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Baker College is the collaboration of what used to be Muskegon College, founded in 1888, and Baker Business University, founded in 1911. In 1965, these two colleges were combined under the management of a single group, led by Robert Jewell of Muskegon.

Since the joining of the institutions, the college has grown to become the largest independent college in the state of Michigan and currently offers over 150 programs, has 17 campuses and one virtual learning site, and serves over 43,000 students.

The Center for Graduate Studies opened in 1994 in Flint, Michigan. This was the College’s first graduate studies program, and opened up a new range of higher education objectives. The Center earned accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education in 2001 and from the Higher Learning Commission in 2007.


Currently, master’s degrees are offered in the following fields:

  • Business Administration
  • Psychology
  • Information Systems
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Educational Effectiveness

A doctorate degree is also available in Business Administration.

The Center for Graduate Studies offers degrees both on-site and online at the various campuses. Th administrative offices are on the Flint campus, and this is the hub of most graduate programs and events. Classes and some events are available online and at campuses throughout the network, including corporate sites throughout Michigan.

Classes are small so that students have the opportunity to build relationships with their professors and fellow students. Faculty are often experts in their respective industries and are expected to work with students to develop individual goals and career objectives.

Online students begin their college experience with a three-week orientation, which prepares them for beginning classes in the digital work area. Online participants don’t miss out on the benefits of a traditional classroom – they interact through online class discussion at least five days a week, keep up with reading, and stay in close contact with their professors.

Career Services

When you are ready, the Graduate Career Services program will help you find a fulfilling job and get started on your career. There are online resources specifically for graduate students that will help you in your job search. Brush up interview skills with sample questions and tips, or discover new job search websites and resume-building resources. Online, you’ll find a number of specific help tools, like "Develop a First-Class Cover Letter With a Resume,” and “Direct Market Yourself.” You can also extend your job search through campus with job fairs and postings specific to you as a graduate student.

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Interested students must use the online application for its graduate studies programs. You must complete the Graduate College Application Form online and submit a non-refundable $25 application fee. Additional materials vary by program, but in general, you will be asked to submit official transcripts from all previous colleges attended, scores from any relevant tests or assessments, letters of recommendation, resumes, and an admissions essay.

Potential applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree, have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and have at least three years of experience in full-time work.


Baker students enjoy hanging out at the student center, grabbing a quick snack at “Bits and Bytes,” and relaxing in the open courtyard. They also have access to an on-campus library, an auditorium, and the Career and Corporate Services Office. Classrooms are contemporary and incorporate useful teaching technology like video-enabled lectures.

There are also a number of state-of-the-art buildings on and off campus that students on the Flint Campus may enjoy. Participate in events and activities at the Flint Cultural Center, research projects in modern laboratories, and work out at the fitness center.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Additional School Information

Students have access to all campus library resources, including both on-site and online collections. The libraries, which are located throughout the school network, give students a number of resources to help them in their studies, including scholarly articles, books and e-books, audio-visual materials, and style guides. Students can also go online to find extended resources, search for different publications, or get help from library staff.

The SOLAR System is the online workplace for students and instructors. From here, you can manage your courses and stay up-to-date with class work. You can also link to the Online Bookstore, which makes it easy to buy course books and software.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,648 1.61
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 52 0.05
Forcible Rape 85 0.08
Robbery 607 0.59
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,628 3.54
Larceny 2,220 2.17
Vehicle theft 770 0.75

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6323rd for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Flint, MI 48507
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population33,099 (33,011 urban / 88 rural)
Households14,324 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,490
Families8,670 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2605

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3359th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,800 $10,800 $10,800
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $225 $225 $225
FT Graduate Tuition $12,960 $12,960 $12,960
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $405 $405 $405
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $12,600 $12,600 $12,600
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,600 $24,600 $24,600
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,400 $17,400 $17,400

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,080 $10,320 $10,080 $10,320 $10,080 $10,320
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,800(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 843rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $77,845 ($83,647 male / $57,742 female)
Number of FT Faculty 14 (8 male / 6 female)
Number of PT Faculty 546
FT Faculty Ratio 0.0 : 1
Total Benefits $327,237

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