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Now offering a STEM-designated Master of Business Administration option!

Now offering a STEM-designated Master of Business Administration option!

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Business professionals understand the impact a good investment can have on their organization, so why would you settle for anything less in your personal life? Saginaw Valley State University offers the region's only Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited MBA, while maintaining the state's most competitive tuition rate.

Choose the program which fits you best:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • STEM-designated MBA
  • MBA concentration in Health Care Administration
  • MBA concentration in Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate in International Business


  • AACSB accredited - Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide are AACSB recognized.
  • "Best Business Schools" - program listed in the Princeton Review
  • "The Best Business Schools for Vets" - the MBA program is listed among "Best for Vets" by the Military Times
  • All graduate faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees
  • Nurturing, multicultural learning environment
  • Flexible class schedule combining evening, face-to-face and online experiences

The MBA program at SVSU instills in our students' critical thinking and creativity, communication and leadership, knowledge of business methodologies and analysis of data to support business management. The program comprises 31 core credits as well as three graduate-level elective courses. Students (who lack the appropriate undergraduate course preparation) must complete additional foundational requirements.

"We have a strong commitment to student success here at Saginaw Valley State University. We understand that the program will not be successful unless our students are successful both academically and professionally. That is why we have designed the structure and curriculum of the program to better accommodate the needs of working professionals and business leaders." - Yu Liu, MBA faculty, SVSU. 

Check out Yu Lui's interview with Online MBA Report. Click the Online MBA review logo for more information about the benefits of MBA MBA logo 2 inch


An applicant to the M.B.A. program at Saginaw Valley State University may be granted full or provisional admission. The following formula is used to determine minimum admission requirements to the M. B. A. program:

An applicant may be granted full admission by submitting the M.B.A. admission portfolio to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Approval will be determined by the Graduate Committee of the College of Business and Management or its designee. The portfolio must include:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A written statement of purpose
  3. Undergraduate transcript(s)
  4. Results of the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or the admission test given by the College of Business and Management 
  5. Letters of recommendation that address competence and the ability of the applicant to complete the M.B.A. program
  6. Results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) from students whose native language is not English.*
  7. Transcripts of relevant graduate work (if any)
  8. Statement of work experience and professional achievements (if any)

*Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in English. The College accepts a score of 79 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-IBT), 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a passing score on an alternative test as determined by the College.

GPA* x 200+ GMAT ≥1050 and GMAT ≥450

*The GPA used covers the last two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree

An applicant may be granted admission on a provisional basis if:

  1. The student has an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 from an accredited college or university but does not have a fully-completed M.B.A. admission portfolio. The student’s admission status will be adjusted to full when an approved M.B.A. admission portfolio is submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College of Business and Management.
  2. An applicant with an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 to 3.00, or a graduate of a non-accredited college or university, may be admitted by the Dean of the College of Business and Management on a provisional status. The student’s admission status will be changed to full admission when nine SVSU graduate credits are completed toward the M. B. A. with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better, and when the student has submitted an approved M.B.A. admission portfolio to the Office of the Dean of the College of Business and Management.
  3. The student is an international applicant with a three year Bachelor’s degree from an approved institution of higher education may be eligible for admission to the Master’s Degree program based on the successful completion of a bridging program of 18-24 credits approved by the Program Director. The bridging program does not result in a Bachelor’s degree, but does allow for consideration for admission into the Master’s program.

Provisional students must complete their admission portfolio within one year of admission to the M.B.A. program. The Dean may extend the time requirements if the student can demonstrate any unusual circumstances that have hindered the completion of the admission package.

Special Admission

Students who are working on an undergraduate degree in accounting at SVSU may elect, at the end of their junior year, to apply for admission to the M.B.A. program. After completing both the four-year accounting degree requirements and the M.B.A. requirements, the student will be awarded both a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. Students completing this program are required to take MGT 695 but not MGT 429. The waiver, or exemption, from MGT 429 will be approved only after the student is admitted to the MBA program and provides satisfactory evidence of successful completion of MGT 695 .

Degree Requirements

The M.B.A. program consists of a core of 31 credits plus three graduate level business elective courses. Electives will be scheduled based on faculty availability. Students lacking the appropriate undergraduate course work in business administration and economics or who are deficient in certain functional areas of business administration or other basic skills, may be required to take additional basic skills or foundation course work. A minimum of 24 credits above the foundation level (including MGT 695) must be taken at SVSU.

A final grade point average of 3.00 is required for graduation. No credit toward graduation is granted for courses with grades below “C. ” A student may be dismissed from the program if the cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 after 12 credits have been accumulated at SVSU.

Required Electives

Three 600-level business courses. If three courses are all in the same discipline, the student will have a concentration in that discipline. It is not necessary to have all three electives in the same discipline.


