MBA

Masters of Business Administration

An ultra-flexible degree for professionals

Gain the skills to succeed in fast-moving global environments with our 100% online, affordable and accredited degree.

Dash into the curriculum

The curriculum, designed for experienced learners, emphasizes leading people, processes, strategies, and sustainability in developed and emerging economies – relevant skills for career progression.

Foundations

All the business essentials

If you don't have an undergraduate degree in a business-related field, your academic journey starts with foundation courses. Build knowledge in essential business concepts with courses that also act as a bridge to help you understand the level expected from a graduate degree.

    Culture in a Global Business Environment

    In the Culture in a Global Business Environment course, learners examine the unique differences among global cultures and apply business principles across economic borders. As the speed of globalization continues to intensify, organizations need leaders who can adapt and apply practices across a wide spectrum of strategic options.

    Learners apply the different types of cultural dimensions (e.g. Hofstede’s Five Dimensions of Culture) for firms operating in the international markets. Additionally, learners analyze the differences between nationalism, globalization, and glocalization.

    BUS5010 View Course
    Global Marketing Practices

    In the global environment it is important for organizations to have a well-executed marketing strategy that includes consideration for the global consumer. It is also vital for organizations to consider new channels for marketing across cultural boundaries. In Global Marketing Practices learners examine the ways organizations can apply marketing practices to identify and execute on consumer, industry, and organizational needs.

    Learners examine the global marketplace to include the current marketing strategies and practices, and apply the skills needed to create and execute a marketing plan based on the global strategy of the organization. Implement leadership and strategic, cultural, and operational strategies as part of an operational marketing plan.

    BUS5020 View Course
    Applied Economics and Statistics

    As the vast amount of data available to organizations increases there is growing need to be able to analyze and evaluate patterns of behavior, trends, and strategic options. In increasingly complex business markets, the effective evaluation of economic performance makes the difference in maintaining or increasing the overall competitive position of the firm.

    Applied Economics and Statistics extends statistical and economic principles from the undergraduate level to the graduate level. This course helps learners build a solid background in quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills.

    BUS5030 View Course
    International Legal Environment of Business

    In the global environment, it is of critical importance that organizations understand and follow the legal requirements for business. International Legal Environment of Business provides an in-depth analysis of various legal issues encountered while conducting business in an international arena. Learners examine the impact an ever-changing global economy has on effectuating sound business decisions.

    A key concept is national sovereignty and how domestically applicable laws of developing and developed countries, international conventions, and treaties affect international business. Other topics include the effects of culture on business style, international trade considerations, and management of multinational corporations. Learners examine the importance of balancing cultural, political and ethical issues with legal/regulatory constraints as they pertain to doing business in the global economy. Concepts are delivered through authentic case studies and legal analyses of international scenarios.

    BUS5040 View Course

Core

A thorough grounding in all business areas

Relevant and applicable courses empowering you with the competencies you need to build a successful business career. Organizations have entered an unprecedented era of transformation: our core courses are a rigorous response to the emerging needs of a highly skilled, future-focused workforce.

    Finance
    Accounting and Financial Reporting

    Accounting and Financial Reporting engages learners in applying the principles of corporate finance and accounting to business decision making.

    Course topics include financial statements and other reports, the basics of financial forecasting and budgeting, accounting analytics, and the communications and vocabulary related to financial statements. Learners reconcile financial transactions and accounting records, and examine the implications of international differences in accounting frameworks and financial reporting requirements.

    ACC6050 View Course
    Financial Decision Making

    Financial Decision Making prepares learners to apply financial data to make financing, investment, and business decisions that create value for the firm and align with internal financial priorities. Learners evaluate the firm’s capital needs by applying their corporate finance and decision-making skills to financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, operational and investment options, and the use of fintech and emerging financial services.

    Learners build advanced financial models and apply them to corporate finance situations and financial risk management. This course prepares learners to apply key technologies to inform financial decision making.

    FIN6060 View Course
    Leadership
    Leadership and Organizational Development

    Leadership and Organizational Development examines individual and group interaction and helps learners gain a deeper understanding of how human behavior drives organizational behavior and development.

    Drawing from neuroscience and cognitive science perspectives, learners transition from manager to leader through the lens of managing self, others, teams, and relationships. Learners examine principles of motivation, communication, leadership, organizational development and change relevant to contemporary issues.

    BUS6070 View Course
    Marketing
    Marketing Strategy

    Marketing Strategy focuses on the advanced marketing and leadership skills required in today’s fast-paced technology driven global economy. Learners prepare for roles within the field of marketing, and gain a solid understanding of the role of marketing, both in traditional and digital platforms, in defining and maintaining a brand and in meeting business objectives.

