabilities, and decide on competitive strategies. Practical scenarios are used to explore strategic alternatives, implementation options and evaluation methods. 4 crs.

Corporate Finance

This intermediate course approaches finance from the chief financial officer’s perspective. Students will analyze practical problems in investment decisions, working capital, risk management, company valuation, financial planning, and legal and ethical concerns. This course provides an understanding of the theories, concepts, and applications of modern corporate finance. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 522.

Project Management

Project management is an important component of many of today’s most rewarding professions. This important discipline makes it possible to achieve organizational goals in a broad array of fields within the private and nonprofit sectors. This course provides students with a deep understanding of project management by introducing processes and behavioral and technical tools to effectively plan, manage and implement projects. In this course, students will be exposed to a range of applications and will have the opportunity to develop a project through several stages of implementation. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 510.

Leading Organizational Change

This course provides opportunities to increase understanding of organizational change theories and practice, and to identify and develop personal qualities, skills, and experience in support of becoming effective agents of change. Through a systematic approach to lead and influence organizational change plans and implementation efforts, students will identify sources of resistance and develop plans to successfully mitigate and/or leverage those forces. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 510

Business Electives

Principles of Sustainability

In this course, students will gain a basic understanding of fundamental psychological, cultural, environmental and sustainability issues and challenges affecting business and global society in the twenty-first century. Particular attention will be placed upon gaining an understanding of theoretical perspectives that impact effective sustainable business management, with special emphasis upon systems thinking. Learners will reflect upon the interconnectedness and dynamics of historical, social, ecological, governmental, economic, financial and ethical constructs associated with sustainability. Learners will also gain an opportunity to discover various sustainability frameworks and compare multiple global approaches to sustainable business management to gain a solid understanding of strategies leading to the effective integration of social, ecological and economic realities. 4 crs.

Contemporary Managed Care

This course is designed to provide a full understanding of the origins of managed health care from the 1970s through current applications in the United States health care system. The evolution of managed health care applications is evaluated from legal, social and ethical perspectives, with emphasis on benefits and limitations. Specific examples of managed care applications are examined and analyzed (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and private applications). 4 crs.

Health Care Marketing and Communications

The growth of competition among health care providers provides new and exciting opportunities for marketing and communications activities. This course is an introduction to marketing management and research in the fast-changing health care industry. Beginning with marketing fundamentals, students gain expertise in product and service line development, public relations and communications, and patient centricity in diverse populations. Special topics include emerging business models in health insurance and treatment centers. 4 crs.

Health Care Law and Risk Management

This course is a practical survey of business law and the special considerations present in the health care setting. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, antitrust concepts, labor law, commercial transactions, data privacy, patient rights, professional liability, defensive medicine and health care reform. 4 crs.

Operations Management in Health Care

This course focuses on the strategic importance of operations in the context of integrated delivery models and systems. Emerging models such as accountable care organizations, outcomes and evidence-based care, and patient-centered medical home models are examined. Emphasis is placed on performance improvement through the use of tools including Lean, Six Sigma, and Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) rapid cycle. Topics will also include planning, organizing and controlling of property, plant and equipment, safety and emergency preparedness, and environmental services. 4 crs.

Real Estate Finance

This course is an introduction to corporate real estate decision making. Students are exposed to real estate investment, market analysis, project financing, leasing, property management and land-development issues. Students learn the economic factors and finance theories that affect property values. Consideration will be given to current trends in commercial real estate finance and deal making. Students who wish to take the finance concentration must pass this class with a minimum grade of a B+. 4 crs.

Real Estate Law

This course is a combination of business and real estate law. The outcomes and discussion are geared toward real estate organizations, the impact of eminent domain on the built environment, and the application of critical thinking using the IRAC method. Key outcomes are centered on understanding the relationships of ethics and real estate, legal interests in real property, and business law topics, such as labor law, bankruptcy, corporations and contracts. 4 crs.

Sustainable Marketing

This course will provide learners with an opportunity to discover, use, and apply powerful marketing management constructs into a reflective framework integrating the organizational, societal, environmental and global aspects of sustainability. Learners will be challenged to develop marketing plans and strategies that effectively consider address and reconcile the multiple and often conflicting dimensions of sustainable business management. Particularly, emphasis will be placed upon marketing research and the student’s ability to effectively research, analyze and take advantage of market opportunities within the realm of triple-bottom-line principles. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: none.

