The MBA That Fits Your Life
- Under $19K total tuition
- Earn credentials along the way
- MBA program accredited by ACBSP
- Complete in about 1 year or at your own pace
- 15+ career-focused concentrations
- Curriculum revised in 2021
MBA Program Overview
If you need to advance your career sooner than later, you've found the online MBA that can fit into your busy life.
Southern New Hampshire University's new Master of Business Administration program has the flexibility you need to get where you want to go while positioning yourself for career advancement in about 1 year.
And at just under $19,000 – total tuition – our accredited online MBA program is also an affordable solution that can fit your budget.
Plus, you won't only earn an MBA. We revised our curriculum in 2021, so that in each course throughout the program, there's an opportunity for you to earn industry-recognized business credentials as well. You can gain a competitive advantage each term as you fill your resume with your additional skill sets and certificates.
"The exciting thing about this degree is that we left behind preconceived notions about what an MBA program is and really leaned forward into what it should be by thoughtfully anticipating the future," said Dr. Andrew Gallion, an adjunct instructor at SNHU who served as a subject-matter expert for the university's new master's program. "We looked at current trends to predict what skills will be required. ... This program will certainly differentiate itself with a different focus on the future whereas most programs focus on the present."
Learn how to:
- Analyze and interpret data for decision-making
- Develop and foster adaptable strategies for an organization
- Evaluate and implement various models and processes in the design and continuous improvement of organizations and their practices
- Cultivate globally aware and culturally responsive teams and organizations
- Create and implement plans around culture, ethical and legal standards, and sustainable practices
You can also choose from 15+ career-focused concentrations, to tailor the program more closely to your personal interest. Popular concentrations include healthcare management, project management and human resources.
To better fit your career goals, SNHU offers 15+ MBA concentrations that allow you to hone in on the skills most relevant to you. The concentrations are typically 3 courses each and provide in-depth coverage of a certain subject, like finance, marketing, human resources and more. You also have the option to stay with the general track and take 3 electives that most interest you.
Explore MBA concentration options below.
Take your business and financial expertise to the next level by earning your Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Accounting.
Our master’s graduates are employed by some of the country’s top accounting firms, and many have earned managerial roles in a wide variety of fields.
Learn more about earning your accounting MBA online.
Courses may include:
- Financial Reporting I
- Financial Reporting II
- Tax Factors in Business Decisions
If you're interested in accounting, you may also like our full online master's in accounting program.
When you understand data, you're able to make better decisions.
With your Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Business Analytics, you can help your organization implement change and provide actionable solutions to achieve business goals.
Learn more about earning your business analytics MBA online.
Courses may include:
- Business Analytics
- Descriptive Business Analytics
- Predictive Business Analytics
Earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Engineering Management that offers you the expertise of 2 highly regarded institutions: Gain practical business knowledge from your SNHU instructors, and learn how to lead engineering departments from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) faculty.
Learn more about earning your engineering management MBA online.
Courses may include:
- Introduction to Engineering for Engineering Managers
- Project Leadership for Engineering Managers
- Systems Engineering and Business Practices
Prepare yourself for the startup life when you earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Master strategies that can help you launch your ideas – and have them take off. By learning today’s best practices, you can set your business up for success tomorrow.
Learn more about earning your MBA in Entrepreneurship online.
Courses may include:
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
When you earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance, you gain a competitive edge in your career, learning specialized topics like short-term financial management, portfolio management and capital budgeting.
This master’s is ideal for financial analysts, project analysts, security analysts and investment brokers.
Learn more about earning your MBA in Finance online.
- Corporate Financial Management
- Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
- Short-Term Financial Management
If you're interested in finance, we also offer a full online master's in finance.
Step up in the growing healthcare industry when you earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Healthcare Management at SNHU. Learn how you can have an impact on patient care, information systems and current trends when you earn a business-focused health degree.
Learn more about earning your MBA in Healthcare online.
Courses may include:
- Healthcare Informatics
- Social & Organizational Issues in Healthcare
- Topics in Health Administration
If you're interested in healthcare, we also offer a full online master's in healthcare administration.
