Master of Business Administration - St. Cloud

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Graduate Catalog: MBA

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Herberger Business School

Graduate Director:
Ms. Gretchen Huwe

Program Overview

The St. Cloud State University MBA program is targeted to meet the needs of people working full-time and attending classes part-time, as well students attending classes on a full-time basis.  

  • Classes are held in Centennial Hall on the St. Cloud campus.
  • Students who select this program must complete their degree by attending classes at the St. Cloud MBA site.
  • Students admitted to the MBA degree program must demonstrate competency in the following areas: financial accounting, managerial accounting, financial management, management information system, business statistics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics prior to enrolling in associated to Phase II coursework. Most often, the competencies are demonstrated through successful completion of coursework. The MBA director often in conjunction with faculty from the related disciplines, will evaluate prior coursework necessary to successfully complete the Phase I requirements.
  • Class sizes are small allowing for quality student-faculty interaction
  • Typically MBA classes meet one night each week for eight consecutive weeks to complete a three-credit class; there are no weekend classes
  • The courses are scheduled to allow for employment responsibilities, vacations and holidays. We believe our students will be most successful if they have balance in the scholarly, work and personal aspects of their lives.

Concentrations Available

  • Economics Concentration
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems Concentration

Mission Statement

The Herberger Business School develops and delivers a quality undergraduate and graduate business education through the collaboration of an involved community of students, faculty, staff, business professionals, and other stakeholders. We focus on student learning of content and competencies, maintain a commitment to scholarly activity, and contribute to the educational and economic vitality of those we serve.

Accreditation Specific to the Program

AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Profession

The Herberger MBA delivers the management skills, technical understanding and global perspective that are needed to succeed in a rapidly changing business world. The program features:

  • A curriculum that combines business theory with hands-on application.
  • All classes are taught by terminally-degreed faculty (Ph.D. or JD degrees) or professionally qualified faculty members.
  • An innovative schedule that permits part-time students to earn an AACSB International-accredited degree in as little as six semesters.


Statistics show that an MBA degree provides a significant advantage to an individual in terms of income earning potential.


The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program offered by the Herberger Business School is designed to prepare the student for a professional career in business administration. Upon successful completion of the MBA degree program, students are expected to be able to:

  • Write competently in multiple business settings.
  • Make effective formal business presentation.
  • Participate effectively in group discussions.
  • Prepare written solution to business cases using multidisciplinary knowledge.
  • Recognize ethical problems and present defensible ethical solutions.
  • Apply global perspectives to business solutions.
  • Describe leadership tools learned during the MBA program. 

Admission Information 

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission consideration to the Master of Business Administration program.

  • The MBA program requires a minimum GMAT score of 470 be posted for an applicant's admission packet to be reviewed by the program.
  • The MBA program may consider acceptance of expired GMAT scores. A determination is made by the MBA director.
  • If an applicant holds a master-level degree the program may consider the GRE in lieu of the GMAT.  A determination is made by the MBA director.
  • If an applicant has been unconditionally accepted into a different master's degree at SCSU and is electing to change his/her graduate program, a GRE may be considered in lieu of the GMAT.
  • The GMAT may be waived for applicants who hold a terminal degree such as a EdD, PhD, JD, MD, and DVM.  A determination is made by the MBA director.
  • Substitution of any graduate entrance examination for the GMAT is subject to approval of the MBA director and the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis as each completed application is received.
  • Admission is competitive. Selection is based on an evaluation of all criteria presented by an individual applicant.
  • Above average performance on one criterion does not necessarily make up for below average performance on another criterion. 

International students

  • The MBA program will consider applicants seeking a language admission who provide a strong academic profile including submission of GMAT scores.

  • Due to the advanced level of scholarship, the MBA program does not consider applicants seeking a conditional language admission.

  • International students on F-1 and J-1 visas are not eligible for part-time academic programs sponsored by St. Cloud State University due to immigration regulations.
  • This would include the part-time MBA part-time program hosted in Maple Grove, MN.
  • International students can enroll in the full-time MBA program hosted on campus in St. Cloud, MN. 

Length of Program — Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
  • The program has been designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students.
  • The MBA program offers half-semester courses that allow part-time students to complete two courses per semester, while attending class just one night a week.
  • Limited summer offerings provide an opportunity for part-time students to finish their degree in 26 months. 

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters for students attending the St. Cloud based MBA program.
  • Assistantship duties vary widely, according to college and department needs. They may involve assisting professors with courses, conducting library research, or tutoring.