College of Business & Technology

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WIU's Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The College of Business and Technology offers graduate work leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA). MBA courses are offered by the Departments of Management and Marketing; Accounting and Finance; Economics and Decision Sciences; and the School of Computer Sciences. The WIU MBA is open to business graduates and those in liberal arts, engineering, mathematics, science, and other fields. Individual degree program requirement are based on previously completed coursework and may range between 33 and 54 semester hours.

The mission of the MBA program at Western Illinois University is to prepare individuals for leadership and socially responsible managerial roles in an interdependent, multicultural, and diverse business world.

Diverse class delivery options for everyone

  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Hybrid/Blended 1-Year Program (Management Emphasis)

NEW! - Hybrid MBA • Summer 2015

Hybrid MBA is designed for the lifestyle and career needs of working professionals and those who are unable to commit to the on-campus option. This configuration blends online classes with face-to-face class meetings to deliver an attractive and efficient educational experience. Students get the best of both worlds with the flexibility of online courses combined with the personal attention and interactivity of face-to-face delivery. With approximately 75% of the instruction offered online, students are only required to attend face-to-face classes about 25% of the time. Eleven classes are offered in a blended format (mostly online with some on-campus meetings at the Quad-Cities Campus). This program can be completed in one calendar year. Each semester consists of 2 hybrid classes that meet during the first eight weeks of the semester, and 2 hybrid classes that meet during the second eight weeks of the semester. The remaining 3 classes are offered during the summer sessions. New MBA students who desire to complete the program in twelve months should enter the program either in the August Term or the Fall Term. However, all MBA students are welcome to enroll in any hybrid format courses.

Model Hybrid Schedule
1st Summer Semester
  • Economics (ECON) 538
Fall Semester
  • 1st 8 weeks: Marketing (MKTG) 576 & Management (MGT) 520
  • 2nd 8 weeks: Finance (FIN) 565 & Decision Sciences (DS) 533
Spring Semester
  • 1st 8 weeks: Information Systems (IS) 524 & Accounting (ACCT) 547
  • 2nd 8 weeks: Supply Chain Management (SCM) 531 & Human Resource Management (HRM) 532
2nd Summer Semester
  • Management (MGT 590)


  • AACSB Accredited: WIU’s College of Business and Technology ranks among the top 25 percent of business schools in the world.
  • Integrated MBA - A Bachelor's Degree & MBA in 5 years
  • Accessible faculty that pride themselves on student mentoring
  • Average class size of 16
  • Advanced technology in computer labs and classrooms
  • Individual academic advising
  • Internship opportunities
  • On-campus presentations by industry leaders
  • Faculty with doctoral and law degrees from more than 40 internationally recognized universities

Full-time, doctoral qualified faculty enrich learning

  • Student oriented interaction and advanced dialog
  • Interactive classroom discussions based on current events
  • Quantitative, technical, and theoretical approaches to business problem solving
  • Diverse academic, professional, and research backgrounds

MBA Alumni Job Titles

  • Attorney
  • Bank Operations Specialist
  • Buyer/Planner
  • Consumer Loan Representative
  • Customer Supply Chain Analyst
  • Distribution Quality Specialist
  • Executive Director
  • General Manager
  • Internal Auditor
  • Inventory Supply Chain Manager
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Marketing Communications Strategist
  • Membership Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Outreach and Enrollment Specialist
  • Plant Analyst
  • Production Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • SAP Consultant
  • Senior Budget & Finance Analyst
  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Senior Underwriter
  • Staff Accountant
  • Vice President
  • Warehouse Manager
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Employers of MBA Alumni

  • AIG
  • Caterpillar Logistics Inc.
  • Cobham Missions Systems
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors
  • CONTAX Inc.
  • Dohrn Transfer Co.
  • Ecogistics Inc.
  • FBI
  • First Bankers Trust Co.
  • GL Solutions
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Gray Hunter Stenn LLP
  • Growmark
  • Hauk & Owens, LLC
  • Illinois Office of the Auditor General
  • Intercon Cartage, Inc.
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • LGB & Associates
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • McGladrey LLP
  • MillerCoors
  • Moss Adams LLP
  • Nestle Purina North America
  • Northwestern University
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP)
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Sign Palace
  • State Bank of Lincoln
  • State Farm
  • Steelcase
  • 3M
  • University of Ottawa

MBA Course Descriptions

Please refer to the graduate catalog for detailed program information and complete course requirements and descriptions.

MBA Core Courses

Accountancy (ACCT) 547 Corporate Financial Reporting and Analysis

An analysis of corporate financial reports and other disclosures, with emphasis on how this information can be used for making investment and credit decisions. This course will also consider the impact of accounting choice decisions on financial reporting and analysis.

Business and Technology (BAT) 611 MBA Outcomes

Requires each MBA student to demonstrate her/his performance on selected learning goals for the MBA program.

Decision Sciences (DS) 533 Applied Business forecasting and Planning

A survey of the basic forecasting methods and techniques essential for modern managers. Topics include moving average and decomposition techniques, ARIMA processes, regression techniques, and technological methods such as Delphi and S-curves.

Economics (ECON) 538 Economics for Managers

The application of relevant theories and methods from microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor, international economics, and regulatory economics to managerial decision making in profit and nonprofit organizations. Topics include market structure, production and cost, foreign exchange and international trade, and public policy toward business.