Help solve complex workplace problems when you earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Human Resources at SNHU. Gain advanced business skills and learn to analyze relevant information so that you can become a decision-maker – and a leader – within your organization. Curriculum in the MBA in HR aligns with the Society of Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Body of Competency & Knowledge (BoCK).
Learn more about earning your MBA in Human Resources online.
Courses may include:
- Leading Change
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Total Rewards
If you're interested in HR, we also offer a full online master's in human resource management.
Information Technology Management
Earning your Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Information Technology Management can help you get ahead in a rapidly changing technological environment. Your solid business management and technology background positions you for a high-level career in IT management, digital commerce, e-business and telecommunications.
SNHU’s master’s program offers you a unique competitive advantage: knowledge of the latest technology and enhanced analytical and financial skills. The MBA in Information Technology Management online program enables you to imagine and execute technological planning at the business and organizational levels. Additionally, you'll be able to convey the sudden and complex technological changes and implementation plans to upper-level management – a critical role that helps them fully understand the issues so you can get to work expediting solutions.
By blending your IT expertise with creative planning and implementation strategy, you can help your employer get to – or stay at the top of – its IT game, connected seamlessly on various platforms and accessible to consumers throughout the world.
With the growing demand for more business professionals with IT expertise, graduates of the MBA in Information Technology Management online program are prepared for a variety of employment opportunities including:
- Computer and information systems manager
- Systems analyst
- Business analyst
- Data processing manager
- Director of information technology
- Chief information officer
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that many IT careers will grow through 2030, including computer systems analyst (7%), software developer/software quality assurance analysts and testers (22%), web developer/digital designer (13%) and computer and information systems manager (11%) – most faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.1
Courses may include:
- Advanced Information Technology
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- Management of Information Technology
If you're interested in information technology, we also offer a full online master's in IT.
Learn to develop the strategies that can bring global success to your organization when you earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in International Business from SNHU. You’ll gain an understanding of business in cultural, economic, political and legal environments, allowing you to seamlessly shift between opportunities.
Courses may include:
- International Market Strategy
- Managing International Trade and Finance
- Multinational Corporate Environment
Develop the skills needed to succeed in business in an era marked by one constant: change. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Leadership program is designed for those who want to lead organizational change, manage people effectively or launch a sustainable new venture amid the challenges of an increasingly complex business landscape. Build upon personal experience by using examples from your own relationships and workplaces. You'll learn proven strategies and tactics that can inspire individuals, teams and organizations to reach their full potential.
The MBA in Leadership degree coursework by design is readily applicable to your real-world challenges. Taught by business-savvy educators, SNHU's online MBA in Leadership program provides added value for a broad range of positions in a variety of organizational structures from the corporate world to nonprofits and educational institutions.
The program combines best practices with research and real-world case studies for a focused examination of communication for leadership, leading change and psychology of leadership.
Strong leadership skills are increasingly essential to the development of successful organizations. MBA in Leadership graduates will find relevant opportunities across private and public sectors, particularly in corporations, nonprofits, education, service organizations, healthcare, government agencies, marketing and information technology.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports job prospects for MBA in Leadership graduates will continue to grow through 2030. Employment for training and development managers is projected to increase 11%, while employment of sales managers could increase 7%. Demand for top executives may rise by 8% by 2030.1
Courses may include:
- Communication for Leadership
- Leading Change
- Psychology of Leadership
If you're interested in pursuing leadership, you may also be interested in a full online master's in organizational leadership.
Take a deep dive into marketing best practices when you earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing at SNHU. Develop a better understanding of consumers and how to market to them, as well as communication strategies that can help your audience take the action you want.
Learn more about earning your MBA in Marketing online.
Courses may include:
- Brand Management
- Consumer Behavior and Marketing
- Promotions Management
If you're interested in marketing, you may also like our full online master's in marketing.
Tune in to what the music industry needs when you earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Music Business from SNHU. This innovative master’s program allows you to receive a traditional business background from SNHU and specialize in music business through courses taught by faculty from Berklee College of Music.
Learn more about earning your MBA degree in music business online.
