The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at North Greenville University provides students with advanced tools to equip them to attain leadership positions in the business, education, nonprofit or private sectors. This 18 month program* is designed to develop trained and skilled leaders. The MBA at NGU sets students apart by teaching business, analytical, and critical-thinking skills with a Christ-centered focus.
*The length of the program depends on many factors including successful matriculation through the course sequence, course load, and required prerequisites.
The curriculum consists of twelve prescribed courses that are intended to be completed in consecutive 8 week terms. This 36 hour degree is comprised of all areas of business necessary for executives including organizational dynamics and customer demand to personnel management and entrepreneurship. Students lacking sufficient undergraduate coursework are required to take additional courses: Business Statistics and Introduction to Accounting and Finance. Students are taught and mentored by highly credentialed faculty who also possess years of experience in their respective fields of study. Our world-class faculty enable students to think critically, challenge the status quo, discover their path, and develop into more effective and impactful professionals. The program offers rolling enrollment with five 8 week terms per year. Students may choose to enroll fully online, fully onsite or a hybrid combination of the two formats.
- On-Campus (Greer, S.C.)
In order to complete the program in the most expeditious manner, it is recommended that students remain sequence. Courses are offered in the following sequence, based on a full-time load of two courses per term. Students who choose to take only one course per term or to take courses out of sequence will find that matriculation will require more than seven terms. Additionally, NGU offers a concentration in Human Resources. In order to obtain the concentration in Human Resources, students must complete four additional courses. These required courses are listed below.
BUSN 5000 Organizational Behavior
ACCT 5310 Managerial Accounting
(Pre-requisite Undergraduate Accounting with a grade of B or higher)
BUSN 5325 Business Analytics
(Pre-requisite Undergraduate Statistics with a grade of B or higher)
MRKT 5310 The Marketing Process
BUSN 5350 Research Methods
(Pre-requisite Business Analytics- BUSN 5325)
ECON 5310 Managerial Economics
BUSN 5340 Human Resources Management
BUSN 5380 Financial Management
(Pre-requisite Managerial Accounting- BUSN 5220)
BUSN 5360 Operations Management
(Pre-requisite Business Analytics- BUSN 5325)
BUSN 5315 Small Business
(Pre-requisite The Marketing Process- MRKT 5310, Financial Management- BUSN 5380 and Managerial Economics-ECON 5310)
BUSN 5100 Professional Ethics
BUSN 6300 Business Policy/Strategy
(Pre-requisite The Marketing Process- MRKT 5310, Financial Management- BUSN 5380 and Research Methods- BUSN 5350)
BUSN 5000 Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
study of management and organizational behavior theories, basic
principles and processes from their historical foundations to today's
best practices. The general focus is on how managers influence their
employees to accomplish organizational objectives. The specific focus is
on management and organizational behavior issues involving
organizational culture, structures and systems (e.g., bureaucracy),
authority, communication, structure, ethics and social responsibility,
motivation, leadership, decision-making, group dynamics, conflict
resolution, stress, change, and problem-solving. Numerous case studies
are used to test the students' practical application of theory and best
BUSN 5100 Issues In Professional Ethics (3 credit hours)
study of ethical issues encountered by professionals in the contemporary
cultural setting. Traditional Judeo-Christian values and teachings
will be explored as they relate to practical applications in business
and the professions. Questions related to human experiences with areas
such as truth telling, conflict resolution, relation to government,
poverty, and ethnic, cultural, and racial differences are addressed in
the context of Christian leadership and decision-making.
BUSN 5210 Business Statistics (3 credit hours)
A graduate level
survey of major statistical techniques used in business and economics.
The course has three primary objectives; 1) to familiarize students with
the basic techniques, methodologies, and theories of statistical
analysis; 2) to acquaint students with the various applications of
statistical analysis to business problems; and 3) to introduce students
to the role that computers and specialized software play in statistical
analysis. Descriptive statistics, probability and random variables,
sampling and statistical inference, regression analysis, chi-square
analysis of variance will be investigated. Students will learn through
class lectures and a wide variety of problems which are worked in class
and on homework assignments and on examinations. Students may exempt
this course by submitting evidence (to the Graduate Registrar) of
satisfactorily completing prior coursework.
BUSN 5340 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
the concepts and techniques of manpower planning, job evaluation,
incentive and performance standards, and the impact of labor
organizations benefits. Creates a problem-solving environment designed
to integrate knowledge in various functional areas of business.
BUSN 5220 Introduction to Accounting and Finance (3 credit hours)
Basic concepts of accounting and finance with emphasis on using
financial data for decision making; measuring, reporting and analysis of
financial information; discounted cash flow analysis, project analysis
and introduction to the measurement of risk and return. Designed for
MBA students lacking background in accounting and finance, as evidenced
by acceptable prior coursework in accounting and finance or relevant
work experience in those areas. Students may exempt this course by
submitting evidence (to the Graduate Registrar) of satisfactorily
completing prior coursework or requesting approval by the Dean of the
Graduate School of Business of relevant work experience in accounting or
MRKT 5310 The Marketing Process (3 credit hours)
the major controllable marketing variables of product, price, promotion,
and distribution. Explains key marketing concepts, such as consumer
decision-making processes, market segmentation, and development
strategies and their significance in domestic and international
BUSN 5310 Information Systems for Decision-Making (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
Basic Computer Skills. Provides a foundation for
analysis, design, implementation, and management of information systems.
