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

Graduate Business Foundations

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.

Cross-listed as BUS 492 for undergraduate credit. Graded Pass/No Pass only.

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.

General Management Electives

Leadership & Ethical Decision Making

During this course, students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership from a theoretical, personal, and practical perspective. Respected leaders possess a clear ethical framework for making decisions. They understand the legal requirements as well as the moral imperatives of modern management. This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of ethical decision making and their application to resolving issues and conflicts in the workplace. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 510.

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

Finance Electives

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.

International Finance

In this course, students will explore the role of foreign capital markets, exchange rate risk, and financial control systems as applied to the international firm. Additional topics include political and economic risk, multilateral institutions, foreign trade, and international accounting practices. Students will learn to apply sound financial principles in order to maximize competitive advantage and shareholder wealth. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 548.

Investments and Portfolio Management

In this course, students will examine the differences between real and financial assets and understand the role of the investment analyst. Financial markets are engines of economic innovation, offering a range of investment vehicles for firms and individual investors. Topics include portfolio theory, capital markets, fixed-income securities, and derivatives. Students will evaluate the trade-offs between risk and return in efficient markets. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 548.

Marketing Electives

Marketing Research

Marketing campaigns rely on organized and cost-effective marketing research. Students will learn how to gather, analyze, and present information that addresses common business challenges, such as buyer behavior or market potential. This course provides an understanding of research methodology, secondary sources, survey construction, measurement, sampling methods, and data analysis. As a final assignment, students will complete and present a real-world research project. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 514

International Marketing

This course examines international marketing programs from a strategic management perspective, as opposed to the technical aspects of import-export trade. Students will evaluate organizational objectives and market-entry strategies in a multinational business climate. Actual scenarios are used to highlight differences between domestic and international customer segmentation, brand management, distribution channels, transport, pricing, and e-business operations. The cross-cultural and political aspects of international markets will also be addressed. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 514.

Integrated Marketing Communications

Today’s successful organizations employ integrated marketing communications (IMC) tactics that coordinate messages in terms of content, positioning and frequency. IMC strategy is holistic, involving all members of the organization in marketing processes. Organizations that employ IMC strategy gain from consistency of message and the synergy created from that consistency. IMC employs practical methods to analyze the elements needed to predict, prepare and evaluate integrated marketing communications efforts. The course focuses on formulating and constructing methods students can apply in today’s business settings. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 514.

Nonprofit Management Electives

Nonprofit Leadership & Governance

As nonprofit institutions have expanded their influence around the world, they have embraced for-profit management and HR techniques. Through case studies and practical exercises, students will learn modern leadership concepts and apply them to a variety of not-for-profit organizations. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 510.

Nonprofit Finance Essentials

This course emphasizes aspects of finance and accounting that are unique to the nonprofit sector. Topics include managing and reporting earned income and multiple revenue streams, fund accounting, budgeting, and other aspects of reporting principles and practices associated with nonprofit organizations in general, and including entities such as federal, state, and local governments, hospitals, and educational institutions. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 543.

Raising Funds for Nonprofit Organizations

Creating an environment for successful fund development within a nonprofit organization is a strategic undertaking that requires a substantive understanding of, and experience with, fund development programs and fundraising practices. This course provides students with an overview of the fundraising process and systems, how nonprofit staff and Board work together to raise funds, and critical perspectives from donors on how the fundraising process works in the real world. Topics include annual giving, major gifts, campaign design and grant writing, and the importance of research and creating a culture of philanthropy within an organization. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 543.

Business MBA 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.