Master of Business Administration- Saint Cloud Program


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Program Description

The St. Cloud State University MBA program is targeted to meet the needs of people working full-time and attending classes part-time, as well as students attending classes on a full-time basis. Students who select this program must complete their degree by attending classes at the St. Cloud MBA classroom site. Admission to the St. Cloud-based MBA program does not include admission to MBA classes offered in Maple Grove.

Why earn a St. Cloud State University MBA?

A St. Cloud State University MBA gives the leaders of tomorrow a competitive advantage. Our program delivers the management skills, technical understanding and global perspective that are needed to succeed in a world of rapid change.

  • AACSB International accreditation
  • A hands-on curriculum that uniquely combines classroom learning with real-world application
  • A distinguished faculty with Ph.D., DBA or J.D. degrees from the nation's leading graduate schools
  • An innovative schedule that permits part-time students to earn an accredited MBA in 2-3 years (depending on prior completion of Phase I coursework)
  • Abundant opportunities to customize the degree program through electives and concentrations

AACSB international accreditation

The St. Cloud State University MBA program was first accredited in 1982 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The program was re-accredited in 1988 and again in 2000. We are proud to rank with the University of Minnesota's Carlson School, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Minnesota State University Mankato as the only AACSB International-accredited MBA programs in Minnesota.


The St. Cloud State University MBA program combines a broad-based business education with the flexibility to focus on a program of study that reflects your own personal goals and talents. The curriculum is designed to satisfy the following objectives:

  • Provide basic analytical tools from the various functional areas of business that are required by managers to make decisions;
  • Promote skills in creativity and problem solving;
  • Develop skills in ethical decision making; planning and implementing;
  • Instill written and oral communication abilities;
  • Foster a continuous learning orientation among faculty and students; and
  • Build a thorough understanding of today's social, political and economic environment.

Concentrations and Areas of Emphasis

Students may choose to take their elective courses in a selected concentration. Official concentrations are offered in information systems, economics, and human resources. Students may also customize their MBA program by taking their electives in areas of emphasis such as e-commerce, operations management, finance, and marketing.

Program Requirements

The MBA curriculum is divided into two phases. Phase I consists of foundation courses in the functional areas of business. Applicants may have fulfilled some or all Phase I requirements through previous coursework. Phase II courses consist of 11 or 12 graduate level courses (depending on whether the student elects to take a concentration) that emphasize the application of business concepts and tools to make decisions and develop strategies to gain competitive advantage.

Last updated Dec 2017

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About the School

Accredited for 30 years Thirty years ago, the HCOB became one of the few accredited business schools in the country. Today we are one of only four accredited business schools in Minnesota and one of 4 ... Read More

Accredited for 30 years Thirty years ago, the HCOB became one of the few accredited business schools in the country. Today we are one of only four accredited business schools in Minnesota and one of 443 nationally. With 75 terminally qualified faculties, 10 business majors, an MBA program, study-abroad opportunities and a world-class library, we offer students a contemporary business education in a small, student-friendly environment. Renovation to revitalize HCOB Centennial Hall is the new home for the G.R. Herberger College of Business. The new facility enhances the HCOB's ability to educate students and serve the business community. Key features Supports the focus on students Provides professional facilities Includes multi-functional classrooms for traditional presentations and breakout sessions WiFi (wireless) capable History In 1938, the St. Cloud Teacher's College created a business office and office administration department staffed by two faculty members. By 1948, the program evolved into a business administration program that employed six business faculty. During the 1960's, the department evolved into a College with an MBA and internship program. In 1976, with five departments and 42 full-time faculties, the college earned AACSB accreditation, distinguishing itself from other business colleges as providing a quality business educational experience comparable to ivy league institutions. In 1999, the Herberger family endowed the College and it was renamed the G.R. Herberger College of Business. Mission We are a college of business in a comprehensive Minnesota university that serves primarily this state, functions as a regional university for the upper Midwest, and attracts students from other states and nations. Our mission is to develop and deliver a quality undergraduate business education through the collaborative efforts of an involved community of students, faculty, staff, business professionals, and other stakeholders. While fostering a respectful environment, we focus on student learning of content and competencies, promote and sustain a commitment to scholarly activity, and contribute the educational and economic vitality of those we serve. In fulfilling this mission, the College will be guided by the following objectives: Focusing on academic excellence to maintain AACSB International accreditation Placing the student first in everything we do Fostering a respectful environment for all members of our community Integrating technology to enhance teaching/learning and administrative processes Contributing to the educational and economic vitality of Minnesota and beyond VisionThe G.R. Herberger College of Business exists to inspire and prepare global business leaders who will improve society through their knowledge and entrepreneurship. Values and Strategic Goals The Strategic Plan of the HCOB is based upon a foundation of the following core values: academic excellence, with students as our primary focus; collegiality; enjoyment, fulfillment, and fun; honesty, integrity, and ethical behavior; and respect for individuals. Read less
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