Courses may include:
- Music Business Finance
- Music Business Structure and Strategies
- Music Marketing Strategies
Operations & Supply Chain Management
Specialize in strategy when you earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Operations & Supply Chain Management from SNHU. Learn more about ensuring an efficient product flow through customer service standards, inventory control, procurement, transportation planning and warehouse management.
Learn more about earning your MBA in supply chain management online.
Courses may include:
- Operations Management
- Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
- Supply Chain Management
Should you desire a shorter graduate-level program, we also offer a 6-course Operations and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate.
Help projects in your organization go from start to finish – smoothly – when you earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Project Management from SNHU. You’ll learn processes that can help you plan and measure a project on time and on budget. Successful completion of concentration coursework can satisfy the educational requirement needed to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam.
Learn more about earning you earning your MBA in Project Management online.
Courses may include:
- Project Management
- Project Management for PMP® Certification
- Seminar in Project Management
If you're interested in project management, you may also like our full master's in project management online.
Advocate and implement change for the public good across a whole spectrum of interests by earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Public Administration. You'll learn how to excel as a leader, using your own personal strengths and know-how to motivate a team, delegate and put together a strategy that sees your goal through to completion.
By design, the coursework is readily applicable to your real-world challenges and helps you develop into a stronger, more capable leader. Whether implementing programs or shaping public policy, SNHU's master's in public administration lets you enter this admirable profession a step ahead of the rest.
The MBA in Public Administration online program combines your desire to make the world a better place and succeed professionally. It gives you the analytical and management skills you need to straddle many issues and sectors, broadens your prospects and offers you more flexibility than other graduate degrees. You'll learn from experienced faculty and interact with a diverse student body, sharpening your ability to connect with people as a result.
Graduates enjoy a wide range of diversity in the type of work they do. Whether you're conducting research on public policy, helping implement programs or lobbying for specific legislation, you'll find public administration careers to be intellectually stimulating and personally fulfilling.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical and health services managers is estimated to climb an astounding 32% through 2030 – well above the national average. Social and community service management roles are set to grow by 15%.1
With an MBA, you can pursue roles in government, nonprofit organizations, higher education, healthcare, finance, public safety and judicial management companies.
Courses may include:
- Foundations of Public Administration
- Intergovernmental Relations
- Strategic Management in Public Service
As an added bonus, all 9 credits from this concentration may also be applied to a graduate certificate in public administration, yet another feather in your professional cap.
Combine a passion for sports with a traditional business background when you earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Sport Management from SNHU.
The program combines a solid foundation in business with a special emphasis on the business of sports, offering a well-rounded education for anyone who wants to move up the ladder or make a career change.
From business development to brand building to event planning, the online MBA in Sport Management gives you a strong foundation in business and management and a real-world perspective on the multibillion-dollar sports industry.
Because of the breadth of courses offered in sports management, you'll graduate with a broad set of skills and knowledge you can apply right away, no matter your career path.
The coursework is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of specific aspects of the industry, from sports teams, agencies and event management to equipment manufacturing, parks and recreation and intercollegiate and scholastic sports. You'll critically evaluate the issues and opportunities that face the sports industry across a range of disciplines.
Job prospects within the industry are predicted to be strong in the coming years, thanks to the continued popularity of sports. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in entertainment and sports occupations is projected to grow 22% through 2030 – much faster than the average for all occupations.1
In the MBA in sport management online program, you'll gain a combination of skills that provides a unique competitive advantage: knowledge of the latest trends in sport business and enhanced marketing, analytic and financial skills. These sport management master's program courses give you a solid business management and sports background, positioning you for a high-level career in any of the specialized fields in the industry, including:
- Event and facility management
- Equipment manufacturing
- Intercollegiate and scholastic sports
- Parks and recreation
- Professional sports teams
- Sports agencies
Courses may include:
- Internationalization of Sport Business
- Management of Sport Organizations
- Sport and Society
If you're interested in a career in sports administration, you may also like our full online master's in sports management.
Sustainability & Environmental Compliance
Master green business practices with Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Compliance program. Designed for individuals who want to make a difference in the world, this MBA program teaches you how to apply practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society now and in the foreseeable future.
