Business Administration Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the GMAT required?

No. The GMAT is not required. Generally, prospective students have several years of work experience and their success in industry speaks to their ability to perform in this program. We've found that standardized tests do not accurately measure prospective students' ability to complete the complex real-world projects that are addressed in the MBA curriculum.

Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Yes. Active-duty military, reservists, the National Guard and veterans, as well as federal and state employees (other than the State of Colorado) may qualify for the Tuition Reduction Program.

The College of Business offers corporate partnerships for companies that refer or support multiple students in this online professional MBA program simultaneously. The program provides both entities with valuable benefits as a long-term relationship is forged. Companies interested in learning more about the Corporate Partnership Program may contact Scott Freshwater at (970) 491-3612 or

Are Colorado State University professional MBA programs accredited?

Absolutely. Since 1970, both the online and the on-campus professional MBA programs have been accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the benchmark of academic excellence for business schools. Colorado State University is accredited regionally by the North Central Association of The Higher Learning Commission.

Are the Online MBA program and the Part-Time MBA program similar?

Actually, the coursework is almost identical, with the same syllabus, material, lectures, and class discussions. Students must meet the same high academic standards. The difference is the method of delivery of course material. In both degree programs, you earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University. There is no difference on your diploma or official transcripts.

How do I know if I qualify?

The general admission requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from an accredited four-year undergraduate institution or the successful completion of a graduate degree, and two or more years of full-time professional work experience. Professional references help the College of Business evaluate your ability to perform well academically in a graduate program. A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE is mandatory for international students who have not graduated from an American university or whose country has an official language other than English. Visit the MBA website for complete details.

What is the format of the program and courses?

The program formats are semester based, with two eight-week sessions in each semester. Summer semesters are also eight-weeks. Each plan of study requires 42 credits and follows a lock-step curriculum. This means initial classes form a foundation for subsequent classes that build on content and provide continuity and integration of course material.

Does the MBA offer a specialized area of study?

Colorado State University offers several certificates including Applied Finance, Marketing Management, Business Intelligence, Project Management, and Business Information Systems to complement its professional MBA programs and envisions adding other areas of interest in the future. In addition, through an alliance with the Graduate School-USDA (the major training organization for the federal government and the Department of Defense), the University offers an MBA with a Certificate in Federal Financial Management.

What is the profile of students in the MBA program?

MBA students come from diverse backgrounds and locations, representing all 50 states and more than 46 countries. The average age is 35, and students average 10 years of professional experience. The average undergraduate GPA is 3.2.

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