The Elmhurst MBA
We believe an MBA should be student-centered.
The way we see it, the only reason we’re here is to provide you a high-value, high-impact business education. Our mission is to give you the skills and connections you need to achieve your goals in your career and in your life.
Conveniently located in Chicago’s western suburbs, Elmhurst offers affordable, flexible degree options, on-campus or online. With a cohort of fellow professionals, you’ll earn your MBA in less than two years of part-time work.
Areas of Specialization: Your Unique Offer
MBA students combine six core courses with four electives in their specialization, for a total of 30 semester hours.
Go where your passions lead you—and discover your competitive advantage. You’ll combine your core courses with electives in your specialization.
Choose from one of eleven areas of specialization.
- Computer Information Technology
- Data Science
- General Management
- Geography and GIS
- Health Care Administration
- Management of People
- Managerial Leadership
- Marketing Research
- Project Management
- Supply Chain Management
Program Formats: On Campus or Online
Both our part-time programs follow the cohort model. You’ll gain a network for the rest of your professional life.
- On Campus. Most students are business professionals who have been in the workplace for at least three years, bringing valuable experience to the classroom.
- Online. Classes are small, so professors can devote the same level of personal attention to each student. All courses are eight weeks in length, except J-Term which is four weeks.
Movement between the on-campus and online program is handled on a case-by-case basis.
The Right People on Your Side
Elmhurst faculty are experienced industry leaders who are dedicated to expanding your reach, with fieldwork, connections and hands-on experience.
Whether you study in-person or online, our program directors are always there for you—helping you negotiate everything from class selection to career direction.
Curriculum & Course Sequence
The Elmhurst MBA requires the successful completion of 10 courses for a total of 7.50 credits, or 30 semester hours.
- In the first year, you will complete a schedule of courses together with your cohort.
- In your second year, you will select courses in your area of interest and study alongside students from the various cohorts.
- MBA 500 Organizational Management
- MBA 501 Financial and Managerial Accounting
- MBA 502 Analytical Tools for Management Decisions
- MBA 503 Marketing Management
- MBA 504 Financial Management
- MBA 505 Strategies for Creating a Competitive Advantage
- MBA 508 Special Topics
- MBA 509 Project Management
- MBA 517 Sales Techniques and Selling Strategies
- MBA 541 Corporate Finance
- MBA 542 Investment Theory and Portfolio Management
- MBA 545 Financial Statements Analysis
- MBA 550 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
- MBA 552 Leadership
- MBA 553 Organizational Behavior
- MBA 555 Negotiations
- MBA 558 Leading Change Management
- MBA 559 Leading Innovation and Technological Change
- MBA 583 Marketing Research
- MBA 584 Use of Social Media Data in Research
The Elmhurst MBA is designed for business professionals who have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Candidates must complete the following prerequisites:
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Business Finance
Prerequisites can be met through the successful completion of an online course (MBA Prep 300), completed as part of the student’s undergraduate coursework, or transferred from another college or university. The prep class is offered online four times a year.
MBA students must have at least three years of full-time professional business experience. The program coordinator will interview all candidates.
In lieu of a statement of purpose, applicants are asked to respond to one of the following questions:
- What are your career goals? How will an MBA help you achieve these goals?
- Describe one or two significant accomplishments, in the last five years, that you are most proud of and discuss why you view them as such.
- What will be your biggest challenge while earning your MBA?
- Understand and use Microsoft Excel and other technologies as management tools;
- Demonstrate the analytical tools for making decisions on complex business issues and problems;
- Learn and demonstrate organizational skills necessary for careers in business;
- Demonstrate the ability to better assess ethical decision-making in the workplace; and
- Recognize the challenges faced by businesses in a global and diverse environment and demonstrate an ability to assess whether the global strategy created and implemented is sound and ethical.