Jul 03, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
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Business Administration [MBA]


To prepare business professionals with:

  • Professional communication skills,
  • Leadership skills,
  • Business functional area knowledge,
  • Quantitative and analytical skills, and
  • Strategic integration knowledge.

Program Admission

Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please note that the University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below. Additionally, the program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.



For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • A well-written Personal Statement indicating background and purpose for applying.
  • An up-to-date resume.
  • A score of 450 or greater in the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), with at least 20 in the verbal section and 24 in the quantitative, OR an overall score of 297 or greater in the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), including scores of at least 143 in verbal reasoning and 140 in quantitative reasoning. The GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived, by email request to the Graduate Programs Office (cob_graduate@emich.edu), for applicants who meet any one of the following five criteria:
    • Have earned an AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Business Administration degree (minimum 60 credits)., with a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and an average GPA of 3.0 in statistics, accounting, and finance courses.
    • Have earned any other bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
    • Have earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA from all six courses in the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration  and/or approved equivalent courses (maximum of two).
    • Have at least five years of managerial experience as determined by the MBA curriculum committee (e.g., experience with the responsibility of managing both people and budget).
    • Have a master’s or terminal degree from universities with an AACSB accredited college/business school (degrees from other institutions need to be approved by the MBA curriculum committee).
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of 80 overall, with at least 20 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking sections; or IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with at least 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking; and at least 6.0 in writing.

Advisor Information

Graduate Programs Office, 102 Hill Hall, 734.487.4444, cob.graduate@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 54-57 hours

The MBA program is innovative, applied, and global with an emphasis on corporate ethics. The program requires 54-57 credit hours: 18 hours of foundation courses; 18 hours of Core/Cross-Functional courses; and 18-21 hours of electives (6 hours restricted electives and 12-15 hours of general electives). MBA candidates may also select 1 of 14 areas of specialization (the specialization courses are taken in lieu of the general elective courses).

Transfer Credit
A maximum of six credit hours from a previous Master’s degree may be transferred to the core MBA program.

Foundation: 18 hours

All six foundation courses (18 credits) may be waived for students with an earned BBA from an AACSB-accredited school. However, all students, including those with a BBA from an AACSB-accredited school, must earn a grade of ”B” or above in a FIN 502  equivalent, or a grade of ”C”or above in a FIN 350  equivalent, and completed within the past 5 years at the time of taking FIN 620 .

Restricted Electives: 6 hours

Choose one course from each of the following areas. ​Please keep in mind that courses listed below may also be required for your specialization, in this case, please select an alternate elective. 

Elective Courses for General M.B.A. or Specialization in an Area: 12-15 hours

Students will elect to complete 12 credit hours of electives for a General MBA or satisfy the requirements for one of the 14 areas of specializations.

Elective Courses for General M.B.A.: 12 hours

Students choosing the general MBA will select four advisor-approved electives from any 500 or 600-level courses offered within the College of Business. At least one of the four courses must be a 600-level course, and no more than two Independent Studies (699) or Special Topics (592/681) courses may be taken.

MBA with Specialization in an Area: 12-15 hours

Specializations may be pursued in lieu of the Elective Courses for General MBA. Specializations are offered in the following fourteen areas: Business Analytics, E-Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Internal Auditing, International Business, Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Sport Management, and Supply Chain Management

The area of specialization is noted on the student’s transcript, but not on the diploma. Course substitutions must be approved by department heads. These specialization options have program codes associated with them that differ from the general MBA. Therefore students wishing to change from one area to another (e.g., general MBA to MBA in supply chain management or vice versa) must submit a new graduate admissions application indicating “program transfer” so that a new program of study can be issued.