Pre M.B.A.

Basic skills required for entering M.B.A. students include competency in mathematics and written English, and computer literacy. Mathematics competency is required to the level of advanced college algebra or precalculus. Competency in written English should equal or exceed the level required of an upper-level undergraduate writing course. The demonstration of computer literacy includes knowledge of basic spreadsheet operations, word processing, and database manipulation. Deficiencies in the basic skills are to be remedied by taking appropriate course work as determined by the College of Business and Management before taking M.B.A. course work.


Foundation Courses (6 cr, unless waived)

Foundation courses will be taught online.


Concentration in Entrepreneurship

Students wishing to take a concentration in entrepreneurship must take MGT 643 (Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation) and MKT/ETM 645 (From Invention to the Market) plus one of the following courses: FIN 603 (Financial Entrepreneurship) or MGT/ETM 646 (Research Project on an Invention). Students must also submit their business plan to compete for evaluation.


STEM-Designation MBA

This program offers business skills with an emphasis on STEM applications including include accounting, business analytics, decision theory, finance, economics, information technology, law, marketing, management, statistics, and strategy while providing business skills to be successful in management and leadership roles.


Concentration in Health Care Administration

Students wishing to take a concentration in Health Care Administration must take the following three (3) courses:


Certificate in International Business

A Certificate in International Business will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

Electives (five courses, minimum 12 credits, and from a minimum of four functional areas)

These courses may be used simultaneously to satisfy the three courses of “Electives” required for the M.B.A. Students who already have obtained an M.B.A. and who desire to obtain a Certificate in International Business may do so by completing the courses that are not part of their official transcripts. The certificate will be awarded upon completion of the requirements. Additional international business special topics courses can be designated as satisfying certificate requirements before the time the courses are offered.


SVSU's Master of Business Administration offers working adults a flexible solution for earning a graduate degree in business from a highly ranked and nationally recognized program. With an MBA degree, you can land a job like.

  • Financial Manager: 19% job growth and 127,990 median salaries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Medical and Health Services Manager: 20% job growth and $99,730 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers: 10% job growth and $132,620 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Sales Managers: 7% job growth and $124,220 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers: 12% job growth and $142,530 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor

Michigan Resident 

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses


Non-Michigan Resident

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses


 Financial Aid and Scholarships


Harry E. Rappa Memorial Engineering Scholarship

Candidates will have an undergraduate degree in engineering, and be employed engineers enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program; or, be enrolled in the Computer Science and Information Systems (MSCIS) with a preference for candidates with career experience in a manufacturing or engineering environment. Other requirements include scholastic achievement, character, and leadership. Financial circumstances may be considered but are not required.

Award :$1,625

Scopes: College of Business & Management Scholarships, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology Scholarships

Ronnie I. Scheall Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will assist graduate students in pursuing an MSW or MBA degree at SVSU. To be eligible, students must be enrolled at least part-time and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Preference will be given to students who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US, first-generation college students, non-traditional students, and/or students who have participated in activities or organizations that promote diversity and inclusion. All applicants are encouraged to invest their best effort in completing the essay question for this scholarship, as it will be a key part of the selection process.

Award: $1,000

Scopes: College of Business & Management Scholarships, College of Health & Human Services Scholarships

Alumni Endowed MBA Scholarship

Candidates will be full- or part-time M.B.A. students in good standing with a minimum of 12 credits. Candidates must be mid-Michigan residents and demonstrate leadership and good character. Financial need will be considered but is not required for eligibility. Recipients are ineligible if an employer has a tuition reimbursement program. Occasionally, the scholarship recipient may be called upon to participate and represent the Alumni Association in functions useful in generating additional support for future scholarships

Award :$460

Scopes: College of Business & Management Scholarships


Apply to SVSU Private Scholarships through, Private Scholarships



Alumni Spotlights

Dominik Beckman SVSU MBA Alum at Hino

Dominik Beckman

"The MBA program at SVSU broadened my perspective of business concepts, strategic thinking and problem-solving. The biggest contributor to accelerating my career was the connection to real-world applications. I applied what I learned in the classroom to the job."

Iesha Swilley SVSU  MBA Alum

Iesha Swilley

"They have shared lessons from their own real-world experiences that have helped me gain a new perspective on business solutions. This allowed me to take what I have learned and put my own personal touch on my project solutions. SVSU has been a good investment for me.”

John Stadwick MBA SVSU Alum

John Stadwick

“On the track team, everybody had different specialties, different strengths,” John said. “We learned to leverage them. This translates into the working world where you identify and leverage individuals’ strengths to build a winning team.”


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230
(989) 964-6096

The Scott L. Carmona College of Business
Curtis Hall 320
(989) 964-4064

Tanika Williams, Graduate Recruiter
Call/Text: (989)-461-2050