The MBA in sustainability coursework can offer you the skills and knowledge you need to help your organization comply with constantly changing environmental laws and achieve sustainability goals. You'll discover how to build support for ecological strategies that make economic sense and learn how to be an advocate for positive change.
SNHU’s online program offers a classic MBA combined with courses that focus on a broad range of ecological and energy-related challenges and opportunities. Because our sustainability and environmental compliance professors bring extensive and broad experience to the classroom – as environmental advocates, executives and activists – they're able to provide a solid theoretical framework of the issues while offering current real-world examples of what they're teaching.
An online MBA in Sustainability and Environmental Compliance can help you prepare for a number of career prospects, including with large and small firms, renewable energy and sustainability trade associations, ecological advocacy organizations and municipal and ecological regulatory agencies.
With the growth of green jobs on the rise, fueled by the increasing interest in climate change and alternative energy, the career outlook is promising for anyone interested in environmental and sustainability careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for environmental scientists and specialists is set to jump 8% through 2030 – about as fast as the national average for all other occupations.1
Courses may include:
- Energy and Society
- Environment Compliance/Sustainability
- Environment Issues
MBA Career Outlook
With a 2020 median annual salary of $109,760 for management occupations, and 9% job growth projected through 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — your MBA is an investment in your future.1
And according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) 2021 corporate recruiter survey, 91% of recruiters plan to hire MBAs in 2021 – and 96% of recruiters from the technology sector plan to hire MBAs in 2021 as compared to 80% in 2019.2
SNHU's MBA program was designed for a variety of organizations, making you marketable across the workforce.
"The attractive part of this program is that the MBA is designed with a broad focus that can apply across industries," said Dr. Andrew Gallion, an adjunct instructor at SNHU who served as a subject-matter expert for the university's new master's program. "MBA students are usually on a management or executive career path in a wide span of industries. This MBA program is designed to be equally of value for a manager or executive in manufacturing, management consulting, government, retail or biotech."
The work the academic team put in to make the new MBA curriculum applicable to the job market shows.
"As part of our research for the design of this program, we focused on job opportunities for the present and the future," said Dr. Mark Hobson, SNHU's senior associate dean for business. "We sought information from places like the Graduate Management Admission Council, a nonprofit coalition of graduate business schools commonly known as GMAC, the World Economic Forum and many other resources. The research states that employers place MBA graduates in positions involving strategy and innovation, finance, business intelligence and analytics, marketing, leading people, business development and consulting."
Right now, Hobson continued, some of the hottest jobs for MBA graduates include managing areas like:
- Business operations
- Database administration
- Human Resources
- Medical and health services
Countless graduates have experienced the professional benefit of earning an MBA at SNHU.
Kira Morehouse '13MBA, for instance, is a digital marketing specialist for Enterprise Bank. She credits her SNHU MBA for opening the door to her new role.
"In a corporate environment like a bank, it's helpful and reassuring to the people interviewing you and people you have to report to – board members and directors of the organization – that you have the right background," she said.
Similarly, Terrell Wong '19MBA, who scored a position working for the L.A. Galaxy's partnership activation team, said Southern New Hampshire University's online MBA program afforded him the flexibility he needed to balance his career and education, in addition to developing the knowledge and skills to prepare him for career advancement.
“For me, to get the MBA in marketing … it also opens me up if there are opportunities in a brand,” he said. “This education has really given me an opportunity to open up and jump at any opportunity comes up.”
You can read some of our MBA alumni stories in our newsroom here:
- Physician Dr. Thomas Scott
- Chief Strategy Officer Heather Staples Lavoie
- Harlem Globetrotters' Briana "Hoops" Green
- American Nurses Association’s Executive Vice President Nancy Robert
- Chief Operating Officer Maureen Banks
- And many MBA grads who are breaking through in women’s leadership.
Or you can see more of our MBA alumni stories in video format here:
CIO Earns MBA, Takes Her Company ‘To the Next Level’
Katrina Jagroop-Gomes left school at 23 years old to become a mom, but the realities of the modern workplace soon convinced her to finish her education. Now a chief information officer, certified SCRUM master and a leadership award recipient, she shares why she turned to SNHU's MBA program to advance her career.
