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Master of Business Administration

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Demonstrate key management techniques in a corporate or not-for-profit setting

Fast-track your climb to a leadership position by earning your MBA in Organizational Leadership or Not-for-Profit Administration in as little as 18 months. Judson’s MBA can help you increase your skills in finance, marketing, strategic leadership, and other fields.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

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

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What classes will I take?

Judson’s MBA is 36 credit hours long. Core business courses (24 credit hours) help you enhance your understanding of key management topics. The remaining 12 credit hours are specific to your concentration, which you’ll choose before you begin classes.

Core Course List
  • BUS 505 Business Analytics
  • BUS 510 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 520 Financial Management
  • BUS 530 Operations and Project Management
  • BUS 540 Marketing
  • BUS 550 Managerial Economics
  • BUS 560 International Business
  • BUS 585 MBA Capstone

Which MBA concentration is right for me?

Organizational Leadership

Choose this concentration if you seek to:

  • Lead at a large organization.
  • Implement company-wide change, training, and management strategies.
  • Advance to a high-level career in project management, organizational behavior, or strategic management.

Concentration courses:

  • ORL 510 Ethical Leadership
  • ORL 515 Leading High-Performance Teams
  • ORL 520 Organizational Culture and Politics
  • ORL 525 Global Leadership: Leading Across Cultures and Distance

Not-for-Profit Administration

Choose this concentration if you seek to:

  • Work in a mission-driven (rather than revenue-driven) environment.
  • Manage people and events for a non-profit.
  • Advance to a high-level career in fundraising, non-profit management, or community outreach.

Concentration courses:

  • HSA 522 Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Human Services Administration
  • HSA 623 Program Planning & Delivery
  • ORL 612 Organizational Finance
  • ORL 616 Strategic Leadership and Communication

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.

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 every hour possible for your previous work.

What jobs can I get with an MBA?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

Nationwide through 2028, management occupations are projected to grow by 7%. In Illinois through 2026, management job openings are projected to grow by 6.41%. Both growth rates are faster than national and state averages, respectively.

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

  • Chief executive

    National Annual Mean Salary: $200,140

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $230,070

  • Computer and information systems manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $142,530

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $135,440

  • Marketing manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $134,290

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $118,890

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois Department of Employment Security

How much will it cost?


per credit hour
(36 credit hours required)


Judson students who receive financial aid

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Where will I take my classes?

  • Online


    Take classes from the comfort and safety of your own home.

  • Rockford Campus


    Choose from two convenient campus locations in Elgin, IL or Rockford, IL.

What help can I get?

Enjoy personalized coaching, 24/7 tech help, and other valuable resources that offer you the support you need to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

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

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students

What makes this program stand out?

  • Top 15

    Online MBA in Illinois by

  • WSJ

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

  • 15

    Average class size in MBA program

How will an MBA benefit me?

How is the master of 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