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Plan your program

The MBA program at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business provides you with an opportunity to use your existing skills while adding information, knowledge and skills that will enhance your success in tomorrow’s marketplace.

Begin by reviewing pages 11-14, and 28-29 in the MBA/MSA Resource Guide and reviewing the tentative course schedules. Then, use the Plan your MBA worksheet to create a personalized schedule of when you plan to fulfill each of your requirements.

The program's flexibility allows customization of studies to suit your goals. The program may be completed in two years, although students with prior business education may accelerate through the program in less time. Students with full-time employment may take up to six years to complete the program, with most working professionals taking three to four years to complete the program.

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Advising hours are available each weekday and evening appointments are also available. Contact the MBA Advising office to schedule an appointment in Kalamazoo or Battle Creek, or (616) 771-4100 to schedule an appointment in either Grand Rapids location.

Questions to consider while planning your program schedule

  • How many classes do I need to complete for graduation (speak with your advisor and see the Plan Your MBA worksheet)
  • Do I need to complete any prerequisite classes?
  • Am I able to transfer any previous graduate-level classes?
  • Based on work and personal requirements, how many hours can I devote to my studies? (Plan on nine study hours per week for each class in which you are enrolled)
  • What is my desired time frame for achieving MBA graduation?
  • Can I attend full time and complete in 12-18 months?
  • If I am working, should I commit to only one course per semester? (taking one course per semester is an option, typically you will complete the MBA in 3-4 years following this schedule)
  • Do I have any financial restrictions?
  • Do I need to maintain full-time status for financial aid eligibility? (Full-time within the WMU MBA program is two classes in the fall and spring semesters and one class during a summer semester)
  • Does my employer provide tuition assistance?