Studies indicate that most graduates feel earning a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is worth the investment. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with a graduate degree earn about $400,000 more during their lifetime than those with a bachelor’s degree.

However, the average cost of an M.B.A. degree is somewhere between $80,000 and $130,000 (according to www.mba360.com).

The high cost of earning an M.B.A. has contributed to student loan debt that has reached $1.2 trillion. This prompted President Barack Obama to call on Congress to advance new reforms to give more hard working students a fair shot at pursuing higher education, while emphasizing that the federal government, states, colleges and universities all have a role to play in making higher education more affordable.

In addition, nationwide there is a need for M.B.A. students who can solve ethical issues in the workplace, demonstrate empathy in business practices and possess a high level of emotional intelligence.

To respond to the need for more affordable education and to honor the Benedictine promise of creating values-based business leaders, Benedictine University's National Moser Center for Adult Learning is piloting its Next Generation Learning M.B.A. program to experienced business professionals in underserved populations in the Central Illinois and Southwest Arizona regions for just $10,000 – an unprecedented higher education pricing strategy.

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About the $10K M.B.A.

Experienced business professionals who enroll in the 18-month, $10,000 M.B.A. program will receive the same high quality program and follow the same curriculum that is offered at the University's main campus in Lisle, Illinois, but in an updated blended format featuring Next Generation Learning.

Next Generation Learning is creating a disruptive change in the traditional approach to teaching/lecturing. At the core of this approach is problem-based learning – encouraging students to work on "real-life" problems and issues – infused with Benedictine character, ethics and values. The coursework is collaborative, group-based and utilizes highly interactive technology that allows for 24/7 remote learning, which increases student engagement.

These seemingly opposing forces (independent digital learning and collaborative engaging technology), operate in concert with each other to facilitate critical-thinking and problem-solving.


  • Central Illinois communities of Springfield, Champaign, Peoria, Bloomington and Alton
  • Southwest Arizona communities of Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler and Tucson

About Benedictine University

Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to operate an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher learning in Arizona.

Benedictine University, an accredited, nonprofit private Catholic institution that has been providing graduate business programs to adults for more than 50 years, believes that a quality education and an advanced degree should be both accessible and affordable.

The Benedictine M.B.A. program has been preparing students for executive and managerial positions in both the private and public sectors for more than 35 years. The program has more than 5,000 alumni and was ranked the sixth-largest M.B.A. program in the Chicago area in 2014 by Crain's Chicago Business.

In December 2013, the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education granted a license to offer an M.B.A. program in Mesa to Benedictine, which has been named the fastest-growing university in the country by The Chronicle of Higher Education and among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013 by education and technology blog edcetera.

Open House

Still need a bit more information about Benedictine's $10K MBA program? Then register for one of the following Open Houses:

Virtual Information Session

Unable to attend an Open House? RSVP today to register to participate in one of the following Virtual Information Sessions:

Note: Phone and internet connection required. Login information will be forwarded upon RSVP with instructions to join the online meeting.

Benedictine University at Mesa

Next Generation M.B.A. Virtual Info Session
Tuesday, June 7
12:00 p.m.

Next Generation M.B.A. Open House
Tuesday, June 7
6:00 p.m.
Gillett Hall

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Benedictine University at Springfield

Next Generation M.B.A. Open House
Wednesday, June 8
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Brinkerhoff Home

Next Generation M.B.A. Virtual Info Session
Thursday, June 30
12:00 p.m.

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For more information about Benedictine’s $10K M.B.A. program, contact the National Moser Center for Adult Learning at (877) 353-9622 or send an email to 10Kmba@ben.edu.