Quad Cities Campus

Master of Business Administration


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Through its high-quality Master of Business Administration degree program, Western Illinois University–Quad Cities prepares people for socially responsible leadership and managerial roles in an interdependent, multicultural, and diverse business world. With full accreditation by AACSB International, Western’s College of Business and Technology ranks among the top 15% of business schools nationwide.

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 graduate committee will review applications and approve candidates for admission based primarily on undergraduate GPA and GMAT score. Applicants should include a résumé and a goals statement with their application. Both the résumé and goals statement may be uploaded into (and submitted with) the online application to the Graduate School. If you choose not to submit these documents with the application, they should be sent directly to the Graduate School.

Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in business from AACSB-International 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.

MBA Degree Program

The MBA degree program at Western Illinois University is open to business graduates and those in liberal arts, engineering, mathematics, science, and other fields. Individual degree program requirements are based on previously completed coursework and may range from 33 to 54 semester hours (sh).

Foundation Courses (21 sh) provide a solid background in the traditional business disciplines for those students who do not have satisfactory academic preparation in these areas. Successful MBA students need this base of theoretical and practical knowledge in financial and managerial accounting, macro and micro economic theory, statistics, management, marketing, finance, and information systems.

Focus Area Courses (21 sh) develop functional and technical knowledge, analytical skills, and interpersonal relations necessary in the business world. Students will complete core courses from a financial perspective, global perspective, improving competitiveness and planning perspective, context and conduct of organizations, and functional areas. A capstone course, Strategic Management, supplies the framework for connecting the specific business disciplines.

Concentration Courses and Electives (12 sh) allow the MBA student attending at the WIU-Quad Cities campus to develop a specialization in a field of their choice. Current concentrations available at the Quad Cities campus are Management, Accounting, and Supply Chain Management. These concentrations provide MBA students attending in the Quad Cities with maximum flexibility and the ability to pursue specific professional goals.

An MBA Program Designed for the Quad Cities

Students in the MBA program at the Quad Cities campus experience many key benefits:

  • Course content that prepares Quad Cities MBA students for careers in both the Quad Cities area and around the world
  • Convenient evening and weekend course schedules that fit busy lifestyles
  • The new, state-of-the-art Riverfront campus near downtown Moline
  • The only AACSB-accredited MBA program permanently based in the Quad Cities
  • Affordable tuition rates that can put a quality, AACSB-accredited MBA within reach of students in the Quad Cities
  • Small classes (less than 25 students per class) taught by highly qualified, full-time faculty provide opportunities for building personal relationships with professors and mentors for assistance and professional development


The new Riverfront campus is now home to the Quad Cities MBA program, in addition to undergraduate classes in business and technology, engineering, human services, and arts and sciences. Our first state-of-the-art, 40,000 square foot building features high-tech classrooms; computing and engineering laboratories; student services; the U.S. Bank Writing Center; a Library annex; and the Goldfarb Grand Atrium where students, faculty, staff, and visitors can collaborate, study, learn, and interact with a scenic vista of the Mississippi River.

WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus

Faculty Expertise

College of Business and Technology faculty are student-oriented and believe the most important learning comes from close interaction and exchange of ideas between student and professor. Classroom lectures are supplemented with a wide variety of activities focusing on current issues. MBA students gain an understanding of the social responsibility of business and develop skills using quantitative, technical, and theoretical approaches to business problem solving.

Many of Western’s business faculty members have practical experience and advise business and government agencies. Professors hold doctoral or law degrees from more than 40 internationally recognized universities. Their academic, professional, practical, and research backgrounds, as well as their continuing involvement in business and community problem solving, enhance the classroom experience.

Chris Sauerbrei

“My MBA experience at WIU-QC provided me the opportunity to learn from professors with an outstanding educational background and the necessary real-world experience to prepare students to be successful in the classroom and beyond. I have developed a real friendship with many of the professors whom I still call on for advice.”

Chris Sauerbrei, CPM, 2006
Strategic Supply Management Specialist,
Agricultural Equipment Division, John Deere


Western’s MBA has earned accreditation in both business and accounting by the AACSB International, designating Western Illinois University as among the best business schools in the world. Less than one-third of U.S. business schools and only 15% of business schools worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International accreditation. As a member institution, Western’s MBA has confirmed a commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review process. AACSB International accreditation ensures that Western’s MBA degree program is committed to providing the highest-calibre education and experiences for our student professionals.

Career Opportunities

After completion of the MBA, many exciting careers are available. The College of Business and Technology works with an active placement office. AT&T, BP Amoco, Caterpillar, Edward Jones, IBM, John Deere, Kraft Foods, and State Farm Insurance are just a few of the companies and corporations which employ Western’s MBA graduates.

Contact Information

For admissions process and general program information, contact Admissions, Western Illinois University–Quad Cities, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265, (309) 762-1495, WIU-QC-Admissions@wiu.edu, wiu.edu/qc

For specific program questions, contact Dr. Jim Patterson, Interim Assistant Dean, (309) 762-9481, qcmba@wiu.edu or Mr. Kenny Wheeler, Quad Cities MBA Advisor, (309) 762-1988, kw-wheeler@wiu.edu, Western Illinois University–Quad Cities, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265.