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Master in Business Administration-IT (MBA-IT) | Restricted Enrollment | Graduate Degree Program

Master in Business Administration-IT (MBA-IT) | Restricted Enrollment

The Master’s in Business Administration-Information Technology (MBA-IT) program provides students with high-quality professional preparation in business within which the importance of personal values and professional ethics are incorporated. The MBA-IT program emphasizes a global perspective on business, communication skills, and information technology fundamentals which directly apply to students’ current and future career goals.

This is a restricted enrollment, cohort-based program offered at the Kansas City (satellite) campus located in Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.A. This program is completed in 14 months with total tuition cost under $20,000. Students will typically begin with one course during their first 8 weeks, and then will take 2 courses at a time until their very last 8-week course. Classes are offered in person at the Kansas City campus, with weekly class meetings lasting 3.5 hours per course. The day and time of the course(s) will likely vary from term to term based on instructor availability.  

Credit Hours

in 14 Months

Total Tuition:
Under $20,000

Up to 3 Years

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Upon degree completion, Eligible F-1 students who finish their program of study and participate in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT (for 12 months) have the option to apply for a STEM OPT extension (for an additional 24 months), if no previous OPT has been awarded at the graduate (master’s) level. That is up to THREE YEARS of OPT! 

Business Administration-IT (MBA-IT) | Restricted Enrollment is offered at the following locations.

  • Overland Park, Kansas

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree

  • Equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0. 
    • 3-year bachelor's degrees may be accepted IF the degree has been earned in Division I and the awarding institution has been accredited by India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a grade of "A" or better. 
  • Provide all Degree Certificates and Marks Sheets (Scanned Copies are Acceptable)
  • Business Degree Preferred, but Not Required
  • If transferring from an accredited institution that has issued an I-20, students must submit their I-20 from their current school as well as their I-94 and F1 visa stamp.

Proof of English Proficiency

    • ​Minimum Overall Score - 79
    • Min. Subsection - 20, except "Speaking" - 22
  • ​IELTS
    • ​Minimum Overall Score - 6.5
    • Min. Subsection - 5.5
  • ​Duolingo
    • ​Minimum Overall Score - 110
    • Min. Subsection - 95


Statement of Purpose

  • Original Writing, Maximum 2-page, double spaced essay describing your sense of purpose at Ottawa University

3 Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters must be academic or professional in nature

Evidence of Financial Support

  • All documents must be dated within the last 3 months
  • Bank statement or letter form the bank confirming sufficient funds
  • If funded by a sponsor, student must also submit a signed affidavit from sponsor including sponsor's name, their relationship to the student, the amount they intend to fund, and a statement confirming that they will be funding the applicant for the purpose of their studies in the U.S. 
    • Estimate of Student Expenses (for 12 months):

      • Tuition and Fees: $18,815
        Living Expenses: $12,420
        Health Insurance: $1,000
        Total: $32,235

The foundational skills of an MBA with a focus on Information Technology is an important combination in the modern technology-based world. From large corporations to small businesses, there is always a need for good management. A graduate degree in business is an important factor in reaching senior management ranks within most companies. Through OU’s MBA-IT program, students can qualify for jobs in the private sector, the public sector and in academics.

Numerous Fortune 1,000 companies operate in the KC area. There are over 100 regional employers in the Information Technology sector, ranging in size from 12 to 12,000 employees. New companies are opening up in Kansas City all the time, like these two megaprojects: Meta’s $800 million hyperscale data center, and Panasonic Energy of North America’s $4 billion EV battery plant. Other examples of companies headquartered in the Kansas City area include AMC, American Century, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Oracle (formerly Cerner Corp.,) Evergy, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Ferrellgas Partners, Garmin International, H&R Block, Hallmark Cards, JE Dunn Construction, Kansas City Southern, Lockton Companies, Populous, Russell Stover Chocolates, ScriptPro, Seaboard Corporation, T-Mobile (Sprint Legacy), USDA (IRS & NIFA), Waddell & Reed, and YRC Worldwide. (Source: Kansas City Area Development Council)

Value Systems and Professional Ethics | BUS 7200 (3 credit hours) 
Study of personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

Management Information Systems | BUS 7700 (3 credit hours)
Examines the use of computer information systems in business organizations with emphasis on how information technology supports business functions and aids managerial decision-making. Explores current trends and emerging technologies.

Systems Analytics & Enterprise Management | IT 7000 (3 credit hours)
Students learn to manage and perform activities throughout an information systems development life cycle from the analysis of system requirements and system design to system implementation and operation. Advanced system development processes and the latest enterprise management methods and tools are presented.

Organizational Behavior and Theory | BUS 7000 (3 credit hours) 
Examines human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.

Networking Essentials & SecurityIT 7003 (3 credit hours) 
Topics in this course include networking hardware and software, switches and routers, and network design technologies. Includes concepts of cyber security and security risks that affect computers and networks and explores methods and security options available to successfully protect the IT environment.

Managerial Economics | BUS 7500 (3 credit hours)
Application of economic theory to managerial. Emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative application of microeconomic principles to business analysis.

Database Architecture & DesignIT 8100 (3 credit hours)
Course focuses on the design, development, and structuring of programs that store large collections of data. Topics include the development and implementation of software solutions to enhance business needs. Several types of databases may be used, including relational and multimedia. Also covered are programming languages such as Python and Structured Query Language (SQL) to create databases, manipulate big data sets, and generate reports.

Management Accounting | BUS 7800 (3 credit hours) 
Explore use and application of accounting information for planning, control and decision making. Topics include: cost analysis and allocation, budgeting and behavioral aspects of accounting systems.

Data AnalyticsIT 8000 (3 credit hours) 
Course covers the essential exploratory technique for summarizing data. Modeling techniques covered include predictive modeling, also known as predictive analytics; cluster analysis, segmenting, affinity analysis, and applied predictive analytics. Course is dependent on a sound understanding of statistical analysis techniques, such as regression analysis and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics course.

Managerial Finance | BUS 7600 (3 credit hours)  
Application of the theories and tools used in financial decision making. Topics include present value and capital budgeting, financial analysis and forecasting, market efficiency and capital structure.

Cloud ComputingIT 8003 (3 credit hours)  
Course provides end-to-end coverage of cloud computing topics as they pertain to both technology and business considerations. Topics include fundamental cloud computing terminology and concepts; challenges and risks of contemporary cloud computing platforms and cloud services; cloud delivery and calculating cloud on premise solution costs and service level agreements (SLAs) for cloud-based IT resources. Course includes hands-on exercises in topical areas.

Graduate Seminar: Business Policies and Strategy | BUS 8500 (3 credit hours)   
Capstone course in which participants develop a major case study of business administration issues, programs and policies in a current organization. Draws from and utilizes concepts, theories, and skills developed in previous courses. Prerequisite: Completion of all core courses in the MBA program or approval of advisor.

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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