Master of Business Administration Program

The Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration offers a world-class MBA degree. All of our programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the hallmark of quality in management education worldwide.

We offer a variety of programs, including full and part-time programs, with flexibility to accommodate your work schedule and your lifestyle.
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The MBA Program is taught primarily by the Monte Ahuja College of Business graduate faculty who are selected for expertise in their academic disciplines and related experience in business. In addition, all MBA faculty have degrees in their fields of specialization—many from the world’s leading business schools. Our faculty are actively involved in the community—as business consultants, members of professional organizations, and community leaders—bringing a richness of practical application to every course.


CSU has one of the ten largest co-op programs in the country and maintains close relationships with Cleveland's top corporate employers. Students in the co-op program may choose paid career-related employment, allowing them to apply academic theory to real-world problems. In addition students can be placed through the Greater Cleveland Connection as volunteers with employers in exchange for an opportunity to assess career options.

Financial Assistance

A number of financial assistance options are offered by the College of Graduate Studies. Visit the CSU Financial Aid homepage for more information or pick up an application form in the Graduate Business Programs Office.

The Monte Ahuja College of Business offers a limited number of graduate assistantships, tuition grants, and on-campus employment to qualified students. Interested applicants should complete a downloadable Graduate Assistant application.  Applications are accepted in the Graduate Business Programs office, Monte Ahuja Hall, BU 327.

How to Apply

Students applying to the MBA program apply to the College of Graduate Studies. They will be required to take the GMAT or GRE exam and submit results before being considered for admission. MBA applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation.

Students applying to the MBA program must meet both the Admission Requirements for the Graduate College as well as the Admission Requirements for the MBA program.

Applicants should note that GMAT test registration forms and fees must be received at least three weeks before the testing day selected. Information and applications may be obtained from the CSU Testing Center (216) 687-2272. Alternatively, you may contact GMAT at 1-800-717-GMAT or visit their web site at

Admission Requirements - Master of Business Administration

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements for the Graduate College, as well as the following additional requirements:

  1. Admission to the MBA program is based on a combination of the applicant's GMAT or GRE score and the undergraduate cumulative grade point average.

    Students scoring below the minimum percentiles within the verbal and quantitative sections of the GMAT or GRE will be required to take remedial courses.


    Applicants scoring within the 16th-19th percentile of the verbal section are waived from GAD 501, while scores of at least the 20th percentile within the verbal section waive both GAD 501 and GAD 502.

    Applicants scoring a minimum 25th percentile within the quantitative section of the GMAT or GRE are waived from OSM 500.  Please review the two options for fulfilling the OSM 500 requirement (if applicable).

    The GMAT may be waived for applicants holding a Ph.D. or M.D. degree. Medical doctors must be licensed to practice in the United States in order to take advantage of this waiver. Registration information for the GMAT is available in the Office of Graduate Admissions or the CSU Testing Center. For GMAT test information, visit the web site at A score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be substituted for the GMAT.

  2. An official transcript from each college and university previously attended must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The Master’s Programs Committee of the College of Business meets periodically to review admission requirements. Please call the Graduate Business Advising Office at (216) 687-3730 to obtain additional information.

Important information regarding graduate programs, application deadlines, certificate options, how to check your application status, and much more may be found at the Graduate College page. To facilitate the admission process, it is strongly recommended that applicants use the online admission application system.

Degree Requirements - Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration degree is awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 32 Level III MBA credits. Students may not register for Level III courses until all Level I and Level II courses have either been taken or waived. Exceptions must be approved by the MBA Program Director.

Level I: Basic Skill Proficiency

Courses in Level I provide basic skills that help assure successful completion of graduate level work. These courses are waivable only upon the basis of GMAT or GRE results.


Course Name Credit Hours
GAD 501 Business English
GAD 502 Intermediate Business English
OSM 500 Mathematical Models for Business


Level II: Basic Business Knowledge

Courses in Level II provide knowledge of the basic business disciplines to prepare students for the upper-level MBA courses. These courses are waivable on the basis of recent undergraduate business coursework.


Course Name Credit Hours
ACT 501 Financial Accounting
ECN 503 Economic Concepts
FIN 501 Financial Management
GAD 515 Communications for Managers
MBA 500 Environment of Business
MKT 501 Marketing Management
MGT 501 Management and Organizational Behavior
OSM 503 Statistical Methods for Business Decisions
OSM 511 Operations Management


Level III: Upper-level MBA Courses

These courses are the core of the MBA curriculum and are non-waivable.

Group A: Functional Core
Course Name Credit Hours
ACT 600 Managerial Accounting
FIN 601 Financial Management
MKT 601 Marketing Management
MGT 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


^ The following courses may be used as substitutes for MBA 602:

ACT 560, FIN 621, MKT 608, & OSM 624. Please see an academic advisor for additional information.

Students seeking a specialization in International Business (INB) may choose MBA 602 plus three of the four international-themed courses listed above to satisfy the MBA Group C electives. 

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/MGT/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.

Another option that can be considered is to take a minimum of 9 credits that consist of two electives, plus either a faculty-supervised business internship or an independent study. 

Please click here for a listing of commonly taken Graduate Level Business electives.

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Study Abroad courses are applicable to the Group C: Elective requirement of the MBA Program.


The MBA program prepares students through a broad curriculum of functional core courses, cross-functional and integrative courses, and specialization courses. Specialization within an area of business can be obtained by taking a minimum of 9 credits (three elective courses with two taken at the 600-level) in any of the following areas:

For more information

For more information regarding the MBA program, 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 Admissions by telephone at 216.687-5411 or by e-mail at



Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, BU 327
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Graduate Business Advising Office
Monte Ahuja Hall, Room 327
1860 East 18th Street
Phone: 216.687.3730
Fax: 216.687.5311

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