Western Illinois University


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The College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University offers graduate work leading to the Master of Business Administration. Online MBA courses are offered by the School of Computer Sciences and the Departments of Management and Marketing, Economics and Decision Sciences, and Accounting and Finance. WIU’s MBA is available to business graduates and those from liberal arts, science, engineering, mathematics, and other backgrounds. Individual degree program requirements are based on program candidates’ previously completed coursework and can range between thirty-three and fifty-four semester hours.

Business School

The AACSB-International accredits Western’s College of Business and Technology in both business and accounting. This designates Western Illinois University as one of the best business schools in the world. Less than 33% of US business schools and less than 20% of business schools worldwide meet the AACSB International accreditation’s rigorous standards. Western’s online MBA has confirmed a commitment to continuous improvement and quality through a comprehensive peer-review process as a member institution. AACSB-International accreditation guarantees that Western’s distance MBA degree program is committed to offering student professionals the highest-quality education and experiences.

Online MBA Requirements

The online MBA program at Western Illinois University is available to graduate students with business and non-business backgrounds. Students with business degrees from an AACSB International accredited school may progress directly into online MBA courses depending on previous academic performance. Students without business degrees and those with degrees from non-AACSB International accredited institutions may need to take one or more background courses to ensure proper preparation for advanced study.

Benefits of this program include a diverse course delivery for on-campus and 100% online students. Graduate students can also take part in hybrid-Livestream coursework and daytime and evening courses that fit into active lifestyles. The business school’s attractive tuition rates can put an online MBA degree within reach. Students can also apply for internship and assistantship opportunities to combine work and education. Instructors within the business school hold doctoral and law degrees from over forty internationally recognized universities. Accessible professors pride themselves on active student mentoring. All MBA curriculum is uniform across different formats, allowing graduate students to take courses in more than one way during the program. The online MBA is perfect for those unable to attend on-campus classes. The online MBA courses feature no face-to-face requirements. WIU’s course delivery system is Western Online which utilizes the Desire2Learn (D2L) course management software system.

Application Requirements

Candidates for admission must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ minimum requirements for degree-seeking students. The director of the online MBA program and the MBA advisory committee review applications and approve applicants for admission based on previous GPA, GMAT score, and evidence of preparedness. Potential business students with five or more years of relevant, professional work experience may qualify for a GMAT waiver. Additional consideration will be made when an undergraduate GPA is below the required threshold.


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