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Campus: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Type: Public

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: $28,185

Per Credit Hour: $600

Minimum Credit Hours: 36

GMAT Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: 30 months

Online Concentrations: Logistics Management, ERP Emphasis using SAP Software, VDO Emphasis

Campus Requirements: Yes, for students pursuing the SAP concentration.

School Site: Online MBA Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid


Central Michigan University was founded in 1892 as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute with only 31 students. The university began its MBA program in 1960 and offered its first online MBA degrees in January 2008.


Central Michigan University’s Master of Business Administration programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB began its accrediting in 1919, and gives its approval to approximately 5 percent of the world’s business schools.


The online school offers three MBA programs: IT, Value Driven Organization and Logistics Management. The programs consist of 27 core credit hours and nine to 16 advanced credit hour courses. For students with an IT emphasis, there is an additional 13 credit hours of SAP courses, adding up to 40 hours. Students in the Value Driven Organization program, which is the school’s most popular concentration, take 36 hours, while students in the Logistics Management program have 43 hours to complete.

The soonest an online MBA student can finish the cohort structured program is two and a half years. Students in the online MBA programs have seven years to complete their degree and must take at least two courses per semester as to not fall behind. The spring, summer and fall semesters are eight weeks long. There are two to three eight-week courses in a semester.

Central Michigan University will accept credit hours from another institution if those credits align with the required courses. Work experience could also be credited for hours.

The online MBA program has the same entrance and graduation requirements as the full-time and hybrid programs.


The requirements for applying to the Central Michigan online MBA program include:

  • Completion of the graduate school application
  • A résumé
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7 from an accredited four-year undergraduate school or a previous graduate degree is required
  • Online students must show proof of work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT score (450 minimum required)
  • There is a $50 application fee

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the 2012 academic year, proposed tuition is $655 per credit hour for all core curriculum credits and either $655 or $1,000 per credit for electives.

At current rates, tuition for the base program ranges from $28,165 to $30,685, which is the revised price for the 2012 academic year.

Central Michigan University’s online MBA program does not participate in the Tuition Reduction Program. Each student must pay the standard cost. FAFSA financial aid is available for students in the online MBA program. The school offers federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

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