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Online Accelerated MBA

Add “MBA” to your signature line in 12 months

The Online Accelerated MBA from Cleveland State University is one of the first online, one-year online MBAs that was also AACSB accredited. Each course is delivered 100% online in an accelerated format. Study on your own schedule from anywhere. It’s the fastest, most convenient way to earn your MBA in one year.

Time to Complete: 3 semesters – begin in either the Spring (January) or Fall (August)

Credits: 10 courses totaling 30 credits

Cost: $35,943 total – split over 3 semesters

Program Highlights

It’s no secret that earning an MBA can help build the leadership skills you need to take your career to the next level, help you advance within financial institutions and help you build your own business. An MBA from Cleveland State can also be helpful to those looking to change careers – exposure to different industries, functions, the network of peers, faculty and alumni can all help you if you are looking to pivot or change direction.

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Career Outcomes and Job Opportunities

An MBA can prepare you to lead the industries of today, propel businesses to new growth opportunities, or create the future organizations of tomorrow.

Prepare for roles including:

Foundation Courses (May Be Required for Admission*)

*The following courses may be required if not completed at the Undergraduate level.

Course Title Credits
ACT 500 MBA Financial Accounting 2 Credits
FIN 501 Financial Management 3 Credits
MKT 501 Marketing Management 2 Credits
OSM 510 Analytic Methods 3 Credits

Program Courses

Course Title Credits
MBA 602 International Business 3 Credits
MKT 601 Marketing Strategy 3 Credits
ACT 600 Managerial Accounting 3 Credits
MGT 601 Human Resources Management 3 Credits
FIN 601 Financial Policies 3 Credits
IST 601 IT for Competitive Advantage 3 Credits
MGT 604 Leadership and Interpersonal Effectiveness 3 Credits
OSM 620 Operations and Supply Chain Mgmt 3 Credits
MBA 660 Integrative Business Strategy 3 Credits
BUS 575 Intro to Business Analytics 3 Credits

Requirements for admission include:

  1. Admission to the Online AMBA program is based on a combination of the applicant's GMAT or GRE score and the undergraduate cumulative grade point average.
  2. Apply for admission to Cleveland State University
  3. $40 non-refundable application fee
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  5. Official GMAT or GRE scores (May be waived in some instances. MDs and Ph.D.s are exempt from taking the GMAT).
  6. Depending on your undergraduate degree, prerequisites may be required before starting the Online AMBA degree. These prerequisites may have already been fulfilled by your undergraduate coursework.

$35,943 total – split over 3 semesters

Interested students should fill out the Request Information form and indicate their preference for the MBA program.

For more information on the Online Accelerated MBA program including course schedules, application materials and financial aid, visit

For program information contact:

MBA and Graduate Programs
1860 E. 18th Street
Second Floor, Room 219
Cleveland, OH 44115

Learning Methodology

Using a cohort style of study, the Online Accelerated MBA program is 100% online and includes courses in:

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Our faculty in the Monte Ahuja College of Business are a diverse group of professors with industry-leading expertise in their disciplines and related, applied, professional business experience. The majority of faculty are actively involved in the community as consultants and members of professional organizations bringing a richness of practical application in addition to creating top-notch research.


Is the GMAT or GRE required for the Online Accelerated MBA Program?

The GMAT or GRE can be waived for admission to the Online Accelerated MBA program if the student has a 3.0 or better GPA in their business undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited university. To understand our admissions requirements better, please make an appointment with a graduate business advisor.

Do I need a business undergraduate degree to enroll in the Online Accelerated MBA Program?

Yes. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business, you may be required to take 4 pre-requisite courses totaling 10 credit hours before being officially admitted to the Online Accelerated MBA program. To understand our admissions requirements better, please make an appointment with a graduate business advisor.

How much does the program cost?

In-state graduate tuition for the Online Accelerated MBA program is $35,943. The tuition is split evenly over three semesters. For the 2022-2023 academic year, those amounts are: $12,981.00 for the first semester and $11,481 for each semester thereafter.

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