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Northern Kentucky University College of Business Full Time MBA



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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.



School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)



Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 88% accepted out of 84 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.23
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 513
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

A portfolio approach is used in evaluating prospective students for acceptance into the MBA program. Factors considered for admission include:

Recommended work experience of at least 3 years

A recommended undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.

A recommended score of 525 or above on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE equivalent.

All the above factors will be considered in combination when making admissions decisions.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 200
Total Full-Time Faculty 15
Full-Time Faculty 67%

Student Life

Many at NKU are “on the ‘slow’ track to finish because of the demands of family and jobs.” As such, the school differs from institutions that “have the same students begin and end the program together”; most here “meet different students each semester.” Despite this, students report that their “classmates are great people who, through this MBA program, have become real friends.” Such friendships are forged largely without the assistance of clubs or activities geared toward graduate students: “I’m a commuter, so most of my time at school is in class, in the library, or meeting to do group work,” a typical student writes. While NKU’s campus “has food/coffee stands in almost every building” and “computers everywhere with free printing,” drawbacks include a “most­ly concrete” aesthetic and difficult parking “at certain times of the day.” Students describe their “hardworking” peers as “friendly” but “competitive.” NKU strongly recommends that potential applicants obtain two years of work experience before applying, and, by all accounts, its student body is “very diverse” in employment backgrounds. “Most [students here] are mid-20s to mid-30s,” but “age ranges from 20 to 50.” “Quite a few are married with children” and “Most have significant work experi¬ence.” When students seek common ground, they need look no further than their objec¬tive: “We are all here for the same reason: to get an MBA,” one student writes. That being said, most students are “eager to learn and get the most from their MBA experience, not just a credential.”


“There is a wonderful Career Center on campus, but it is primarily focused on meeting the needs of undergraduates,” NKU business students tell us. That being said, students admit that, for the most part, they “already have jobs, so career placement is not a large need.” Most are looking to move up the ranks with their current employer; those look­ing to jump ship turn to their fellow students for job leads. Which isn’t to say there aren’t those who’d like a little more help in the area of job placement: “I think we need more career counselors within the MBA program for those of us who do not come from a tra­ditional business background,” one student tells us. Another would like NKU to “improve job [placement] opportunities through alumni relations.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Its location “10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio” and “affordable [overall cost] relative to other AACSB-accredited schools in the area” draws enthusiastic students to Northern Kentucky University’s College of Business. About 85 percent of the students here attend part-time, and those who do appreciate that “classes are offered in the evenings”—most courses meet from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. once a week—”so that [students] can attend all required classes without cutting into [their] work schedules.” NKU also offers two 7-week summer sessions that run on accelerated evening schedules. While class times are convenient, students say that NKU’s “greatest strength” is “the course work itself. NKU is very challenging and very strict with academics. Although it is not so easy to pre­pare for class at times, this has helped prepare me well for my professional career by pushing me to the limit.” Class sizes are “small,” and professors are “passionate about their subject areas” and “always willing to stay [after class] with you and meet whenever you need to.” They’re also, for the most part, “flexible and understand that most gradu­ate students also work full time and have a family.” Many have “very relevant real-life experience to impart,” and their ranks “include the former director of human resources of a major public utility, a consultant who specializes in turning businesses around, and a finance professor who works as a Certified Financial Planner on the side. No, Jack Welch does not teach here, but those [who] do are knowledgeable and do a good job.” Students love that NKU “allows specialization of the MBA” and cite its Entrepreneurship Institute, International Business Center, and finance programs as major strengths. Overall, students find NKU to be a place where “The student is the top priority.” “The staff has always been quick [when] answering my questions and available when I need them,” a student writes.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

  • Study Abroad:

    ESSAM- Aarhus Denmark;

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