Comprehensive MBA

If you are looking for a broad business foundation, the Concordia-Chicago’s Comprehensive MBA is an excellent choice. This degree offers students a well-rounded business education that will prepare you to take on leadership and management roles across a range of disciplines. You will develop the skills needed to succeed in roles related to marketing, finance, management and economics.

Our Unique One Year Format:

Are you looking to move your career forward fast? You can take advantage of our fast track, accelerated one-year MBA – unique to the Comprehensive MBA. At the start of each fall term, students can begin this daytime, full-time program on campus.  

If you are unable to enroll in a full-time program, consider taking classes part time. The two-year, part-time Comprehensive MBA is designed to meet the needs of our working students. Classes can be taken in a blended on campus/online format or completely online. The majority of on-campus classes are offered Wednesday evenings.

Whichever format you select, Concordia-Chicago will work with you to meet your needs.

Learning Objectives:

The Concordia-Chicago Comprehensive MBA curriculum is grounded in an ethical context. The curriculum offers students a foundation in core courses such as marketing, economics, statistics and accounting. Students leave the program as well-rounded professionals who are ready to address critical issues in today’s changing, complex business climate.

Career Possibilities:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Global Manager
  • Management Consultant

Career Outlook:

According to the November 2013 Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) report, the outlook for MBA graduates is very positive. Of those 2013 alumni who were polled globally in September, 90% were employed. This was 6 percentage points higher than the 2009 employment rate. Despite uncertainty in the economy, 74% of the class of 2013 who had found jobs said that they could not have done so without their MBA.

MBA Salaries are impacted by factors such as work experience, industry and job level.

  • The GMAC report stated that the median starting annual salary for US citizens from part-time MBA programs was $85,000.
  • The median starting annual salary offered to US citizens from full time, two year MBA programs was $90,000 with a bonus/additional compensation of $10,000.

Upcoming events: MBA Webinar: Tues., May 20, 2014 at 12pm

Download a PDF with the program overview.

Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program in a predetermined sequence.

Core Courses

These classes are available in the classroom or online.

MGT-6200 Global Managerial and Organizational Behavior

Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision-making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.

ACC-6200 Financial Accounting and Analysis

Introduction of key financial accounting concepts. Analysis of a firm’s historical, current and prospective financial condition and performance. Emphasis on investment and credit decision.

MKT-6100 Marketing Design and Strategy

Developing and evaluating brand strategies over the life of the product. Strategies for introducing brands and reviving brands. Includes basic marketing principles of product, price, promotion, environment and customer.

ECO-6100 Managerial Economics

Focus on basic microeconomic principles of the firm and relevance in business decisions. Covers supply and demand and its relationship to market outcomes and economic determinants of consumption, savings, and labor behavior.

MGT-6600 Seminar in Descriptive Statistics

Basic statistical concepts and analytical tools for data driven decision making. Introduction to concepts of frequency, distribution, variation and normal curve correlations with application to business decisions.

MGT-6400 Ethical Strategic Leadership

Decision making, negotiations and ethics. Cultural impact on management strategy. Create value, motivate resources, leading and creating high performance teams. Integrating performance across business units.

ECO-6200 Macroeconomic Analysis

Focus on creation of money, function and roles of financial institutions, fiscal and monetary policy and the Federal Reserve system. Covers economic theory of financial markets and impact of government policies, determinants of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.

MGT-6510 Management of Human Resources

Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.

MGT-6100 Operations Management

Concentrates on strategic decisions surrounding the production and delivery of goods and services. Value-added activities that transform resources into product. Covers process analysis, quality, inventory control, capacity planning and location decisions.

MGT-6300 Corporate Finance

Corporate budgeting, working capital management and financial analysis. Corporate decision-making regarding complex capital structures and how these decisions impact incentives of claimants.

ACC-6300 Managerial Accounting and Analysis

Accounting information used in decision-making. Why firms are adopting activity based costing, economic value-added and balanced scorecard decision models. Budgeting, cash flow and incremental analysis.

MGT-6520 Managers and the Legal Environment

Understand the legal environment which impacts all businesses. Legal aspects of business relationships and business agreements. Forms of business organizations, duties of officers and directors, intellectual property, antitrust, contracts, employment relationships, criminal law and debtor-creditor relationships including bankruptcy.

MGT-6110 Competitive Strategy

Evaluate principles that guide strategic decisions. Includes game theory and strategic moves, industry analysis, basic game theory and competitive interactions. Recognize barriers to brilliant decision-making including biases and decision traps. Develop frameworks for scenario analysis and making sound decisions.

Capstone Experience

MGT-6990 Cases in Financial Analysis 

Capstone Experience. Integrate knowledge and skills gained from the MBA program and apply them in a real business environment. Learn how to use teamwork to solve authentic business challenges. Students must have completed 30 hours of MBA coursework.

Length and Format

Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • Part-time (in the classroom), two years
  • Full-time (in the classroom), one year
  • Online, two years

Course Schedule

  • Part-time: Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.
  • Full-time: Classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students take two to three classes at a time for eight-week terms.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.


MBA courses are $690 per credit hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-nine credits are required to complete the MBA program. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.

Cohort Format

Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program in a predetermined sequence. This collaborative environment accelerates learning and builds strong peer relationships that last a lifetime. We also host occasional networking events for our MBAs, which allows them to interact with other cohorts and alumni.

Class Size

  • Average class size: 15 
  • Maximum class size: 25 (15 online) 

In the Classroom

We facilitate a close working relationship between students and faculty. Group work is often part of the curriculum, which helps prepare students to work collaboratively in the business world. Student discussion is encouraged as the MBAs learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds.

Project Work

At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone course. This class integrates the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA courses and applies them to a real business environment. Students will work as a team to solve an authentic business challenge.

On-campus Environment

  • Full-service library: Our staff is eager to help you find the resources you need.
  • Study areas: There are various places around campus for group meetings or studying. 
  • Wifi: Classrooms and study areas are wifi accessible.
  • Information Technology Services: Our technology staff provides personal attention and prompt care for software, hardware and networking needs. 
  • Print Services: Exists to serve students, faculty and staff with their printing and copying needs. 
  • Gymnasium, tennis courts, running track and workout facilities: All students have access to on-campus workout facilities.
  •  Restaurants: There is a full-service cafeteria available to students as well as a grab-n-go café. 
  • Vibrant community: The River Forest and Oak Park area is a lively community filled with restaurants, retail stores, museums and other attractions. 
  • Transportation: The Concordia-Chicago campus is accessible via the CTA’s green line train and is minutes from I-290.


Examples of Career Possibilities for a Comprehensive MBA:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
  • Human Resource Management
  • Global Management
  • Consulting