Degree or Program Details

Master of Business Administration

Program Description

The College of Business offers a program of graduate studies leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.  The primary objective of this program is to educate future, middle and senior managers to deal with basic problems of choice, complexity and change in the challenging environment of business.  The program is designed to develop skills which the manager can use to deal with these problems in a profit-oriented, free enterprise economy.  Therefore, the program’s focus is directed toward decision making.
The overall objective is achieved with ample emphasis on the traditional subject matter of business administration, i.e., accounting, finance, management and marketing.  
Program Requirements
The MBA consists of 12 courses (36 credit hours). 
Several of the core courses in the MBA program have undergraduate course prerequisites. Students with prior coursework in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, information systems, management, operations management, statistics and calculus can enroll in the MBA courses directly.  Relevant professional experience may be substituted for some or all of the prerequisite courses.  
At Northern Michigan University, the following courses meet the MBA prerequisite requirements:  
  • Accounting ACT 230 and ACT 240
  • Economics EC 201
  • Finance FIN 351
  • Marketing MKT 230
  • Management MGT 240
  • Information Systems CIS 212
  • Managerial Communications MGT 344
  • Operations Management MGT 325
  • Statistics MA 171   

Decisions regarding the admissions, acceptability of proposed substitutes for Phase One requirements, and overall MBA requirements will be made by the Faculty Director of the MBA Program.  Relevant professional experience may be substituted for some or all of the Phase One Foundation Courses.

Admission Requirements
Applicants have to comply with the regular admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies. In addition, applicants are expected to have:
  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A GMAT score (for information on taking the GMAT, visit
  • Two years of relevant professional work experience is highly recommended.

Applicants are required to write a statement of purpose, indicating why they wish to pursue this degree.  Applicants should also include a current resume with their application materials. All applicants must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).  While we do not have an official minimum GMAT score, our average score is above 500.  A GMAT score alone does not guarantee or deny admission to the program.  The results of the GMAT, the applicant’s undergraduate grade-point average, relevant work experience and statement of purpose will be evaluated together to determine eligibility for the program. The GMAT test requirement will be waived for students who have completed a Terminal degree.

Applicants who are not native English speakers are required to submit a score of 550 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to having their application considered.

Application materials are reviewed by a faculty graduate screening committee.  Applications are accepted throughout the year, but to ensure full consideration, the following deadlines should be adhered to:

Fall admission - June 15
Winter admission - November 15

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Total Credits Required for Degree 36
Core 30
Electives 6