Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The McKendree University School of Business is dedicated to providing a Master of Business Administration program that will contribute to the knowledge base, analytical skills, and career potential of the students. The program will build on the knowledge and experience of both the students and faculty and foster an attitude of life-long learning.

The courses of study available: 

•   Traditional MBA Coursework

•   MBA - Human Resource Management Coursework

The program consists of 12 classes that can be completed in less than two years covering the key areas to develop senior managers for increasing levels of decision making within private business, public organizations, and governmental institutions.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for graduate study at McKendree University must possess a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. Students with a Bachelor's Degree in a business field will be assumed to have the prerequisite knowledge to begin graduate study in the MBA Program. Students with an undergraduate degree in an area of study other than business may be required to complete foundation course work or demonstrate their knowledge of the field in other appropriate ways. Foundation Coursework may be completed through the following undergraduate courses:

ACC 261

Principles of Accounting I

ECO 211

Principles of Microeconomics

MGT 204/MKT 205

Principles of Management or Principles of Marketing

MTH 310


*Please check the semester class schedule for dates and times of class offerings


Human Resource Management Concentration

This program is offered at the Radcliff campus only.

The Human Resource Management Concentration consists of 12 courses that provide students with specialized knowledge and skills focusing on Human Resource Management.

The following three (3) courses are added to the basic MBA curriculum to further explore HR issues. These courses expand on concepts learned in MBA 623, MBA 625 and prepare students for MBA 661.


MBA 628

Organizational Leadership and Transition

MBA 635

Global Human Resource Development

MBA 660

Managing the Changing Workforce


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that McKendree University’s Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, 260 programs in 209 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.


How to Apply

Each application package will be examined for evidence of a high probability of success in graduate study.

Applicants to the McKendree University MBA Program must submit the following items:

1. A completed Masters of Business Administration Graduate Admission Application.

2. An entrance essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by the attainment of a Master's of Business Administration.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended.

4. A current resume or curriculum vitae with at least three references.

5. International students must submit official transcripts (in English) with an official evaluation of those transcripts by a foreign credentials evaluation agency and proof of English proficiency based on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). 

Applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview to assess their readiness for graduate study.