Master of Business Administration

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Raise your career trajectory and increase your earning power with a nationally recognized MBA degree.

Let’s get straight to the numbers: Oakland University’s MBA students average a 30 percent salary increase after graduation. Nearly 80 percent of our MBA graduates get a new job (or a promotion from their current employer) within three months. And nearly a quarter attain six-figure salaries after completing our MBA degree. No wonder Oakland University’s MBA routinely appears on national “best MBA degree” lists. Flexible requirements and evening courses make Oakland University’s MBA program accessible to everyone, from full-time students to working professionals and international students. Whether you’re seeking a promotion, a career change, or a fast start to your professional life, our MBA can help you get there. 

Master of Business Administration: The Oakland University Advantage

One of our MBA degree’s most impactful benefits is Oakland University’s unique location. We reside in a world-class economic center, with extensive partnerships that enrich your MBA experience. You’ll have the chance to interact with half the Global Fortune 500, plus countless mid-sized, small and startup enterprises in every industry, as you earn your master of business administration degree.

Our MBA also helps you advance your career because it’s:

  • Hands-on. You’ll earn a practical MBA degree that you can apply immediately in your current job (or future career). Our MBA program integrates textbook theory with direct experience that equips you to address real-world business challenges.
  • Expertly taught. Nearly all of our MBA faculty have achieved distinction in business, academic research, or both. You’ll learn from nationally recognized experts who reflect the diversity of industries, cultures and philosophies in today’s global economy.
  • Customizable. You can tailor the MBA degree to your own career goals by selecting one of 11 concentrations. These specialized course sequences let you sharpen your professional focus and deepen your subject-matter expertise. See the full list here.
  • Convenient. We offer evening MBA courses to accommodate the schedules of full-time professionals. You have the option to complete our MBA degree on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses per term.
  • Relevant. Business doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Our MBA program examines societal issues such as environmental sustainability, health care, gender dynamics and immigration through a business lens.
  • Highly respected. US News & World Report and CEO Magazine have both ranked our MBA as one of the nation’s best. In addition, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has awarded Oakland University dual accreditation in business and accounting, placing us in the top 1 percent of business schools worldwide.

Master of Business Administration Careers

Oakland University’s MBA degree graduates excel in the career marketplace. If you’re currently employed, our MBA can equip you to advance into a leadership role. You can also use the MBA degree to switch disciplines or industries, or to gain expertise that helps you launch an entrepreneurial venture.

An MBA vastly expands your range of career options, including high-level positions such as:

  • CEO
  • Chief operating officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Executive vice president
  • Regional vice president
  • Sales executive
  • Marketing executive
  • Director of business analytics
  • Human resources executive

Master of Business Administration: What You’ll Study

The MBA degree requires from 36 to 48 credits, depending on your prior education and professional experience. You can complete the MBA program in less than two years as a full-time student, or in as little as 32 months as a part-time student.

Coursework varies depending on which specialization you choose. Core requirements include:

  • Managerial accounting
  • Organizational behavior
  • Legal issues for business
  • Enterprise information systems
  • Financial management
  • International business
  • Quantitative methods
  • Operations management