Managers at all levels are facing an expanding list of challenges and
problems. In both the private and public sector, management has become much more
complex as resources diminish and competition increases. The successful manager
who is able to function in this environment must possess a sound understanding
of the entire organization and its interrelationships. The Master of Business
Administration (MBA) at CMU provides the important ingredients to assist the
manager in accomplishing this objective.
MBA at CMU
Accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business, the MBA program prepares individuals to be effective
managers in a diverse and complex world. The program develops managers both as
leaders and team players and fosters integrity, social responsibility, and a
high degree of professionalism. Emphasis is placed on developing oral and
written communication skills as well as the interpersonal, analytical and
integrative abilities necessary to function in dynamic organizations.
The program is designed to meet the needs of these groups of people:
- Individuals whose business careers have focused on specialized areas and who
seek to develop a more general management perspective in anticipation of further
- Individuals with previous education and work experience in areas other than
business who seek a general business education that will allow them to move into
management positions; and
- Individuals with limited work experience who plan to use the MBA as a
foundation from which to begin their careers.
In existence for more than 44 years, the University's MBA program has a
strong tradition of excellence. The graduate business faculty are not only well
educated but also have substantial business experience.
To meet the needs of future managers, the MBA curriculum also receives
constant review in light of emerging business trends and issues.
Concentrations are available in different business areas. A culminating
experience is required which emphasizes the application of concepts and
knowledge from course work to actual business situations. Courses have emphasis
on using active student learning principles. Students have the opportunity to
discuss international topics in the MBA core courses.
The program is designed to encourage better integration across traditional
business functional areas in addressing many of today's complex business
Courses have more emphasis on using active student learning
principles, as opposed to strict lecture-based instruction. The two-credit hour
core courses are scheduled in eight-week sessions. This class format will allow
students to complete the degree in less time through unique scheduling
arrangements. This is a high priority among working adults
- Classes are available on weeknights and Saturdays.
- Classes are offered in both Mount Pleasant and Midland.
- Concentrations are available in a number of different business areas which
allow more specialization.
- A culminating experience at the end of the program (The MBA Project) has
been developed which will emphasize applying concepts and knowledge from MBA
course work to actual business situations.
- Nine core courses (2 credit hours each) meet for 8 weeks.
- Concentrations are available as elective courses (minimum of 8 credit
- A 4-credit hour integrative project completes the program.
Locations and Course Format
The MBA program is available both on the CMU campus and in Midland, Michigan,
which is approximately 25 miles away. Both sites offer the complete program. All
courses at both sites are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of the
part-time student and are taught by full-time professors.
History of MBA
The Master of Business Administration degree program was first offered in
1961. The MBA program began in Midland as an on-campus program of the School of