Central Michigan University, College of Graduate Studies
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Central Michigan University, College of Graduate Studies

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a doctoral research university and is among the 100 largest universities in the United States.

Founded in 1892, CMU has grown into a dynamic university with over 21,000 students on its main campus in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The University additionally operates a network of Learning Centers in more than 50 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and offers select programs online.

Students on campus may choose from over 300 academic programs. At the graduate level, CMU offers more than 70 master’s degree options, 12 doctoral programs, two specialist degrees, and over 20 graduate certificates. All programs are taught by accomplished faculty mentors who share a strong commitment to ensuring individual academic success.

CMU’s College of Business Administration
The College of Business Administration (CBA) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are professionally accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

At the undergraduate level, CMU is highly renowned for accounting, finance, and business consulting, and remains among the top five in the United States for the number of students studying marketing. At the graduate level, the university was one of the first to partner with SAP, and its premier graduate programs – including the MBA (with ten concentrations) and the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) – integrate SAP into the curriculum. Additionally, CBA runs a dynamic entrepreneurial center and works closely with large corporations and small businesses, providing highly valued, faculty led consulting services to real-world business partners. CMU is also highly respected for the MA in Economics, and alumni directly enter the marketplace or advance into prestigious doctoral degree programs throughout the United States.

CMU continuously develops new programs and modifies existing ones to ensure that students attain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s quickly changing and always challenging global environment. Business students develop close, professional relationships with accomplished faculty mentors, enhance professional business skills within an engaging and interactive academic environment, and gain valuable practical experience and integrated knowledge through the latest technologies and learning methods.


Pic: CMU Library.

CMU’s College of Graduate Studies
The College of Graduate Studies is deeply concerned with the well-being of all graduate students and with the quality and health of all graduate academic programs and services. With many student-focused services, graduate students at CMU feel especially welcomed and appreciated from the very first contact through to graduation and beyond.

The College of Graduate Studies also administers the Master of Science in Administration (MSA), which is an interdisciplinary degree program in administration with many areas of concentration. It was initially designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business but now want a career in administration. However, it accepts students from all academic backgrounds, including business.

The MSA at CMU is a phenomenally successful program with more than 4,500 students enrolled each year. Most are off-campus students who enroll online or at one of CMU’s 50+ off-campus centers that are located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. It’s also the largest on-campus program, and students select from many concentration areas, including Health Services Administration, Human Resources, Public Administration and International Administration, plus Leadership, Sport Administration and other concentration areas.

The following are some of the facilities and services that international students can take advantage of while studying at CMU  :

International Student Support
Page ImagPage ContentStudentsThe CMU Office of International Affairs (OIA) offers a variety of special services to international students and coordinates social and cultural activities to facilitate interaction with American students and local communities.

CMU’s English Language Institute (ELI)
International students who meet all undergraduate admission requirements except for English language proficiency are eligible to apply for ELI’s Bridge Program. This program helps students develop English language skills before registering for classes.

Graduate students who qualify for admission but do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements (usually 79 ibt TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS) may be granted Conditional Admission and can take ELI courses prior to full admission into their academic program.


Pic: CMU Graduation Day.

Cultural Exchange
International students who want to interact with the community can share meals with host families, celebrate holidays and visit local attractions.

Airport pickup
International students are given the option of airport pick-up to take them from the airport directly to their accommodation.

Medical Care
CMU has doctors and medical facilities on campus, and a full-service hospital and numerous health care facilities are available near campus.

Comfortable Campus Environment
Page ImageCMPage ContU’s 480-acre campus is accommodating, friendly and conveniently located in the heart of a classic American university town. Students feel comfortable and enjoy walking around campus, attending sporting events, concerts and theatrical productions, and visiting nearby shopping, dining and recreation facilities.

Learn more about CMU and connect with the College of Business Administration through the university’s Facebook and Twitter pages and YouTube channel.