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Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business, MBA

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Monte Ahuja College of Business

Monte Ahuja Hall 219

Special Programs

Business, Accelerated MBA Program, Online  

Business, Executive MBA Program  

Joint Programs

Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration   


The Master of Business Administration degree prepares individuals for careers in management. The program encourages men and women to develop knowledge, abilities, attitudes, technical skills, and understanding that will provide the foundation for the growth of competent and responsible managers and leaders for the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The MBA curriculum is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in business or for those with undergraduate or graduate degrees in non-business fields.

The Faculty

The MBA Program is taught primarily by graduate faculty from the Monte Ahuja College of Business who are selected for expertise in their academic disciplines and practical experience in business. In addition, the MBA faculty have advanced degrees in their fields of specialization-many from the world’s leading business schools. They 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 they teach.

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.


The graduate business programs of the Monte Ahuja College of Business are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition to the business accreditation, the Accounting Department has earned accounting accreditation from AACSB. The accounting programs at Cleveland State were the first in the State of Ohio to receive this accreditation.

Financial Assistance

The Monte Ahuja College of Business provides a limited number of graduate tuition grants and graduate assistantships. Tuition grant awards generally are reserved for first-year MBA students. Awards require a minimum nine-credit hour course load and ten hours of service per week to the College. Graduate assistantships generally are reserved for second-year MBA students. They require a minimum 9 credit-hour course load and twenty hours of service per week. Students are welcome to apply for any open assistantship opportunities that may be posted on this page. Other sources of financial assistance include scholarships and on-campus employment. Scholarship information is available at the following link: https://business.csuohio.edu/student-services/scholarships-for-graduate-students

Admission Information

Admission to the Master of Business Administration program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must meet all College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.
  2. Domestic Students: Admission is based on a combination of factors:
  • Applicant’s final undergraduate GPA is 2.75 or higher.
  • Applicant completed an undergraduate degree from an approved accredited institution according to Cleveland State University.
  • Applicant holds a master’s degree or Ph.D. or MD degree from an approved accredited institution according to Cleveland State University.
  • No GMAT/GRE is required for admission.
  1. An official transcript from each college and university previously attended must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  2. International students: Admission requires completion of a test of English proficiency for admission unless they apply from an exempted country. Students may choose to complete the TOEFL exam with a total score of 78 or higher or the IELTS exam with a total score of 6 or higher for admission.

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MBA Bridge Program for International Students

Students who have completed a three-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution outside the U. S. may be eligible for admission to the Monte Ahuja College of Business MBA “Bridge” program. A bridge program is also available for applicants to the Master of Accounting and MCIS (IS Track) programs.

The bridge program requires students who qualify for admission to the MBA to complete an additional twenty-four credits of graduate courses in the field. Bridge courses will usually count toward the MBA coursework. Bridge courses must be selected after consulting with the program advisor and may be taken at the beginning or as part of the regular MBA program of study.

Provisional Admission

Students that have a cumulative GPA between 2.25-2.75 may be admitted provisionally. Provisionally admitted students are subject to 6 credit hours (two total classes) during their first semester in the MBA program. Provided they earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or above during this first semester, they may complete the rest of the MBA curriculum. Course selections are curated through academic advising. Provisional Admission is only for domestic students.


A student must be admitted as a Regular graduate student in the MBA program before being allowed to register for more than twelve graduate credit hours in the College of Business Administration.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer credit may be granted for no more than nine semester hours, provided that the courses were completed for graduate credit at an institution accredited by AACSB. Graduate courses may not be transferred from other Cleveland State University colleges except as allowed by the JD/MBA program and the specialization in Economic Development.

Foundation Courses

The following list of courses make up the required 10 credit hours of foundation courses.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration degree is awarded based on successful completion of a minimum of thirty credit hours of core courses and electives. Preparation for taking these courses is achieved through completion or waiver of all ten credit hours of foundation course course requirements. 

The Master of Business Administration degree includes courses from all of the departments of the Monte Ahuja College of Business as well as selected courses from departments and programs outside of the Monte Ahuja College of Business. Questions regarding the program or specific courses should be directed to the Graduate Business Programs Office (Ahuja Hall, BU 219).

Elective Courses

Specialization (Optional)

Within the MBA curriculum, 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, and Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Accounting - Taxation

Students with no current background in tax will take ACT 621 , ACT 538 , and ACT 562 . Students with a background in tax seeking more in depth training will take ACT 636 , ACT 637 , and ACT 545 .

Finance - Investments

Students will take FIN 606 FIN 611 , and one of the following (FIN 605 FIN 612 FIN 621 FIN 680 FIN 690 ).

Finance - Real Estate

Students will take FIN 610 FIN 612 , and one of the following (FIN 605 FIN 606 FIN 621 FIN 680 FIN 690 ).

Leadership and Motivation

Students will take MGT 577 MGT 605 , and an elective.

General Business Discipline - Operations and Supply Chain Management

Students will take OSM 624  and two other OSM courses at the 500 or 600 level.

General Business Discipline - Other Areas

Students may select three courses from a particular department within the College of Business to focus on a particular area of study. For example, a student may select three FIN courses from FIN 500 and FIN 600 level courses.

Business Analytics

Students will take BUS 575 BUS 600 BUS 601 , and BUS 602  as electives.

Completion of the specialization will also make students eligible for conferral of the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics .

Governance, Compliance, and Risk

The student will take ACT 575 , ACT 555 ACT 565 , and one other approved ACT or IST course at the 600 level as an elective.

Completion of the specialization will also make students eligible for conferral of the Graduate Certificate in Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance .

Additional Requirements

  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in total work attempted while registered in the MBA program is required. College of Graduate Studies regulations regarding grades below B are applicable.
  • Core courses must be completed within six years prior to the proposed graduation date.
  • Courses (excluding MBA 660 ) could be waived for another 600 level course from the same department with permission of that department.

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