Central Michigan University Review

Central Michigan University offers numerous areas of concentration through their online MBA degree program. Students with a bachelor's in any discipline can apply, but a long list of business prerequisites favors those with business-related backgrounds.

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The Good

Several concentrations available

The online MBA program at Central Michigan University (CMU) offers multiple areas of focus, including marketing, logistics management, human resource management, value-driven organization, and enterprise resource planning using SAP programming. Depending on the concentration, your entire degree requires 31 to 43 credit hours for completion. The areas of emphasis offered at CMU are very specialized and unique, especially considering that some online MBA programs do not offer concentrations at all.

Accelerated degree options

Certain concentrations enable students to complete the program at a relatively quick rate. The human resource management, enterprise resource planning, and value-driven organization specialties, for instance, require just nine core courses in business administration and three related electives.

Rich online tools and resources

CMU offers convenient access to a comprehensive and sophisticated library service, which contributes greatly to a rewarding online academic experience. Prospective students can easily utilize the online MBA website to chat with an admissions counselor, view FAQs, and complete the online application.

Competitively priced tuition

Tuition rates for CMU MBA programs vary depending on the concentration but, in most cases, the per-credit rate is $600. This rate applies to both in-state and out-of-state students. CMU is not as affordable as programs like Arkansas State University, where tuition comes in at $467 per credit, but considering that some programs charge more than $1,900 per credit for out-of-state students, the rates at CMU are definitely appealing if you’re looking for a more affordable MBA option.

The Bad

Nine prerequisite classes required

Acceptance into CMU is easier for individuals with business-related undergraduate degrees and/or business work experience due to the program’s nine prerequisites. To fulfill them, you can either show proof of completion of a course-equivalent, or you can demonstrate proficiency with an exam or letter of evidence from your employer. The areas in which you must demonstrate competency include business communications, accounting, economics, business law, marketing, management principles, supply chain or operations management, finance, and statistics. If you do not meet all of these criteria, CMU offers courses to get you caught up before entering the program. There are other online MBA programs that have far fewer prerequisite course requirements, which may be important if you want to get started right away.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2007-2008
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Location: MI
  • Region: Midwest
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: 8-month term

Tuition Rates (per Credit)

  • In-State: $600
  • Out-of-State: $600
  • Program Cost: $18,600 - $25,800


  • General Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 34%
  • Average GMAT Score: 498
  • Average Student Age: 33
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.14
  • Average Work Experience: N/A
  • Gender Ratio: 36.9% female, 63.1% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 25
  • Total Enrollment: 111


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 15 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 15
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 3

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 84%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 84%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 87%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 88%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): 71%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 55%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 54
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 64/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 44
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 86/100
  • Peer Reputation Mean Score (1-5): 2.6
  • Student Engagement Rank: 24
  • Student Engagement Score: 87/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 5
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 76/100

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