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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Fast-track your climb to a leadership position by earning your MBA in as little as 18 months from Judson University. Whether you currently work in business, non-profits, government, or another field, an MBA can help you increase your skills in finance, marketing, strategic leadership, and other fields.

This is a program designed by professionals, for professionals. That means you’ll learn from instructors who still work in their field and can provide you with real-world organizational problems you can solve using your newfound knowledge and skills.


How will an MBA benefit me?


What will I learn in this program?


Our core MBA courses integrate finance, culture, communication, strategy and more to provide you with the knowledge and skills you can immediately apply to your organization, such as:

  • Navigating office politics to develop high-performance teams
  • Help projects stay on-time and on-budget with operational and financial expertise
  • Anticipate new business trends by deepening your analytical reasoning

“More organizations are really looking for their people to have a better understanding of their inner workings. This degree allows people to perform at a higher level in the workplace.”

J. Cliff Boggs
Department Chair, MBA


What classes will I take?

You’ll begin with 36 credit hours of core business courses that help you enhance your understanding of key management topics. Your core courses include:

  • Business Analytics
  • Business Strategies
  • Current Issues in Business
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Project Management

After you complete your core courses, you’ll choose a 4-course concentration that best aligns with your career goals:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Not-for-Profit Administration

What makes this program stand out?

  • Top 15

    Online MBA in Illinois by OnlineMBAToday.com

  • WSJ

    Featured in college rankings by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

  • 15

    Average class size in MBA program


How is the master’s in business administration different from the master’s in organizational leadership?


Both the MBA and the MAOL programs build upon existing leadership skills, but the curriculum prepares you for different outcomes.

Business administration

Learn the theories and practices that businesses are grounded in; then use these learnings to direct strategic change within an organization. Your coursework will be focused on data-centric topics like economics, finance, and marketing.

Organizational leadership

Learn to manage the human side of organizations through skills like change management, persuasion, and conflict resolution.

Learn more about Judson’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership


How long will it take to get my degree?

On-campus classes take place one night a week in Elgin or Rockford. You can also complete most or all of your courses online.* You can expect to spend about 15-25 hours a week on coursework outside of class. Following that schedule, most students can complete their MBA in as little as 18 months.

*MBA concentration courses in Not-for-Profit Leadership are only offered on campus.

Can I transfer to Judson?

If you have prior college courses, we’ll make them count at Judson. We have a generous transfer policy, and our enrollment coaches work one-on-one with you to get the every hour possible for your previous work.


How much will it cost?

$685

per credit hour
(36 credit hours required)

99%+

Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid

847.637.0689


What jobs can I get with an MBA?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

More than 856,000 jobs nationwide require a master’s in business administration. Nationwide, employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

In Illinois specifically, more than 34,000 business and financial operations job openings become available each year.

Graduates of this program go on to careers and salaries like the following:

  • Chief executive

    National Annual Mean Salary: $196,050

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $206,020

  • Computer and information systems manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $149,730

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $137,140

  • Marketing manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $145,620

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $122,260

BLS, 2017

“Earning my MBA is going to open new doors in the future. You never know where life’s going to take you, and this MBA is really preparing me for that future.”

Tony La Rocco
MBA


Why choose Judson for an MBA?

Made for working adults

Judson’s Division of Professional Studies classes only meet once a week, with coursework designed to increase your value to your current (and future) organization. You can take classes online or on campus in Elgin or Rockford—when and where it’s convenient for you.

The MBA is taught on our Rockford and Elgin campuses, and online.

Choose the location that works best with your schedule.

  • Rockford Campus

    Rockford Campus
    200 Y. Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois

  • Online

    Online

  • Elgin Campus

    Elgin Campus
    1151 North State Street, Elgin, Illinois

Free child care at the Rockford campus

To help you focus on what matters most, Judson has partnered with the YMCA to provide free child care during class to students who attend the Rockford campus.

Resources that will help you succeed

Success coaches, 24/7 help desk support, tutoring services, and more are always close by to set you up for success inside and outside the classroom.

  • 24/7 Tech Help
    24/7 Tech Help
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Student Success Center
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Career Services
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Free Daycare
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Designated Success Coach
  • 24/7 Tech Help
    Financial Aid Services

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students