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College of Management and Business Graduate Program

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The College of Management and Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development (MSHRMD), Master of Science in E-Commerce (MSEC), and Master of Science in Management (MSM). In the MBA and the MSM programs, students remain together in cluster groups as they move through the program. In addition, the MSHRMD is often offered to cohort groups requiring a specialized program that is customized to their needs. The strongest area of study is managerial leadership.

Thirty-three total credits are required to complete the MBA. Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resources Management
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Managerial Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Management

Required courses for the MSM include:

  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Leadership: Assessment and Reflection
  • Critical Thinking for the Manager
  • Ethical Practices of Leaders
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Organizational Design and Innovation

Required courses for the MSHRMD include:

  • Human Resource Planning
  • Advanced Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Strategic Training and Development
  • Employee Relations and the Law
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Total Compensation Systems
  • Labor and Management Relations
  • Current Issues in Human Resource Management

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements through previous course work.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 2 years; maximum, 10 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 3 to 4 years; maximum, 10 years.

In a recent year there were 29 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 85% held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average business class size is 16.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, critical thinking and writing skills test results, and letters of recommendation. A strong mathematics background is not required.

Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by liberal admissions policy advertising, information nights, and admissions counseling.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, critical thinking and writing skills test results, 3 letters of recommendation, and a professional resume. Students are notified as early as possible of the admissions decision. Check with the school for current application deadlines and fee.

Financial Aid

The GAPSFAS is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is approximately $535 per credit, or $16,020 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $995; personal expenses, $1880; and other fees, $40, for an estimated annual total of $18,935. Graduate student housing consists of very limited dorm space available in undergraduate housing on the Evanston campus only.


Ninety-four percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 90% have had full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Illinois (76%). Sixty-seven percent are women and 36% are minorities. The average age at entrance is 36; ages range from 22 to 61. About 29% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons. In a recent year, 196 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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