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The Butler Online MBA merges theory and practice in a flexible, student-focused, and experiential learning environment that prepares you for leadership roles in the business world.

Our dynamic program is taught by industry experts and guided by student-assigned certified leadership coaches that stay with you throughout your studies.

  • Apply classroom concepts to real-world business challenges
  • Learn in a professionally collaborative and student-focused environment
  • Hone your leadership skills and boost your professional development with your assigned leadership coach
  • Implement principles and experiences gained throughout the program in the final Capstone Experience

The Butler MBA is offered in both an on-campus and online format. Explore our on-campus MBA to see which format best aligns with your needs.





  • 38 Credit Hours
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 3 Elective Courses
  • Online Format
  • Scholarships Available


We built hands-on experience into our Online MBA courses in the form of live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions with fellow graduate students. Our small class sizes allow for more personalized learning and are structured in asynchronous and synchronous formats.


Provides students with an introduction to the integrated nature of business. Introduces the idea of experiential learning and develops expectations for the graduate core courses. The course will involve a hands-on experiential group exercise. P/F grading basis.

Explores the history, art, science and practice of leadership in organizational settings. Such issues as leadership history, change, visioning, coaching followership and socio-technical concerns will be covered. Emphasis will be placed upon merging theory and practice and personal leadership skill development. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, with the exception of Statistical Analysis and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 510 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 510.(G)(3)

Application of managerial accounting concepts, techniques and issues, emphasizing uses of internal accounting information for decision making, planning or budgeting, and evaluation/control. Topics include alternative cost measurement, accumulation, allocation methods, or analysis techniques (job, process, just-in-time, standard, activity-based costing, cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, contribution approach) that are relevant to various managerial decisions (production, pricing, etc.) and related issues (behavioral implications). Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 520 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 520.(G)(3)

The Business Practicum course is a field-based, experiential learning program designed to provide Butler MBA students with real-world knowledge of select business and industry clusters, and the opportunity to interact with business leaders and experts. The business practicum is intended to be highly experiential and engage successful community and business leaders and experts from economic development clusters. Students will draw on skills acquired in their core and elective courses, and supplemental readings, to engage in a three-day, industry-level business analysis/challenge competition. Working in teams, students will analyze the business task to identify potential paths to success and recommend a solution. Prerequisites: Deg 410, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440 exam, MBA505. (G)(2)

A course in applied microeconomics with an emphasis on business decision making. Topics include market analysis and price determination; examination of managerial response to changing demand, cost and industry conditions. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 525 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 525.(G)(3)

An analysis of the theory and practice of financial management, this course expands on the topics covered in MBA 430. In general, the course focuses on how firms properly acquire and invest funds in a corporate setting. Specific topics include capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, derivatives, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 530 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 530.(G)(3)

An integrated course designed to provide the student with marketing management skills, basic research methodology skills, and a framework to make decisions in a marketing context. Marketing management content issues include: 1) buyer behavior, 2) market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and 3) management of the marketing mix. Research methodology topics include study design, data collection and forecasting methods. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 535 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 535.(G)(3)

An introduction to the concepts and techniques of modern operations and supply chain management, and the role that information technology plays to inform the decisions of supply chain managers. The goal is to provide the students with a fundamental knowledge of the extension and impact of the decisions within and across supply chains, understanding the interconnectedness of processes and enterprises, information systems, logistics networks, risks and the importance of integration, and sustainability. Students will also learn about operations management, inventory control, data modeling, demand forecasting, project management, quality management, and others. Group presentations, class discussions, simulations, and case exercises will provide the vehicle for developing decision-making, communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills that are essential for managers. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 540 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 540.(G)(3)

This course examines the nature of innovation and how the entrepreneurial mindset is leveraged to identify and exploit new market opportunities. Detailed attention is given to the entrepreneurial process and how it applies to the entrepreneur, the evolving company and the established company. Prerequisite: Deg 410, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440 exams, MBA505. (G)(3)

Designed to serve as a capstone experience in the graduate program. This course reviews key concepts from the individual disciplines (accounting, finance, marketing, leadership, production) and integrates it with new material on strategic management. The perspective is from the point of view of a general manager, division head or CEO who holds responsibility for shaping the direction and character of the organization. The approach relies heavily on in-depth case analysis and class discussion. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, MBA505, MBA510, MBA515, MBA520, MBA522, MBA525, MBA530, MBA535, MBA540, MBA542. (G)(3)


The objective of this seminar is to examine leadership approaches/styles in an experiential, in-depth manner. The course includes a highly engaged and participative exploration of both business and not-for-profit organization leadership, as well as a clarification of the students’ personal styles. Prerequisites: MBA510. (G)(2)

This course focuses on how entrepreneurs appropriately manage the financial aspects of potential business ventures. Specifically, how entrepreneurs evaluate and value attractive business opportunities, estimate the resources necessary to undertake such opportunities, secure resources on favorable terms, and manage financial resources. Key topic areas include: estimating capital requirements and risk, identifying and evaluating sources of capital, managing financial liquidity, performing business valuations, and understanding exit strategies. Prerequisites: MBA530 and MBA542. (G)(3)

This course introduces students to the business and cultural environments of a particular foreign country through pre-trip work, a short-term study trip, and the preparation of a reflective paper. Designed to serve as a 2-credit elective course, it may be counted towards any of the areas of concentration and satisfies the two G points MBA program requirement. Prerequisites: Completion of 7 hours of 500-level coursework. (G)(2)* Course is not required, but is an alternative option to MBA522.

