Academic Programs Catalog

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management


The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management


Sanjay Gupta, DEAN

The faculty of The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management (commonly referred to as the Broad College) at Michigan State University is dedicated to continuous quality improvement in all of its activities.  To that end, the faculty has adopted the following:

Core Vision

To be a top-of-mind business school as reflected by the recognition of our brand, the reputation of our people, and the rankings of our programs.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University is to create and disseminate knowledge through collaborative relationships while developing transformational leaders who make business happen.

 

 


Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students are required to complete a core curriculum that exposes them to diverse subjects and develops a well-rounded business background. Within the undergraduate program, area requirements include writing, mathematics, integrative studies, basic disciplines and functional fields in business, and elective courses enhancing a student’s course of study. An important component of the business curriculum is the major field of concentration, to which students are admitted after achieving junior status. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss major fields of concentration, electives, study abroad, community service, work experience and leadership development opportunities.

Students completing undergraduate programs in the Broad College receive the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Freshmen

Individuals meeting the general University requirements for admission shown in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog are enrolled in the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, but may declare a major preference in the Broad College.

Admission to the College

Admission to the Broad College of Business and a specific major provides access to enroll in certain courses required for the major. Enrollment in the Broad College of Business is limited, and admission to the College is competitive.

Students must apply for college admission by April 15 for a fall semester admission or by November 15 for a spring semester admission.

Admission is based primarily on the cumulative grade-point average and grades in the core courses listed below. Academic and non-academic factors and experiences will also be considered.

Students seeking admission should contact the Eli Broad College Undergraduate Academic Services Center.


Minimum criteria for admission to the college are:

1. Completion of 28 credits.

2. Completion of the following core courses:

a.   Computer Science and Engineering 101

b.   Mathematics 103 or 124

c.   Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures 101 or 195H

Students who are admitted to the college with fewer than 56 credits designate their major preference as Business-Admitted. Students selecting this major preference are advised by faculty members and advisors in the Eli Broad College of Business. Through careful selection of courses, students are encouraged to explore a variety of areas to help in selecting a major. Students remain in Business-Admitted until they attain junior standing and are admitted to a Broad College major through the competitive process. Students may re-enter the competitive process in the college during subsequent admission periods to change majors. Students must be admitted to a major in the Eli Broad College of Business at the time they have completed 56 credits.


Admission as a Junior in Hospitality Business
 

For information about the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Business, refer to the statement on The School of Hospitality Business.


Academic Standards and Policies
 

A Policy Statement for Undergraduate Students is shared with each student with the notice of admission to the college and is available on the Broad College Web site. Each student is responsible for knowing and adhering to these college policies.

The student's academic advisor plays a major role in helping a student develop an academic progression plan. Students are encouraged to discuss the major field of concentration requirements with their faculty. It is important for each student to take a proactive approach in selecting the area of concentration. At the onset of the senior year, students are advised to visit the Undergraduate Academic Services office for a careful review of their progress, and to plan a program for their senior year. Responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with the student.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog.
The completion of Mathematics 103 and 124 [referenced in item 2. a. below] may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
2. The requirements for the BUSINESS CORE PROGRAM that consists of :
a. All of the following courses (54 credits):
ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACC 202 Principles of Management Accounting 3
BUS 250 Business Communications: Oral and Written Skills 3
CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies 3
EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
FI 311 Financial Management 3
GBL 295 Business Law, Public Policy and Ethics 3
ITM 209 Business Analytics and Information Systems 3
MGT 315 Managing Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 409 Business Policy and Strategic Management 3
MKT 300 Managerial Marketing 3
MKT 317 Quantitative Business Research Methods 3
MTH 103 College Algebra 3
MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
SCM 303 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
STT 315 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business 3
Students who pass a waiver examination will not be required to complete Computer Science and Engineering 101.
GBL 295H Business Law, Public Policy and Ethics —Honors (W) may be substituted for General Business and Business Law 295. Accounting majors may substitute General Business and Business Law 451 for General Business and Business Law 295.
Students who place into Mathematics 124 on the mathematics placement test and who complete Mathematics 124 will not be required to complete Mathematics 103.
b. One of the following courses (3 credits):
EC 340 Survey of International Economics 3
MKT 310 International and Comparative Dimensions of Business 3
MKT 393 Introduction to International Business 3
A 3-credit 300-level course that includes international business content approved by the college.
3. The requirements for one of the majors identified below.
4. A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 in courses in the Major Field of  Concentration.
5. At least 9 credits of general elective courses outside the Broad College, Department of Mathematics, and Department of Statistics and Probability.  Courses that are used to satisfy University requirements [referenced in item 1. above] and courses that are used to satisfy BUSINESS CORE PROGRAM requirements [referenced in item 2. above] may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
6. A maximum of 3 credits of internship or other work experience may be earned towards the Bachelor of Arts degree. The majors to which this requirement applies are: Finance, General Business Administration-Prelaw, Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.
7. A maximum of 2 credits of internship or other work experience may be earned towards the Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.

