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Central Michigan University College of Business Administration Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 86% accepted out of 93 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.59
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 513
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • In State Application Fee: $35

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Recommendations, Work Experience

Admission Information

To calculate a students' eligibility for admission, Central Michigan University multiplies their undergraduate GPA by 200, then adds that number to their GMAT score. Using this calculation, prospective students must achieve at least 1050 points to be considered for admission. Additionally, students cannot be admitted if their GMAT score is below 45...To calculate a students' eligibility for admission, Central Michigan University multiplies their undergraduate GPA by 200, then adds that number to their GMAT score. Using this calculation, prospective students must achieve at least 1050 points to be considered for admission. Additionally, students cannot be admitted if their GMAT score is below 450, no matter what their GPA. International students must submit TOEFL scores; however, students with TOEFL scores that fall short of that minimum requirement may take additional English classes while they begin the MBA program.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 113
Percent International Students 34%
Total Full-Time Faculty 16

Student Life

Attracting a mix of “international students, professionals, and full-time students,” you might be “surprised at the diversity” on CMU’s small, Midwestern campus. “There are a lot of foreign students and it is so cool to get to know people from around the world. You see many of the same faces as you move through the program so you are able to get to know people and make good friendships and networking connections.” Across the board, students are “driven and striving for success in the program” and “willing to lend a hand.”“There is definitely a small-class, small-school feel” at CMU. The campus is “intimate, friendly, [and] safe,” and “it is very easy to feel comfortable and welcome here.” “People are very friendly, and good team players.” While academics (and professional life) keep students on the go, there is more to CMU than classes and homework. “There are a mul­titude of clubs and activities for students to join,” both through the business school, as well as the university at large. Juggling work and school, some part-timers don’t have time to participate in extracurricular activities; others take full advantage of the school’s lively atmosphere. A current MBA agrees, “As a married graduate student with a full-time career, I still find CMU to be engaging both in the classroom and on campus in gen­eral. There are plenty of student organizations, activities, and professional networking opportunities to take advantage of.”Most part-time students commute to school, while many full-time students live on cam­pus. Unfortunately, campus residents without a car can feel a bit stranded. Happily, the CMU campus provides the necessary amenities, with “plenty of facilities like computer labs, libraries, [and a] student activity center.” As its name implies, Mount Pleasant makes a nice backdrop to campus life; “The campus is located in a safe town, so students can freely walk around the beautiful campus and enjoy themselves.” During the sum­mer, students also enjoy “kayaking down the Chippewa River, bicycle trails, and events such as home shows and boat shows that are hosted on campus.”

Career

Thanks to the school’s flexible schedule and convenient evening classes, a large percent­age of CMU students are working professionals—many of whom may not be looking for a new position after graduation. For those starting a new career (or those who want to make a career change), Central Michigan University’s MBA program is designed to pre­pare students for a position in management, with numerous real world and practical experiences woven into the curriculum. The university Career Services department maintains a job vacancy bulletin and hosts campus career fairs; however, students in the MBA program say the school could improve if they “spread more awareness of their programs.” With such a strong academ­ic program, students admit that, “CMU could improve how they market themselves as a business school. The quality of the MBA program is an aspect they should take greater steps to express to the nation.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Central Michigan University offers a comprehensive MBA program with a focus on gen­eral management. Students appreciate the fact that “The program is affordable, and offers flexible scheduling though weekend classes and night classes.” CMU’s “well­structured…flexible” curriculum begins with a set of foundational and core courses, taught in a series of quick, eight-week terms. While the core is “very broad,” students can later pursue a concentration in one of many fields, including accounting, business eco­nomics, general management, management consulting, and management information systems. Emphasizing real-world business skills, CMU “allows students to learn through practical applications of techniques,” including case studies, simulations, and consulting projects. “Faculty is the greatest strength” here. Well-versed in contemporary business topics, “The graduate level professors in the business school contribute well-researched concepts with real-world practices to provide students with a relevant, practical skill set.”CMU offers the complete full-time MBA on its main campus in Mount Pleasant, as well as at its auxiliary facilities in Midland, Michigan. “All MBA classes are in the evenings [and] some on weekends,” which makes the program a “great fit for full-time employ­ees.” At the same time, the program is appropriate for early career professionals who want to make a move into management positions, and many complete the program on a full-time basis. No matter what your previous professional preparation, the small class size “fosters communication through insightful dialogue between students and faculty” and “really allow[s] students to become more involved in the learning process.” In most classes, “Students are willing to engage in thoughtful conversation and challenge the view points of both other students and faculty.” With a low graduate enrollment and a patently “friendly atmosphere,” CMU’s environment is student-centered and support­ive. While the workload in some classes can be “very heavy,” the teaching staff is “down­to-earth and easy to talk to,” comprised of caring professors who “truly want what’s best for the student.” Similarly, “The administration at CMU is very competent and willing to help with an open-door policy to its students.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    SAP University Alliance

  • International Student Support Groups:

    College of Business Administration Graduate Student Association

  • Research Facilities:

    SAP University Alliance

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Central Michigan University College of Business Administration include:

Michael J. Bowen - Chairman & CEO, Westwood Development Group

Robert I. Noe - CEO, 1 Sync

Michael Fred O'Donnell - Retired, Managing Director, Protiviti Inc.

Jerry D. Campbell - Pres. & CEO, Community National Bank of the South

Roger L. Kesseler - Retired, VP & Controller, The Dow Chemical Company

School Employment Information

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