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Master of Business Administration

Why WMU?

Thinking of an MBA? Let’s talk.

Dean Margaret Merrion
Martinez, MBA'10
“Earning my MBA from Western Michigan University has opened the door to many opportunities and will only continue to enhance my professional career.”

Joy Martinez, MBA'10
Marketing Automation Manager

Start the conversation with a WMU MBA admissions advisor.

Pursuing your MBA is one of the most important decisions you will make; it is an investment in yourself and in your future. Take your career to the next level with a top-rated MBA program that fits your busy schedule?

If your career is not taking you in the right direction, or moving fast enough, create your own opportunities by building a WMU MBA curriculum that is distinctly suited to your career goals. The nationally ranked Western Michigan University MBA Program gives you the power to design your own future with the right blend of courses, project experience, international opportunities, research projects and independent study options.

As a leading provider of MBA education, WMU's Haworth College of Business' MBA program has assisted working professionals with honing business skills and advancing their careers while maintaining work and life balance since 1961. Whether you are a current business leader or an aspiring leader seeking a competitive edge, the WMU evening MBA program will help you gain and sustain a distinct advantage.

Advance your career

Elevate your career to the next level with an evening MBA from Western Michigan University. As a WMU MBA student you develop invaluable skills that transform your potential into results. The program prepares you for your role as a vital team member who uses real-world business knowledge to lead and make a difference. WMU's Haworth College of Business MBA Career Services team builds on these skills through the use of assessments that help you know yourself, and research and education techniques that lead to knowledge of your market and expertise in marketing yourself…so that you can achieve the highest level of career success.

Increase your earning potential

The decision to earn an MBA is a big one, both in terms of time and money. It is important to consider whether you will get enough return on your investment (ROI) to make the sacrifice worth it. ROI can be measured in many ways—new career options, a sense of security, the value of the network, compensation and more.

The Graduate Management Admission Council surveys alumni from graduate management programs (including WMU's MBA program) annually. The January 2012 report shows a stellar ROI, finding that graduates recouped one-third of the financial investment in their degree within the first year after graduation, and 100 percent four years out. While there’s no guarantee many students experience substantial salary and bonus increases as a result of the program.

Explore an interactive graphic with data from the survey (requires Flash).

When you ask WMU MBA alumni if they earned a worthwhile return on their investment, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” However, ROI is not measured only in dollars and cents. Alumni tell us:

According to the Fall 2011 Semester End Career Center report:

Learn from the Best

MBA courses are taught by leading Ph.D. faculty with industry experience who are engaged in international research and the support of regional business activities. Ongoing faculty research activities and strong community business connections ensure that students receive the latest information on business topics and also have access to a strong network of business connections. The expertise that MBA students bring to the classroom results in engaging classroom discussions and interactions that assist students in developing a strong network of professional contacts.

WMU MBA students explore their goals with vigor and faculty are right there with them—every step of the way. Industry experts serve as guest lecturers, bringing relevant business practices and research projects to WMU MBA students.

Adept at research and instruction, WMU's faculty provide a transformative learning experience. WMU MBA faculty embrace cross disciplinary learning practices that encourage the solving of real-world problems and envisioning of cutting-edge research questions, application of new ideas to conventional teaching methods and business models, taking risks, and nurturing these same characteristics in their students. The result: students who gain new knowledge, know how to think critically and solve complex problems, make bold decisions, and implement cutting edge business practices.

Photo of Martinez provided by Emily Rae Photography