The majors to which the requirements that are referenced in the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree statement apply are listed below by the units that administer them:

Department of Accounting and Information Systems
        Accounting
Department of Finance 
        Finance
Department of Management
        Management
        Human Resource Management
Department of Marketing
        Marketing
Department of Supply Chain Management
        Supply Chain Management

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hospitality Business

For information about the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Hospitality Business, refer to the statement on The School of Hospitality Business.

Transfer Course Credit

The Office of Admissions in the Eli Broad College of Business evaluates transfer-course credit in business fields based on guidelines provided by its academic units for courses of similar content and level taken at accredited colleges and universities of comparable academic quality. Courses similar in title to those offered by the Broad College at the 300–400 level are not authorized to receive specific course credit if taken at the 100–200 level at another institution; general course credit may be granted for such courses transferred from an accredited institution. Students who request the transfer of a 300-400 level business course must work with their academic advisor. A maximum of 9 transfer credits may be applied and must have been taken at an AACSB accredited institution.

Honors Study

The Broad College encourages honors students to develop distinctive undergraduate programs in the fields offered by the several departments. A member of the faculty is selected to serve as advisor to Honors College students in each major field, and it is his or her responsibility to help each student plan a rigorous and balanced program that also will reflect the student's special interests and competencies. Independent study experience is strongly encouraged when relevant to the student's total program.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option

An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option (E and I) is a project consisting of original work that builds on the content of a course in which a student is enrolled but extends the experience of that course beyond the typical scope and content. E and I Experiences Options allow undergraduates the opportunity to add entrepreneurial content to courses already in the student’s program, thus providing a flexible alternative for those interested in exploring entrepreneurial ideas beyond the normal course requirements. An E and I Experiences Option can be in any course in any discipline. Students propose the E and I Experiences Option to the instructor of record for the course. E and I Experiences Option requests must be accompanied by the Application for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option form. E and I Experiences Options that are approved and completed will be designated on the student’s transcript. For more information, students should contact the undergraduate advising office of their college.


Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to provide students with the mindset and skills that will enable them to passionately pursue and engage in opportunities without regard to currently controlled resources.

The minor demonstrates entrepreneurship as an activity that involves the discovery, evaluation, and engagement of opportunities to either solve a problem, or bring about desired change. At its core, the minor prepares students to become change agents. It focuses on two aspects of the entrepreneurial experience: the entrepreneurial mindset and the venture creation process, as well as placing great emphasis on experiential learning. Students completing the minor will have an appreciation of innovation in all aspects of society and an awareness of entrepreneurship as a viable career option. Students will be capable of being effective innovators and change agents in an organization and have the execution capability to launch a venture of their own.

The Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is administered by The Eli Broad College of Business and is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. Students who are interested in the minor must contact the MSU Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship through the Web site at https://entrepreneurship.msu.edu.

At least 6 credits counted towards the requirements for this minor must be unique. Unique credits must not be used to fulfill another university, college, or major requirement in the student’s program.

