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Accelerated Master of Business Administration

Add “MBA” to your signature line in 12 months

Earn an MBA Without Interrupting Your Career

The Online Accelerated MBA from Cleveland State University can be completed in one year and is 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.

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Time to Complete

3 semesters – begin in either the Spring (January) or Fall (August)

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10 courses totaling 30 credit hours

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$36,702 total – split over 3 semesters. $12K Scholarships available. Inquire for more details.

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 with 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.

  • 100% Online – study anywhere!
  • The cohort-based model provides a deep connection with your fellow classmates to enhance your professional network.
  • AACSB Accredited – just 7% of the world’s business schools have earned accreditation by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education.
  • No business undergraduate degree? No problem. We’ve streamlined the pre-requisites to the Online Accelerated MBA to just four courses (10 credit hours). Email us to learn more at: graduatebusprograms@csuohio.edu.
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Learning Methodology

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

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Integrative Business Strategy
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for admission include:

  1. Admission to the Online AMBA program requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 for full admission. Lower GPA? Contact the department for alternatives.

  2. Apply for admission to Cleveland State University

  3. No application fee.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework.
  5. GMAT or GRE is currently being waived.
  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. See Foundation courses below.


Foundation Courses (May Be Required for Admission*)

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

ACT 500MBA Financial Accounting2 Credits
FIN 501Financial Management3 Credits
MKT 501Marketing Management2 Credits
OSM 510Analytic Methods3 Credits

Program Courses

MBA 602International Business3 Credits
MKT 601Marketing Strategy3 Credits
ACT 600Managerial Accounting3 Credits
MGT 601Human Resources Management3 Credits
FIN 601Financial Policies3 Credits
IST 601IT for Competitive Advantage3 Credits
MGT 604Leadership and Interpersonal Effectiveness3 Credits
OSM 620Operations and Supply Chain Mgmt3 Credits
MBA 660Integrative Business Strategy3 Credits
BUS 575Intro to Business Analytics3 Credits
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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid for CSU programs are kept competitive so you can receive the education you deserve. Tuition for online programs and courses follows the same fee structure as traditional, on-campus programs and courses. Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Approximately 70% of CSU’s students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers all the major federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, CSU provides University grants and scholarships.

To begin the financial aid process, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file a FAFSA every year after January 1st to receive your financial aid. Cleveland State University’s financial aid school code is 003032.

If you have any questions, visit the Financial Aid section of CSU’s website, or contact the Financial Aid office.



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.

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Student Success Coaching

At CSU, you will be paired with a Student Success Coach to support you on your journey from acceptance into a program to graduation. Coaches help with:

  • Time management
  • Study strategies
  • Focus techniques
  • Work-life balance
  • Academic support resources
  • Navigating University policies and procedures
  • Resolving issues and locating the right resources

Student Success Coaches will reach out to you for a welcome call early in your program. Coaches can help you create an academic success plan with strategies and goals that will help you be successful. Student Success Coaches are available to you throughout your program. Student Success Coaches do not replace academic advisors or other counselors, but rather work as a team with them to provide you with all the right resources.

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Career Outcomes

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:

  • Strategic planning/consulting
  • Business Development Director
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Vice President or Director (e.g. Accounting, Human Resources, Information Systems/Technology, Finance, Sales, Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Supply Chain, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The GMAT or GRE requirement is currently being waived. 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?

No. 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 and a $12,000 scholarship is currently available. 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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