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Online Master of Business Administration

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MBA Your Way

Earn an MBA without interrupting your career. The Online MBA from Cleveland State University is flexible, so you can complete at your pace. Each course is delivered 100% online. Study on your own schedule from anywhere. It’s the most convenient way to earn your MBA.

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Time to Complete

Complete in as little as 3 semesters, or work through the program at your own pace. Flexible options accommodate your schedule and your priorities.

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10 courses totaling 30 credit hours

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$19,350 ($645 per credit hour x 30 credits) Instate Ohio resident tuition. 

$19,380 ($646 per credit hour x 30 credits) Non-resident domestic tuition.

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!
  • Connect 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.
  • GMAT or GRE is NOT required.
  • No business undergraduate degree? No problem. We’ve streamlined the pre-requisites to the Online MBA to just four courses (10 credit hours).These prerequisites are in addition to the 30 credit hours required for the MBA. Email us to learn more at: graduatebusprograms@csuohio.edu.
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Learning Methodology

The Online 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 MBA program requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 for full admission. Schedule a prospective appointment with a College of Business professional academic advisor on the Online Appointment Self-Schedule Calendar.

  2. Apply for admission to Cleveland State University

  3. No application fee.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework.
  5. GMAT or GRE is NOT required.
  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

Core Courses

ACT 600Managerial Accounting3 Credits
FIN 601Financial Policies3 Credits
IST 601Information Systems3 Credits
MGT 601Managing Human Resources3 Credits
MGT 604Leadership & Interpersonal Effectiveness3 Credits
MBA 660Integrative Business Strategy3 Credits
MKT 601Marketing Strategy3 Credits
OSM 620Operations and Supply Chain Management3 Credits
 Choose 1 of 4 Analytics Coures 
BUS 575Intro to Business Analytics3 Credits
ACT 575Accounting Analytics3 Credits
MGT 600Human Resources Management Metrics and Analytics3 Credits
OSM 601Supply Chain Analytics3 Credits
 Choose 1 of 5 International Business Courses 
ACT 560International Accounting3 Credits
FIN 621International Financial Management3 Credits
MBA 602 International Business3 Credits
MKT 608Global Marketing3 Credits
OSM 624Global Operations Management3 Credits



Specialization (Optional)

Specialization can be achieved by taking a minimum of three elective courses (no more than one at the 500 level) within any of the following business disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health Care Administration
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Human Resources/Labor Relations
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management

See CSU's graduate catalog for more information.

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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 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 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 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 MBA program is  $18,066 ($602.20 per credit hour x 30 credits).

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