Register for Open House ButtonDriven by mission, business leaders must possess a skillset greater than foundational business knowledge—in-demand professions require proficiency in leadership, creative problem-solving, and strategic thinking. Governors State’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) equips students with skills to manage organizations and increase profitability. Advanced studies in business allow students to seamlessly enter global markets prepared to lead and innovate.

Our AACSB-accredited College of Business has structured a curriculum that will provide you the knowledge needed to be productive in a general manager role in any business organization. You will gain sought after capability in critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, operations management, and international business. The flexibility afforded by earning your degree online, greatly benefits career and home life demands of many graduate students.

Reach Your Career Goals

Your career will be real evidence of your coursework in Returns on Investment (ROIs): students earning MBA degrees can expect increased earnings by up to 79 percent over their pre-MBA salaries.

Open the door to thriving career opportunities in positions such as a General Manager in a variety of industries and sectors. Graduates of GSU’s MBA programs work in a range of industries, such as financial service, manufacturing, nonprofit, and government, and they’re employed by top companies, including MB Financial Bank, Coca-Cola, GC America, and JB Hunt, among others.

Why get an MBA?

With an MBA from Governors State—ranked #19 in the 2024' Guide to 37 Best Value Online MBA Programs—you’ll possess the necessary specialized skills to immediately impact the management of business enterprises. You will develop a network of contact that will aid your career success, understand how to gain access to key resources, and acquire the management skills you need to effectively supervise an organization’s business operations and advance its profitability. 

As of 2019, the national average salary of a General Manager is $71,315–depending on industry, section, and business function ( Chicago's average salary for a General Manager is $75,231.

Delivery Format

Achieve your MBA in as little as 18 months. Governors State’s 36-credit hour MBA is offered in a fully online or hybrid format. Enroll full-time to jumpstart your career or part-time for added flexibility.

5-Year MBA

GovStates’s 5-Year MBA Admission Track is designed for the motivated and hard-working undergraduate students who want to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration degree in 5 years. Current undergraduate GSU students may be eligible for admission into the 5-Year Master of Business Administration (MBA) admission track. Admitted students will earn their Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree within 4-years of admission into the university as a freshman (or 2-years after transferring as a junior) and their MBA after a 5th year of coursework.  


Adam Shorter III

What the MBA does is give you a broader perspective. It helped me understand my potential once I got into the program. I wanted to be a leader—that’s what led me to Governors State. Once I got into it, GSU forced me to think bigger and broader. At the time I was content being a middle manager or director. Now, I want to be a CEO or take over a Fortune 100 or 500 company.

Adam Shorter III, MBA Student Class of 2004

John Simon

With a background in engineering and management sciences, I find business to be a rich area in terms of challenges as well as opportunities for making a difference. Continuous learning is essential to a manager’s career, and often models and analysis provide insight for those improvements. The GSU MBA offers a broad understanding of the issues and strategies, as well as a rigorous focus on analytical approaches. This provides a balance that serves students well in their understanding as well as in their ability to implement new concepts and processes in response to unique opportunities and challenges at work. The program offers specializations in leadership, finance, business analytics and supply chain management, and emerging jobs and the potential for growth make these specializations very valuable.

Dr. John Simon, Associate Professor of Business

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