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2021-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

100% Online MBA

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Graduate Catalog Addendum  

Program Delivery

With the Oakland University Online MBA program, you’ll learn from experts. Nearly all of Oakland University’s business faculty members are full-time professors, subject matter experts, and leading researchers in their respective fields. Leaders in the industry participate as part-time instructors, as well as guest lecturers and speakers who bring relevant real-world experience to augment your learning.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in The Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

 Application Term


 Fall Semester

 July 15

 Winter Semester

 November 15

 Summer Semester

 March 1

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

  1. University graduate application requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The GMAT or GRE scores must be five years or less at the time of the applicant’s intended enrollment at Oakland University.
  • Applicants applying to one of the graduate programs may request a waiver of the GMAT or GRE requirement if they meet one of the following criteria.
  • Earned a master’s degree or higher with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Has an acceptable score on the GRE, LSAT, or MCAT entrance exam
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 from an AACSB-accredited business school
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in any major with an overall GPA of at least 3.2 from a regionally accredited program
  • Completed a business-related certification such as CPA, CFA, CFP or FRM
  • Has at least 3 years of relevant professional work experience and an undergraduate overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • Has completed at least 3 years of service in the US armed services

    To request a waiver, applicants must submit a    form to Graduate School as part of the application packet

Admission review and assessment

Admission to the 100% Online MBA is selective. In making admission recommendations to the program, the department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their graduate records, their experience, and their recommendation forms.

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Program foundation requirements

Students admitted to the Master of Business Administration program must demonstrate proficiency or complete coursework in the following areas:

  • A college course in principles of microeconomics and a college course in principles of macroeconomics. Students without any college course in economics or with only one principles-level economics course may take ECN 5010 (Introduction to Economics) to meet the requirement. 
  • A college course in financial accounting
  • A recent college algebra course or mathematics at a higher level
  • A college course in calculus or a continuing education course in quantitative methods which included basic calculus

Students have the first year in their program to complete these foundation requirements.

Program requirements

The length of the MBA program varies from 36 to 48 credits (not including prerequisites), depending on the student’s prior preparation.

Electives (15 credits)

MBA candidates complete their program by selecting a minimum of 15 credits of MBA electives. Of these, one course must be an information technology elective and one must be an international business elective. The remaining 9 credits may be drawn from MBA elective courses offered by the School of Business Administration or from approved courses offered by other units of Oakland University. MBA electives are numbered 5000 and above for accounting and MIS electives and 6000 and above for all other areas. The only concentration available for Online MBA students is Human Resources Management.


  • Integrative Policy Course (3 credits)
    This capstone course that integrates knowledge from the program in the analysis of real-world cases is required of all MBA candidates.

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or better.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

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Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Oakland University Graduate School.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.