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Business Administration MBA Houston, TX Online Master’s Degree


The business administration MBA online master’s degree enables students to advance their knowledge and skills in the field of business. Specialty electives include accounting, e-marketing, healthcare administration, human resource management, information technology management, international business management, operations and configuration management, and project and process management.

The MBA degree may be earned under a nonthesis or a thesis plan (general only).

Nonthesis Option

Student must satisfy the preparatory requirements and complete 31 hours of master’s-level core courses and 13.5 hours of electives.

MBA Thesis Option

Students must complete 31 hours of master’s-level core courses, 4.5 hours of electives, and nine hours of thesis.

The thesis is an essential component of master’s-level coursework and an opportunity for students to examine a management topic, become subject matter experts, and contribute to that body of knowledge. Students work with a graduate adviser to notify the dean and select a thesis adviser.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate well-developed problem-solving skills including the ability to recognize problems; analyze uncertain situations; interpret and use data and evidence in drawing conclusions; and implement the best solution.
  • Integrate business administration principles, including accounting, finance, economics, and statistics, in order to formulate analytically sound decisions and predict their likely outcomes.
  • Demonstrate leadership through effective communication and use of technology to achieve project and/or organizational goals.
  • Evaluate corporate ethics and social responsibility in the global business environment.
  • Demonstrate collaboration and team building.

MBA Prerequisite Requirements:

Students who have not completed sufficient undergraduate coursework in accounting, business finance, statistics and economics, must choose the general emphasis with Option B.


The following NAU courses are considered sufficient undergraduate preparation for the MBA:

AC2760     Financial Accounting for Managers

MA3000     Business Statistics

EC2050     Macroeconomics

FN3000     Business Finance I


This requirement may also be met in the following ways:

Option A:

The equivalent undergraduate courses or master’s courses may be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or from an institution recognized or accredited by an appropriate government or third-party agency, and

  • The student has earned a C or higher in the course(s), or
  • The student may attempt and successfully complete CLEP or DANTES examinations, or
  • The student may submit an experiential learning portfolio to the graduate school for approval

Option B:

MA6100     Statistics

EC6100     Economic Analysis

FN6200     Accounting and Finance for Managers


Students who have sufficient academic preparation in one or two, but not all three of these areas will be allowed to choose an alternative class or classes from the elective courses to fulfill program requirements.

Course Listing

MT6255     Introduction to Leadership and Quality (Must be completed during the first term and prior to completing the other master’s courses)

AC6550   Managerial Accounting

EC6150   Managerial Economics

FN6350   Financial Management

MA6600   Quantitative Methods for Management Decisions

MG6500   Marketing Administration

MT6650   Strategy and Policy

Each student will work with his/her adviser to select 13.5 hours of elective credit that best match their professional interests. These electives can be selected from any master’s courses not included in the MBA core courses, provided that the student meets any individual course prerequisites. Students wishing to pursue the MBA who have not completed sufficient undergraduate coursework in accounting, business finance, statistics and economics shall be required to choose the general emphasis.

Students who select the thesis option must complete the following courses in place of the program electives and MT6650:


MT6100   Research Methods

MT6805   Master’s Thesis I

MT6810   Master’s Thesis II

Specialty Courses

Choose Three of the Below:

AC6250   Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

AC6260   Accounting Ethics

AC6270   Accounting Information Systems and Computer Related Fraud

AC6280   Auditing and Information Assurance

CJ6250   Management of Critical Incidents

MGT605   Advanced Consequence Management

SEC537   Crisis Negotiation

MGT605   Advanced Consequence Management

SEC505   Advanced Strategies & Crisis Preparedness

SEC530   Evidence and Crime Scene Management

Choose Three of the Below:

MG6600   Internet Marketing

MG6610   E-Commerce

MG6620   Social Media Marketing

MG6630   E-Marketing Analytics

HA6500   Fiscal and Regulatory Issues in Health Services

HA6510   Global Issues in Healthcare

HA6520   Healthcare Administration and Policy Seminar

Choose Three of the Below:

LA6570   Human Resource Law

MT6300   Managing Human Resources

MT6310   Training and Development in Human Resource Management

MT6320   Employee Evaluation and Compensation

MT6350   Strategic Human Resource Management

Choose Three of the Below:

CI6600   Computer Security

CI6605   Risk Assessment and Analysis

CI6610   Critical Infrastructure Control System Security

CI6615   Computer Forensics and Incident Handling

CI6620   Foundations of Security (Security+) (E)

CI6650   Advanced Security Practices and Risk Management (CISSP) (E) 

LA6100   Legal Environment for Global Organizations

MT6570   International Business

MT6580   International Management




MT6611     Enterprise Process Management

MT6612     Optimize Enterprise Operations

MT6613     Operations and Supply Chain Management

MT6619     Project Management Essentials

MT6621     Intermediate Project Management

MT6622     Advanced Project Management

COM750DC     Briefings, Debriefings & Presentations

MGT800DC     Advanced Leadership and Management

SEC740DC     Strategic Security Information Literacy

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.