Cast on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the US, Northern Michigan University’s College of Business is a leading choice for Asian students seeking international business credentials. Top accreditation, convenient class scheduling and a central US location combine to make this university internationally attractive.
The MBA is Northern Michigan University’s most sought-after graduate degree, and has been so for more than two and a half decades. Recent innovations and interdisciplinary developments in its course structuring have boosted its popularity.
In today’s competitive marketplace, holding a diverse set of skills sets and credentials boosts graduate marketability. Through the Momentum MBA program, students can earn an undergraduate degree of their choosing, then add a business minor and a Master’s in Business Administration – all in only six years.
Part of the allure for Asian students is the College of Business’ international networks. You’ll have the chance to enroll in specialty courses and seminars that specifically address international interest and concerns. These include courses in International Marketing and International Financial Management, as well as an International Business Seminar. The university has also arranged study abroad partnerships with business schools in Canada, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal.
The College of Business offers a comprehensive selection of bachelor’s degree programs, all of which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 15 percent of business schools around the world enjoy AACSB accreditation.
At the undergraduate level, students can pursue degrees in Accounting, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Entrepreneurship, Risk Management, Marketing and Management, among others. There is also a specialty degree in Ski Area Business Management.
A selection of associate degrees and certifications are also offered at NMU. However, the most prestigious courses are at the master’s level.
Master of Business Administration
The leading course offering in the College of Business is the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking and analytical skills – i.e. the skills needed to make important and profitable decisions. Upon graduating, they go on to assume middle- and senior-management positions.
Guest lecturers and visiting business practitioners supplement the standard classroom instruction. This is a comprehensive, rigorously structured program that can be completed on a part- or full-time basis. In either event, all of the classes are conducted in the evening.
There are several built-in perks in the MBA program. For example, full-time students receive a notebook computer as part of their standard tuition package. That said, tuition and fees are highly competitive on a national scale, and graduates are able to regroup their academic investment faster than many of their peers.
Students’ campus experience depends a great deal on whether they are enrolled on a full- or part-time basis. For the most part, students from Asia who are studying at NMU take a full roster of classes and have every opportunity to become involved in campus life.
Across the board, roughly 30 percent of the students attending NMU live on campus. With so many people converging in one place, there is plenty going virtually every day of the week. There are roughly 300 student-run clubs and associations in operation, some of which cater specifically to international and Asian students. One of the most popular clubs currently available is the Superior Edge leadership program, which is a multicultural group of several thousand students who work together on common causes.
Staying in student housing is also a good way to network into the campus. NMU residence halls pioneered green building and design in this part of the country, and the campus has been recognized by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Rather than living in large dormitories, students are grouped into campus ‘houses’ of around 40 residents. Four students share a two-bedroom suite and, and regularly scheduled house events and initiatives foster a greater sense of community.