    You’ll examine how technology and transformational approaches are critical to developing future-forward marketing strategies. Topics include leadership, strategic partnerships, and negotiating skills that are key contributors to successful business growth and company culture.

    MKT6080 View Course
    Operations
    Technology and Operations Management

    Technology and Operations Management provides a comprehensive overview of technology utilization to drive a competitive advantage for company operations. Learners explore various technology solutions for business process automation, including value proposition analysis across organization functions.

    You’ll also analyse how technology can be leveraged to improve product development during the four lifecycle phases. The course provides a detailed overview of the impact of technology on various operating models such as manufacturing, supply chain management, customer facing, product development, and support functions (e.g., HR and finance).

    OPM6090 View Course
    Strategy
    Global Business

    Global Business provides learners with an expansive understanding of international markets and how to manage cross-border transactions in order to effectively operate and compete in global, local, and emerging markets.

    The course focuses on the complexities, strategies, risk, and rewards that arise due to “liquid borders”, technology, cross-cultural and political issues, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), trade agreements, foreign direct investment (FDI) in emerging markets, currency risk, challenges and sustainability. Learners develop a market entry strategy analysis for a business operating in the global or local environment.

    BUS6100 View Course
    Organizational Strategy

    Organizational strategy examines how the success of any organization is based in part on how effectively strategy is incorporated into its overall mission and vision. Develop an understanding of how adaptability and flexibility are two key aspects of a successful strategy.

    Learners examine and apply principles and frameworks of a successful strategy across various industries and markets with the goal of creating a strategy which sustains and/or increases the competitive position of the firm. This course focuses on the domestic and international strategic approaches needed to solve business challenges, integrating all of the tools related to strategy formulation.

    BUS6110 View Course
    Innovation
    Introduction to Intrapreneurship and Innovation

    Introduction to Intrapreneurship and Innovation provides a framework for how employees with an entrepreneurial mindset can navigate the complex and challenging environments within existing organizations to bring about meaningful, practical, and effective change.

    Learners will understand the need for an innovative mindset, exploring the concept of intrapreneurship and how it can take place from within an organization. The course provides a roadmap for how individuals can plan, present, and execute innovative and entrepreneurial approaches.

    BUS6120 View Course
    Sustainability
    Corporate Sustainability

    Before the year 2000, environmental management for a business was typically driven by the need to respond to restrictions imposed by environmental regulation; however, at the dawn of the new millennium, leading businesses began to change their concept of environmental management to look beyond simply meeting governmental dictates. These organizations began to evolve and utilize environmental strategy to create new ways of growing their business by bringing sustainability to the core of their business strategy.

    This course explores how to effectively work in senior management today, executives need to be knowledgeable not only about their specific business functions, but also, how their business will be impacted by governmental regulations & policies, corporate sustainability initiatives, green marketing regulations, industry guidelines or ‘best practices’, new sustainable technologies, energy planning, environmental performance metrics, and required reporting on the environmental impact of their business unit.

    BUS6130 View Course
    Capstone
    Capstone - Entrepreneurial Focus

    Business Capstone - Entrepreneurial Focus concentrates on the many dimensions of the entrepreneurial spirit in alignment with new venture creation and growth on the international stage. The principles and concepts apply to entrepreneurship in corporate for-profit and nonprofit settings. This course focuses on content and process questions as well as formulation and implementation issues related to conceptualizing, developing, and managing successful new ventures both nationally and internationally. Learners will apply and synthesize concepts and techniques from functional areas of strategic management, finance, accounting, managerial economics, marketing, operations management, and organizational behavior in the context of new venture development.

    BUS6140
    Capstone - Intrapreneurial Focus

    Business Capstone - Intrapreneurial Focus examines ways in which innovative corporations cultivate entrepreneurial-minded individuals to become actively engaged in creating new business opportunities within the firm. Learners explore the principles and concepts applied by intrapreneurial individuals in for-profit and non-profit entities. Learners investigate content and process questions as well as formulation and implementation issues related to conceptualizing, developing, and managing successful new ventures, both nationally and internationally. Learners will apply and synthesize concepts and techniques from functional areas of strategic management, finance, accounting, managerial economics, marketing, operations management, and organizational behavior in the context of creating an entrepreneurial venture within an organization.

    BUS6141

Electives

Broaden your sphere of knowledge

If you don't choose a specialization, you'll choose two courses from the electives listed below. Our elective courses are enlightening topics inspired by the world's pressing problems and the latest themes shaping global business.