Real Estate Development

In this course, the students will focus on analyzing real estate with an emphasis on development in the following markets: residential, industrial, office and retail. Students will begin using the Argus Developer program as the key computerized market analysis package, gaining an intermediate mastery level. The core outcomes will include applying the basic real estate economic relationships between the markets, space absorption, and determining achievable space rents. This course will also introduce the importance of location and timing in the development process. 4 crs.

Real Estate Analysis

This course will focus key analytical components, including quantifying the market, performing competitive analysis, political and legal analysis, location and site analysis and financial analysis. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: RES 530.

Real Estate Valuation

This course will focus on the market analysis approach for commercial investing. It will include the relationship between financial and market analysis to prepare the student to be able to make a strategic recommendation on the “go/no-go” investment decision. 4 crs.

Real Estate Investments

This course will focus on preparing the student to apply key investor decision-making analysis to optimizing investment returns, effectively forecast investment performance, and use quantifying techniques to improve decision making. 4 crs.

Asset Management

In this course, students will learn the key econometrics of managing investors’ assets. Focus areas will include understanding the goals and objectives of the owner, macroeconomic influences on real estate investment, sourcing, and calculating financial statements. In addition, the student will apply the TVM principles using the DCF model. 4 crs.

Property Management

In this course students will learn effective marketing and leasing tactics for residential, retail and office portfolios including the management of tenants and employees, repairs and maintenance, marketing and the ethical and legal environment of property management. 4 crs.

Operations Management

Strategic effectiveness requires two fundamentals aspects: strategy design and strategy implementation. Capitalizing upon the learning gained in the Strategic Leadership in Sustainable Management course, students will turn their attention to the effective execution of strategy by discovering, researching and discussing the multiple dimensions of operational management in the energy production/utilities industry. In addition to learning traditional operational constructs such as operational strategy, process and supply chain management, production and inventory management, and Total Quality Management (TQM), students will discover crucial principles, tools and techniques associated with growing fields such as business re-engineering, green management and industrial ecology. They will also gain exposure to specific industry concepts, tools, techniques and constructs. Particular emphasis will be placed upon case studies related to the comparative assessment of best practices in sustainable energy operations management around the globe. 4 crs.

Alternative and Renewable Energies

This course provides an overview of traditional and alternative energy sources, with particular emphasis on renewable energies, with the intent of providing students with a strong understanding of the technologies associated with renewable and sustainable sources energy, such as hydropower, solar, wind, hydrogen, geothermal and oceanic forces, biomass, etc. Course content also addresses operational issues associated with production, storage, transportation, distribution and industrial or consumer use of energy. Particular importance is attached to the trade-offs resulting from use and promotion of various forms energy in terms of their technological merits and economic viability. Learners are also invited to think in terms of energy consumption, efficiency and conservation rather than sole reliance upon renewable energies. 4 crs.

Environmental Law

Environmental Law permeates all facets of sustainable business management. Whether dealing with major issues in water use and pollution, air permits, hazardous waste disposal, Clean Air Act regulations and requirements, real estate construction and transaction issues or environmental litigation and toxic torts, sustainability-minded business managers must possess a solid understanding of vital rules and regulations associated with Environmental Law. Of particular importance is comprehension of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and of the related and constantly evolving legal issues affecting sustainable business practices. In this course, students will have an opportunity to explore the relationships between public policy and legislation and how law both constrains and fosters opportunities for the development of sustainable energy from wind, solar, geothermal and other sources. 4 crs.

Change Management in Health Care

During this course, students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership from a theoretical, personal, and practical perspective with a special emphasis upon leading ethically in healthcare. The course will discuss how organizational leaders address the growing importance of legal and ethical challenges in their decision making. Special topics include team building, gender issues, and leadership in diverse, multicultural, and global environments particularly as they relate to healthcare. Equally important, will be considerations for the various ethical methodologies from which to base leadership decision making related to various contemporary and controversial healthcare issues. 4 crs.

Business Capstone

Capstone Project

In the capstone course, students establish links between their MBA program and practical application. Using skills and competencies that demonstrate mastery of the MBA program learning outcomes, students identify an area in which to apply their learning. Using a wide variety of tools, students demonstrate their understanding of theory and practice to create an implementation plan for improved organizational performance. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: Completion of all other program requirements.