Business Administration (MBA)

MBA students at Spring Arbor Univeristy

Fast Facts

Credit Hours: 36
Tuition Per Credit Hour: $665
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

Business professionals who strive for a purpose higher than profit maximization achieve greater results. From small-business entrepreneurs to corporate executives on Wall Street, the people who make the most profound differences are those who stand on principles of service and positively impact people and communities by their actions. Developed and delivered by the faculty of the Gainey School of Business, SAU provides a unique experience for students to consider how their purpose-driven contributions may help restore the dignity of the business profession in today’s organizations.

Suited to fit you, our 36-credit MBA offers concentrations in finance, management, organizational development, health care administration, human resources management or strategic leadership, and can be completed in 18 months. The accelerated MBA program is offered in a hybrid learning format. In the hybrid learning MBA model, regional campus students attend core curriculum classes one night a week at locations in Michigan and take concentration courses online. In the online learning model, the core curriculum and concentration courses are delivered entirely online. Students also have the opportunity to attend the International Business Summit, a four-day trip to New York City, one of the world’s leading financial centers.

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

Spreadsheets don’t just keep track of numbers — they tell a financial story. Tailored for professionals currently working in the financial industry, the finance concentration builds analytical and financial management skills.

The health care administration concentration

Managing health care requires special skills. The health care administration concentration focuses on the development of knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for leadership positions in the fastest growing industry in the U.S.

The human resource management concentration

Working with individuals requires training that differs from working with numbers. Study principles of organizational behavior to understand individual differences, group and team dynamics, strategy and culture of a firm.

The management concentration

For those looking for a classic MBA experience, the management concentration emphasizes skills in competitive strategy, evidence-based management, ethical leadership and organizational efficiency. These key concepts take students to the next level of bold, effective management.

The organizational development concentration

The organizational development concentration is for those looking to strengthen business by developing individuals, groups and organizational performance. Gain skills to diagnose organizational problems, propose solutions and implement planned change initiatives.

The strategic leadership concentration

Already working in management? The strategic leadership concentration bypasses general management requisite skills to help students think strategically about management, planning and leadership.


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.)
    • Resume
    • 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.

    2016-17 rates

    • MBA Courses, 36 credits: $665 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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