    Sustainability
    Food and Agribusiness

    Food and Agribusiness explores how the next wave of innovation in the industry represents the biggest transformation since the industrial revolution. Through case analyses and practical agribusiness scenarios, learners examine global challenges faced within the food and agriculture industries and develop a sound understanding of what it takes to manage an agricultural business.

    You’ll investigate how insurance and financing, supply chain management, global food trade, and innovative technologies such as machine learning, sensing, and customer behavioural understanding can improve the efficiencies and cost-effectiveness of food and agribusiness industries (FAEs), and broaden your knowledge and understanding of the global challenges being faced within the food and agriculture industries.

    SUS6160 View Course
    Renewable Energy

    The Renewable Energy course provides learners with a foundational understanding of the applications of renewable energy practices. This course focuses on key business skills and competencies needed to determine successful economic, technical, and societal applications of renewable energy practices. Learners examine basic energy principles, terminologies, policies, and applications for domestic and international markets.

    You’ll apply industry wide and/or industry sector renewable energy practices, and execute relevant management practices, principles, and perspectives related to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. These practices include corporate and executive management, operations management, entrepreneurship, venture capital and finance activities, infrastructure investment, management consulting, and other business related, technical specializations.

    SUS6170 View Course
    Managing Healthcare

    Managing Healthcare is designed to help learners develop competencies for identifying and evaluating emerging markets within the healthcare industry. In this introduction to organizations in healthcare, you’ll examine the wide-ranging complexities encountered by management and critique current thinking in management and leadership.

    Through case analyses and practical healthcare scenarios, you’ll analyze the global challenges faced within the healthcare industry and develop a sound understanding of what it takes to manage a global health business. You’ll also come away with a solid foundation in understanding and aligning the national health agenda with personal and organizational pledges to population-based wellness.

    SUS6180 View Course
    Strategy
    Enabling E-Commerce and Digital Strategy

    Enabling E-Commerce and Digital Strategy explores e-commerce business classifications in Business to Business (B2B), Business to Consumer (B2C), Business to Government (B2G), and Consumer to Consumer (C2C) analyzing their value proposition to businesses.

    You’ll analyze the primary e-commerce components and applications of the B2B, B2G, and B2C e-commerce infrastructure and markets including business and product models.

    ECM6400 View Course
    E-commerce
    Policy and Regulatory Enablement of E-commerce

    Policy and Regulatory Enablement of E-Commerce serves as a foundation for understanding the various policy and regulatory initiatives that are required to be executed to enable e-commerce. You’ll explore barriers that need to be overcome by promoting collaboration among various organizations across the business, civil societies, and government to improve the accessibility of the Internet.

    The course provides a comprehensive overview of best practices to enable e-commerce. Learners examine the importance of E-commerce reliable data as an essential component of policy development and technological investments, and the utilization of various trade agreements to support the penetration of e-commerce in emerging markets.

    ECM6450 View Course
    Operations
    Operations Digital Transformation

    Operations Digital Transformation provides a holistic overview of the capabilities required to adopt digital transformation depending on the industry vertical. You’ll explore the operating model of various industry verticals with core functions specific to each industry vertical and with non-core functions such as service and product management, marketing, sales, customer care, finance and accounting, human resources, and strategy. Learners examine the following required capabilities: people capability, process capability, and tools capability.

    Digital transformation people capability includes digital talent acquisition and analytics, agile methodology and collaboration models endorsement, cultural transformation, and employee digital journey. Digital transformation process capability includes five core technologies of intelligent process automation (IPA). Digital transformation tool capability includes horizontal technology enablers such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and blockchain.

    ECM6500 View Course
    Global business
    Doing Business in India

    Doing Business in India provides learners with an overview of the current and emerging business landscape within the region, including the largest and fastest growing industries, workforce, regulation, and public and private investment.

    You’ll develop skills for analyzing business opportunities within India and design strategies for starting, sustaining, or growing a business within the region. You’ll also become fluent in concepts of business, modern history, and culture within the region in order to navigate complex interactions for a variety of business opportunities.

    DBW6300 View Course
    Doing Business in China

    Doing Business in China provides learners with an overview of the current and emerging business landscape within the region, including the largest and fastest growing industries, workforces, regulations, and public and private investments.

    You’ll develop skills for analyzing business opportunities within China and design strategies for starting, sustaining, or growing a business within the region. You'll also become fluent in concepts of business, modern history, and culture within the region in order to navigate complex interactions for a variety of business opportunities.

