University of Nevada-Reno Online Master of Business Administration

Why University of Nevada-Reno? 

The online  Executive Master of Business Administration degree program offered by this very large public research university is aimed at experienced professionals with at least five years of work experience. Located in Reno, Nevada, this state university expects prospective students to have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above. The College of Business does not require standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT.  

Program Snapshot

University Name University of Nevada-Reno
Location Reno
State NE Grade B+
Name of Degree Executive MBA
School or Department Administering Program College of Business
Credits 36
Cost per credit 833
Tuition for Entire Program $29,988.00
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA 2.75
Prerequisite Courses and Skills 5+ years professional experience
Campus Visit Required? none
Typical Time to Complete 24 months
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes both
Required Courses
  • Statistics for Decision Making
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Management and Organizational Science
  • Economics of the Firm
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Seminar Managerial Accounting
  • Personal Branding
  • Managing Organizations in a Global Economy
  • Information and Communications Technology in Organizations
  • Strategic Management for Executives
Does the Program Include a Capstone? no
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique practical and applied learning model; cohort-based; distinctive required course in personal branding
Program Description The program’s 36 credits can be completed within 24 months. Students are not required to complete a capstone course. No internship or practicum is offered. Within a generalist program, students gain an exposure to key themes and skills; no concentration areas are offered. 


What will I Learn?

The curriculum is approached via two categories of courses: core courses and breadth courses. All students pursue a generalist degree and no specializations are available.

Core courses provide key skills fundamental to all areas of business. These courses include Statistics for Decision Making, Production and Operations Management
and Financial Reporting and Analysis. Additional core courses are Management and Organizational Science, Economics of the Firm, Financial Management and  Marketing Management

Breadth courses allow for expansion into specialized disciplines and subjects, allowing students to explore a range of topics in business today.  All students take 15 credits of breadth courses, or 5 courses consisting of the following: Seminar Managerial Accounting, Personal Branding, Managing Organizations in a Global Economy, Information and Communications Technology in Organizations and  Strategic Management for Executives.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 24 months and pay $833 per credit for a total of 36 credits, or just under $30,000 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

This program offers less flexibility than peer programs, because the curriculum proceeds according to a lockstep model, in which all students in a cohort take the same courses in the same order. This structure can help with work-life balance because students spend less time planning their course of study, and get into a routine of studying and completing course assignments. However, the cohort model allows for less flexibility if students need to take breaks from their studies or need to modify their workload in other ways.

Classes are offered both synchronously, at a set time each week, and asynchronously, or self-paced. A new cohort begins the 24-month program every Fall. 


The University of Nevada-Reno MBA is built on a cohort approach to learning, with all students taking the same courses in the same order. This program structure enhances peer learning, offering opportunities for students to build long term relationships and learn from the experience of the seasoned professionals in their cohort. Applicants may also be attracted to the distinctive required course in personal branding, and to a curriculum that allows students to get a taste of several specialized subjects through the required breadth courses.