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.
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.