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The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) is ideal for students who want to advance their business skills and contribute to their careers and communities in new and innovative ways.
CSU Global delivers a world-class business and leadership education, with the option to complete this graduate degree in under 2 years.
The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) at CSU Global is an applied degree designed to provide professionals at all stages of their careers with the business principles and skills necessary to make informed and impactful decisions. In an effort to support successful navigation of dynamic business environments, the MBA program’s curriculum develops abilities in the areas of leadership, strategy, innovation, globalization, systems thinking, decision making, and ethics.
An MBA degree is one of the top credentials sought by individuals looking to hold executive positions. It is a degree for those who are looking to further develop their reasoning, systems thinking, problem-solving, decision making, and leadership skills to drive strategy and innovation – all required for career advancement in today’s market. Additionally, CSU Global's online MBA program also provides an opportunity to learn more about the use of data analytics to support decision-making.
What is Unique About the CSU Global MBA?
COURSES DESIGNED TO LEARN BY DOING. Each of our online MBA courses requires completing applied industry-relevant scenarios to reinforce the concepts.
CUSTOMIZED LEARNING. Select from our graduate specializations to best prepare you for the next step in your professional journey.
GRADUATE IN 12-20 MONTHS. We offer an accelerated MBA option that lets you complete the program in 20 months or less.
INTEGRATED COURSES. The curriculum is designed to integrate your professional development around the themes of leadership, globalization, strategy, innovation, systems thinking, decision making, and ethics.
Courses in this Program
CSU Global’s online Master’s in Business Administration degree requires the completion of 30 core credits – six core MBA courses, and four specialization courses.
Specific Admission Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. A student without a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a business-accredited (ACBSP, AACSB, or IACBE) program must demonstrate knowledge in accounting, finance, economics, and marketing. This can be achieved by:
- Completion of individual courses in each of these areas
- Completion of CSU Global’s 3-credit BUS500 (Foundations of Business) course: This course reviews the underlying principles of business topics including marketing, finance, accounting, management, law, economics, ethics, information systems, quantitative methods, and policy within domestic and global perspectives. The broad focus of the course provides students without an undergraduate degree in business a foundation of business terminology and concepts that support entry-level knowledge for graduate-level study.
- Completion of a prior learning assessment of the content of BUS500
- Completion a similar prerequisite course or program at another institution
Note: Some Master of Business Administration students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 33 credit hours.
When you earn your master's degree through CSU Global, you will customize it with a graduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests.
Most Popular Specializations:
- Organizational Leadership and Change Management
- Project Management
- Healthcare Administration
- Human Resource Management
- Organizational Learning and Performance
Additional Available Specializations for this Program:
Students will learn by doing through the application of core business principles by way of problem-based learning (e.g., case studies and applied simulations). Students can further customize their program by choosing from one of our graduate specializations, such as Finance, Project Management, and Cybersecurity.
Graduates of the CSU Global MBA degree will be able to:
- Coordinate strategic goals through effective stewardship of resources, application of leadership principles, and development of human capital.
- Devise strategies that improve operations, revenue, quality, and performance.
- Apply analytical skills for solving organizational challenges.
- Assess financial performance measures.
- Utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis tools for assessing business scenarios.
- Evaluate situations from a systems-thinking perspective to formulate actionable business plans.
- Navigate the cultural complexities of a global business environment.
As a not-for-profit public university, our goal at CSU Global is to make your online tuition cost as affordable as possible. We offer low-cost online degree tuition rates without taking anything away from the quality of the education you receive. We also lock in that low tuition rate with our tuition guarantee, and we provide additional discounted tuition rates for members of the armed forces and employees of our corporate affiliate partners.
Learn more about CSU Global tuition rates and explore financial aid options available that can help cover the cost of your education.
Frequently Asked Questions
An MBA sets students up for middle to upper management roles, as well as financial managers, accounting managers, and analysts, or starting your own business. The MBA is the next step for students serious about a business career with advanced earning potential.
