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With a Master of Business Administration from Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, you will receive a well-rounded education from leading professors and researchers in their fields and learn with fellow students from diverse business and personal backgrounds. Distinctions of OU’s MBA program include:
  • Elite Accreditation: OU’s School of Business Administration is one of 560 business schools in the world to earn AACSB accreditation. Oakland is one of 168 schools that hold the separate AACSB-International accounting accreditation.
  • Learn from Experts: Nearly all of the SBA’s professors are full-time professors, subject matter experts and leading researchers in their respective fields. Leaders in the industry participate as part-time instructors, guest lecturers and speakers who bring relevant real-world experience to the program augment your learning.

The Master of Business Administration at Oakland University’s School of Business Administration prepares graduates for demanding careers in private, public or non-profit organizations by integrating global understanding, entrepreneurial thinking and business fundamentals with key items for any manager’s success, such as the importance of managing information and information resources effectively using scarce resources and understanding human behavior.

Oakland University’s MBA will put you on the path to leadership and managerial roles. Oakland emphasizes all the functional areas of business in a case-based and action-based learning environment.

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If an MBA student wants a more structured set of electives, they can take one of the MBA concentrations listed below. A single class may not count toward more than one concentration. Concentration eligibility will vary depending on the student's program requirements.

Accounting
A specialization in Accounting can enhance an MBA with more thorough background in areas such as auditing, financial analysis, information systems, fraud and other areas. For a concentration in Accounting, an MBA student would need to complete three electives from the list of approved classes in the catalog.

Business Economics
By adding a specialization in business economics to an MBA, you’ll graduate with a more thorough understanding of the relationship between economics and finance. Banks, financial institutions and government organizations are leading employers of graduates with an economics background. To receive a concentration in this area, an MBA student would need to complete three electives from the list approved classes in the catalog.

Entrepreneurship
A specialization in Entrepreneurship provides a more thorough background in entrepreneurship strategies, startups, and small businesses.  A minimum of two electives is required from the list of approved classes and MGT656 (Entrepreneurship) to receive a concentration in Entrepreneurship.  

Finance
A specialization in Finance enhances the skills necessary to manage the financial health of an organization by offering courses in investment analysis, financial management, and reporting and analysis. For a concentration, a student is required to complete three electives from the approved list of courses in the catalog.

Human Resources Management
A specialization in HR Management provides a more thorough background in human resource management and personnel.  A minimum of two electives is required from the list of approved classes and ORG 631 (Human Resources Management) to receive a concentration in Human Resource Management. 

International Business
A specialization in International Business provides a more thorough background in international topics and issues which one may encounter in international business.  A minimum of three electives is required from the list of approved classes to receive a concentration in International Business.  

Marketing
A specialization in Marketing provides a more thorough background in marketing theories and strategies.  A minimum of three electives is required from the list of approved classes to receive a concentration in Marketing.

Management Information Systems
Students pursuing a specialization in Management Information Systems will strengthen their MBA by gaining skills to that will enable them to manage information and technology in today’s digital world. For this concentration, a student is required to complete three electives from the approved list of courses in the catalog.

Production/Operations Management
With a specialization in Production/Operations Management, the MBA graduate will gain a strong understanding about best practices, current technologies, tools and leadership across a variety of organizations and industries. To complete a concentration, POM 643 and two electives from the approved list of courses in the catalog are required.

Supply Chain Management
The Wall Street Journal reports that as global operations become more complex, companies in manufacturing, retail and technology—and the consulting firms that service them—are scrambling to hire people with supply-chain expertise. A specialization in Supply Chain Management supplements your MBA with skills in operations, production, logistics, process management and more giving you the knowledge to enter this competitive field. To earn this specialization, the student is required to complete three electives from the approved list of classes in the catalog. POM 642 will be required for all students who do not have previous coursework in supply chain management.




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Engineering Management
The Master of Science in engineering management degree is offered by the School of Engineering and Computer Science in cooperation with the School of Business Administration. The program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in any field of engineering (industrial and systems, mechanical, electrical, civil, etc.) and has as its goal the provision of the tools and skills necessary for making sound management decisions in industry and business while retaining one’s commitment to a specialized engineering field of endeavor. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering technology, information technology or related fields will be considered for admission, but they may be required to take one or more preparatory courses in engineering. See the graduate catalog for more information and program requirements.

MBA/JD Dual Degree Program
Oakland University and the Cooley Law School are offering the MBA/JD Dual Degree Program. The MBA/JD program enables students to earn both the MBA and the JD simultaneously or sequentially. This partnership between OU and Cooley recognizes the close association between law and business and thus the value of education in both fields. Each program will allow students to transfer six hours of coursework from the other program for a combined savings of 12 credit-hours. For more information, contact Paul Trumbull at trumbull@oakland.edu.

Safety Management
The Online Master of Science in Safety Management degree was developed through a cooperative effort between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business Administration at Oakland University. This master’s degree program focuses on the business aspects of safety management in the workplace and combines an effective balance of core MBA coursework with application of these business skills to safety-related case studies in risk assessment, loss control, risk management, and safety program planning, administration and management. See the graduate catalog for more information and program requirements.


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Admission Requirements

Before an applicant can be admitted to the MBA program, they must fulfill the following requirements:

    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
    • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)*

    For information on program prerequisites, see the catalog.

    Learn about the GMAT preparation courses offered at Oakland University.

    *To see if you qualify to waive the GMAT requirement, see the Request to Waive GMAT Form.


    How to Apply

    Before an applicant can be admitted to the MBA program, he/she must have complete the following steps:

        International students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university or at least 24 credits from a U.S school, will have additional application requirements:

          • A transcript evaluation (for transcripts from a college or university outside of the United States)
          • TOEFL Exam Scores (for non-native English speakers unless they have a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university or at least 24 credits from a U.S. school)

          *To see if you qualify to waive the GMAT requirement, see the Request to Waive GMAT Form.


          Admission Deadlines

          All application materials must be received by the following dates:

          • Fall semester — July 15 for domestics students, and May 1 for international students
          • Winter semester — November 15 for domestic students, and September 1 for international students
          • Summer semester — March 15

          Graduate Assistantship

          Applications for fall semester must be received by the following dates:

          • February 1 — international students seeking an F-1 visa
          • June 1 — all other applicants


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          As a young professional, my MBA from Oakland University accelerated my career ahead of my workforce peers by offering a seamless transition of classroom concepts to conference room application. The challenging curriculum and intimate classroom experience, coupled with exposure to key industry leaders and the opportunity to travel internationally, positioned me for success. The extensive network of distinguished faculty and alumni are further testament to the caliber of the MBA from Oakland University. Thanks exclusively to my Oakland University MBA, I am prepared to excel.

          Sheri Profant
          Business Development, SKYDEX Technologies, Inc.
          SBA (Marketing ’10) MBA ’12 (Entrepreneurship concentration)


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