Business Administration (MBA)

Fast Facts

Credit Hours: 36
Tuition: $22,788
Estimated Completion: 18 months

Offered both on site and online.

“The Gainey School of Business at Spring Arbor University is unique to any other college I’ve experienced. The business curriculum is centrally focused on ethics, leadership and practical business strategies to solve problems and promote growth within all stakeholders of an organization.” – Sherri Best, MBA

SAU’s Master of Business Administration program meets the needs of both employers and busy adult learners by offering convenient and affordable classes. With more than nine in 10 employers looking to hire recent MBA graduates in 2015, there will never be a better time than now to pursue your MBA.

Practical, Flexible, Relevant

You live and work in a fast-paced environment. You spend much of your time multi-tasking. Taking a “time out” for graduate-level education and development isn’t an option. Your MBA can be received by taking classes one night a week in either a hybrid or entirely online format. The hybrid approach is designed for professionals interested in connecting face-to-face with peers and professors for the duration of the program. Face-to-face meetings are augmented by a web-based learning system to intentionally create a community of learners utilizing the latest instructional technology.

The online approach is designed for busy professionals comfortable with the online environment and motivated to learn in an entirely online community. Your unique desire to strengthen your business skills within an ethical and authentic learning community complemented with our expertise in education will provide you with a distinctive advantage. At the core of our MBA program is a passion to transform our students into people of wisdom, which is achieved when you are pushed beyond knowledge acquisition into knowledge application. Together with fellow online learners from diverse backgrounds, you will develop expert skills in critical thinking, ethical reasoning, analytical problem solving, effective communication and decision making. You will then be challenged to apply what you’ve learned in the real world.

The Gainey School of Business programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Tailored concentrations

The finance concentration

Offered as an 18-month online concentration, this program delivers fundamental knowledge of theory with a focus on situational application. One popular career outcome for those with an MBA in finance is financial management. Financial managers oversee the financial transactions of companies. This includes procedures, budgets, cash management and investments, as well as raising capital and managing mergers and acquisitions.

The Healthcare Administration concentration

For business professionals who want to get into the Health Care and pharmaceutical industry, Spring Arbor University offers an 18-month online MBA in Health Care administration. You will learn to address the complexities and trends in the Health Care industry by focusing on contemporary issues in Health Care administration, policy, economics, quality and strategy of Health Care management.

The Human Resource Management concentration

This concentration will give you advanced skills to effectively lead an organization’s human resources department and develop talent within the organization. This includes a detailed understanding of organizational behaviors, and how to enhance group and team performance and promote workplace learning and development.

The Management concentration

We recognize leadership as a call to service. To this end, our online MBA in management program is focused on teaching you to lead your organization into the future with integrity. While our MBA in management addresses finance, accounting, organizational development and human resource topics, it addresses them from the perspective of a manager.

The Organizational Development concentration

With an MBA in organizational development, you will learn how to increase your organization’s effectiveness and efficiency, and implement effective change initiatives with a strong foundation of understanding, predicting and influencing individual and group behavior. It’s an insightful degree program in that it teaches you to apply social and psychological principles in the work context to positively influence individuals, groups and organizations.

The Strategic Leadership concentration

At Spring Arbor University, we believe there are several “right” answers to the problems organizations face. It is when we become too focused on our own point of view that we limit the growth possibility within our team, department and company. To this end, our online MBA in strategic leadership will teach you to challenge the status quo and encourage divergent, innovative points of view.


Our 36-credit MBA program is an accelerated program, and our multidisciplinary approach to computer-mediated experiential learning allows you to earn your MBA in approximately 18 months.

Locations and Start Dates

The Master of Business Administration is offered at several extension sites across Michigan and online. Click on the location nearest you to see when the next cohort is scheduled to begin.

No Pre-Requisites to Begin

There are no pre-requisites to begin the MBA Program. Students will need to meet the admission standard to begin courses.

Admission Requirements

The following are requirements for admission into the MBA program. Admission must be approved prior to being considered for financial aid. Admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An overall 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework
  • An official transcript from the institution granting the bachelor’s degree
  • At least two recommendations from professional/academic individuals
  • A completed application. (Application deadline for spring starts is February 20, 2015.)
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  • Approval by the MBA Admission Committee

Application materials that are not provided online or by email may be sent to:

Spring Arbor University
106 E. Main St.
Station 4
Spring Arbor, MI 49283

If you have questions or want to meet with an admissions representative, call 800.968.0011.

Transfer Credit

The MBA Program does not accept any transfer credit toward the 36 credit hours for the degree.

International Students

International students have other application criteria that must be met. Learn more about application requirements for international students.

Tuition and Fees

Fees for special materials may be required for some courses. Payment of tuition and fees is due three weeks before classes start. All fees are non-refundable.

2015-16 rates

  • MBA Courses, 36 credits: $633 per credit (campus-based and online)
  • Application Fee: $30
  • Registration Fee (per semester): $40
  • Technology Fee (per semester): $105 (Full-time), $53 (Part-time)

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