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Business Administration

Degree Type: Master of Business Administration
College(s): College of Business

This program is under revision.

Information will be available on the program website


Why Choose the Master of Business Administration?

The 39-51 semester hour MBA addresses the increased focus on organizational performance assessment and improvement, our MBA is not a clone of competitive offerings. Using the Malcolm Baldrige criteria as a means of bringing to life performance management systems, this program provides its graduates with the means of immediately making a contribution to the firms for whom they work. To facilitate this, our faculty bring an exceptional array of experience to the class, including extensive academic and practitioner experience, as well as relevant perspective derived from serving as examiners for assessment efforts such as Malcolm Baldrige and the Michigan Quality Council.

The curricula consists of three courses focusing on foundation knowledge (may be waived based upon demonstrated competency), nine courses which address core knowledge and include an integrated business experience, and four courses that focus on the students concentration of choice.

The MBA program is offered in 7-week sessions, year-round, primarily online, in order to accommodate the competing professional and personal demands on our students. Working individuals taking just one course every seven weeks can complete degree requirements in about two years. Full time students may complete degree requirements in as few as 16 months.

Invest in your Future

This state-of-the-art MBA is designed for professionals interested in acquiring the management tools and skills needed to be successful in the world's leading organizations, with a wide selection of specializations.

The Management Tools and Concepts certificate is designed to create business leaders that have a robust exposure to global business and organizational sustainability concepts and issues and to enable those leaders to use technical tools to aid in understanding business systems, developing improvement strategies, and leading and managing the change process.

The Design and Innovation Management certificate prepares graduates for leadership positions in design-centered businesses. The program provides students a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which the method, measure, and language of design drive the practice of business and the process of innovation and teaches them how to cultivate and build a culture of innovation within their organization. (This certificate is offered at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan)

The Business Intelligence certificate is designed to prepare individuals with both theoretical and practical experience in designing, developing and utilizing database and informatics systems, tools and techniques in a decision support environment including predictive, geographic, and link/visual analysis.

The Incident Response certificate is designed to prepare individuals to secure computers, networks, and systems against intrusions and unauthorized access, test and assess security measures, and forensically analyze the environment to determine events and situations that may have occurred in a digital environment.

The Project Management certificate prepares students for careers in program, project, and portfolio management consistent with Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge including integration, scope, time, cost, quality, communication, human resources, risk, and procurement. Students research leadership styles and learn how it differs from management. Projects are assessed for risk and risk management strategies constructed using ethical approaches.

Career Opportunities

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MBA program must have earned a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or better on a 4-point scale, and a 3.0 GPA or better in the Junior and Senior level courses, and submit the following documents for consideration:

  • Completed application (Submit printed application, or apply on-line at
  • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended, which include confirmation of Bachelor degree. (Original documents become property of Ferris State University and cannot be returned.)
  • Current resume.
  • Statement of Purpose, approximately one typed page, explaining your reasons for seeking admission into the MBA program. Your Statement of Purpose should show that you have taken steps to learn about our programs and are familiar with and prepared for on-line or mixed-delivery, accelerated courses. You should also explain what factors have influenced your decision to apply, and how this degree will help you achieve your short-term and long-term career goals.
  • Three academic or professional recommendation letters attesting to your ability to succeed in graduate level studies.
  • Official GMAT score of 500 or higher, or GRE score in the upper 50th percentile with the analytical writing score at 2.5 or higher. (Waiver of test requirement will be considered if applicant has a 3.5 or better GPA in their Bachelor degree).

  • Graduation Requirements

    The MBA is awarded to those individuals who have completed the 39 - 48 hour requirement with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and no course less than 2.0.

    More Information

    College of Business Graduate Programs
    119 South Street, BUS 212B
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Phone: 231-591-2168

    The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review if February 2018.

    Required Courses
    Credit Hours

    Foundation Courses Required

    May waive for demonstrated competencies.
    Professional Skills Develop
    Numerical and Data Analysis
    Fin-Acct Sys and Analysis

    Core Required Courses

    Intro Performance Metrics
    Organizational Leadership
    Legal, Ethical and Fraud Iss
    Organization Resource Systems
    Strategic Planning Systems
    Global Business Economics
    Customer Systems
    Process Management Systems
    Integrated Business Experience

    One Certificate Required

    Business Intelligence (ASBN)


    Design and Innovation Management (ASDI)


    Incident Response (ASIR)


    Management Tools and Concepts (ASTC)


    Project Management (ASPM)


    Nursing Concentration

    Optional additional credits - MMBA 691

    Minimum number of credits required