Degrees and Programs

Master of Business Administration

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Why Choose Business Administration?

An M.B.A. from Wright State University is an investment in your future that adds value to your career. Today's business environment is exploding with the change, from the expansion of global markets to new opportunities in emerging technology to managing innovation and leading teams. This program helps you to excel in this changing environment, with cutting-edge courses that prepare you to anticipate and manage for the future. Ideal for working professionals, the Wright State University—Lake Campus M.B.A. program allows you to complete your degree with convenient weekend classes at the Lake Campus in Celina, Ohio.

There are several concentrations to choose from. The management, innovation, and change concentration is offered entirely at Wright State University—Lake Campus. If you choose another concentration, you may have to take some courses at the Dayton Campus.

Cohort Starting Fall Semester 2023

The Raj Soin College of Business and the Lake Campus are currently formulating the sixteenth cohort of M.B.A. students at Wright State University—Lake Campus. The core courses are set to start in Fall 2023. Since students need to complete their foundation (prerequisite) courses prior to the start of the first core courses, interested students should not delay. The projected graduation date is Fall Semester 2025. This program offers online and in-class meetings which allow for schedule flexibility and close interaction between faculty and students, and the program’s cohort model facilitates close student interaction and shared insights from work and life experiences.


"Best Online M.B.A. Programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State's online M.B.A. degree program No. 175 among all M.B.A. programs in 2019. The online M.B.A. program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation. Students can compete the program at their pace and can customize the curriculum with online and face-to-face courses if they want. We also have one of the lowest tuition rates among AACSB-accredited schools in our geographic region.


The M.B.A. builds on your current experience to help you advance your career goals. Organizations and companies of all sizes from all industries require educated and skilled managers with a broad base of knowledge to achieve their goals. Choose from multiple concentrations to build on your current experience and help you get promoted.

Real-World Experience

We arm you with the knowledge and experiences you need to transition from student to professional. You will gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, service-learning opportunities, internships, and research projects.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Business Administration program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.

Spring 2022 through Spring 2025 Tentative Schedule of Classes (PDF)


Admission Requirements

  • A completed bachelor's degree
  • Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher receive full admission without the GMAT exam.  
  • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7- 2.99 are also admitted without the GMAT, but receive conditional admission status.  
  • Executives with 6 or more years of managerial work experience can petition to substitute work experience for the GMAT exam.

Admission Process

  • Applicants to the Wright State University—Lake Campus M.B.A. program should first email the Director of Graduate Studies Joseph Cavanaugh at to inform him of your interest.
  • Apply online and submit your $40 (domestic applicants) or $70 (international applicants) non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit all undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from all universities you have attended. 
  • Paper transcripts should be submitted to:
    • Wright State University
      Graduate School
      E344 Student Union
      3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
      Dayton, OH 45435
  • E-transcripts should be forwarded to  Please keep in mind that emails indicating an e-transcript is available for viewing must come directly from the university or the service providing the transcript.
  • Scanned or faxed copies of transcripts will not be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you provide me information about the foundation courses?

    M.B.A. foundation courses are now available online. Completion of the GMAT is encouraged but not required before registering for these classes. Once the university accepts your application you may register for the foundation courses. Please speak with your advisor prior to registration.

  • What are the benefits of a cohort model?

    Cohorts allow for close interaction between students and faculty and:

    • Provide networking opportunities between students and business professionals
    • Allow for insight from other student's work and life experiences
    • Provide a link between business and technology
    • Develop business relationships with fellow classmates
  • Am I required to take all of the prerequisite classes if I have a business background?

    Prerequisites may be waived if your previous coursework meets the requirements determined by graduate admissions.

  • Can I still work and attend classes?

    Lake Campus Cohort MBA students will take their online and in-class courses together. The schedule is designed for those working full-time with a mix of online courses and in-class courses. In-class courses meet at most one evening a week on a Monday-Thursday.

  • What if my bachelor’s degree is not in business?

    Prerequisites are built into the program, preparing non-business majors for more advanced graduate coursework.

  • Is the M.B.A. program accredited?

    Yes, Wright State University was one of the first AACSB International-accredited M.B.A .programs in the Dayton area. This Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.

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