Requirements for the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Students must maintain a 2.0 grade-point average in courses completed for the minor and complete 15 credits from the following including two Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Options:

1.  Complete both of the following courses (6 credits):
BUS 190 The Art of Starting 3
CAS 114 Creativity and Innovative Entrepreneurship 3
2. Complete 9 credits from the following courses (9 credits):
ACC 333 Taxation and Accounting for the Entrepreneur 3
ACM 271 Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 465 Leadership and Innovation for Arts and Cultural Management 3
AL 300 Starting your Business in the Creative, Visual, and Theatre Arts 2
BUS 170 Business Model Development: The Hive Startup 1
BUS 230 The Entrepreneurial Mindset 3
BUS 231 Venture Launch 3
EGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design 2
FI 444 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
GBL 467 Emerging Enterprise Law 3
HRT 404 Horticulture Management (W) 3
HRT 407 Horticulture Marketing 3
LB 268 Introduction to Health Care Policy and Organizaiton 3
MGT 352 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Process 3
MGT 454 Technology Entrepreneurship 3
MI 301 Bringing Media to Market 3
MI 452 Media Entrepreneurship and Business Strategies 3
MI 462 Social Media and Social Computing 3
MI 472 Digital Business and Commerce 3
MKT 355 Entrepreneurship: Strategic Marketing Planning and Launch 3
MKT 380 Entrepreneurship: Planning, Modeling and Adaptive Execution 3
MKT 410 Product Innovation and Management 3
MKT 420 New Product Design and Development 3
MKT 480 Entrepreneurship Capstone Experience 3
MKT 485 Entrepreneurship Practicum 1
MUS 101 Freshman Seminar: Practical Foundations for Success in Music 1
MUS 496 Your Music Business 1 or 2
REL 185 Introduction to Religion and Nonprofits 3
REL 291 Special Topics in Religious Studies 3
STA 303 Design Thinking 3
THR 208 Innovation through Improvisation 2
Students who are interested in packaging their elective courses in a focus area may consult the Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship for a list of courses that are approved. A track in Social Innovation is available.
3. Completion of two Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Options
An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option (E and I) is a project consisting of original work that builds on the content of a course in which a student is enrolled but extends the experience of that course beyond the typical scope and content. E and I Experiences Options allow undergraduates the opportunity to add entrepreneurial content to courses already in the student’s program, thus providing a flexible alternative for those interested in exploring entrepreneurial ideas beyond the normal course requirements. An E and I Experiences Option can be in any course in any discipline. Students propose the E and I Experiences Option to the instructor of record for the course. E and I Experiences Option requests must be accompanied by the Application for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option form. E and I Experiences Options that are approved and completed will be designated on the student’s transcript.  For more information, students should contact the undergraduate advising office of their college.

Minor in Information Technology

The minor in information technology is available to students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. The Eli Broad College of Business is the primary administrative unit in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

The minor is designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the role and basic mechanics of information technology in the contemporary workplace. Information technology specialists learn how to design and model information systems and business processes, plan and manage information systems projects, and program and test the resulting systems. Students develop core competencies in their primary area of study and broaden their horizons as they interact with others from different disciplinary backgrounds on real-world systems projects. Students completing the minor will be well-prepared for employment in technology-oriented environments and will also understand how to be thought leaders as information technology applications continue to evolve in organizations and society. 

Admission

To be considered for admission, a student must have been formally accepted into a degree program at Michigan State University. Applicants must have completed (a) Computer Science and Engineering 201 or 231 and (b) Mathematics 124 or 132.

Students seeking admission to the minor must complete an application. Admission is based on a combination of cumulative grade-point average, stated interest, and experience in information technology. Students are required to provide a written statement and resume.

Requirements for the Minor in Information Technology

Students must complete the requirements specified below (19 to 20 credits):

1. All of the following courses (16 credits):
CSE 201 Fundamentals of Information Technology 3
CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
ITM 311 Systems Analysis and Design 3
ITM 444 Information Technology Project Management 3
MI 201 Media and Information Technologies and Industries 3
2. At least 3 credits from the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
ACC 321 Accounting Information Systems 3
CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II  4
ITM 209 Business Analytics and Information Systems 3
ITM 481 Introduction to Business Analytics 3
MI 231 Game and Interactive Media Development 3
MI 349 Web Design and Development 3
MI 361 IT Network Management and Security 3

With the approval of the department that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements of the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. In certain cases, prerequisites for minor electives may be waived with advance approval. Students should consult with the Eli Broad College of Business Undergraduate Academic Services office.


