Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Why a Master in Business Administration?


Whether you’re a business leader with years of experience or a recent graduate looking to grow your career, McKendree’s Master of Business Administration degree is designed to help you achieve your professional goals.

Our MBA program utilizes experienced faculty, small class sizes, and online learning components to give you the skills you need to succeed in today’s business world in as little as 18 months. Classes are specifically crafted for the working adult and are conveniently offered one night per week on campus, as well as online.

You’ll gain knowledge from experts in the field and grow your experience in real-world issues such as employee management, creating and implementing a business plan, marketing, networking, and so much more. With an MBA, your possibilities for career advancement are endless!

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Why McKendree University?

McKendree University Graduate School expertly combines academic excellence with the flexibility and convenience that working adults need to pursue an advanced degree while maintaining their busy schedule. Whether you take courses online or on campus, you can be sure you’ll receive one-on-one attention from faculty whose real-world business backgrounds give you rare career insights. 



MBA Programs

MBA – General

The General MBA degree gives you a comprehensive overview of the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed in the modern business world. Through professional case studies, you’ll discover how theoretical concepts apply to real issues business leaders face today. Develop your skills in the areas that are in highest demand among executives: analysis, problem solving, leadership, and communication.

MBA – Human Resource Management Concentration

Do you enjoy working with the people side of business? Are you interested in a leadership career creating a friendly and fulfilling workplace for employees? If so, then the MBA in Human Resource Management will give you the advancement opportunities you seek in an exciting field. Our program aligns with guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Upon completion, graduates with this degree are well prepared for the SHRM Assurance of Learning exam or one of the Human Resource Certification Institute’s (HRCI) professional certification exams.


The dual online MSN/MBA degree equips you with advanced financial expertise, along with all the knowledge of a graduate-level nursing degree. Today’s healthcare organizations are seeking individuals with a diverse range of skills in both business and nursing. This innovative dual degree gives you a blend of our MSN and MBA programs in the convenience of an online format.





There are many ways to complete your MBA coursework at McKendree in a format that best suits your lifestyle and learning preference.

The Online format allows you to take all your courses completely online. Each class is an eight-week period, and students complete their assignments independently with certain fixed deadlines. At a pace of one course at a time, this format allows you to finish the program in two and a half to three years. Combined with the Blended format, it can be completed in less time.

In the Blended format, classes meet on the Lebanon campus one evening per week from 6-9 p.m. Additional class work is completed online per the instructor’s directions. Courses in this format are also eight weeks, and students in this format complete the program in about a year and a half.

Each of the above-mentioned completion times are suggestions for the working adult. You may choose to complete the MBA program in less time. This can be requested during your advisement with the MBA director.





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Admission Requirements


  • A completed application for admission (no fee).

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

  • A current resume or vita.

  • Three professional references.

  • An essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by completion of the degree.



Foundations of Business Knowledge


If you have not completed undergraduate courses in accounting, management/marketing, microeconomics, and statistics, you may be required to receive foundation knowledge in the deficient area(s). Foundation courses provide students with broad introductory knowledge in key subject areas of business. The courses are:

  • MBA 501 Foundations of Accounting and Finance

  • MBA 502 Economics for Managers

  • MBA 503 Marketing and Management Concepts

  • MBA 504 Quantitative and Statistical Tools

McKendree offers these courses in the online format specifically for students who are deficient in any of the foundation areas. A foundation course must be completed prior to taking an MBA course in that area.



Tuition & Financial Aid


Tuition for the Master of Business Administration degree during the 2019-2020 academic year is $530 per credit hour. There is an additional technology fee of $70 per credit hour for online courses. Graduate financial aid opportunities are available.




Transfer Credit

Once you’re enrolled at McKendree, you’re expected to complete your coursework at McKendree. However, prior to your enrollment, up to 12 credits from another accredited institution may be applied toward completion of the requirements for the MBA degree at McKendree. All transfer courses are evaluated by the director of the MBA program.






The MBA program is accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).



MBA Student Services

Photo of Patty AubelPatty Aubel

Graduate Admission Counselor
(618) 537-6943
(833) 317-7236 (toll free)


Meet the MBA Faculty

Photo of Roxanne BeardRoxanne Beard, Ph.D.

Director of Master of Business (MBA) Program
Piper Academic Hall (PAC) 100
(618) 537-6988


Eric Abrams, Ph.D.Eric Abrams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
907 Royce Street
(618) 537-6553


Photo of Jeffry Brasel, M.B.A.Jeffry Brasel, M.B.A.

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 103
(618) 537-6441

Play the Dr. Pamela Manning VideoDarren Cross, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 102
(618) 537-6403


M. Terese Kasson, CPATerese Kasson, CPA

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 104
(618) 537-6893


M. Faisal Safa, Ph.D.M. Faisal Safa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
907 Royce Street
(618) 537-6892


Jean Sampson, D.Mgt.Jean Sampson, D.Mgt.

Chair, School of Business
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 106
(618) 537-6884





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