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Northern Illinois University College of Business


The Business department at Northern Illinois University was founded in 1961. Growing from three faculty members teaching in a former WWII barracks during the next decade, the Business Department became The College of Business in 1961. Today, it contains the six academic departments of accountancy, business administration, finance, management, marketing, and operations management & information systems.

The MBA program has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 1969. All MBA Programs offered by the Northern Illinois University College of Business are accredited by the AACSB.


The College of Business is housed in Barsema Hall on the main DeKalb campus. NIU also has three satellite campuses: NIU-Hoffman Estates, NIU-Naperville and NIU-Rockford.


Following a $20 million donation from Dennis and Stacey Barsema, Barsema Hall has housed the College of Business since 2002. The 144,000-square foot facility has classrooms, computer labs, a 375-seat auditorium, specialized labs, and faculty and staff offices, study spaces and eating spaces including The Three Sons Café.


Professors are world-renowned in the fields of accounting and finance, are nationally recognized in marketing, management, and operations, and served as business professionals prior to earning their PhDs. On average, each year, more than 100 business professionals and visiting academicians share their expertise and perspectives with NIU business students through regular speaker series and other special events. The College of Business also has 12 advisory boards to help shape the college’s activities and educational processes.

MBA Degree Offerings

NIU offers Chicago, MBA, One-Year MBA, Fast-Trak MBA, Evening MBA, and Executive MBA degree options.

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