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.


  • Available to complete entirely online
  • Macomb
  • Quad Cities


  • 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 Course Descriptions

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

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
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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. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in business from AACSB-International accredited institutions with cumulative undergraduate grade point averages of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) will not be required to take the GMAT exam.


The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, analytical, and writing skills. It’s an indicator of a student’s ability for academic success in graduate business studies. Most U.S. business schools use the test as criteria for MBA admissions. The test is delivered electronically at testing centers in major metropolitan areas of the U.S. Composite scores range from 200 to 800 points.

For all other applicants, a minimum GMAT score of 450 or better is highly recommended. Most applicants who are accepted into the MBA at WIU have GMAT scores above 500.

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

Quad Cities MBA Advising

QC Complex 1416J
Moline, IL 61265

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

Academic Advisor: Kenneth Wheeler

MBA - Costs & Financial Aid

View all current tuition, fees, and other costs.

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.