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EIU Master of Business Administration

About the Program

All MBA classes offered by Eastern Illinois University are taught by full-time, doctoral qualified faculty from EIU's School of Business that apply and are peer-evaluated to serve as Graduate Faculty based on their engagement in research activities and qualifications to educate graduate students. 

In total, there are 11 courses (33 credit hours) in the EIU MBA program.  Six core courses are completed by all EIU MBA students.  Four concentrations or options are currently offered (see Courses-Degree Options), each with five courses, providing varying levels of customization to meet your career needs. 

The program is designed to meet a variety of needs with a quality experience.  We offer "rolling" admissions in Charleston and at Parkland, allowing students to begin the program in Fall, Spring, or Summer terms. This includes flexibility to choose the speed that you wish to complete the program, as well as the flexibility in choosing the best location to fit your needs.


The MBA program at Eastern Illinois University is designed so that students can complete their program of study on a part-time or full-time basis.  The tentative schedule of course offerings will give you an idea of when the classes are offered at Eastern and Parkland.

  • Full-time students can complete the program in 4 semesters, consecutive or not.  This requires completing 3 classes in each Fall and Spring semester and 2 classes in the Summer semester.
  • Part-time students can take one or two classes per semester. Students are allowed up to six consecutive years to complete the program as per the EIU Graduate Catalog, with an exception for military service. Most part-time students currently finish the program in 2 to 2 1/2 years.
  • Accelerated full-time students can complete the program in twelve-calendar months with 4 classes in Fall and Spring semesters, and 3 classes in the Summer semester.


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Charleston (EIU's Main Campus):

Lumpkin Hall on Eastern Illinois University's campus in Charleston, IL is the home of the MBA program. This state-of-the-art facility offers the latest computer technology in classrooms and computer labs, including wireless internet access, extensive software, and electronic communication capabilities. Face-to-Face and a few hybrid (51% or more face-to-face, 49% or less online) classes offered at Eastern's campus in Charleston start at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m, Monday through Thursday. In Charleston, we offer all of our options and concentrations, including a Dual Degree opportunity with Sustainable Energy. 

Champaign (Classes held at Parkland College):

The modern campus of Parkland College in Champaign, IL serves as an off-campus site for Eastern's MBA program. This major urban location serves the needs of adult professionals with the flexibility of a fully-accredited program for students needing part-time study.Face-to-Face and hybrid classes available in Champaign at Parkland College begin at 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m, Monday through Thursday.  At this location, students can expect to complete the MBA core and between two and five of their remaining classes at Parkland, Charleston, or online, depending on their career interests when selecting electives and the timing of the rotation of courses at Parkland.  Students in the Accountancy Concentration should anticipate completing the 4 ACC classes in Charleston.  GIS Option students will find the non-MBA classes available on-line in a planned rotation. 


Our MBA Online is a part-time, asynchronous*, six consecutive semester program offered 100% online after an on-campus one and half day session at the beginning of the program.  At this time, only the Applied Management Option is available in this format.  Students will choose two electives from four that are offered to Online MBA students. The kick-off event is scheduled for April 29-30, 2016 in Charleston, with online classes beginning May 16, 2016. For more information about the Online MBA program, please see that program's web-site and details


*Our MBA Online program courses are designed with activity deadlines, but do not require "live" synchronous classes that meet at a specified time each week.  There will be specified exam windows that will be announced in each course for specific days and hours, typically held in evenings between 5 - 9 pm CST, or during weekend hours as determined by each professor. Faculty may offer live office hour appointments via Skype, and possibly conduct voluntary class sessions in a live format.  However, most course material will be taped lectures by the faculty instructing the course, videos, reading materials, discussion boards and the like will be available for you to view and consume with the flexibility to do so as you prefer.

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MBA Program School of Business

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

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