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Eastern Michigan University, College of Business Part Time MBA



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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 191

Program Information

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of the Eastern Michigan University, College of Business Part Time MBA Program include:

Steve Futrell - Owner/President, Technology Solutions

Scott Malvich - Director of IT, Guardian Industries Corp.

Linda Girard - CEO, Pure Visibility

John Tuttle - Managing Director, Global Affairs, NYSE Euronext

Jimmy Hsiao - CEO, Logic Solutions

James Goebel - Chief Architect, Menlo Innovations, Founder

Donna Inch - Chairman and CEO, Ford Land Development Corp.

Debi Scroggins - President and CEO, The Bearclaw Coffee Company



School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)



Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 48% accepted out of 163 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.32
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 500
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $35

Admission Considerations

Important: Academic GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Admissions Tests

Admission Information

To be considered for Eastern Michigan University's MBA programs, students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 from a four-year accredited institution. Students must also have a minimum GMAT score of 450, including minimum sub-scores of 20 on the verbal section and 24 on the quantitative section.

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 204
Percent International Students 12%
Total Full-Time Faculty 83
Full-Time Faculty 81%

Student Life

Eastern Michigan University is a large public school with more than 20,000 students, a vibrant athletics program, and more than 300 active student organizations on campus. In the business school’s sizable graduate programs, most students “work full-time and enroll in school part-time,” making it difficult to also get involved with extracurricular campus activities. Nonetheless, students say it’s “great to interact with other profession­als” at the College of Business, describing their classmates as “career-oriented” and ambitious, yet “easy to get along with.” For students on the main campus who’d like to branch out socially, there are “a number of clubs available for those who have time,” including an MBA Association. Located in the suburban community of Ypsilanti, the EMU campus is “very convenient” to both Ann Arbor and Detroit, and these two cities provides endless cultural, entertain­ment, food, and nightlife options. Drawing from the greater metropolitan area, EMU’s College of Business is incredibly “multicultural,” with students from a range of back­grounds and levels of experience.


EMU students love the fact that their school caters to full-time working professionals. Unfortunately, the flip side of this arrangement is that there is more limited career sup­port and recruiting programs at EMU than you’d find at a traditional full-time MBA. For those looking to expand their network in Detroit and Ann Arbor, “There are several clubs that have outstanding connections to our alumni and important people in the area.” In addition, the College of Business maintains updated listings of internships and full-time jobs available in the area, and occasionally invites recruiters to campus to meet with cur­rent students and alumni. In complement to the resources at the business school, the University Advising and Career Development Center has a COB office that can assist with career planning and job-search skills. They also organize on-campus recruiting events with local companies. Prospective students should note, however, that the Career Development Center’s serv¬ices are chiefly directed at undergraduates, and “many of the recruiting companies are hiring retail managers, rather than looking for candidates for higher-quality positions.” A student adds, “Our Career Services Center has little help for those outside of account¬ing and finance.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

With its convenient location, “experienced professors,” and “low tuition,” the MBA pro­gram at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business offers a great return on investment. “Designed for working professionals,” EMU’s courses are offered in the evenings, on the weekends, via the Internet, and through hybrid online/classroom deliv­ery. The format is totally flexible, and students can take as little as one class per semester and up to a full course load. While balancing a career and an education can be tricky business, students say EMU “provides great support for students and overall great atmosphere of learning.”At EMU, “Most of the professors are amazing,” with close to 100 percent of the school’s faculty holding the highest degree available in their field. Students admit that, “You get a couple bad professors/classmates along the way, but there is little if anything to com­plain about.” Graduate class sizes average fewer than twenty, which gives students the opportunity to “work directly with professors who provide PhD-level class time, rather than having to work through a teaching assistant.” The result is a dynamic classroom environment, in which discussion is encouraged and “professors challenge you to devel­op your own opinions regarding global business and economies.” In addition to the pro­fessors, there is “lots of diverse work experience among the students,” adding even more depth to the academic environment. Real-world applications are stressed in the class­room, though students would like to see coursework incorporate “more up-to-date case studies” and hands-on instruction. One student suggests, “EMU needs to strengthen their program with real business partnerships where students can apply what they learn and gain real job experience.” The MBA curriculum is comprised of foundation coursework (which can be waived for students with previous education in business), core coursework, electives, and an area of specialization, which combine for a program of study between 36–34 credit hours. Catering to its diverse student body, EMU offers specializations in a variety of business fields, including e-business, entrepreneurship, internal auditing, international business, management, and nonprofit management, as well as the opportunity to pursue a gener­al MBA with no particular specialization (in that case, students can take a range of elec­tive coursework to meet the units required for graduation). While the program runs smoothly, students would like to see the school “upgrade technology,” as well as the infrastructure: “Stairwells, classrooms, and presentation areas sorely need updates.” College of Business classes are being relocated in late summer 2013 to accommodate planned classroom technology upgrades.

The Princeton Review

Degrees Awarded

Master of Business Administration - 24 months; Master of Science Information Systems - 18 months; Master of Science in Accounting - 18 months; Master of Science in Human Resources/Organizational Development - 18 months; Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications - 24 months; See

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    alumni associations, career services center. Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Technology Development Center, Michigan Export Assistance Center. Professional Education Center

  • International Student Support Groups: (this is a organization group that is open to all EMU students including MBAs)

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups: (this is a resource center that is open to all EMU students including MBAs)

  • Minority Support Groups: (This is a service office that is open to all EMU students including MBAs)

  • Research Facilities:

    alumni associations, career services center. Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Technology Development Center, Michigan Export Assistance Center. Professional Education Center

  • Study Abroad:

    International exchange programs in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, and Spain.

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