Our Master of Business Administration degree program prepares you for positions of executive leadership. With a general management focus we have designed a program for students with business undergraduate degrees, but it prepares you equally as well if you have earned a degree in a field outside business.

The Governors State University MBA makes you competitive in today's demanding job market. With drive, determination and discipline you will be on your way to advancing your career and earning more money with the knowledge and skills you gained in the program.

 Governors State University offers online and on-campus MBA options for students in either a part-time or full-time option. 

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  • Supplemental Application Requirements

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    In addition to completing a university application for admission, paying the application fee, and submitting all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions, applicants must also submit the following documents listed below to the College of Business as part of their application package:

    In addition to university admission requirements, applicants must submit the following documents as part of their application package:

    1. a GMAT or GRE score from tests administered within five years of the date of admission*;
    2. two confidential letters of recommendation from professional references (e.g., current or former college faculty member, current or former work supervisor, community leader);
    3. a current resume.
    4. A two-page, double-spaced statement of intent. The statement of intent offers applicants an additional opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills and supports candidacy for the MBA degree.
      Please address the following questions:
    • What are your personal short- and long-term career goals?
    • What are your reasons for pursuing an MBA degree at this time?
    • How do you plan to commit to starting and completing an MBA program? In this response indicate your preference for the online or face-to-face program. If online is selected, also address your feelings and experience in working with others in an online setting.
    • Please discuss your level of self-discipline, planning, and organizational skills and impact on family, work, or finances.
    • Please give specific personal examples of leadership and provide other pertinent information to help the committee select candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program.

    *The GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants who meet one of the following:

    1. a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher for the last 60 hours, from a regionally accredited college or university, or
    2. a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; or
    3. meet the requirement for Guaranteed Admission to the MBA (GAMBA) program for GSU undergraduate students including:
      1. having completed 12 hours (4 courses) in core business courses (ECON-3404; FIN-3110; MIS-3101; MGMT-3400; MGMT-3500; or BUS-3700) at GSU with a minimum of 3.25 from those business courses taken at GSU; and
      2. having or maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher in last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree.

        Current undergraduate students may only apply for GAMBA if they have met requirement (a) and completed at least 90 hours of their undergraduate degree program with at least an overall GPA of 3.25. Approved GAMBA students may waive the letters of recommendation special admission requirement.

    Items may be submitted separately; however, the application will not be considered for admission by the College of Business Graduate Admission Committee until all items have been received.

    The supplemental documents listed above should be sent to:

    College of Business Graduate Admissions Committee
    Governors State University
    1 University Parkway, G281
    University Park, IL 60484
    -OR-
    You may also send these as attachments to rwilliams2@govst.edu via email

    View College of Business Graduate Admission Checklist  

  • Foundation Courses

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    Prerequisite Competencies of grade “B” or higher required
    Students will be expected to show evidence of completion of appropriate course work in the following areas:
    1. Calculus (MATH 2281; Or MATH 2109 and BUS 2200)
    2. Written communications

    Foundation Courses* (9 Hours) Grade “B”or higher required

    • ECON 6100 Foundations of Economics (3) (Equivalent: ECON 2301 and ECON 2302)
    • ACCT 6100 Foundations of Accounting (3) (Equivalent: ACCT2110 and ACCT2111)
    • MGMT 6700 Foundations of Managerial Statistics (3) (Equivalent: MATH 2100 and BUS 3700)

    * Foundation courses may be waived on a course-by-course basis with appropriate academic preparation.
    Generally, students with an undergraduate degree in business completed within five years prior to application from a nationally or regionally accredited school, with a grade of “B” or higher have satisfied most of these requirements. Undergraduate equivalent courses that may be used to satisfy each required foundation course are noted. 

  • MBA Curriculum

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    Degree Requirements
    I. Professional Development Seminars
    Professional Development is a 2-semester seminar series designed to improve the interpersonal and professional skills of MBA students. Active participation in these seminars will enhance students' marketability and success on the job. Students are required to take these two seminar courses in the first two semesters of their MBA program. These seminars are offered via Continuing Education unit and separate registration fees apply.

    CE 7101 Professional Development Seminar I
    CE 7102 Professional Development Seminar II

    II. Required Courses (24 Hours)
    ACCT 7101 Strategic Management Accounting (3)
    ECON 7500 Managerial Economics and Forecasting (3)
    FIN 7101 Financial Management (3)
    MGMT 7400 Operations Management: Strategies and Techniques (3)
    MGMT 7500 Organizational Behavior in the Global Context (3)
    MGMT 7600 International Business (3)
    MKTG 7100 Strategic Marketing (3)
    MIS 7101 Information Systems and Technology (3)

    III. Career Selectives or Specialization (9 Hours)
    A student has three options: (1) select a specialization from among those listed below; (2) select nine hours from any College of Business courses numbered 7000 or above; or (3) select nine hours of a group of specific courses to customize a specialization.
    Specialization Options in Catalog:
    1. Business Analytics
    2. Finance
    3. Leadership
    4. Supply Chain Management
    5. Custom Specialization

    IV. Master's Final Project (3 Hours)
    MGMT 8900 Strategic Management in the Global Context (3)

    Total - 36 Hours (Graduate Core) and 9 hours (Graduate Foundation)

    Students must meet all university requirements and the collegial graduation requirements for a master's degree.

    Students will be required to take a standardized assessment test as a part of their capstone course to complete their degree. A fee of $35.00 will be charged at the time of registration for the course.

  • Career Selectives or Specialization

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    A student has two options: (1) select a specialization from among those listed below; or (2) select nine hours of a group of specific courses to customize a specialization.

  • Business Analytics Specialization

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    The business analytics specialization enables you to leverage the power of big data to gain actionable insights and improve decision making.  

    Choose three of the following courses (9 hours):

    BUS 7101 Business Analytics Tools and Applications (3)

    BUS 8101 Predictive Analytics (3)

    MIS 7401 Database Development and Implementation (3)

  • Finance Specialization

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    The finance specialization prepares you for the challenges of leadership positions in business, government and industry as they relate to the functional areas of finance. 

    Choose three of the following courses (9 hours):
    FIN 7501 Investments (3)
    FIN 8101 Advanced Financial Management (3)
    FIN 8350 International Finance (3)
    FIN 8501 Derivatives (3)

  • Leadership Specialization

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    The leadership specialization prepares you for leading groups, teams, and organizations to meet individual and organizational goals.

    Choose three of the following courses (9 hours):

    MGMT 7200 Problems in Business Ethics (3)

    MGMT 7320 Strategic Human Resource Development (3)

    MGMT 8500 Leadership Dynamics (3)

    MGMT 8550 Managing Change and Innovation in Complex Organizations (3)

  • Supply Chain Management Specialization

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    The supply chain management specialization assists you in identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources an organization requires to meet its strategic goals.

    Complete 9 Hours (3 courses):
    MGMT 8400 Global Supply Chain Management (3)
    MGMT 8410 Logistices, Transportation, and Warehouse Management (3)

    Select One of the Following Courses:
    MGMT 8440 Project Management (3)
    MGMT 8420 Decision Models in Supply Chain Management (3)
    MGMT 8430 Strategic Procurement and Materials Management (3)

  • Custom Specialization

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    This customized specialization allows you maximum flexibility to put together a set of courses to best meet your needs as an organizational leader.

    Select Your Own Courses (9 hours):

    Select 9 hours from any College of Business courses 7000 level or above from Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing. Please consult your Academic Advisor for guidance on creating a custom specialization.