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EIU Master of Business Administration

About the Program

All MBA classes offered by Eastern Illinois University are taught by School of Business full-time Graduate Faculty who are doctorally qualified and research and/or professionally active.

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: Accounting, Applied Management, Research Option, GIS (see Courses-Degree Options); each adds five courses to the six core courses and provides varying levels of customization to meet student career needs. 

The program is designed to be flexible and meet student needs while delivering a quality experience. Four modes of delivery are available: (1) in-person in Charleston, (2) in-person in Champaign at Parkland College, (3) Online (tuition differential applies to online classes), or (4) combining courses from the different locations and delivery modes above. We offer "rolling" admissions, allowing students to begin in Fall, Spring, or Summer terms, and students can complete their program of study on a part-time or full-time basis.

  • Full-time students can complete the program in three or four semesters, consecutive or not. This requires completing 3-4 classes in each Fall and Spring semester and 2-3 classes in the Summer semester(s).
  • Part-time students take one or two classes per semester, and are allowed up to six consecutive years to complete the program, with an exception for military service. Most part-time students finish the program in 2-3 years.


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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. 

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 urban location serves the needs of adult professionals with 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 with their remaining classes at Parkland, Charleston, or online, depending on their career interests, electives selected, and the timing of the rotation of courses at Parkland. Accountancy Concentration students should anticipate completing four ACC classes in Charleston. GIS Option students will complete select non-MBA GIS classes online.


Eastern's MBA Online is a part-time, asynchronous*, six-consecutive-semester program offered 100% online that follows the Applied Management Option curriculum. Its students complete nine required courses and two MBA electives. For more information about the Online MBA program, please see that program's web-site and details


*Eastern's MBA online courses are designed with activity deadlines, but do not require "live" synchronous classes that meet at a specified time. There are specified exam windows of time announced in each course for specific days and hours, typically held on evenings between 5 - 9 pm CST, or during weekend hours as determined by each professor. Faculty may offer live office-hour appointments via audio or video, or conduct voluntary live class sessions, but most course materials will be pre-recorded by the faculty member instructing the course, with videos, reading materials, discussion boards, and assignments provided weekly on the D2L learning management system.

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MBA Program School of Business

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

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