    DBW6350 View Course
    Doing Business in Sub Saharan Africa

    Doing Business in Sub Saharan Africa provides learners with an overview of the current and emerging business landscape within the region, including the largest and fastest growing industries, workforce, regulation, and public and private investment.

    You’ll develop skills for analyzing business opportunities within India and design strategies for starting, sustaining, or growing a business within Sub Saharan Africa. You’ll also become fluent in concepts of business, modern history, and culture within the region in order to navigate complex interactions for a variety of business opportunities.

    DBW6450 View Course
    Leadership
    The Art of Communication

    What is the number one job skill American and global employees are lacking, according to LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner? Communication. The Art of Communication is designed to strengthen and promote a leadership-driven communications model that extends from an audience centered communications approach. How do leaders persuade shareholders? How do leaders negotiate with clients and business partners across cultures?

    This course introduces learners to a foundation in rhetorical awareness that will transfer through a variety of contexts, including corporate communications, public speaking, negotiation, and a range of executive leadership scenarios. Coursework includes genre analysis, professional writing, presentation design and delivery, and negotiation workshops.

    GBL6850 View Course
    Data Sciences for Decision Making

    Learn the foundation of how to apply advanced analytics skills to complex data analysis and modes. You’ll build an understanding of design, data analytics tools, and advanced analytics translators to communicate complex data-related requirements between data engineers, business, and IT stakeholders.

    The course examines four major areas; the momentum gains in the data and analytics revolution; the five elements of successful data analytics transformation; the mapping value in data ecosystems, and data analysis; the models of distribution.

    AIA6550 View Course
    Cybersecurity Leadership

    Explore how our hyperconnected world, comprised of a myriad of networks – both machine and human – has brought us to the precipice of a fundamental revolution and redefinition of the human experience and our socio-political and military world order. Crime, news, and even warfare is digital today.

    Examine cybersecurity goals, cybersecurity tools, cybersecurity strategies, and how cybersecurity leadership underpins every aspect of cybersecurity strategy.

    MHY6750 View Course
    Data science
    Data Sciences for Decision Making

    Learn the foundation of how to apply advanced analytics skills to complex data analysis and modes. You’ll build an understanding of design, data analytics tools, and advanced analytics translators to communicate complex data-related requirements between data engineers, business, and IT stakeholders.

    The course examines four major areas; the momentum gains in the data and analytics revolution; the five elements of successful data analytics transformation; the mapping value in data ecosystems, and data analysis; the models of distribution.

    AIA6550 View Course
    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence considers the business applications of machine learning, and how AI supports the discovery of meaningful patterns in data and adds insights into predicting performance and increasing productivity. Learners explore advanced concepts in machine learning, including details of decision tree algorithms, the QUEST algorithm, and missing data.

    The course covers four major topics: first, machine learning and neural networks; second, value creation across the value chain phases and various industry verticals; third, elements of successful artificial intelligence transformation; and fourth, artificial intelligence use cases across retail, electric utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and education.

    AIA6600 View Course
    Digital transformation
    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence considers the business applications of machine learning, and how AI supports the discovery of meaningful patterns in data and adds insights into predicting performance and increasing productivity. Learners explore advanced concepts in machine learning, including details of decision tree algorithms, the QUEST algorithm, and missing data.

    The course covers four major topics: first, machine learning and neural networks; second, value creation across the value chain phases and various industry verticals; third, elements of successful artificial intelligence transformation; and fourth, artificial intelligence use cases across retail, electric utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and education.

    AIA6600 View Course
    Robotics and Automation

    Robotics and Automation engages learners in examining the Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) five core technologies. These are the following: robotic process automation (RPA), smart workflow, machine learning/advanced analytics, natural-language generation (NLG) and cognitive agents.

    You’ll learn the inner workings of each of these five technologies during the course. RPA is a software automation tool that automates routine tasks. Smart workflow is a process-management software tool that integrates tasks performed by groups of humans and machines. Machine learning/advanced analytics includes algorithms that identify patterns in structured data, such as daily performance data. Natural-language generation (NLG) is a software engine that creates seamless interactions between humans and technology. Cognitive agents are technologies that combine machine learning and natural-language generation to build a completely virtual workforce.

    AIA6650 View Course
    Internet of Things

    Internet of Things engages learners in examining IoT operating systems architectures, standards, and ecosystems. You’ll delve into industrial automation value proposition for IoT, device management, cybersecurity analysis, best-practices in IoT ecosystem design, and monetizing IoT under different commercial models and across the value chain.

