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Campus: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Private

Accreditation: IACBE

Base Program Cost: $29,016

Per Credit Hour: $744

Minimum Credit Hours: 39

GMAT Required: No

Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months

Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives

On Campus Requirements: No

School Site: Online MBA Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid


National Louis University, based in Chicago, was founded in 1886. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


National Louis University’s Master of Business Administration program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, which is an accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


The MBA program at National Louis University is 39 hours.

The school has four terms in a given academic year and each is 12 weeks long. Students can finish the program in as soon as 18 months, but no longer than 22 months, and can take a maximum of two classes (six hours) per term. Students can transfer credit hours from another institution toward their National Louis MBA.


The requirements for applying to the National Louis University online MBA program include:

  • Completion of the graduate school application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 from an accredited four-year undergraduate school or a previous graduate degree
  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendations
  • $40 application fee

There are additional requirements for international students.

School Resources

National Louis University has an online library and learning support, which offers services such as test preparation and assessment, tutoring and skills assistance, as well as workshops to help students develop their abilities.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the 2012-2013 academic year, proposed tuition is $744 per credit hour for all 39 core curriculum credits. The base program cost, which excludes fees and course materials, is $29,016.

More than 75 percent of degree-seeking students at NLU use some type of financial aid including scholarships, grants, federal loans, private loans, federal work-study opportunities and payment plan options.

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