Accelerated. Convenient. Transformational.
15 months. $15,000. 100% online.
Lifelong learning is vital to your career, but your time is valuable and your schedule is crammed. Our IACBE accredited ACT MBA is for working professionals. Our program delivers an accelerated course load for a fraction of the typical MBA price. In just 15 months, you’ll explore new skills, reach new heights, and meet dynamic, engaged mentors from around the globe.
Only 13% of the American workforce holds a degree beyond a bachelor’s. They form an elite pool of highly skilled competitors who are shaping the future of business in boardrooms and on job sites across the country. These are the professionals on the cutting edge of data and leadership, and our ACT MBA program is designed to help you synthesize today’s most in-demand career skills.
How does the ACT MBA work?
The ACT MBA is exclusively for professionals with at least 5 years of experience. You’ll grow over the course of 10 classes, each focusing on a specific data-science or leadership skill. Classes are entirely online, giving you the freedom to learn and work on your schedule. Every class is led by a global leader and guest lecturer, who will guide you through the coursework in a series of videos. While you’re learning, you’ll have the chance to connect directly with local Nichols College professors for extensive personal mentorship, goal-setting, and clarification. The unique blend of mentorship, networking, and access to thought-leaders sets the ACT MBA apart, and helps you achieve the personal and professional transformation you’re looking for.
ACT MBA Courses
Because business operates in a global economic market, it is vital to have the ability to locate and analyze data that will impact business at the local level. This course is designed to guide the student through the processes necessary to make wise business decisions based on rigorous analysis of global trends. Statistical software will be used throughout the course.
General managers require a sophisticated understanding of the contributions and limitations of data analysis. The aim of this course is to enable the student to understand financial issues facing today’s business. Students will analyze case studies and apply financial models in evaluating corporate financing and operational decisions.
This is an integrated two-part course that examines operations models of the organization through a cost savings lens. It introduces new methods and models to analyzing, diagnosing and improving operations for both manufacturing and service firms. The course focuses on key issues that impact competitiveness, including operations strategy, innovation, product and process design and development, supply change management, quality management and sustainable operations.
Creativity is not always innate. It can be developed and improved. Based on the exploration of decision-making theory and current literature on the topic, this course begins with understanding the nature of creative thinking and provides a structured approach to problem solving. It is this understanding and structure that allows participants to learn quickly how to solve problems, generate fresh ideas, and then work with those ideas effectively.
Data visualization is foundational to analytics. The best models in the world can be rendered useless if no one can understand them. The students will learn the best practices of data visualization and will gain hands on experience with creating dashboards and stories with data in Excel, Power Point, Power BI, and Tableau. This is a project-based class.
The purpose of the course is to prepare students for leadership positions where they are managing data scientists, business analysts, statistician and the like or in enhancing their current skills in order to grow within their field. Course content includes, sampling, linear regression, probability, discrete probability distributions, sample size calculations, parameter estimation including confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, one and two-sample statistical inference, chi-square tests and ANOVA, and an introduction to some basic machine learning techniques.
This course explores key concepts, tools, and techniques in Project Management through case-based work and simulations. It emphasizes scope identification, project life cycles, resource stewardship, risk management, virtual teams, and enterprise alignment. Students develop and apply tools to solve project challenges in scheduling, risk, scope, and cost. The course also introduces high-level distinctions between project, program, and portfolio management. This course is aligned with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK© Guide) from the Project Management Institute©.
Communication designed to arrive at Win-Win situations are important in today’s business engagements. To make a difference, you must first be able to influence people. When you learn how to negotiate, you gain a competitive advantage and help your team achieve its mission. MBA 746 engages the learner in real-time negotiation scenarios where synchronous feedback guides the student toward mastery.
This course focuses on the human dimension of business, the critical aspects of hiring, training, and retaining the right people. Scenarios are used to help the learner decide which key talents should be focused on the most important business opportunities. Business vision, mission and employee motivation are addressed through experiential learning exercises.
This is the capstone of the MBA program and affords students an opportunity to integrate, synthesize and apply the program’s core learning outcomes with simulation experience. Concepts taught are solidified using tools and course concepts to diagnose current conditions, select appropriate interventions, and create effective, ethical roadmaps for execution.