How One MBA Student Helps Others
For Greg Padilla, an MBA student, success is about being able to help his community, and he believes he can do that with the knowledge he gains in the classroom. See what he has to say about the MBA curriculum and support he felt at SNHU.
Landing Dream Job with an MBA in Quantitative Analysis
Kyle knew he wanted to move from construction sales to advertising technology, but his resume lacked the experience required. So, he made a decision that would change his life: He enrolled in the online MBA in Quantitative Analysis at SNHU, and, a year and a half later, landed the job he wanted.
Driving Global Business with an Online International MBA
Neil McLellan, a business development manager, travels all over the world to bring Internet of Things technology to companies. His MBA in International Business gives him a competitive advantage, equipping him with knowledge he can take to work and to conversations with thought leaders around the world.
What Scott’s Online MBA Meant for Him
Scott Saktanaset's parents came to the United States with a dream – to help their son pursue a better education. Now, with an MBA in Entrepreneurship from SNHU and subsequent promotion into a management position, he’s giving back to the family that helped him succeed.
Start Your Journey Toward an Online MBA Degree
Why SNHU For Your MBA
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7. Our online MBA program offers more fluidity around assignment due dates than before and course resources better suited for the on-the-go learner.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation – with total tuition at $18,810 – plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 6 credits toward your online MBA from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, SNHU is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) — which means our 200+ associate, bachelor's and master's programs meet high academic standards. In addition, many of SNHU's degree programs also carry specialized programmatic accreditation. This includes our portfolio of business programs, which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
To be regionally accredited, one of 7 regional accreditation organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has determined that the university meets its high academic standards and expectations. Most nonprofit institutions are regionally accredited.
In addition, SNHU's suite of online business programs, including the MBA, are also programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
In addition, SNHU has been nationally recognized for its efforts to lead the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- “Most Innovative” regional university honors from U.S. News & World Report each year since 2015
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
Extensive Business Alumni Network
Since our first MBA graduate class in 1974, we’ve welcomed over 20,000 MBA graduates to our alumni network. For current students, that means an extensive business networking group, an opportunity to seek out college mentorship opportunities and learn from students who have already walked the path.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.3 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Part of our mission to expand access to quality, higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials — with no GRE or GMAT required.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms.
How to Apply
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process, which includes:
- No application fee
- Completing a graduate application
- Providing undergraduate transcripts
Courses & Curriculum
Featuring a brand-new curriculum, the revised online MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University can best be described as hands-on preparation for becoming a leader of tomorrow.
First, the program now has 7 core courses. That means all MBA students are required to take these courses. Previously set up to separate subjects – like finance, marketing and strategy – the curriculum now weaves these areas throughout the classes about optimizing brands, measuring success and innovation.
The format of the courses has been reworked as well. All classes now contain scenario-based learning, which gives you the opportunity to practice the course content in a real-world scenario of a likely business problem.
"The learner will be immersed in an experience with learning tools and an instructor who acts like a mentor," said Dr. Jessica Rogers, an associate dean at SNHU. "The scenario solution is mapped for the student to break challenges into sub-tasks, leading to a conclusion and assignment submission."
By taking part in several scenarios, you can bring advanced expertise to organizations.
"The hope for this program is to provide students with an authentic learning experience that mimics the workplace," said Justin Brigham, a senior instructional designer with the learning science and assessment team at SNHU.
Also included in the new curriculum are a variety of very current resources.
"Learners will see strategic use of multimedia, interactive assignments and video content," Rogers said. "They will also see content that is relevant to today’s business environments. ... Attention was given to the student experience and variety of ways in which they learn and digest information."
This was in response to listening to both students and academic advisors. Learners have hectic schedules – and it's always been important to SNHU to meet them where they are.
"Students have very busy lives and we received a lot of feedback around the assignment schedule being more flexible, the ability to have mobile-friendly resources and for the learning experience to be more interactive," Brigham said. "I’m happy to say these are all things we’ve worked to implement into this program."
To say that SNHU's new MBA program has moved away from a traditional format might be an understatement.