The MBA at CSU Global is an applied degree designed to provide professionals at all stages of their careers with the business principles and skills necessary to make informed decisions. To support successful navigation of dynamic business environments, the curriculum develops abilities in the areas of leadership, strategy, innovation, globalization, systems thinking, decision making, and ethics. Students will learn by doing through the application of core business principles via problem-based learning (case studies, applied simulations) integrated into the curriculum. Students can also customize their learning path by choosing from one of our graduate specializations, including finance, project management, and cybersecurity.
The MBA degree is well known for preparing students for business success. Individuals with a solid business education have the knowledge, technical abilities, and workplace skills needed to excel in a variety of industries. Demand for graduates with a business-related degree is strong and should remain so in the future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that business and financial occupations will grow by 8% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for many occupations, and will result in about 750,800 new jobs. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and the expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations.
Job titles for MBA students include senior analysts (business, financial, and data), financial managers, supply chain and operations managers, area directors, and senior healthcare leadership.
CSU Global is proud to be regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Regarding industry-related or degree-specific accreditation, CSU Global's new MBA program will be eligible for Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accreditation in 2024, and we plan to apply as soon as the program is eligible. Please note: All other existing business-related programs at CSU Global are ACBSP accredited.
Yes, the three universities of the Colorado State University System are CSU Global, Colorado State University (Fort Collins), and Colorado State University Pueblo. See below for a comparison of MBA options.
|Details||CSU Global. A fully accredited online campus allowing professionals and distance students to earn a CSU degree or certificate directly related to a professional field within a flexible scheduling format.||CSU Pueblo. A regional campus and federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, with degree programs in high-demand jobs like nursing and cybersecurity, and personalized attention for students from faculty.|
|Program Credit Hours||30 hours||36 hours|
|Number of Courses||Ten 3-credit courses||Twelve 3-credit courses|
|Course Length||8 weeks||8 weeks|
|Academic Terms||Courses start monthly - 12 terms||Two 8-week terms in Fall, Spring and Summer, enroll every 8 weeks to start|
|Faculty||Experienced industry practitioners||Primarily full-time academic faculty and experienced industry practitioners|
|# of Specializations||24||2|
Salary and compensation will depend upon many factors – industry, type and size of the organization, and position responsibilities. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data for typical salaries by areas and specialties.
CSU Global allows a student to customize their learning path by choosing from one of several focus areas, including finance, project management, and cybersecurity.
CSU Global's MBA can be completed in as little as one year with continuous enrollment. However, the program can be completed in a longer timeframe if more flexibility is needed. For most, 1.5-2 years is a typical completion timeframe.
There are many factors to consider when addressing the difficulty in obtaining an online higher-level degree. The time you invest and the level of dedication you give to your studies will equate to a better learning experience and educational outcomes. CSU Global's online MBA is rigorous and demanding enough to thoroughly prepare you for a successful career in business administration, but being 100% online, it offers the ability to establish your own pace and flexibility. Our faculty are here to support you along the way.
Earning your MBA online has many advantages. The online format allows learners to complete coursework that can be scheduled around work and personal responsibilities. Courses are designed and taught by professionals working in the field, providing both appropriate rigor balanced with current and trending practices. Our learning management system is easy to use and designed to help you collaborate easily with fellow classmates.
Demand for graduates with a business-related degree is strong and should remain so in the future. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations. Additionally, salary and compensation for those holding an MBA degree is often on the higher end of a salary range, including senior and executive-level business positions.
The MBA at CSU Global is designed to provide professionals at all stages of their careers with the business principles and skills necessary to make informed decisions, as well as developing abilities in the areas of leadership, strategy, innovation, globalization, systems thinking, decision making, and ethics. Students learn by doing through the application of core business principles via problem-based learning (case studies, applied simulations) integrated into the curriculum thus preparing graduates to begin applying what was learned immediately in a new or existing position.
More than a quarter-million job openings for Top Executives are projected each year, on average, from 2020-2030.
Common Job Titles with MBA Degree
Some job titles commonly held by those who have earned an MBA include: Senior Analyst, Financial Managers, Operations Managers and Senior Leadership
$98k+ Median Salary
According to the BLS, the average annual salary for Top Executives in 2021 was over $98k.
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