Students will be able to understand and identify network communication
systems, the need for good database management, computer security
issues, and the effects of information management on society.
BUSN 5320 Quantitative Methods in Business (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
College-level statistics (BUSN 5210). Provides students
with useful methods for describing and displaying statistical data to
better communicate business information. Students will learn
descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, probability,
sampling, hypothesis testing, and linear regression to solve managerial
and business problems.
ACCT 5310 Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
BUSN 5220. Includes the creation, use, and interpretation
of internal accounting data and information. Emphasizes the managerial
functions of cost control and reporting, budgeting, profit planning, and
BUSN 5360 Operations Management (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
BUSN 5320 recommended, but not required. Provides a basis
for understanding the importance of managing and coordinating
production decisions, how those decisions affect the supply chain of a
firm, and the interrelations between operations and other functional
areas within a firm.
ECON 5310 Economics for Managers (3 credit hours)
consistent framework of economic analysis to help decision makers adapt
to government regulations and other external factors. Students will
apply relevant economic theory to business problems and develops general
principles that can be applied to the business decision-making process.
BUSN 5350 Research Methods in Business (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
BUSN 5320 Research Methods emphasizes the processes of
determining, acquiring, analyzing, synthesizing, and disseminating
relevant data, information, and insights. This course, in conjunction
with the capstone course, serves in lieu of a senior thesis. As such,
it entails a rigorous project to demonstrate the mastery of research
BUSN 5380 Financial Management (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
BUSN 5220 Involves in-depth discussions of working
capital management, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, debt, and
equity financing; and financial statements. Analyzes the effects of
multinational operations, multiple currencies, international tax laws,
money and capital markets, and political risk environments.
BUSN 5315 Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3 credit hours)
Explores the concepts and applications of sustainable business
including creating, leading, and managing business enterprises. Examines
approaches for leading entrepreneurial individuals and companies.
Analyzes innovation issues including creating and realizing value,
prioritizing opportunities, and managing the innovation process.
BUSN 6300 Business Strategy (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
30 Hours completed. This course serves as the capstone course in the MBA
curriculum. Students will learn to understand, analyze, and evaluate
the competitive climate in which a firm operates, its internal
capabilities and intents, and to apply analytic techniques to arrive an
appropriate decisions upon which a strategy can be crafted. Students
will work with a real company for their capstone project.
Human Resources Concentration
BUSN 5341 Human Resources Selection and Placement (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
BUSN 5340, Human Resources Management. Analyzes the
processes by which the workforce is built that will enhance productivity
and effectively implement business strategy. Examines the activities
of identifying, attracting, and acquiring the optimum human assets who
best fit the work needs and the organizational culture and who will
enhance innovation and decision-making. Examines the processes by which
human assets are retained and integrated into a firm's operations so
that cooperation and collaboration are maximized.
BUSN 5342 Human Resources Compensation and Development (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
BUSN 5340, Human Resources Management. This course
provides the business professional with an overall understanding of
compensation and benefits, and the related environments in which they
are practiced. Compensation system design, related criteria, and the
selection and effective administration of employee benefits are among
the areas highlighted. It addresses the ways in which both tangible and
intangible forms of compensation may be used to motivate and reward
employee performance. Additional attention is given to those future
challenges that businesses will face in the arena of employee
compensation and benefits. Students will have the opportunity to
develop a compensation system, using a simulation aid that accompanies
BUSN 5343 International Human Resources (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
BUSN 5340, Human Resources Management. The study of human
resources from an international perspective. Comparing industrial
relations and HRM literature. Focusing on aspects of HRM in
BUSN 5344 Strategic Issues in Human Resources (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
BUSN 5340, Human Resources Management. This course affects every aspect of the organization. This course addresses how to build measurement strategies for all HR activity so that the impact can be determined. A value-adding approach will be taken so that HR practitioners will be able to exhibit an understanding of the business. This will include aspects that influence organizational quality, productivity, services, and profitability. HR will be assessed as a system within a system. Students will learn how to position HR as a strategic partner.
Dean of the Graduate School of Business
Ron Gregory is a native of Greenville, graduate of Furman, with an MBA and Ph.D. from Clemson, and joined the NGU Graduate School faculty in 2011 where he now serves as Dean of the MBA Program. His business background is in finance and real estate, and his academic concentrations are economics, finance and related fields and entrepreneurship. (He has one son and one granddaughter who live nearby.) He is an active student of local history, especially the early settlement of Greenville and business leaders prior to the 20th century.
Tracy Kramer has been at North Greenville University since 2006 and served as dean of the Graduate Business program from 2007 - 2012. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Alabama and taught at George Mason University and Erskine College before joining the faculty at NGU. Her primary area of study is strategic management, specifically small business and non-profit growth. Additionally, Kramer is a certified Etiquette and Protocol professional. She delivers speeches and writes on the topic of professionalism and serves as a consultant to companies. Kramerís husband David is an entrepreneurial engineer with a private business in automation and control. They have two children, Brad and Natalie, and two dogs. Dr. Kramer serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, the Leadership Development Committee for the Greer Chamber of Commerce, and the Moonlight and Magnolias Committee for the American Cancer Society.