"This new program looks away from the design and content of past, more traditional programs and forward into the future for the skills needed to succeed," said Dr. Andrew Gallion, an adjunct instructor at SNHU who served as a subject-matter expert for the university's new master's program. "While a subject like accounting appears to be pretty straightforward, having an innovative mindset can push the practice forward and create efficiencies and new techniques."
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) was in everyone's minds while creating the new program. Having skills that are – and will be – in demand from employers is crucial for student success. 4IR focuses on technology, merging biological, digital and physical worlds. It changes the way we work, communicate and go through our lives.
Because of that, the new MBA program can help you develop 4IR-ready skills like:
- Cognitive flexibility
- Complex problem-solving
- Coordinating with others
- Critical thinking
- Emotional intelligence
- Environment and society conscious
- Judgment and decision-making
- People management
- Service orientation
In turn, you’ll enhance your “soft skills,” a key ingredient for success in any aspect of the business world.
Another feature you'll benefit from are the embedded credentials you can earn within courses. These industry-recognized certifications can help you build up your resume even before you graduate.
"Not only will students leave with their MBA, but along the way, they will have the opportunity to gain badges and certificates that can be immediately shared out to their network and potential employers," Brigham said.
The academic team at SNHU has also lined up highly successful business experts and leaders from many industries who will present in each course through video.
"The videos will inform students about the course content while the expert will share their own life lessons," said Dr. Mark Hobson, SNHU's senior associate dean for business. "These speakers are lifelong learners and friends of Southern New Hampshire University. Many of them are alumni of our MBA program." In short, these experts will share advice and expertise by video in every course.
For example, one of the experts is Howard Brodsky, co-founder, chairman and co-chief executive officer of CCA Global Partners, which is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.
"An MBA gives you the tools to be more successful quicker," Brodsky said. "I feel very strongly that one of the great benefits of the new MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University is that you're going to get really seasoned business leaders to give you ideas and experience that can help you in your path to success."
Whether you're looking to enhance your current career, improve your ability to switch careers or ensure the success of your own business, our business degree coursework offers you the flexibility to tailor your program around your core skills and interests through 15+ career-oriented concentrations.
Aside from the 7 core courses that make up the majority of the MBA program, you can also choose to take 3 courses from a selection of electives or incorporate a concentration to round out your 10-course program. (Note: The MBA in Engineering Management is an 11-course program with 4 concentration classes.)
Don't have a business background? No problem. Our MBA is accessible to everyone. Interested students must have a conferred undergraduate degree for acceptance, but it can be in any field. Those without an undergraduate degree in business or a related field may be asked to complete up to 2 foundation courses to get started. These foundations cover essential business skill sets and can be used to satisfy elective requirements for the general-track MBA. With foundations, the maximum length of your online MBA would be 36 credits.
Attend full time or part time. Students in the MBA have the option to enroll full time (at 2 classes per term) or part time (with 1 class per term). Full-time students should be able to complete the program in about 1 year, while part-time students could finish in about 2 years. SNHU students are busy, often juggling jobs, family and other obligations, so you may want to work with your academic advisor to identify the course plan that works for you. The good news is, you can switch from full time to part time and back again as often as you want.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|Master of Business Administration|
|Courses May Include|
|MBA 530||Leading People and Organizations||Impactful leaders have the ability to define direction, understand their uniqueness, communicate effectively, and use emotional intelligence to lead people, teams, and organizations. Students will explore leadership theories, issues, and trends, while also applying evidence-based methodologies and tools to assess and elevate their personal leadership plan. By connecting leadership theories and methodologies to trends, challenges, and opportunities facing leadership, this course will help students to effectively lead and empower others.|
|MBA 540||Organizational Strategy in a Global Environment||Impactful leaders leverage business intelligence to make ethical decisions, solve complex problems, and craft strategic direction to improve organizational performance and agility in a dynamic global business environment. Students develop context and understanding of how organizations formulate a strategic direction and organize all business functions to complement each other to achieve organizational objectives. Students develop the strategy know-how to assess, inform, and form interconnected functional and organizational strategic direction.|