Minor in International Business

The Minor in International Business will be attractive to students who plan careers with an international orientation and who wish to add breadth to their major. The minor is designed for students who desire to increase their understanding of various regions of the world and the global marketplace.

The Minor in International Business is administered by The Eli Broad College of Business and is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in The Eli Broad College of Business other than the Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Business.
Students who are interested in the minor must contact The Eli Broad College of Business.

With the approval of the department and college that administers the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Requirements for the Minor in International Business

The student must complete the requirements specified below with a grade-point average of 2.0 in all courses taken to fulfill requirements 1. through 5.:

               
1. The following course (3 credits):  
  MKT 310 International and Comparative Dimensions of Business 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  FI 451 International Financial Management 3
  GBL 460 International Law and Business 3
  MGT 476 Globalization and International Management (D) 3
  MKT 415 International Marketing Management 3
  A course taken to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill requirement 3.  
3. Complete an additional 6 credits in courses selected from the following list:  
  EC 306 Comparative Economic Systems 3
  EC 310 Economics of Developing Countries 3
  EC 340 Survey of International Economics 3
  EC 406 Economic Analysis of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States 3
  EC 410 Issues in the Economics of Developing Countries 3
  EC 412 Economic Analysis of Latin America 3
  EC 413 Economic Analysis of Asia 3
  EC 414 Economic Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa 3
  EC 440 International Trade 3
  EC 441 International Finance 3
  FI 451 International Financial Management 3
  GBL 460 International Law and Business 3
  GBL 480 Environmental Law and Sustainability for Business: From Local to Global (I) 3
  MGT 476 Globalization and International Management (D) 3
  MKT 415 International Marketing Management 3
4. Complete an additional 3 credits in a course with international content. Courses not used to fulfill requirement 3. above may be used to fulfill this requirement. Any other course must be approved by the student's advisor prior to enrollment in the course.  
5. Completion of a study abroad program (6 credits) or a pre-approved international internship (credit or non-credit) as approved by The Eli Broad College of Business.  
6. Demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of study at the university-level. The results of the Michigan State University foreign language placement test will be considered in determining whether or not the student has fulfilled this requirement.  

Specialization in Sales Communication

Students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in The Eli Broad College of Business may apply for admission to the Specialization in Sales Communication. For additional information, refer to the Specialization in Sales Communication statement in the Department of Communication section of this catalog.

 


Graduate Study

The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management prepares men and women for professional careers in business, public service, and teaching. Graduate degree programs are offered through the Broad School and the departments of Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and The School of Hospitality Business.

The departmental faculties are recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly articles, books and monographs, and their participation in research and educational programs around the world. The breadth of faculty competencies makes possible the extensive graduate programs that exist in the Broad School. The following degree programs are available:  Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Business administration applies concepts and analytical techniques derived primarily from the social sciences and draws on quantitative methods of the physical sciences. Business administration graduate programs incorporate close ties between concepts and techniques, theory and practice, and classroom and industry. The Master of Business Administration degree is oriented primarily toward managerial practice. Two M.B.A. degree options are offered: a traditional Full-Time M.B.A. and a Program in Integrative Management designed to prepare students for management and leadership roles in global organizations. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is intended primarily for prospective university teachers and research personnel.

In addition to the Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in business administration, the Broad School offers Master of Science degree programs in accounting, business analytics, business research, finance, foodservice business management, hospitality business management, management strategy and leadership, marketing research, and supply chain management. The Broad School also offers a graduate Specialization in Business Concepts for Environmental Sustainability and Conservation for students enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University.

International applicants must fulfill the university's English language proficiency requirements as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog. International students should apply approximately nine months in advance of the semester in which they wish to be admitted. For further information, refer to the International Student Admission statement in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.


Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) full-time, two-year degree program is designed to prepare students for management and leadership roles in global business organizations, from entry–level management positions to top executive roles.  Specifically, the program is designed to create an understanding of the strategic positioning of the firm, its value chain, and how business activities contribute to the firm's total performance; to develop critical leadership and business analysis skills; and to build a high level of competence across all business functions plus deep knowledge in at least one discipline to prepare the student for a successful career in business.