This course focuses on the challenges and decisions new product managers face as they take ideas through the new product development process. Organizations need to create, develop, and market new products and services continually to compete effectively in a rapidly changing environment. The course provides and overview of new product development, with an emphasis on customer involvement and consideration throughout the process. It also provides detailed insights on such topics as new-product strategy, idea generation, idea selection and evaluation, concept development and testing, product development and testing, and market testing. Prerequisites: MBA535 and MBA542. (G)(3)


Our Online MBA is taught by industry leaders with expertise in different areas of business, including economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and business management.

Kathy Paulson Gjerde


Courtney Hatch


Larry Lad


Marie Mackintosh


Bob Marchesani


Mauricio Melgarejo


NaShara Mitchell


Hessam Sarooghi


Jane Siegler


Marietta Stalcup


Sheryl-Ann Stephen


“In the time I was in the program, I did over 5 projects with local businesses. That was information and experience I don’t think I would have gotten through a normal classroom experience. If you’re looking to use your MBA to gain real-world business experience, this is the best place to do it.”

Blaine Zimmerman


The Butler MBA is one of two programs in Indianapolis to be accredited by AACSB, the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than five percent of business schools have earned this prestigious accreditation. To earn AACSB accreditation, schools go through a rigorous internal assessment and peer review process by a team of education experts. By choosing the Butler MBA, you can be confident that you’re choosing a program with the highest academic standards.



Per Credit (38 credits)
*Tuition is subject to change each academic year.


Application Fee


Enrollment Deposit


Earning an Online MBA may position you for opportunities in the following career paths:

Job Title
Employed (2020)
Median Income (2020)
Job Title General and Operations Managers
Employed (2020) 2,459,022
Median Income (2020) $103,199
Job Title Accountants and Auditors
Employed (2020) 1,339,999
Median Income (2020) $73,568
Job Title Project Managers and Business Operations Specialists
Employed (2020) 1,531,183
Median Income (2020) $77,328
Job Title Management Analysts
Employed (2020) 762,905
Median Income (2020) $87,922
Job Title Financial Managers
Employed (2020) 682,231
Median Income (2020) $133,190
Job Title Sales Managers
Employed (2020) 400,485
Median Income (2020) $130,255
Job Title Marketing Managers
Employed (2020) 276,817
Median Income (2020) $138,138

Source: Emsi Labor Market Data and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020


Early Application Deadline
Priority Application Deadline
Final Application Deadline
First Day of Classes
Summer 2023
January 30, 2023
$2,000 Scholarship Available for Eligible Students
February 27, 2023
$1,500 Scholarship Available for Eligible Students
March 27, 2023
May 8, 2023
Fall 2023
May 23, 2023
$2,000 Scholarship Available for Eligible Students
June 19, 2023
$1,500 Scholarship Available for Eligible Students
July 14, 2023
August 23, 2023

Deadline scholarships available to eligible students. Scholarships will be distributed for fall and spring semesters over the course of your enrollment.


We require all applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the international equivalent.*

*Butler University will determine whether the applicant’s international equivalent of a bachelor’s degree is acceptable.

An acceptable GMAT or GRE score needs to be met for admission into the program, unless you have one of the following:

  • An undergraduate cumulative college 3.0 GPA
  • Four years of professional work experience

We know that students need real-world practice to thrive as professionals upon graduating and moving into the workforce. That’s why we’ve built hands-on experience into our online programs in the form of live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions with fellow graduate students. The online learning experience combines innovative technology, a carefully considered curriculum, and active partnerships that fully prepare students to be the world-changing professionals they set out to be.

Learning Platform: Canvas

  • Our learning management system (LMS), Canvas, serves as students’ centralized hub for all course content and activities—think of Canvas as your college campus. Our students use this system to manage everything from asynchronous course content, course syllabi, assignments, and communication with instructors and peers.

Class Structure and Feel:

  • Includes live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions with peers, emphasizing group work, collaboration, and a feeling of intimacy within our online classrooms. Students complete coursework, assignments, and readings prior to class and are ready to use learned information in lively classroom discussions. This “flip model” approach to learning allows students to get more out of the live classroom experience.

Review our tuition and fees and create a financial plan; there are multiple payment options and educational loans available. The Office of Financial Aid awards Federal Direct Loans to degree-seeking graduate students enrolled at least half-time (three credit hours). You can contact the Office of Student Accounts for information about billing and payment plans.

The Online MBA is a total of 38 credit hours, consisting of 11 core courses and 3 elective courses.

On average, students in this program dedicate 15-20 hours per week to their coursework.

Butler’s online programs are designed with the same high-quality curriculum and taught by the same distinguished faculty as our on-campus programs. You’ll learn from industry experts and engage with your peers in small classes through a flexible online format designed to work alongside your busy schedule.

Butler University offers three starts per year for this program—spring (January), summer (May), and fall (August).


Bachelor’s degree required.

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