    MHY6700 View Course
    Management
    Product Management with Agile and Lean

    Product Management with Agile and Lean explores the techniques that product managers apply to minimize execution risk for a team. You’ll examine two main types of execution risk: technical risk, which is the risk that the product fails because the team utilizes bad software management practices, and product risk, which is the risk that the product fails because it is not what the customers or market want. Learn how to apply the Agile framework to minimize technical execution risk and the Lean framework to minimize product risk.

    MHY6800 View Course

Specializations: become knowledgeable in a concentrated area

With a Nexford MBA, you have the choice to earn your degree with a specialization. Opt to study courses that concentrate your knowledge in a particular area; walk away with the skills to thrive in your chosen career.

MBA Courses and Competencies - Specializations Courses

  • Sustainability

    Crops, food production and water supply are under strain as human populations increase. Design a practical approach to addressing future wellness programs by recognizing cultural differences, the challenges of technology initiatives, and occupational healthcare shortages.

    3 Courses

    • Food and Agribusiness
    • Renewable Energy
    • Managing Healthcare
  • Doing Business Across the World

    You have a great idea: does it translate across cultures? Unpack the cultural complexities and get to grips with doing business in high-growth hotzones.

    3 Courses

    • Doing Business in India
    • Doing Business in China
    • Doing Business in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Enabling E-Commerce

    It’s not only the Amazons of this world that have to think about bricks and clicks. B2B, B2G, and B2C across the world need a strategic handle on the future of e-commerce.

    3 Courses

    • Enabling E-Commerce and Digital Strategy
    • Policy and Regulatory Enablement of E-commerce
    • Operations Digital Transformation
  • Advanced AI & the Future of Automation

    The robots aren’t coming; they’re already here. AI and automation promises considerable economic benefits. How can you ensure each link of the value chain is marching to the same beat?

    3 Courses

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Data Sciences for Decision Making
    • Robotics and Automation
  • Managing Hyperconnectivity

    From cyber war rooms to hackers, cybersecurity is top of every business agenda. Discover IoT ecosystems to minimize technical and product risk using Agile and Lean frameworks.

    3 Courses

    • Internet of Things
    • Cybersecurity Leadership
    • Product Management with Agile and Lean

Meet the faculty experts

  • Dr. Sheila Fournier-Bonilla

    Chief Academic Officer

    Known for passion about conveying the value of higher education

    • PhD, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M University
    • MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Dr. Sheila Fournier-Bonilla is Nexford’s chief academic officer. She has more than two decades of academic leadership experience serving institutions of higher education across the US, Latin America and Europe.

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    She led various National Science Foundation research projects, designed and implemented an innovative engineering curriculum for the Texas A&M University System, directed graduate programs for leading institutions in online learning such as Capella University and Walden University, and implemented innovative academic systems for universities throughout Latin America. Her ability to optimize academic systems has contributed to the digital transformation of more than a dozen universities in the Americas. This experience has exposed her to numerous educational models where she has created a unique academic operations model that promotes optimization while exceeding quality standards each and every time.

  • Dr. Robin Johnston

    Chief Learning Officer

    Known for mentoring and competency-based education expertise

    • EdD, Organizational Leadership, Argosy University
    • MS, Human Resource Development, Towson University

    Dr. Robin Johnston serves as Nexford’s vice president of academic innovation and learning design. Throughout her career, Dr. Johnston has held executive leadership positions in higher education, human resources, and healthcare. Prior to joining Nexford full time, Dr. Johnston worked as a consultant for the university.

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    Her past experience includes the director of academic innovation for McGraw Hill Higher Education and associate dean for business at Excelsior College. She has served as dean, associate dean, program chair, professor, instructional designer, adjunct instructor for various online and traditional institutions and mentor for the Online Learning Consortium. Dr Johnston lives in Venice, Florida and holds an EdD in Organizational Leadership, an MS in Human Resource Development and Management, a BA in Psychology, and is a certified job and career transition coach.

  • Dr. Kathleen Hargiss

    Visiting Professor

    Known for dedication to academic excellence

    • PhD, University of South Florida
    • MBA, University of Miami
    • MA, Northwestern University

    Dr. Kathleen Hargiss has been involved in course facilitation and design for numerous online universities for the past twenty-years. Educationally, Dr. Hargiss earned a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida where she also completed Post-Doctoral studies in Technology, MBA from the University of Miami, M.A. from Northwestern University and Post Graduate studies in Stockholm, Sweden.

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    Dr. Hargiss also completed specializations in International Studies and Management Information Systems. To date, she has mentored 488 Doctoral Dissertations and served on 411 Committees. For the past ten years, Dr. Hargiss served as a Co-Chief Editor for the International Journal Strategic Information Technology Applications (IJSITA).