Full-time M.B.A. students must select a concentration from finance, human resource management, marketing, or supply chain management. They have flexibility to choose secondary areas of interest to support their career goals such as risk management, talent development, insights and analytics, product and services innovation, consulting, entrepreneurship, global business, leadership and strategy, and strategic performance management, or any of the approved concentrations. Courses for joint program degrees must be approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program. Courses from other colleges may also be used with the approval of the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program.

Only Plan B (without thesis) is available to students who are enrolled in the M.B.A. degree programs.

For information about the Master of Business Administration degree program with a major in Business Administration, refer to the Master of Business Administration Degree: Corporate M.B.A. Program statement.

For information about the Master of Business Administration degree program with a major in Business Administration designed for current middle and senior managers, refer to the Master of Business Administration Degree:  Executive M.B.A. Program statement.

For information about the Master of Business Administration degree program with a major in Integrative Management offered on weekends for fully-employed professionals, refer to the Master of Business Administration Degree:  Program in Integrative Management statement.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

The full-time M.B.A. program normally extends over 21 months and consists of two fall and spring semesters and an enrichment experience during the intervening summer. Applicants are admitted to the program for fall semester only. 

A strong education in any field is good preparation for graduate study in business administration. Prior academic work in business is helpful, but not required. Students with undergraduate degrees in the sciences, engineering, economics, and the liberal arts are encouraged to apply.  Two or more years of work experience after completing a bachelor's degree is strongly recommended.

To be considered for admission to the full-time M.B.A. program, an applicant must:

  1. Submit to the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program a completed full-time M.B.A. application packet that is available at www.mba.broad.msu.edu.
  2. Take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and have the scores submitted to the Broad School. The test must be taken not more than five years prior to the submission of the application for admission to the program.
  3. Complete the required personal interview with a representative of the full-time M.B.A. Program Office.

Minimum standards for admission are:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a recognized educational institution.
  2. An academic record equivalent to at least 3.00 (B) in the last two years of undergraduate work.
  3. Scores on the GMAT that reflect  a general aptitude for success in graduate study.
  4. Personal attributes such as demonstrated management potential and maturity.
  5. Personal qualifications of sound character, intellectual curiosity,  perseverance, and a drive to succeed.

Admission to the program is competitive, and meeting the minimum standards listed above does not guarantee admission. Although all of the above minimum standards must normally be met, the applicant's overall record is considered.

Each full-time M.B.A. student is required to have a personal laptop computer with a minimum configuration approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program.

Students who are admitted to the full-time M.B.A. program must participate in a non-credit orientation program designed to prepare students for success in the team-based management education program and curriculum.

Requirements for the Master of Business Administration Degree

  1. Complete 61 credits including:
    1. All required core courses which include courses in the following functional and critical skill areas: accounting, business communication, career management, economics, finance, management, marketing, statistics, and supply chain management. Students must consult the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program for specific core course requirements.
    2. A concentration in finance, human resource management, marketing, or supply chain management (12 credits) or other approved concentration approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program.
    3. At least 3 credits of international business selected from courses approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program.
    4. At least two approved areas of interest (6 credits per area of interest); or a second concentration (12 credits) plus an approved area of interest (6 credits).
    5. Courses taken in an area of interest must be independent of the courses used for the concentration; and not more than 3 credits can be taken from any single department to satisfy an area of interest.
  2. Students may use remaining elective credits to design an academic program to support their professional goals using courses across the business college disciplines. Students may select electives outside the college with the approval of the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program.
  3. Enrichment Experience
    Each student is required to participate in an enrichment experience approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program. Generally, the student participates in the enrichment experience during the summer between the first and second years of the program.  The enrichment experience may involve a domestic or international internship, intensive foreign language study, an international or domestic study trip, a field or consulting project, or an approved graduate assistantship.  Some of these options may involve additional costs to the student and may be able to accommodate only a limited number of students. Students with an approved internship may enroll in MBA 893 MBA Internship Experience for 1 credit in addition to the 61 credits that are required for the degree.

Academic Standards

Students are expected to (1) maintain a minimum grade–point average of 3.00 each semester, (2) maintain a minimum cumulative grade–point average of 3.00, and (3) complete all courses listed on the Candidacy Form. A student's academic progress is monitored by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program. A policy statement containing additional information relative to academic standards is available from the Director.

