The DeVos Graduate School at Northwood University produces MBAs who go on to become leaders in today’s global, free-enterprise society.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
The coursework will be completed in 24 months. There are approximately five to six courses per year. Your Admissions Advisor(s) will assist you with the enrollment calendar.
How many credits and courses do I need to take to graduate?
To earn your MBA degree, you must complete 36 semester hours of credit and achieve a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. This translates to 12 courses to complete the degree. You can review the course curriculum for more details.
Do I have to attend any on-campus classes?
The Online MBA program is offered entirely online with no campus visits required. There is an option to take the final capstone course as a one-week residency on our Midland, MI campus.
Can you tell me about the “classroom?”
The “online classroom” provides students and faculty with a modality to engage as well as capture learning through discussion boards, small group activities, and deliverables, as well as providing access to content that is shared by everyone in the course. The DeVos faculty use a variety of methods to share materials, have students interact, and to monitor the student’s progress throughout the course.
Do I need to login at specific times and days?
No. You will need to fulfill weekly course deliverables. Some deliverables and assessments may only be available for a limited time (such as a 48-hour period), and therefore must be completed within the designated time. One of the benefits of completing your degree online is flexibility. It is up to you to decide what time works best for you to complete the necessary deliverables.
A few courses may require specific log-on times for certain activities or there may be times when you schedule a specific time to talk with your instructor or advisor via Skype, or meet online with your classmates to work on a group project.
Do I have to be a “techie” to take online classes?
It’s helpful to be familiar with computers. You should be able to send and receive information and communicate with others. At a minimum, you need access to a computer that can access the Internet, with a high-speed connection. You should have access to email, and word processing, presentation, and other applications needed to perform a variety of educational functions. If you need assistance, Northwood University has a help desk that can answer questions and help resolve problems. The help desk link is available in each of your courses.
What does an average week look like for a student enrolled in the online MBA program at Northwood University?
The program is designed for the working professional who must balance the demands of work, home, and study. On average, most students will spend 15-20 hours per week studying, completing assignments, participating in online activities and engaging in discussion and collaboration with classmates.
Can I take more than one class at a time?
We have carefully structured this cohort-based program to optimize your success as a business professional and online student. Students will take one course at a time so that they can place their complete focus on one subject area while building on the knowledge they have obtained from previous courses.
Do you offer the same high quality curricula and degrees on-campus?
All DeVos graduate programs offer the same content and rigorous academic standards regardless of the delivery modality. Our online programs are typically taught by the same professors who teach on campus – faculty members of the DeVos Graduate School, with terminal degrees and real-world expertise in subjects they teach. There is no distinction between on-campus and online students.
Will my diploma specify “online” degree?
No. You will receive an official, traditional diploma from Northwood University. Both your diploma and university transcripts will be no different from those of students who earn their degrees on-campus. A DeVos MBA is a DeVos MBA.
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