MBA at Progressive Insurance

Earn Your MBA at Progressive Insurance

Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business proudly offers the Master of Business Administration degree at Progressive Insurance. The program is open to employees and non-employees* of Progressive Insurance who qualify for admission to the MBA program.


All of our business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the world’s premier accrediting body for management education. AACSB accreditation assures students that the MBA program meets high quality standards in relation to faculty, curriculum, and supporting services.

The MBA program at Progressive Insurance features the same curriculum and the same exceptional faculty as the MBA program offered at our main campus. We are proud of the 96% graduation rate among students in our corporate MBA programs.

MBA Curriculum

The MBA program consists of foundation and advanced courses. Foundation courses are prerequisites (Levels I & II) designed to introduce students to the major functions in business including accounting, economics, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, business ethics, and operations management. Advanced courses (Level III) include functional core, integrative courses, and three electives. Please note that Level I courses are not offered at the Progressive location.

These three groups of required courses are the heart of the MBA curriculum:

Group A: Functional Core

Course Name Credit Hours
ACT 600 Managerial Accounting


FIN 601 Financial Management


MKT 601 Marketing Management


MLR 601 Human Resources Management & Labor Relations



Group B: Integrative Core

Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Team Dynamics


MBA 602 International Business


MBA 603 Management of Innovation and Technology


MBA 660 Integrative Business Strategy



Group C: Electives

A minimum of 9 MBA elective credits is required, with at least two 600-level courses. Options can be selected from the following functional business areas (ACT/FIN/HCA/INB/IST/MKT/MLR/OSM), or from cross-functional courses in international business. To earn a specialized degree, all 9 hours must be within a single functional area.

Prerequisite and/or waivable courses from Levels I and/or II may not be used to satisfy elective credit.

Accelerated Terms

The Progressive MBA features a combination of accelerated 5-week and 10-week formats. Students with undergraduate business degrees may complete the MBA program in 15 months. Students with no business prerequisites can still complete the full program in approximately 2½ years. 

Admission Requirements

The graduate admission application process involves three steps:

1) submission of an admission application and one-time application fee

2) submission of official transcripts of colleges/university where baccalaureate degree was earned

3) submission of GMAT or GRE scores (not required for students holding a Ph. D. or medical degree). 


Admission is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and the GMAT score. Candidates who have a Ph.D. or M.D. are not required to take the GMAT. A GRE score may be substituted for the GMAT.


The current tuition and fee structure is published by the CSU Office of Treasury Services.

Eligible Progressive employees may qualify for tuition reimbursement. Information regarding third-party reimbursement may be found at the Office of Treasury Services page.  Progressive employees should contact their Human Resources Dept. to determine eligibility. 


Prospective students can view scholarship opportunities available through the Monte Ahuja College of Business College of Business.

Classroom location

Courses are taught at the Progressive Discovery campus, which is located at 6671 Beta Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH.  All students will need to check-in with the security desk, which is located at the front (South) entrance.  All students should have valid photo identification.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I register for courses?

A. By using your Campus Net account. Fully detailed Campus Net instructions are available for your convenience.

Q. How do I begin the reimbursement process?

A.  Detailed information, including the necessary forms, may be found at  For specific questions regarding payment options and/or third-party reimbursement, please contact Campus 411 by telephone at 216.687.5411 or by e-mail at

Q. How do I obtain my textbooks?

A.  You may purchase your textbooks online at or by visiting the CSU Bookstore.

Q. Where are courses held?

A.  At the Progressive Discovery Campus, 6671 Beta Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH 44143.

Q. Are classes held at Progressive on holidays which are recognized at the CSU Main Campus?

A.  No - the Progressive program will not hold courses when the CSU Main Campus observes a holiday. Please consult the Registrar's homepage for a listing of approved holiays.

For more information

For more information regarding the MBA program at the Progressive Insurance, please contact the Graduate Advising Office by telephone at 216.687.3730 or by e-mail at

Questions regarding the admission process should be directed to Graduate Admissionsby telephone at 216.687-5599 or by e-mail at


* Availability to non-Progressive employees

* Please note that non-Progressive employees are subject to a background check in order to register for a course at the Progressive facility.  There is a $30 fee to process the background check.  Non-Progressive employees may download the Progressive Insurance Background Check.pdf and submit the $30 fee (payable to Progressive Direct Insurance Co.) to the Graduate Advising Center in BU 219.  Payment methods are limited to check or money order only.  The deadline to submit the background check documentation is two weeks prior to the start of the semester. 

Please complete the background check forms completely, including the city/state information required for the sections pertaining to mailing addresses, employment history, and educational history.