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Metropolitan State University

Campus: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Type: Public

Accreditation: NCA

Base Program Cost: $17,700

Per Credit Hour: $440.94

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 months

GMAT Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: 30

Online Concentrations: Project Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), Marketing, Finance

On Campus Requirement: No

School Site: Online MBA Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid


Metropolitan State University is located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and was founded in 1971. From the beginning, the university established roots in non-traditional course programs, initially allowing students to design their own degree plans. In the 1990s, the university began to adopt more traditional programs and curricula, but the school has continually accommodated the needs of working adults by offering flexible evening and weekend classes.

The MBA program at Metropolitan State University takes approximately three years to complete; however, students are allowed five years to complete the degree requirements, with the possibility of an extension. To receive an MBA with a concentration in a particular subject, credit requirements increase to 44. Students can enroll in on-campus or online courses, and there is the additional option of participating in both. For online students, the rates for non-residents are the same as in-state rates.


The Metropolitan State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Also known as the North Central Association, this organization is one of six regional accreditation units in the U.S. and is recognized by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The NCA accredits over 1,000 higher education institutions.


The Metropolitan State University online MBA program is organized into three phases. Phase I includes the core classes that teach the basic, functional disciplines of business and organization. Phase II consists of the electives which can be chosen to suit the interests and needs of the students. Phase III of the MBA program is the final course, which demands a synthesis and integration of all basic skills learned from Phase I.

During the second phase, students will pursue any desired concentrations of study. With the approval of an adviser, a student may pursue two concentrations of study. The areas of concentration are as follows:

  • Project Management*
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Finance

*The college also offers a graduate project management certificate for students who complete the course requirements for a concentration in the field.


The admissions requirements for an MBA at the Metropolitan State University draw upon both the student’s work history and academic background. Applications are evaluated in five different areas: work experience, undergraduate grade point average, test scores, goals essay and reference letters.

  • Two years full-time, paid professional work experience
  • Two reference letters from person qualified to evaluate your academic or professional qualifications
  • A “goals essay” that describes your motivation as a potential graduate student and serves as a sample of your writing
  • Official transcripts offering proof of baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) earned from an accredited institution, complete with GPA and course descriptions*
  • GMAT scores high enough to satisfy the following formula:(weighted GPA x 200) + GMAT Total score=1025 or greater.
  • Academic prerequisites: Financial Accounting, Statistics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics or Foundations of Economic Analysis

*Although there is no minimum GPA requirement, students with averages lower than 2.7 will need to provide an explanation in the goals essay.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of the online MBA program at the Metropolitan State University is currently $440.94 per course. For the general MBA, this brings the base cost to approximately $17,700. This figure does not include books and other supplies. Costs for residents and out-of-state students are the same for online courses. Visit the university website to explore tuition assistance options through financial aid and scholarships.