Jan 28, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

College of Business


http://www.cob.niu.edu/

Dean: Balaji Rajagopalan, Ph.D. 
Associate Dean: Daewoo Park, Ph.D.

  • Department of Accountancy
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Operations Management and Information Systems

College Mission Statement

Create knowledge; transform business; and develop principled, adaptable global citizens through innovative active learning and personalized experiences.

Admission to Graduate Programs in Business

Admission to the various graduate programs in business is competitive and limited to those candidates who can demonstrate high promise of success in a graduate business degree program. In addition to compliance with the policies of the Graduate School, the College of Business considers several indicators of potential for success in graduate business studies including, but not limited to, the following.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.00 system) at the baccalaureate institution, or a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate program, or the completion of 15 or more semester hours of graduate work at an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.20.
  • The total score and verbal and quantitative percentiles, and where available the analytical writing assessment (AWA) score, on the GMAT standards set by the individual graduate programs in business.
  • Work experience at the post-baccalaureate level, where applicable.
  • Leadership and communication skills as documented in a goals statement and resume.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Services (IETS), or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PET) for all applicants whose native language is not English.

At the discretion of the respective program directors, candidates may be required to come in for an interview or to submit additional materials deemed important in assessing potential for success in graduate business studies.

International Business

The College of Business, through its courses dealing with international marketing, international finance, international management, travel seminars, and similar topics, is prepared to meet the needs of students who have interest and aptitude in the broad area of international business.

Graduate Study in Business

The College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the Master of Accountancy (MAC), the Master of Accounting Science (M.A.S.) with an area of study, the Master of Science in Taxation (M.S.T.), the Master of Science (M.S.) in finance, the Master of Science (M.S.) in digital marketing, the Master of Science (M.S.) in data analytics, and the Master of Science (M.S.) in management information systems. These programs are accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

All master’s degree programs consist of two phases. Phase One course work is considered to be the foundation for Phase Two graduate course work. All students must have access to business library material and a personal computer with internet access, spreadsheet, and word document software.

Limitation of Time

All Phase Two requirements must be met within six consecutive years. This time limitation commences with entry into the first Phase Two course, including work for which transfer credit is allowed. If a course taken to complete the requirements for Phase Two does not fall within the six-year period allowed for the degree, the student must demonstrate currency by examination or by repeating the course.

Students-at-Large

Students-at-large are normally prohibited from registering for graduate business courses.

Phase One Course Work

The Phase One foundations consist of nine 2-semester-hour courses. Phase One foundation courses will be included in a student’s program of study unless she or he has earned a C or better in corresponding undergraduate courses or a B or better in equivalent graduate courses elsewhere, or has passed the first and only attempt of the Phase One exemption examination. The student’s program director will determine which Phase One graduate courses will be included in each student’s program of courses. Phase One courses may not be used as Phase Two electives; credit earned in Phase One will not count toward the Phase Two requirements.

The Phase One prerequisite of finite mathematics or a first course in calculus should be completed prior to entering a graduate program in business.

Phase One consists of 18 semester hours.

  • ACCY 505 - Financial Accounting Concepts Credits: 2
  • FINA 500 - Survey of Business Economics Credits: 2
  • FINA 505 - Fundamentals of Financial Management Credits: 2
  • MGMT 505 - Principles of Management Credits: 2
  • MGMT 511 - Legal Aspects of Business Credits: 2
  • MKTG 505 - Graduate Survey of Marketing Credits: 2
  • OMIS 505 - Principles of Operations Management Credits: 2
  • OMIS 507 - Business Information Systems Credits: 2
  • OMIS 524 - Business Statistics Credits: 2

Phase Two

See the master’s degree program requirements in the appropriate department section for specific Phase Two requirements. Students must file and follow an approved program of courses.

 

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Accountancy

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Finance

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Management

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Marketing

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Operations Management and Information Systems

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