MBA Frequently Asked Questions
You can apply online at https://apps.cuchicago.edu/graduate/apply/
- Online Application (first step)
- Official Academic Transcripts (from each institution in which a degree has been conferred)
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Professional Resume
- Objective Statement (Part of Online Application or can be submitted separately)
The GMAT is not required for admission.
Applicants must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.85 or have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher.
Such applicants may receive provisional or probationary admission depending upon review of their file.
No, we recommend you first complete your online application. You may then submit all materials as you receive them.
Official Transcripts must be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
7400 Augusta St., Addison Hall 158
River Forest, IL 60305
Other materials can be mailed, faxed (708-209-3454) or emailed (Grad.Admission@CUChicago.edu).
Admissions will mail their final decision to you within two weeks of your file being complete.
You can start your MBA in the Spring (January), Summer (May) or Fall (August). The full-time, Comprehensive program begins only in the Fall term. All applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
We ask that you complete a Course Registration Form. This is the final step to complete your admissions file.
Email the College of Business at COB@CUChicago.edu
We ask that our candidates have 12 hours of prerequisite credit at the undergraduate or graduate level in a discipline appropriate to the MBA program (i.e. any business, finance, economics courses). If an applicant does not have these credits, however, Admissions will review work experience. If work experience relates to the major emphasis of the selected program, Admissions will waive such pre-requisites.
Coursework completed as an undergraduate does not count towards MBA credits. Graduate coursework from another institution will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by our Graduate Admissions staff. Such coursework must have been completed within a ten year time frame and reflect a grade of B or better. Transcripts and course descriptions are required for review.
All university undergraduate and graduate degree programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Business is also a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and a candidate for the additional specialized accreditation by ACBSP.
- Full-Time On Campus:* Tue/Wed/Thurs 8:00am-10:45am; during one term students also meet Tues/Wed/Thurs 11:30AM-12:45PM
- Part-Time On Campus:* Wednesday evenings 6:00pm-9:45pm. (Part-time students will have one Saturday class during the course of the program, which meets in the morning.)
- Part-Time Online: Assignments and discussions are completed on your own time.
* Whereas the majority of classes are on campus, all concentrations courses are taken online.
On-campus classes meet at Concordia’s River Forest campus, located at 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL 60305. The campus is 10 miles west of downtown Chicago.
Our online professors are very involved with their students. We cap our enrollment for online courses to a smaller number of students. Our professors add additional resources (videos, presentation, articles, etc.) to reinforce topics covered in the textbook. The professor participates in group discussions. He/she will add additional thoughts and information when needed and/or recap the important concepts of the discussions. Our professors are willing and available to speak with students one-on-one to further discuss material or answer questions. Some of our professors also hold optional group conference calls or chat sessions.
You can complete the Comprehensive MBA in one year. Our specialized MBA programs can be completed in two years. And, the Accounting MBA can be completed in just under 3 years.
Concordia believes that an important aspect of your graduate learning experience is peer interaction. To promote interactive relationships, Concordia utilizes the “Cohort Model.” Cohorts consist of classmates who proceed through the MBA program in the same sequence as a group, either on campus or online. As a member of a cohort, you will quickly discover the benefits of sharing ideas and experiences. Students complete their coursework with an enhanced feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Tuition & Financial Aid:
MBA courses are $699 per credit hour. Most courses are three credits. There are 39 total credit hours required to complete the MBA program. (The Accounting concentration includes 54 credit hours.) Please Note: Fees are subject to change.
There is a technology fee of $10 per credit hour and students pay for their own textbooks.
Payment is due before the start of each course.
Yes. A financial aid advisor will be happy to discuss your options and review the process. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid via 708-209-3113 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, there are no University scholarships available for MBA students. Students are sometimes able to obtain scholarships from an outside party.
Graduate assistantships are available for the academic year. The assistantship begins in the Fall and ends in the Spring semester. Applications are available in April and can be obtained through the Graduate Admissions Office.
In addition to the above admission requirements, International applicants must provide:
- Proof of English Language Proficiency
- International students who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution in the USA are exempt.
- You may submit either a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 72-73 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center and a qualified recommendation from an ELS program director.
- Declaration of Finances
- Transcript Evaluation
Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. Concordia accepts evaluations from WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).
No. Financial aid is only available to US citizens.
Funds may come from any dependable sources including: scholarships, sponsors, or family savings accounts. All funds must be documented by banks, the sponsors or the school before the I-20 form can be issued.
You will need to obtain an F-1 Student Visa from the American Consulate in your country.
Student Services can assist you. Please email Magdalena.Adamowska@CUChicago.edu or call 708-209-3005.
Graduate Admissions at Grad.Admission@CUChicago.edu.