Graduates reporting at least 10% salary increase
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Our Universal Classroom – featuring the latest digital technology and content delivery methods – welcomes bright minds from around the world to learn together in one inspirational space. Online Professional MBA candidates learn from each other and from caring and experienced faculty to acquire the skills and confidence needed to become leaders in the modern and ever-evolving business world.
BUS 626 Managing Human Capital
Management of human capital for competitive advantage and superior results
FIN 608 Fundamentals of Firm Valuation
Identifies key value drivers for a business and how these can be identified utilizing currently available financial information
MKT 621 Digital Marketing
Overview of social media, website management, content marketing, web analytics and search engine optimization
REL 601 Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance
Valuation-oriented study of real estate concepts and principles, including legal, regulatory, finance, market and financial analysis
BUS 662 International Business
Role of government regulations and how international firms affected; cultural aspects of business, global marketing, finance, management
MKT 662 Strategic Selling for Business Customers
Examination of sales strategies, sales tactics and best practices in professional selling with a primary context in business selling
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Colorado State University's Online Professional MBA will teach you all the major functional areas of business.
Colorado State University's Online Professional MBA is a 42-credit program offered entirely online that will teach you all the major functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, information systems, leadership and human resources, supply chain, strategy, and marketing.
You also can spend 7-10 days on our optional international business study trip as an elective – meeting with business leaders, learning international business culture, and becoming acclimated to environments different from your own.
Our program will help you build broad business skills under a rigorous AACSB-accredited curriculum while learning in an interactive, welcoming environment.
Program at a Glance
||21 months (five semesters) or up to five years
||August, October, January, March, May
||42 (36 core, 6 elective)
Here are some examples of common schedules. Once you're enrolled, our advising team can help you develop a schedule that fits your career path.
Business Systems and Processes
Quantitative Business Analysis
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Leadership and Teams
Managing Human Capital
Business Economics for the World Market
Supply Chain Management
Financial Principles and Practice
Financial Markets and Investments
Marketing Strategy and Planning
Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues
Program Total Credits:
Contemporary Issues: Business
Contemporary Issues: Grad Tutorials
Contemporary Issues: Info Systems
Contemporary Issues: Accounting
Contemporary Issues: Global Enterprise
Contemporary Issues: Finance
Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business
Business Data Visualization
Information Technology and Project Management
Business Database Systems
Advanced IT Project Management
Agile Management and Product Development
Information Technology Management
Options and Futures
Corporate Risk Management
Fundamentals of International Finance
Fundamentals of Bond Markets
Fundamentals of Firm Valuation
Fundamentals of Personal Finance
Qualitative Marketing Research Methods
Quantitative Marketing Research Methods
Strategic Selling for Business Customers
Services Marketing Management
Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance
A minimum of 42 credits are required to complete this program.
1Select from the Directed Electives list in consultation with advisor. Electives may be used to include a certificate.
This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change, and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors.
Every student is different. Your tuition and fees will reflect your student type and academic path.
We do our best to give you accurate estimates, but please email Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the most precise information about your cost of attendance.
Amounts displayed are intended as an estimate only, and should not be used for billing purposes.
Estimated 2015-2016 Tuition and Fees
Online Professional MBA, 42 credits
Full time (typically 9 credits per semester)
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Part time (typically 6 credits per semester)
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1. Tuition is charged at $918 per credit hour.
2. Tuition estimates may change based on the number of credits you take each semester.
3. Program tuition estimates account for a projected annual increase and fewer credits in summer.
How We Calculate Tuition and Fees
Residency status is not a factor in determining online, distance, or off-campus tuition rates.
Charges will vary, depending on the student’s actual registration, demographics, and course of study. Additional University fees also may apply.
CSU reserves the right to change tuition rates without notice. Tuition rates – based on academic years – are subject to increase on an annual basis and subject to Board of Governor approval. All prices refer to U.S. currency.
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When you're ready to apply to the College of Business Online Professional MBA, we're here to help. We want your application process to be smooth and successful, so please reach out to us.
