Michigan (MI) Business Schools with Online MBAs & Specialty Master's Programs


As #31 on the Forbes 2018 list of Best States for Business and #25 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best States for Business Environment, Michigan is a middle-of-the pack state for starting a company. It has improved significantly from its #49 ranking on the Forbes list in 2009. Notably, Michigan is home to 75 percent of all research and development for the automotive industry and LG Electronics is moving some of its operations to the state very soon.

Main industries in Michigan include advanced manufacturing, food processing, information technology, medical devices, defense, and automobiles. Big names in Michigan business include Ford Motor, General Motors, Whirlpool, Kellogg, Dow Chemical, Con-Way, Amazon, Fiat Chrysler, and Domino’s Pizza Inc. Despite a net migration of labor out of Michigan, the job growth rate in Michigan is above the national average and investment capital into the state is also on the rise.

Busy working professionals living in Michigan (or professionals anywhere in the country hoping to break into the industries Michigan is known for) can consider enrolling in an online MBA program to upgrade their skills. Online programs provide those who do not have the ability to relocate or stop working the flexibility and freedom to learn leadership on their schedule and in the location of their choice. Michigan is a state that has an immense amount of high-quality, accredited universities offering fully online or hybrid (online/on-campus) MBAs that are comparable to their on-campus counterparts.

Keep reading for more information on online MBA programs offered through business schools in Michigan, professors teaching in these high-quality accredited online programs, and options for hybrid programs.

Featured Online MBA Programs in Michigan

The part-time MBA offered by world-renowned Michigan Ross is designed to imbue busy working students with leadership skills through high-quality faculty and real-world learning.

Courses in the 57-credit-hour program include financial accounting, leading people and organizations, technology management, and business law and ethics. With the purpose of blending all that a student needs to experience success in an MBA program, the program consists of online asynchronous and synchronous classes, as well as three on-campus residencies. Following completion of foundational courses, students can opt to attend in-person courses on the Ann Arbor campus, if they wish. GMAT or GRE equivalent scores are required for admission and no waivers are available. One year of full-time work experience (two years preferred) is required, but work experience need not be in business.

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Expected Time to Completion: Three years
Estimated Tuition: $112,088 (non-resident)

FSU’s online MBA program boasts 20 industry-seasoned professors to give students insight into the business world. Enrolled students can choose between seven concentrations, including business intelligence, design and innovation management, incident response, lean systems and leadership, performance metrics, project management, and supply chain management and lean logistics.

Courses in the 39-credit program include managers and the legal environment, global business management, sustainable design and systems, and lean leadership. GMAT or GRE scores are required for consideration for admission. GMAT/GRE waivers may be available to those who have a master’s or terminal degree, as well as those who have significant leadership experience.

Admitted students who earned a C grade or less in accounting, economics, marketing, or statistics must successfully complete these courses with a B grade or higher prior to enrollment in MBA coursework.

Location: Big Rapids, Michigan
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Expected Time to Completion: Two to three years
Estimated Tuition: $610 per credit-hour

Blending theory and practice in small class sizes taught by professors who are actively engaged in business, LTU’s 100 percent online MBA is highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Students enrolled in the 36-credit-hour program can choose between the following four concentrations: cybersecurity, finance, information technology, and project management.

Classes in the program include global business economics, strategic marketing management, global leadership, and enterprise information technology. GMAT scores are required only for those whose undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 who have been previously admitted to a master’s program also qualify for a GMAT waiver.

Location: Southfield, Michigan
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Expected Time to Completion: Two years (up to seven possible)
Estimated Tuition: $1,150 per credit

Forging the balance between quality and affordability, the 100 percent online MBA at SVSU’s College of Business and Management is designed to turn professionals into leaders who can operate in complex for-profit and nonprofit environments.

Students in the 37- to 44-credit program can choose the general MBA or can concentrate in entrepreneurship. Courses in the program include business process design and management, social responsibility and ethics, leadership and organizational behavior, and integrated marketing management concepts. GMAT scores are required for admission to SVSU’s MBA program. SVSU also provides provisional admission for students with undergraduate GPAs lower than 3.0 and for those who do not immediately submit complete admissions portfolios.

Location: University Center, Michigan
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Expected Time to Completion:
Estimated Tuition: $1,128.55 per credit-hour

Kettering’s 100 percent online MBA is designed for engineers looking to expand their skill set into business and for any student looking to transition into management positions. The curriculum is designed to be immediately applicable to students’ jobs throughout the course of the program.