|MBA 580||Innovation and Strategy for High-Performance Organizations||High performance organizational leaders cultivate innovative thinking and processes and their application to developing successful business strategies. Students will analyze the attributes of innovative thinkers and cultures and how organizational structure and policy can promote or inhibit innovation. The course will explore the market and technology forces that drive the adoption of innovation and the tools and methods--such as risk analysis, economic analysis, statistics, and forecasting--to drive the analysis, selection, and implementation of innovative products and processes.|
|MBA 620||Measuring Success in an Organization||Effective leaders need a comprehensive understanding of financial and management accounting principles, analytical techniques, and computer-based tools. Students will prepare, monitor, and evaluate financial and accounting reports and metrics and present their findings and recommendations. From reporting to planning, students will develop an acute awareness of a perpetually changing business environment and how entities measure its success, challenges and resources.|
|MBA 645||Optimizing Brands||Organizational leaders balance brand management and its relationship with impactful marketing strategies. Students will study the key brand elements of identity, trust, and building habit-forming brand experiences. By applying market research, target market identification, customer trends in the marketplace, and ethical considerations, students will develop a marketing strategy for an organization.|
|Total Credits: 30|
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Technical Requirements
Video Communication Platform:
- Mac or PC desktop or laptop (not a mobile device or tablet)
- Required: At least 1 Mbps upload/download speed
- Learn more about our detailed technical requirements
Internet Connectivity for Virtual Labs:
- Recommended: 5Mbps upload/download speed with less than 40ms latency
Minimum Hardware Requirements
PC (Windows OS)
Apple (Mac OS)
Currently supported operating system from Microsoft.
Currently supported operating system from Apple.
8GB or higher
8GB or higher
100GB or higher
100GB or higher
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
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5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency
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- Laptop or desktop? Whichever you choose depends on your personal preference and work style, though laptops tend to offer more flexibility.
- Note: Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and iPads (iOS) do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at SNHU. These offer limited functionality and do not work with some course technologies. They are not acceptable as the only device you use for coursework. While these devices are convenient and may be used for some course functions, they cannot be your primary device. SNHU does, however, have an affordable laptop option that it recommends: Dell Latitude 3301 with Windows 10.
- Office 365 Pro Plus is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are a student at SNHU. Upon graduation you may convert to a paid subscription if you wish. Terms subject to change at Microsoft's discretion. Review system requirements for Microsoft 365 plans for business, education and government.
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Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
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Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you get an MBA online?
Of course. Many schools offer their MBA programs online so that working professionals can continue their career while pursuing advancement through their master's degree.
SNHU has been a pioneer institution in online programming since 1995, giving us decades of experience keeping up with the changing landscape of the workforce. With SNHU, you'll benefit from an institution that's led the way in modern education, currently serving over 150,000 learners nationwide.
Earning an MBA at a brick-and-mortar school was not possible for Dr. Thomas Scott '15MBA. He knew immediately he needed to find an online university.
"All the research I did said go to SNHU," he said. The quality of SNHU's online MBA program was attractive, as was the way he could choose courses within the program that fit his already demanding medical career. "As a practicing physician, (it) was exactly what I was looking for. The letters after my name weren't as important. I need the information."
Wherever you are in the country, or in the world, you can earn an MBA online from SNHU.
Does an MBA increase salary?
Earning an MBA has the potential to boost your pay significantly. When paired with your years of experience and the industry you're employed in, an MBA can give you the opportunity to earn a much larger paycheck.
According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the median salary of MBA graduates – $115,000 – is 77% more than those with a bachelor’s ($65,000).2Plus, when you enroll at an affordable university, your ROI – return on investment – improves that much more.
And that's why Southern New Hampshire University revised its Master of Business Administration curriculum in 2021: to create a more affordable online MBA program. The revised degree is an $18,810 tuition investment, making it one of the most affordable MBA programs in the country.
While the specific impact of an MBA on salary or earning potential will vary by person, "that year-over-year salary difference over a bachelor's degree accumulates to a significant amount," said Dr. Kimberly Blanchette, executive director of online business programs at SNHU.
Will an MBA help my career?
