2022-23 Graduate Catalog 
    May 21, 2024  
2022-23 Graduate Catalog

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Castleton University's dynamic online MBA Program provides recent college graduates and working professionals with the opportunity to earn a rigorous graduate degree without interrupting their career progression.  The flexible and convenient online format allows students to participate in specially-designed courses taught by highly qualified faculty.

The online MBA program is an accelerated degree program.  Course modules with concentrated, focused content are six to eight weeks long. This means you can earn your MBA from Castleton University more rapidly than in a typical program.

This program is offered fully online, but one-on-one collaboration with professors is available at the request of the student.


The MBA program is designed to promote professional competence; leadership ability; analytical skills; an understanding of social, political and economic forces; and a strong sense of ethics and public purpose.  The program focuses on the development of leadership skills and enhanced knowledge in five areas of specialization: Accounting, Analytics, Healthcare Administration, Leading Organizational Change, and Media & Communication.

The MBA from Castleton University will help you accomplish your career objectives:

  • The MBA enhances your leadership skills by preparing you for upper management and improves your ability to motivate and to encourage teams to be more productive.
  • The MBA enhances your knowledge of vital concepts and practices allowing you to better evaluate data and calculate risks to make informed decisions.
  • Studies show that the most practical advantages of an MBA are that the degree can improve retention, promotion and salary growth.

Graduate Certificates

The MBA program offers graduate certificates in Accounting, Analytics, Healthcare Administration, Leading Organizational Change, and Media & Communication.  Certificates may be earned as part of the MBA program (by matriculated students) or as a standalone certificate (by nonmatriculated students, in which case the credits from the certificates may be applied towards the MBA degree at a future date should the student choose to matriculate at CU).

The coures requirements for the certificates are found here:

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the MBA program is based on a combination of the applicant's education, professional experience, and previous training.  Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0, or equivalent.  Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Applicants can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.  To apply, applicants should submit these documents to the Admissions Office:

Your application will be complete when the Admissions Office has received the following:

  • A completed application (online or paper) and non-refundable $40 application fee.
  • A candidate's statement (no more than two single-spaced pages) addressing the following questions:
  1. What are your career aspirations?
  2. How will an MBA from Castleton University help you accomplish your career objectives?
  3. How have your education and professional experiences thus far prepared you for graduate studies?
  • A current résumé.
  • Two current letters of recommendation from an advisor, employer, or faculty member addressing the applicant's scholarship and potential.  The letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the recommending individuals and can be submitted to: info@castleton.edu.
  • Official final transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work directly from the issuing institution to the Castleton Admissions Office.  Transcripts within the Vermont State Colleges System from 2003 forward can be obtained by the Castleton Admissions Office.

GMAT and GRE scores are not required.

If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

GPA Requirement

Applicants matriculated into the MBA program must maintain a 3.0 GPA.  An MBA student will be placed on academic probation if his/her GPA in any module falls below 3.0.  If placed on academic probation, the student must increase the cumulative GPA to 3.0 or above by the time the the student registers for the next module.  Failure to bring the GPA to 3.0 or higher in the next enrolled academic module will cause the student to be dismissed from the program.

MBA Coursework (36 cr):

To graduate with an MBA degree, a student must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average and complete the MBA core curriculum and a chosen concentration. 

And complete 1 of the following Concentrations (9 cr):

(Total credits required for the degree: 36)

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