The 40-credit program includes a choice of a three-course graduate certificate in any of the following areas: global leadership, operations management, supply chain and enterprise planning, or healthcare. Courses include international business, managing people and organizations, strategic management, and marketing management. No GMAT or GRE is required for admission.

Location: Flint, Michigan
Accreditation: Accredited Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Expected Time to Completion: 18 months
Estimated Tuition: $36,480

Based on a foundation of Christian ethical principles, the interactive online MBA at the AU School of Business prepares students for leadership positions in a broad range of domestic and international organizations. Most coursework is completed online, with final culminating courses completed in a three-week intensive on campus.

Classes in the 33-credit program include strategic management, managerial economics, strategic marketing management, and Christian ethics, service, and society. AU’s MBA has a lower GPA threshold than most other MBAs, only requiring a 2.6. (Most MBAs require a 3.0 or higher.) GMAT scores are required for admission but can be waived if the student has five years of work experience plus a minimum B- in statistics and precalculus, or if the student has a BA in business from AU with a 3.0 GPA or higher and a B- in statistics and precalculus.

Location: Berrien Springs, MI
Accreditation: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
Expected Time to Completion: 12 months
Estimated Tuition: $553 per credit-hour

CSU’s online MBA—ranked as one of the best by U.S. News and World Report—is designed to prepare students for leadership in the global economy. Students can enroll in a wide range of emphases, including ERP using SAP software, enterprise systems, logistics management, human resources management, marketing, and value driven organization.

Coursework in the 36- to 43-credit MBA programs includes instruction in managing information systems in a global economy, managing and leading individuals and groups in organizations, data analysis for managers, and global business and sustainability.

Applicants must have at least a 2.7 undergraduate GPA. GMAT scores are required for admission, although waivers may be available for those with a doctorate degree, a master’s degree plus a 3.0 GPA, a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher, a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative 2.7 GPA and a 3.25 for the final 60 units, five years experience with a 2.9 undergraduate GPA, or five years experience with a cumulative 2.7 GPA with a 3.0 for the final 60 units.

Location: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Expected Time to Completion: Two to three years
Estimated Tuition: $647 per credit-hour*

*This rate is for standard graduate courses. At the time of this writing, specific rates for the MBA program are not yet available.

Hybrid MBA Programs in Michigan

As in-person networking is often a large draw of on-campus MBAs, many online MBAs offer hybrid programs, where a certain threshold of in-person experiences are offered (e.g., residencies, intensives, capstone courses, etc). Professionals looking to transition into management through a flexible program who live close to a university campus may want to consider the benefit of a hybrid online/on-campus degree—programs which offer the flexibility of didactic coursework online with in-person learning experiences and networking opportunities.

Professors to Know in Online MBA Programs in Michigan

  • Anthony Bowrin, PhD, MS, CMA, CFM, CPA - SVSU College of Business and Management

    Dr. Anthony Bowrin is a professor of accounting and dean of the College of Business and Management at Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Borwin is a successful and published scholar, with works in several peer-reviewed accounting journals, chapters in books and edited texts, and an award received for best paper in auditing and forensic accounting in 2007.

    Dr. Bowrin’s research foci include corporate governance, internal controls, and financial reporting quality. He also has extensive practical experience in the business world, including consultancies for businesses and credit unions in the English-speaking Caribbean, and directorships for a range of organizations including credit unions, cable news channels, and trust fund organizations.

    Dr. Bowrin earned his master’s of science in accounting from the University of West Indies in 1992 and his PhD in business administration in auditing from Southern Illinois University in 1999. In addition, Dr. Borwin received the executive MBA professor of the year award at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (University of the West Indies) in 2003.

  • Kenneth Williams, PhDc, MBA - Kettering University School of Management

    Kenneth Williams is a professor in the School of Management at Kettering University, where he teaches finance and accounting courses. Williams’s professional experience began in the finance sector, where he managed multi-million dollar commercial loan portfolios and provided financial services to business and organizations of all sizes. He also served as a deputy director for an organization specializing in business and economic development.

    Williams earned his MBA in finance from Wayne State University, a post-graduate certificate in banking from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware, and is a PhD candidate in business administration with a concentration in organizational leadership at Northcentral University. Williams holds a teaching philosophy of inspiring students to strive for excellence and integrity.

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