Master of Business Administration (MBA)


The Herberger Business School MBA program attracts students committed to bettering themselves and the business world. You will graduate not just knowing about business but embodying and practicing what it takes to be an effective leader within your professional role. 

Admission to our graduate program is competitive. Visit Graduate Admissions for admissions requirements. Note that 3-5 years of professional work experience is expected for cohort program applicants.

Application Requirements

Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

2.75 undergraduate GPA

No GMAT required

 *Students who have below a 2.75 GPA may still be considered for admission. A holistic review of the application and required documentation will be completed. Upon review, an interview with the MBA Program Director may be requested.

Application Deadlines

Program Application Deadline and Start Information
100% Online 

Rolling application; 6 starts per year - 2 Fall, 2 Spring, 2 Summer

Please Note: This fully online program does not provide eligibility for a student visa.

St. Cloud Campus

Fall Semester Start 

  • Domestic and U.S.-Based International Students - August 15
  • International Students - June 15

Spring Semester Start 

  • Domestic and U.S.-Based International Students – December 15
  • International Students - October 15

Please Note: All international students attending St. Cloud State University under F-1 student status are required to be enrolled in a full-time course load to maintain their F-1 student status. The part-time program does not provide eligibility for an F-1 Visa.


Application Tips

  • Attend an information session.
  • Complete your application in multiple sessions using your user ID and password. You can also log in to check if specific application materials have been received.
  • Pay the nonrefundable $88 application fee online through a credit card, or mail a check to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Please fully answer the two short-answer questions in the application.  These are important to fully consider you as an applicant:
    • As a graduate student, what are you looking to learn/gain from the program?
    • As a graduate student, what will you be able to contribute to the program and your fellow students?
  • Find scholarship and loan information through Graduate Admissions.

Application Checklist

To complete your application you will need:

  • Fully completed graduate school application
  • Transcripts
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three references

International Students

  • English proficiency exam results
  • International transcript evaluations
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Application Process Timeline

A fully completed and submitted application is typically processed in 10 business days.

  • The School of Graduate Studies receives a completed application and reviews it with program admission requirements
  • After review, an admission decision is reported within the School of Graduate Studies.  Graduate Studies may consult with the MBA program office if necessary
  • The School of Graduate Studies sends applicants the official admission decision via email.
  • Newly admitted MBA students receive a welcome and next steps email from the MBA Program.
AACSB Accreditation

The Herberger Business School MBA is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AASCB International), the world’s leading business-school accrediting agency.

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