Online Professional MBA applicants generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:1
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A minimum of four years of professional work experience
- Satisfactory GMAT/GRE scores or waiver2
- International applicants: Internet-based3 TOEFL score of 86 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or a PTE score of 58 or higher
1. While we encourage our students to meet the minimum criteria, failure to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas, as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.
2. The average GMAT score of our students is 531. Test scores must be no more than five years old. You may request a waiver to the GMAT or GRE if you have eight or more years of full-time professional experience that show a progression in responsibility (or military experience at an officer's rank) and at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in accredited undergraduate work (3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits is acceptable), or have completed a graduate degree.
3. Other testing formats may be accepted. Please contact us for information.
For August start dates:
July 1 for all applicants
For October start dates:
Sept. 1 for all applicants
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Dec. 1 for all applicants
For March start dates:
Feb. 1 for all applicants
For May start dates:
April 1 for all applicants
Please be aware that financial aid deadlines
may occur before
the application for admission deadlines.
The time it takes to complete the application process mostly depends on how long it takes you to gather your materials. Completing your portion quickly will allow us to give you a decision sooner. The information below should help you with the application process, but please contact us if you have any questions.
We accept applications for five start dates: August, October, January, March, and May. We strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline, but submit the application well in advance. Admissions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.
- Submit CSU Graduate School Application online
- Visit gradadmissions.colostate.edu/apply to start your application.
- Under "Select an application type," choose the term that you are applying to.
- Under "Program," choose Business Administration (M.B.A.)–Distance.
- Request/upload application materials directly to your online application and then submit.
As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations, scores, or transcripts to move your application forward.
- Official transcripts
Original and official transcripts must be received from each institution you attended, including the institution from which you received your degree. Institutions may mail or email transcripts directly to the address below. If you already have sealed, official copies of your transcripts, you may mail those directly to us. (Student copies are not accepted.)
International applicants: You must submit one set of official transcripts and a degree statement with a certified translation into English from each college or university attended, or notarized/certified copies if you can't get originals. Documents must show courses and final examinations taken, marks received for each year, and degree or diploma received. These must be mailed to us.
Mail transcripts to:
Colorado State University, Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
- Academic performance explanation (if GPA is below 3.0)
If your most recent degree (undergraduate or graduate) cumulative GPA is below 3.0, explain the circumstances relating to your past academic performance on your online application.
- Three professional recommendations
Recommendations provide insight into your skills and expertise in the professional environment and areas where a graduate degree can help you improve. Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide your recommenders' information on the online application. CSU will contact them and give them a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
- GMAT or GRE or waiver petition form
Take the GMAT or GRE and have scores sent electronically to Colorado State University directly from the testing service (school code 4075). Or, if you qualify and want to petition for a GMAT or GRE waiver, complete the waiver form, which will be available after you submit your online application. See eligibility section for more information.
- English language proficiency test (if needed)
International applicants must complete the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE if the official language of your country is not English or if you did not earn your undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S.-accredited institution. Test scores must be submitted directly to Colorado State University (school code 4075) from the testing centers. See eligibility section for more information.
- Statement of purpose
statement of purpose is a one-page letter addressing 1) why you chose our program, 2) what you hope to do with the knowledge and skills you would learn, and 3) what value you and your background would bring to the program. You will upload this document to your online application.
- Current résumé
Describe the responsibilities of your professional experience and what you accomplished while in those positions; show the length of time for each position (including the month and year). International applicants, please provide the city, state, and country for your employment and academic history. You will upload this document to your online application.
- Pay the application fee
Use a credit card to pay your application fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $70 for international applicants).
- Submit the online applicant data sheet
Use your CSU ID number to complete and submit the College of Business applicant data sheet. After you submit your application online, you will receive a CSU ID number in approximately two to three days, unless you already have one (alumni and current students).
- Check your status
We know you are eager to hear about your application status, so you can check it any time to make sure your application is complete or to keep an eye on updates. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is complete.
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