Central Michigan University Online Master of Business Administration 

Why Central Michigan University? 

An online Master of Business Administration degree program is offered by this smaller public university in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Even though applicants don’t have to show that they’ve taken certain undergraduate courses, the admissions committee will look for signs that the applicant knows basics in accounting, finance, economics, and statistics. This knowledge may be obtained through self-study or non-credit online courses. Applicants do not need to submit the results of the GMAT or other standardized tests. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 is required.

The program is under the direction of the university’s College of Business.  Administration

Program Snapshot

University Name Central Michigan University
Location Mount Pleasant
State MI
Niche.com Grade B
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program College of Business Administration
Credits 36
Cost per credit 770
Tuition for Entire Program $27,720.00
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA 2.7
Prerequisite Courses and Skills Even though it’s not required, we strongly suggest that applicants learn at least the basics of accounting, finance, economics, and statistics before starting the MBA program. This can be done through self-study or free online courses.
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 1-2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health Systems Leadership
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Systems
  • Logistics Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Value-Driven Organization
Synchronous classes yes
Required Courses
  • Managing Information Systems in a Global Economy 
  • Managerial Accounting: A Management Perspective 
  • Managing and Leading Individuals and Groups in Organizations 
  • Data Analysis for Managers 
  • Marketing Based Management 
  • Global Business and Sustainability 
  • Financial Analysis and Risk Management 
  • Global Economic Environment 
  • Strategic Management: Integrative Experience and Strategy Simulation
Does the Program Include a Capstone? yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique annual New Ventures Competition including start up capital as prizes; active chapter of SAP next-Gen club; curriculum supports certification in SAP (TS410/TERP-10) and Lean Six Sigma; distinctive concentrations in project management, value-driven organization
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Integration of the functional core areas of business
  • Providing the perspective required to manage in a global world
  • Awareness of ethical issues and standards and their influence on business decisions
  • Ability to work in teams through group projects and collaborative learning
  • Enhancement of oral and written communication skills integrating the most current technology
  • Application of theory and concepts to the solution of business problems through the use of cases, business exports, consulting projects, simulations and the study of real world business practice
  • Integration of business concepts in an applied project
Program Description This program offers distinctive concentrations in Project Management and the Value-Driven Organization, along with nine other concentrations:  Business Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Systems Leadership, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Logistics Management and Marketing. Across 36 credits of required curriculum, completed within 1-2 years, students learn to integrate all areas of business and become globally-oriented managers. Ethics, group collaboration, communication and technology skills are developed in courses that emphasize hands-on case study learning models. 


What will I Learn?

The aim of the CMU online MBA is to prepare students for careers in a globally-oriented environment through integration of all the areas of the business world. The curriculum uses hands-on and applied learning to develop both technical acumen and soft skills such as communication, teamwork and collaboration. 

The range of concentration and elective courses available through this program can be appreciated through its extensive list of concentration areas: Business Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Systems Leadership, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Logistics Management, Marketing, Project Management and the Value-Driven Organization.

Required courses are as follows: Managing Information Systems in a Global Economy, Managerial Accounting: A Management Perspective, Managing and Leading Individuals and Groups in Organizations, Data Analysis for Managers, Marketing Based Management, Global Business and Sustainability, Financial Analysis and Risk Management and Global Economic Environment.

As a capstone to their MBA experience, all students are required to participate in an Integrative Experience and Strategy Simulation.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 1-2 years and pay $$ 770 per credit for a total of 36 credits, or just under $28,000.000 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

All courses have at least some synchronous class meetings, in which students attend an online class at a specific time. Students are not required to visit campus unless they wish. They complete the program within 1-2 years. Offering three start dates per year, the program accepts new students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.


The CMU program emphasizes teamwork, project management and applied learning. If you have a special interest in SAP business software, keep in mind that this program has a very active student SAP club and a strong record of helping students achieve TS410/TERP-10 for SAP certification. Students also excel in certification exams for the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Yellow Belt.

Applicants with special interest in project management may want to take a second look at CMU, as will students who are intrigued by the idea of specializing in the Value-Driven Organization, or in participating in start-up competitions.