About This Program

Saginaw Valley State University's Master of Business Administration program is:

  • Listed in the Princeton Review's Best Business Schools;
  • Designed for faster start-up especially if you are not a business major;
  • Offers a variety of concentration;
  • Flexible and allows you to proceed at your own pace with an individualized study plan.

Best of all, if you have the grades and career experience, you may want to apply for Saginaw Valley State University's President's International Graduate Student Scholarship!

Course Delivery

Core classes will be taught as Hybrid courses.  Foundation courses may be taught online.

Learning Outcomes

The SVSU MBA prepares students with the knowledge necessary to become leaders in profit and nonprofit organizations operating in a complex global environment. The objective of the program is to produce graduates who:

  • Have a comprehensive view of the firm;
  • Are able to use appropriate methodologies and tools for analyzing data to support managerial decisions;
  • Have the creative and critical thinking skills necessary for decision making and problem solving;
  • Effectively communicate ideas and lead a team;
  • Identify the impact of demographic diversity and the influence of ethical, political, social, legal, environmental, and global issues on organizations

Course Outline

Course Code : MBA

College : College of Business and Management

Duration : 2 years at least

Qualifications Level : Master of Business Administration Degree

Fees :

Tuition & Fees are subject to change without notice by action of the SVSU Board of Control. Credit hour cost is determined by course level, not by a student’s class standing. Person’s auditing or receiving credit by examination are subject to the regular tuition and fee rates for the course. You will be responsible for providing transportation to and from all courses.

Estimated cost breakdown for 18 graduate credit hours in AY 2016-2017:



With Red & White Scholarship

In-State Tuition and Fees



Single Room/Shared Apartment



Meal Plan



Health Insurance



Miscellaneous (books, $150 orientation fee and other necessities



Total Investment



Intake Dates :

Make sure you check with us first since Start Dates and Term Breaks may vary.  Apply early so you'll have plenty of time to prepare!

Fall Semester

  • Dates: Late August to Mid-Dececember
  • Advanced Registration: April
  • International Student Application Deadline:  July 15

Winter Semester

  • Dates: Early January to Late April
  • Advanced Registration: November
  • International Student Application Deadline:  November 15

Spring Semester

  • Dates: Early May to late June
  • Advanced Registration: March
  • International Student Application Deadline:  April 15

Entry Criteria

Pre M.B.A.

You must be able to demonstrate basic skills such as: 

  • Competency in mathematics, at least the level of advanced college algebra or precalculus;
  • Competency in written English at least equal to the level of an upper level undergraduate writing course;
  • Computer literacy including knowledge of basic spreadsheet operations, word processing, and data base manipulation.

You may be granted full admission by submitting the M. B. A. admission portfolio to the Office of Admissions but approval will be determined by the Graduate Admissions committee of the College of Business and Management.

Your portfolio must include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2. 75.
  • Undergraduate prerequisites include not less than three credits in statistics and/or research methods.
  • As an international student applicant, you must show a grade or “B” or better for at least one year of English composition or its equivalent.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper-based Text (TOEFL) 550 or higher OR an equivalent passing score on an alternative test as determined by the College. SVSU’s English Language Program is available for students without a TOEFL score or whose TOEFL score is below the required minimum.
  • If you are an international applicant with a three year Bachelor’s degree from an approved institution of higher education, you are required to successfully complete a bridging program of 18-24 credits approved by the Program Director. The bridging program does not result in a Bachelor’s degree, but does allow for consideration for admission into the Master’s program.
  • Provisional students must complete their admission portfolio within one year of admission to the M. B. A. program. The Dean may extend the time requirements if the student can demonstrate any unusual circumstances that have hindered the completion of the admission package.
  • International students must submit Evidence of Financial Support.

Why Study in Saginaw Valley State University

Great campus. Low tuition.  Take part in the endless opportunities offered by Saginaw Valley State University (or SVUS) and take note of what makes the university different:

  • SVSU Scholarships are available to international students!  There are currently four scholarships where you might qualify for;
  • Choose from wide selection of 90 undergraduate programs AND 15 postgraduate programs, spanning areas of studies from nursing to business and education;
  • There are many great restaurants, shopping centers, movie theaters, art museums and more close by SVSU.  The university is centrally located in Michigan, near Mid-Michigan's tri-cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland. The MBS International Airport is only ten minutes from campus and Detroit is two hours by car;
  • Studying in SVUS is affordable as the university offers one of the lowest graduate tuition fees of all public universities in Michigan and many Midwestern states;
  • As you are a mature student, you will be glad to know that SVSU's programs are practical, and skills-based.  While learning at SVSU is most often face-to-face and interactive, there are some on-line courses and hybrids - a combination of in-class and on-line courses.
  • Small class size translates to more interaction between you and your classmates and professors.  Graduate classes in fact average 16 students per course;
  • Parking is ample and free. SVSU's residential facilities have been voted "Michigan's Best Residential Life" by Michigan Organization of Residence Halls Association (MORHA). And you won't be hoofing it all around SVSU as all classes and student housing are within walking distance.

You can in fact be assured of quality education since all SVSU programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association along with many other specialized program accreditations.

  • The College of Business & Management is accredited by the AACSB - International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB accreditation is the mark of quality distinction most widely sought after by business schools - less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement.
  • The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved as a teacher preparation institution by action of the Michigan State Board of Education.
  • The Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education which is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational therapy (ACOTE), affiliated with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

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