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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course Description

In our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, you will advance your career and find your way forward as you prepare to be a leader in today's global economy with strength, adaptability and a global perspective for today's rapidly-changing business world. 

These leaders are able to collaborate, find ways past obstacles and see the world differently. The MBA program at St. Cloud State teaches students to be these leaders – to lead the way forward.

You can do it all while attending classes that fit with your life online, on the St. Cloud campus or St. Cloud State at Plymouth.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Admission Deadline: Summer and Fall enrollments are available
  • GMAT score of 470 or better
  • Resume required
  • This program is offered in St. Cloud and Plymouth and 100% Online.
  • The Plymouth and Online program are cohort-based and part-time only
  • More program details and requirements are available on website

Program Highlights

  • Options for your convenience: Courses offered in St. Cloud, 100 percent online and St. Cloud State at Plymouth
  • Curriculum combines business theory with hands-on application.
  • Courses scheduled to accommodate employment responsibilities, vacations and holidays to allow students to balance their studies, work and personal lives.
  • Shorter time to completion: Part-time students typically earn their degree in 28 months, while full-time students often earn their degree in just 16 months.
  • Graduate assistantships offered each year for students attending in St. Cloud.
  • One of the most affordable Minnesota MBA programs. 

Program Distinctions

  • Accredited since 1982 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s leading business school accrediting agency.
  • One of two MBA programs in Minnesota that has been accredited for more than 30 years.
  • Faculty all hold Ph.D. or J.D. degrees or are professionally-qualified. 

Why an SCSU MBA?

Our Innovative Approach

The business world has changed. So has our MBA program.

St. Cloud State is leading the way forward with it's MBA to provide an education for tomorrow’s business leaders with a foundation to face issues that matter. Now, more than ever, aspiring leaders need an MBA. St. Cloud State University makes it a real possibility for you.

Experiential Learning

You’ll delve into real-world learning opportunities, reflect on your business’ roles and responsibilities in society, learn what it takes to be a game-changer and experience a curriculum grounded in ethics, sustainability, leadership, communication and critical thinking.

The result

A high-value master’s degree in business administration that gives you the knowledge, leadership skills and self-understanding to influence and lead others. You’ll further yourself, your career and the world around you.

We pride ourselves on providing our MBA students with a way forward that has the greatest value for their hard-earned dollars. When you hear an MBA from St. Cloud State is high value, we mean it. You can earn your MBA degree from St. Cloud State for 60-70 percent less than you would pay at many other schools.

Value of a St. Cloud State MBA

The Herberger Business School MBA is one of just two programs in Minnesota to be accredited by the AACSB, the world’s leading business-school accrediting agency, for more than 30 years.

Accreditation by the AACSB means your Herberger MBA meets the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. It means you’re attending a program that maintains continuous and rigorous improvement. It means your MBA education will deliver high value. And, it means you’ll stand out among your peers.

Our graduates earn a high return on their investment when comparing their average salary increase to the cost of their program.

Three Formats. One Quality MBA. Your Way Forward.

Grounded in theory and complemented by experiential learning, St. Cloud State's MBA curriculum combines classroom education with real-world application. It prepares tomorrow’s business leaders – like you – with the knowledge, confidence and integrity to enact real change.

We offer an Ignite course designed for individuals who need an introduction to business course fundamentals. 

Our MBA program courses integrate a broad-based business education. But, you’ll also develop your individual skills. 


A part-time cohort MBA program is offered in Plymouth.

St. Cloud

Both part-time and full-time programs are offered on the St. Cloud campus for an MBA degree completed in as little as 16 months.


This convenient program can be completed 100% online.

Visit the Master of Business Administration (MBA) page on the St. Cloud State University web site for more details!

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Entry Requirements

General admission requirements:
- GPA: 2.75, Statement of Intent, Three letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic), Transcripts
- Applicants who have been awarded a bachelor's and or graduate degree from an international higher education institution (recognized by the country's Education Ministry) need to submit a NACES evaluation: View Website
- English Proficiency Exemptions: Applicants who will hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a university in the United States, Canada or from a country whose sole official language is English, will be exempt: View Website

Course Fees

Tuition per credit: $695.45 (main campus); $944.12 (Online and Plymouth campus) - 36 credits total to graduate
Health services fee per semester: $72.10
Other student services fees per credit: $55.13

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