Frequently Asked Questions - MBA

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

The following is a list of questions frequently asked by International Students.Throughout this document, Northern Michigan University is referred to by its initials, NMU.

What is the MBA program TOEFL requirement at NMU? – 213 computer-based, 550 paper-based, or 79 iBT. IELTS of 6.5 or better. If English is your native language, a TOEFL is not required. Our school code is 1560.

What exams are required for admission to NMU’s MBA program? – A GMAT score of 500. Students with lower GMAT scores may be conditionally accepted if they have a superior GPA and writing skills.

What is the minimum GPA requirement? – A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 from an accredited four-year university is required for admission to the MBA program.

What are the additional requirements for admission to the MBA program? – Applicants must: 1) Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. 2) Submit a resume. 3) Write a Statement of Purpose essay indicating why you wish to pursue an MBA.

Do students need work experience to be accepted into the MBA program? – Two years is preferred, but this requirement can be waived if all other requirements are met. Applicants need to submit a resume. Should selection criteria become tight, work experience may be a deciding factor.

What does it cost to attend NMU for the MBA program? – To attend for ONE year (TWO semesters) your costs would be approximately as follows (based on 2013-2014 tuition):

One year
(Two semesters)
Tuition & Fees $10,618
Room & Board $8,696
Books & Supplies $800
Health Insurance $1,478
Personal & Travel $1,850
Total Cost  $23,442

Is there any financial assistance available to International Students? – Yes, students formally enrolled in an NMU graduate program can apply for graduate assistantships. Northern Michigan University’s College of Business facilitates the selection of candidates for MBA graduate assistantships. Application deadline for the fall assistantship is July 15 and winter assistantship is November 15. In addition to a stipend of approximately $8,900 USD, most assistantships include a tuition waiver. It is advantageous for an applicant to hold a high GPA and GMAT score of 500 or above. Click here for the graduate assistant handbook. Click here for a printable application.

How long is the MBA program? – 36 credits. A student can finish it in four semesters of nine credit hours, which is full-time. Three semesters is possible, taking four classes per semester, but not advisable. Click to view the MBA curriculum.

Is there a limit to the number of students enrolling in the MBA program per year? – Not currently. As the program grows, this could change.

Do international students have a good chance of getting into the MBA program? – Yes, as long as all admission requirements are met and the applicant has strong English skills.

How do I apply to the NMU MBA program? – 1) Review the MBA program requirements here. 2) Complete the International Graduate Student Admissions Application here. 3) Pay US$50 application fee (must be in U.S. Funds). 4) Mail official transcripts with professional translation. 5) Prepare Credential Evaluation with ECE or WES. 6) Supply English proficiency and GMAT test scores. 7) Submit supporting documentation required by the MBA program. 8) Provide certification of finances with bank verification. International Students must apply one year prior to their expected start date to ensure time for application processing.

Is NMU a public or private school? – NMU is a publicly funded State university.

Where is NMU located? – In the northern mid-west region of the U.S.A. Marquette is a small city in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Three major airline hubs serve Marquette: Detroit, Michigan - 750 km; Chicago, Illinois - 640 km; and Minneapolis, Minnesota - 645 km.

Is NMU a safe campus? – Yes, NMU offers a very secure environment. Being a medium sized campus, located in a city of only 23,000 people in a rural part of Michigan, the crime rate is low.

Do I need a car to attend NMU? –  No, NMU is an easily navigable, compact campus in a small city; many students do not have cars. Students have access to the Wildcat Shuttle, which offers students, faculty and staff free, reliable bus transportation. For more information, go to

How many students attend NMU? – Approximately 9,300 students attend NMU.

What is the typical graduate class size? – Class size is generally fewer than 12 students.

Can I work while attending NMU? – You may be able to work for the university up to twenty hours per week during the fall and winter semesters, and forty hours per week during the summer. Pay rates vary, but expect to earn approximately US$7.40 per hour (graduate assistant pay rate and hours differ). Visa restrictions prohibit International Students from working for employers other than the university.

Does NMU have adequate housing for students? – NMU has adequate housing on campus for all students. Students under the age of twenty-one must live on campus for two years (four semesters) or live with a host family; however, prior approval is required.

To contact Northern Michigan University's Master of Business Administration program, e-mail or call 906-227-1894. To contact the main College of Business office, email or call 906-227-2900.