Online MBA

Online MBA from SNHU

Welcome to SNHU's Online MBA

The SNHU online MBA is designed for established professionals and recent graduates looking to strengthen their marketability, enhance their business skill sets and increase career opportunities. The 13-course (39-credit) online MBA degree program blends practical and theoretical applications into a well-rounded and topical business education program. Courses are conveniently offered year-round online and on campus (in Manchester, Portsmouth, Salem and Nashua, N.H., and Brunswick, Maine). You do not need to take the GMAT or GRE to be considered for acceptance into the online MBA degree program.

We provide you with a toolkit to build effective and efficient organizations through stimulating classroom discussions, research projects and case studies covering a broad range of subjects. Our students are helping to reshape corporations and create sustainability in small businesses, and taking their rightful place in today's market as up-and-coming entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The online MBA curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation of theory and practice, taught by faculty with real-world business experience, in a classroom environment where students get the opportunity to interact and share best practices with peers from more than 80 countries.

With Southern New Hampshire University's online MBA degree, you can earn the respected credential, learn the strategy, and practice the skills required to tackle the most complex leadership roles in dynamic organizations. You will gain:

  • An in-depth understanding of business enterprise --
    Our 13-course (39-credit) online MBA provides a solid foundation in all areas of business enterprise, from the fundamentals of operations and finance to marketing and
    strategic planning.
  • Focused knowledge in your area of interest --
    You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge by choosing three elective courses (nine credits) to broaden your academic background or by selecting a three-course concentration to build a comprehensive knowledge base in a specific area of interest. Over 20 concentration areas are offered, covering a wide variety of business verticals and subjects.

Online MBA Features

  • Affordability -One of the most affordable online MBA programs available today, from a respected, private, nonprofit university. 
  • Academic Heritage – Southern New Hampshire University was established in 1932 and has been offering online degree programs since 1996.
  • Accreditation -  programs are accredited by seven governing agencies, including the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
  • Speed - Earn your online MBA in as few as 21 months (full-time course load required).
  • Balance - Course work merges theory and practice so you can use tomorrow what you learned in class today.
  • Faculty - Classes taught by experienced faculty with the academic background and real-world business experience to deliver a dynamic curriculum.
  • Flexibility - Take courses online, on campus, at an off-campus center or any combination thereof. Study full or part time.
  • Focus – Choose an elective track or a career-focused concentration. Students choosing the elective track may have the opportunity to add a graduate certificate to their MBA for just a few more courses.
  • Small classes - There are generally between 15 and 20  students per course

Online MBA Course Structure

SNHU's online MBA provides the flexibility to customize your program with courses that focus on specific subjects of interest. You can choose to take either elective courses or a concentration to complete your 13-course program. Those with non-business academic backgrounds may be required to take foundation courses. Degree students requiring foundation courses often choose the elective option because it provides the added flexibility of using some foundation courses to fulfill their elective requirements. Students choosing the elective option are also able to pursue a graduate certificate in addition to their degree program (typically at a reduced credit load, depending on the electives selected).

Students progress through the foundation courses (if required), then through the 10-course  MBA core and either a concentration or elective courses.

Online MBA Curriculum - Build a Solid Business Foundation

Elective Track (3 courses)

Online MBA degree students choosing the elective track must successfully complete three graduate business electives in addition to the 10-course online MBA core.
SNHU offers hundreds of courses to choose from. You can choose specific courses to help develop a specific area of expertise or a variety to add more breadth to your general management foundation.

Students on the elective track also can add a certificate to their program of study, typically with reduced credit-hour requirements. Contact an Admission Advisor at or 888.387.0861 for more information and to help you determine which online MBA you want to pursue.

Concentration Track (3 courses)

Our online MBA offer more than 20 career-oriented concentrations. If you are currently working in or looking to transition into a specific field, concentrations provide a convenient way to focus your education. Each three-credit concentration was specifically designed to provide depth in a specialized field.

Core Courses

The 10-course online MBA core was developed to help students succeed in today's competitive and diverse business environment. It focuses on providing the functional skill set and broad knowledge base to help you develop practical business strategies and make you a more effective leader.