A student who does not maintain a cumulative 3.00 grade–point average will be placed on final probation. Such a student will be given the next semester of enrollment to achieve a cumulative 3.00 grade–point average; otherwise, dismissal from the program will result.

Transfer Credits

For a student who is pursuing a full-time M.B.A. degree from MSU jointly with a Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University - College of Law, a maximum of 12 credits from the Michigan State University College of Law may be transferred to the full-time M.B.A. degree program.

For a student who is pursuing a full-time M.B.A. degree from MSU jointly with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Michigan State University - College of Human Medicine, a maximum of 12 credits from the MSU College of Human Medicine may be transferred to the full-time M.B.A. degree program.

For a student who is pursuing a full-time M.B.A. degree from MSU jointly with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine, a maximum of 12 credits from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine may be transferred to the full-time M.B.A. degree program.
 


Master of Business Administration Degree: Corporate M.B.A. Program

The Corporate Master of Business Administration degree program combines general and customized managerial education. The Corporate M.B.A. program is designed to integrate management theories with workplace applications to provide students with the intellectual and analytic skills demanded by organizations today. The program combines the Broad School’s commitment to excellence in management education with customized content.

The Corporate M.B.A. program is intended for working managers who are part of a cohort sponsored by their employer. Students participate in that cohort over the duration of the program, which takes approximately 15-24 months to complete. To allow flexibility, a cohort may start in any semester and students may be admitted on a rolling basis. By using technology-based modules in most classes, the program offers much flexibility to students. By including a fixed number of residencies in addition to the online instruction, the program ensures that it is possible to apply web-based lessons and have intensive discussions and application sessions. The Corporate M.B.A. is a flexible program that incorporates the intensive team-based skill development that is a hallmark of the Broad School’s other MBA programs.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Corporate M.B.A. degree program, an applicant must:

  1. Be employed full-time in a managerial position in the private or public sector in an organization sponsoring a Corporate M.B.A. cohort.
  2. Be nominated for acceptance into the program by at least one representative of the employing organization. It is expected that the employing organization will provide substantial or full financial sponsorship to anyone nominated for the program.
  3. Have approval from the employing organization to attend all program residency sessions.
  4. Have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution.
  5. Have an academic record equivalent to at least 3.00 (B) in the last two years of undergraduate work. 
  6. Have managerial work experience, including professional or supervisory responsibility. The quality of an individual’s work experience will be more important than the quantity of experience in assessing an applicant’s qualifications.
  7. Have a high degree of potential for advancement to an organizational leadership role.
  8. Possess important personal and managerial attributes, such as intellectual curiosity, excellent communication skills, maturity, openness to new ideas and change, leadership qualities, analytical thinking ability, perseverance, and an ability to lead and work in teams.

In general, admission to the program is competitive and individuals meeting the minimum standards are not guaranteed admission. Applicants to the program may compensate for deficiencies in their background by securing a strong score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or by providing other information that clearly demonstrates outstanding managerial competence and potential. Submitted GMAT scores must not be more than five years old (as measured relative to the date an application is submitted to the Corporate M.B.A. program).

Students who are admitted to the Corporate M.B.A. program should have some background knowledge of and exposure to statistics, as well as a working knowledge of software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and data-based management systems. Each student is expected to have a laptop computer with a minimum configuration approved by the Corporate M.B.A. program office.

Students who are admitted to the Corporate M.B.A. program must participate in a non-credit orientation program and in any non-credit preparatory modules deemed necessary by the program office at the time of a student’s admission. The orientation and preparatory modules may involve an introduction to faculty and the curriculum, accounting basics, team skills, and/or analytic or quantitative analysis skills.

Requirements for the Corporate Master of Business Administration Degree in Business Administration

Students must complete 45 credits for the degree from the following courses:

               
CMBA  801 Markets and Business Fundamentals 1
CMBA 802 Data Analysis and Business Decisions 1
CMBA  803 Financial Accounting Concepts 2
CMBA  804 Managerial Skills 1
CMBA  805 Teamwork Simulation 1
CMBA  806 Leadership Skills 2
CMBA 807 Corporate Finance 2
CMBA