Finance (FIN) 565 Financial Management: Theory and Practice

An advanced course in corporate financial management intended to provide a conceptual framework for analyzing the major types of decisions made by financial executives. Topics dealing with the acquisition and administration of corporate capital will be discussed in an applied setting stressing their relevance to practical problems in financial management. Case studies and team written reports are used to provide students with an opportunity to apply known concepts and principles to realistic situations.

Information Systems (IS) 524 Corporate Information Systems

A survey of information systems in organizations including their role, associated technologies, functionality, development, impacts, and management.

Management (MGT) 540 Applied Business Research

A general outline of the methods of conducting research in business, including research design, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results. The emphasis is on the methodology of conducting applied business research.

Marketing (MKTG) 576 Decision Making for Global Markets

Integrative analysis and study of ethical marketing decision making strategies of industries and organizations in the international/global environment. All topics emphasize an integrative approach of world class marketing planning with organizational structure to optimally serve customer needs and expectations at home and abroad.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must meet the minimum requirements of the School of Graduate Studies for degree-seeking students. The director of the MBA program and the MBA advisory committee will review applications and approve candidates for admission based on undergraduate GPA, GMAT score, and other evidence of preparedness. MBA Students enrolled in the fall of 2014 had an average cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.34 and an average GMAT score of 525.

Applicants who meet one of the following criteria will be automatically admitted:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a GMAT score of at least 500; or
  • Completion of the WIU post-baccalaureate certificate in business administration with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a GMAT score of at least 500.

Applicants who meet one of the following criteria will have the GMAT requirement waived and be automatically admitted:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.6 in an AACSB accredited Bachelor's Degree (business discipline); or
  • Completion of the WIU post-baccalaureate certificate in business administration with a graduate GPA of at least 3.5.

Applicants not meeting the criteria for automatic admission should submit, along with their application, a current resume and an essay detailing the petitioner’s educational goals, work experience, and any extenuating circumstances affecting any deficiencies in past academic performance.

Applicants not meeting the criteria above may be eligible for admission into our Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs.


The purpose of the GMAT requirement is to assess the readiness of the applicant for the level of rigor in the MBA program, particularly in quantitative areas. While the GMAT is the preferred standard, GRE scores of at least 150 in both the quantitative and verbal sections will be accepted in lieu of GMAT scores. Exceptions to the GMAT/GRE requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Qualified applicants may petition the MBA Director for a waiver. These petitions must include a current resume and evidence of:

  • A graduate degree in a relevant field or at least five years of relevant professional experience with increasing responsibility, and
  • Strong verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills as substantiated by graduate transcripts, professional certifications, or other qualifications
GMAT Test Preparation

Improve your chances of gaining admission to the MBA program of your choice with a proven curriculum and resources. Our comprehensive GMAT exam prep course covers each area of this challenging exam: mathematics, reading comprehension, grammar, critical reasoning, and essay writing. Reinforce your skills with practice on real GMAT questions and exam simulations and benefit from the tips and strategies offered by our experienced GMAT instructor, Bill Jorgesen, BSIE, MBA.

Visit the Executive Studies Center website for information on the next available GMAT class. The Course Fee is $395 per person and includes a custom-designed workbook The Official Guide for GMAT Review. Online registration is available or contact Bill Jorgensen for alternative registration options.

  • Executive Studies Center:
    Bill Jorgesen, Director
    Phone: (309) 762-1588
    Fax: (309) 762-8980

Application Process

After submitting your application online, you will receive a confirmation from the WIU School of Graduate Studies. Upon admission, you will receive additional information from the College of Business and Technology.

US StudentsView application for admission information.

International Students – Contact the School of International Studies at for complete information about immigration requirements, I-20 forms, housing, and tuition.

During the application process, keep in mind, there is a separate application form for graduate assistantships which requires three letters of recommendation.

Application deadlines – If you are interested in starting your MBA in the Fall, it’s a good idea to have your online application and GMAT complete before July 1st. For Spring admissions, plan to have everything complete by December 1st.

College of Business & Technology (CBT)

Macomb MBA Advising

1 University Circle, Stipes Hall 101
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Phone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039

MBA Program Director & Advisor: William Polley

Program Secretary: Margie Carle

Online Information Request Form
Quad Cities MBA Advising

QC Complex 1416J
Moline, IL 61265

Phone: (309) 762-3999 Ext. 62327
Fax: (309) 298-1050

Academic Advisor: Kenneth Wheeler

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MBA - Costs & Financial Aid

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for MBA students in the form of Federal Loans, Federal Work Study, graduate assistantships, and various departmental scholarships. For mor information about financial aid for graduate students at WIU visit the Financial Aid Q & A for Graduate Students page.

Teacher Support Assistantships

A teacher support assistantship can help finance your graduate degree. Assistants work on-campus and receive a monthly stipend and a full tuition waiver. Assistantships are available through the MBA program (working with MBA faculty) and in other campus offices as well.

MBA Program - Assistantships

The MBA program assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis considering your undergraduate GPA, GMAT scores, and letters of recommendation. There are many qualified applicants and only a limited number of assistantships available. These assistants work specifically with business faculty in the College of Business and Technology.

Assistantships are considered 2/3 time (working 13 hours per week) and currently offer a stipend of $629 per month plus the tuition waiver. These are offered each semester, although generally a student is offered Fall/Spring assistantships in May for the next school year. Teacher Support Assistants can register for 9-12 semester hours of coursework. The assistantship does not waive University fees.

MBA students who complete an Application for Assistantship (available from the School of Graduate Studies) are automatically eligible for an MBA Program assistantship.