Business Administration (MBA)

Program details

Credits required: 36

Location Format   
Grand Rapids Face-to-face
Kalamazoo Face-to-face

Industry highlights

In 2010, available jobs requiring MBAs increased by 24 percent. In 2009, they declined by 5 percent.QS Top MBA Jobs and Salary Trends Report (October 2011)

Master of Business Administration

Learner centered. Discovery driven. Globally engaged.

Whether you seek an expanded role within your present company or want to discover new professional opportunities, the Master of Business Administration program at WMU provides the education, tools and connections you need to succeed in your career.


MBA faculty are not only instructors, they're expert practitioners who challenge and engage students. They create a community of learning by bringing their work experience to the classroom, providing students with academic theory, managerial best practices and real-world corporate applications. Through instructor interaction, as well as peer discussions and working groups, you will form valuable professional relationships that will stay with you throughout your career.

Customize your program

Concentrations are available in computer information systems, finance, international business, management and marketing. To achieve an MBA in one of these disciplines, you would simply take your three electives in that discipline. Without a concentration, you would attain a general business MBA.

Who should apply

WMU's MBA is designed for professionals with diverse experience in fields like business, engineering, health care, management and others. Recent college graduates are also encouraged to apply. If you have a bachelor's degree in business, the prerequisites/basic core courses may be waived.

MBA Getting Started Checklist

Career opportunities

The Graduate Management Admission Council's 2011 Year-End Poll of Employers found that 74 percent of companies surveyed planned to hire MBAs during 2012, up from 58 percent in 2011. Further, 22 percent expected to increase the number of positions available to MBA graduates during 2012.

National recognition

The MBA offered by the Haworth College of Business is an important credential when seeking career advancement and new opportunities. An AACSB-accredited MBA from a nationally respected institution like WMU would provide you with the knowledge and tools to succeed in business. The WMU MBA program is also one of “The Best 296 Business Schools” as ranked by The Princeton Review.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.