An MBA is one of the most versatile master's degrees you can earn – and it's one the business world is always looking for.
"The value (of an MBA) is immeasurable," said Heather Staples Lavoie '96MBA, now chief strategy officer at Geneia, an analytic solutions and services company serving the healthcare industry. "Understanding the fundamentals of the market, being trained in quantitative analysis, securing a comprehensive understanding of strategic planning and management, learning about forecasting, operations management – this background has aided me in every role I have held and allowed me to take on the work of building and leading businesses."
According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), hiring for MBA grads still remains strong: 89% of recruiters surveyed mid-2020 – during the pandemic – planned to hire MBAs in 2021.2
"When it comes to the professional value of earning an MBA, the driving factors usually include enhanced marketability, earning potential, transferability, domain knowledge and skill sets that are essential to the business environment," said Dr. Katie Carpen, an adjunct instructor at SNHU.
A GMAC survey said that MBAs are most wanted for roles within consulting, energy/utilities, healthcare and technology.2 And throughout all industries, functions most sought after by employers are hires who have skills or a background in strategy/innovation, finance, marketing and business intelligence/analytics.2
A specialized MBA can help you gain a competitive edge in the workforce. In addition to the general MBA track, SNHU also offers 15+ career-focused concentrations designed to help you reach your professional goals.
By honing in on an in-demand area that organizations are seeking solutions for, you have the potential to become the decision-maker for your company.
How long does it take to get an MBA online?
It depends. If you attend college full time, you could possibly finish it twice as fast as if you only enrolled part time.
In 2021, Southern New Hampshire University revised and shortened its MBA curriculum so that it could be completed in about a year.
"Our prospective students prioritize career mobility and progression," said Dr. Mark Hobson, SNHU's senior associate dean for business. And one of their most-asked questions is knowing how long the MBA will take them to finish. "We heard that message and wanted to help students overcome these concerns. The 30 credits may be achieved in about 12 months."
However, many working professionals try to strike a balance between their career and their education – as well as any other personal responsibilities you have outside of work. If you need to enroll part time to be successful, it's not a problem, and you certainly won't be alone.
It's up to you to decide your timeline and what you can handle to do your best in your degree program and as you advance in your career.
How much does an online MBA cost?
This can vary from every program, every school and every person. They can range from around $20,000 to even over 6 figures – for the entire program.
At Southern New Hampshire University, we're on a mission to make higher education affordable. Known for low online tuition rates, the college wanted to make its MBA program even more budget friendly. By revising the curriculum for students starting in 2021, the team also managed to lower the price point to $18,810 in total tuition costs.
"College education costs are skyrocketing at a higher rate than inflation," said Dr. Andrew Gallion, an adjunct instructor at SNHU who served as a subject-matter expert for the university's new master's program. "This MBA program breaks that trend and creates a price point that makes it highly competitive and attractive."
And at SNHU, you may be able to lower the cost even more. Our Student Financial Services team members are on hand to help you customize a payment plan that works for you, as well as to help you consider your options when it comes to financial aid.
Do you need GMAT for an online MBA?
Not at Southern New Hampshire University. While many universities require test scores for admission into their master's and MBA programs, SNHU recognizes that this can often be another barrier between you and your goals.
"It is well known that success in entrepreneurship and business is not contingent upon a GRE/GMAT score," said Dr. Joseph Ahlo, an SNHU instructor who served as a subject-matter expert for SNHU's recently revised MBA program. "Therefore, we try to embrace all of the qualities of an applicant beyond a single metric. People are more than a metric."
When you enroll in an online MBA program at SNHU, you have a goal in mind. So the quicker we can help you finish your degree, the faster you can work on your next plan of action: moving into a role that can take you even further.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.
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Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2Graduate Management Admission Council, Demand of Graduate Management Talent: 2021 Hiring Projections and Salary Trends | Corporate Recruiters Survey | June 2021 [PDF], on the internet, at https://www.gmac.com/-/media/files/gmac/research/employment-outlook/2021_crs-demand-of-gm-talent.pdf (viewed Sept. 23, 2021).
3According to more than 9,200 SNHU online students in survey responses from the fall of 2019.