ACC-500: Managerial Accounting
Students in this course study the accumulation of accounting information. The internal use of accounting for management planning, control and decision-making is emphasized. Background preparation: 6 credit hours of accounting or equivalent. Note: ACC 500 cannot be taken for credit or as an elective if ACC 510 has been completed.
ECO-500: Managerial Economics
Managerial economics involves applying economic theory and using the tools of decision science to examine how an organization can achieve its objectives most efficiently in the face of constraints. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics or equivalent.
QSO-510, MBA-501 and MBA-502
FIN-500: Financial Management
This course is a study of financial decision- making in a firm, including its relationship to financial markets and institutions. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
ACC-500, ACC-510 or ACC-550 and MBA-502
INT-610: Multinational Corporate Environment
This course is a survey of economic, social and political relationships among and within nations, and their impacts upon corporations that operate in an international context.
IT-500: Information Technology
This course focuses on the many ways information technology is incorporated within contemporary organizations and used to achieve a competitive advantage in the national and international marketplace. The interrelationships between information technology, management and organizations are emphasized. Management of the system development process and the tools and methods used to produce quality information systems also are studied. Background preparation: 3 credit hours in information technology or equivalent. IT 500 cannot be taken for credit or as an elective if IT 510 has been completed.
MBA-700: Strategic Management
This course includes the application of learned skills and the testing, distillation and integration of insights gained from previous courses and other sources.
FIN-500, OL-500, QSO-510 and IT-500
MKT-500: Marketing Strategies
This course is a study of the activity by which organizations discover consumer and other organizations' needs and wants, and then provide satisfaction through a mutually beneficial relationship. Students will explore the topics of selecting a target market, conducting marketing research, and designing product, price, promotional, and distribution strategies through the development of a marketing plan.
OL-690: Responsible Corporate Leadership
Students investigate the nature of the environments in which business enterprises conduct their operations in order to determine the actual and desirable levels of attentiveness and responsiveness of business managers to the relationship between the enterprise and society.
QSO-510: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
This is a survey of the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools available for assisting in the operation and management of industrial organizations. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in statistics, or the equivalent.
QSO-600: Operations Management
This is a study of the concepts of production and operations and of a variety of methods and techniques used in their management. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.

Foundation Courses

Some students may be required to take foundation courses as prerequisite work for some of the more advanced online MBA material. Students with business related undergraduate degrees are typically exempt from most foundation courses. In most cases, students choosing the elective track are able to apply the credit hours from their foundation courses against the elective requirements.

Contact an Admission Advisor at or 888.387.0861 for more information.

MBA-501: Mathematics and Statistics for Business
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
MBA-502: Economics for Business
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
MBA-503: Financial Reporting and Analysis
This course is designed to help future business leaders across all functional areas appreciate and understand the rules and regulations, processes and procedures, and significance of financial accounting statements and reports. It provides a balanced presentation between how statements are prepared and, more importantly, how to analyze these statements and footnotes to assess a company's performance within the industry and management's performance within a particular company. New government regulations have made the integrity and quality of financial accounting information everyone's responsibility. This course will help future business leaders conduct better internal audits, improve forecasts and valuations, and make better management decisions.
MBA-610: Business Law
This course focuses on the theory and application of business regulations and the laws of contracts, agency, property and business organizations. Background preparation: 3 credit hours in business law or the equivalent.
OL-500: Human Behavior in Organizations
This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

Tuition and Fee Information

Regular Graduate Pricing Per-Course* Per-Credit Hour*
Online Degrees/Certificates $1,881 $627
On Campus Degrees/Certificates $1,881 $627
Degrees/Certificates (Active-duty Military and their Spouses) $1,410 $470
Additional Costs:
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course),
Full-Time Manchester campus students incur the following fees: Health Service Fee $25 per semester & one-time Activity Fee ($300)
International Students need International Health Insurance ($107/month), Health Service Fee $10 per term, Support and Activity Fee $650 per year

For more information, contact:

International Students

International students who require a visa to study in the U.S. should contact our International Admission office at or 603.645.9629.

Contact Us

Phone: 888.387.0861