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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Requirements


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Details

A One-page Statement of Accomplishments and Academic goals

Applicants will provide a one-page statement of accomplishments and academic goals to be reviewed during the admission review process.  This document may be used to facilitate advising from the program coordinator. 


Please upload a copy of your current resume. 


In the application, you will need to identify your previous institutions attended. You will also need to contact those institutions and request official copies of your transcripts to be sent to Saginaw Valley State University. 

All transcripts must be sent from university to university. For expedited processing, please select e-delivery and when possible send them to our Grad Admissions office:

SVSU alumni do not need to request official transcripts as they will already be part of your student record. 


Before you submit your application, you will be prompted to add recommendation providers. You will be asked to provide the contact information for each of your two (2) recommenders.  Upon receiving this information, Graduate Admissions will email your recommendation providers with an online recommendation form that can be completed and submitted electronically.  

GMAT or CCB Admissions Test

Applicants must provide a passing test score from either GMAT or SVSU's Carmona College of Business' Admissions Test by the end of their first semester in the program to continue coursework.  For more information about the SVSU's CCB Admissions Test, please contact


SVSU's MBA offers a rolling application period. 

  • Make the appropriate selections for the application: 
    • Graduate
    • Domestic or International
    • MBA
    • 2020-2021 (Coursework will begin either Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 depending on admission, both of which are in the 2020-2021 academic year)

Within the application, students can select to begin the MBA in Fall, Winter or Spring semesters.


Application System

If you are new to SVSU or haven't applied since 2018, please complete the option to create your account. 

  • Our application system allows you to log in and out of your application saving your progress along the way so you can thoughtfully submit your application when you're ready.  After your application's submission, you will also use the system to upload any required documents and check on the status of your recommendations.  After decisions are available, you'll also use this portal to access your admission letter. 

If you have recently applied to SVSU (since August 2018), please log in as an existing user.  If you don't remember your login credentials, select Forgot Username/Password to continue.  Please note that your application credentials are not tied to the SVSU system and would remain the unique username/password used in your previous application.

  • Any active applications will be stored in your account. Be sure when you log in to interact with the 2020-2021 Graduate MSW Application.


Application Submission

  • When you go to submit your application, you'll be prompted to add your recommendation providers' contact information.  Your application will not be submitted until these are successfully added.
  • Submit
  • Log in to the Self-Service Center to upload all additional requirements. SVSU students do not need to request official SVSU transcripts; this will be automatically processed if SVSU is listed as an institution attended in the application.


Applications forms and all application requirements must be submitted in order to be reviewed for admission.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions at (989) 964.6096 or email

SVSU's MBA offers a rolling application period, allowing students to apply throughout the year. 

Applicants can select to begin the program in either a Fall, Winter or Spring semester.

Although there is no formal application deadline, we do encourage students to submit their online application as early as possible to provide time for their requested transcripts from other institutions to reach us at SVSU.  Applying early also provides more time for course registration and often additional time before a semester tuition balance is due.

Admission notifications will be provided to applicants via email.  SVSU will send these notifications to the applicant's email address used to submit the application.

Need help right now? Contact Graduate Admissions at 989-964-6096 or email




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
(989) 461-2050