May 23, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Business Administration [MBA]

Revised Program [Fall 2022]

Eastern Michigan University’s Master of Business Administration program is one of the most respected programs of its kind in Michigan. The program aims to prepare graduates to advance their careers as business leaders. Students gain valuable skills in professional communication, leadership, quantitative and analytical decision-making. The program also provides students with business functional areas and strategic integration knowledge.

The program is ideal for working professionals who want to pursue the degree part-time while remaining employed. In addition, the program accommodates full-time study for domestic and international students. The College of Business offers classes in the evenings, online, or in a hybrid format, allowing students to pursue the degree at their own pace. Students may also choose from various specializations and elective courses to customize their degree to suit their career goals.

The EMU College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the premier business accrediting body worldwide, offering a top-notch business education.

Program Admission


After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

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. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75. A cumulative GPA of 3. 00 is required for students in the fully online track.
  • A well-written Personal Statement indicating background and purpose for applying.
  • An up-to-date resume.
  • GRE/GMAT Requirement:
    • Fully Online Track: A score of 500 or greater in the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). 
    • General and all other specializations: ​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 (, 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 an 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 Office102 Hill Hall, 734.487.4444

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 . Not all of these courses are offered online.

Degree Requirements: 35-39 hours

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

General MBA, Online MBA, or Specialization: 17-21 hours

The area of specialization is noted on the student’s transcript but not on the diploma. Department heads must approve course substitutions. These specialization options have program codes 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” to issue a new program of study.

General MBA: 18 hours

Required Courses: 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.

Restricted Electives: 6 hours

  • Choose one course from the Innovation list. 3 hrs
  • Choose one course from the Analytical Skills list 3 hrs

Online MBA: 18 hours

Students must complete one weekend-long residency requirement in addition to completing the coursework below. Students will need department permission from their graduate advisor for course registration.

MBA with Specialization in an Area: 17-21 hours

Students will satisfy the requirements for one of the following options.

Business Analytics (BSAN): 18 hours

E-Business (EBUS): 18 hours

Entrepreneurship (ENTR): 18 hours

Finance (FIN): 18 hours

Human Resource Management (HR): 18 hours

Information Systems (IS): 18 hours

Internal Auditing (INAU): 18 hours

International Business (INB): 21 hours

Management (MGMT): 18 hours

Marketing (MKTG): 18 hours

Nonprofit Management (NPMG): 17-18 hours

Sport Management (SPMG): 18 hours

Supply Chain Management (SCMG): 21 hours

Critical Graduation Information

Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.