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Oakland University - School of Business Administration

Oakland University - School of Business Administration

Oakland University - School of Business Administration


The School of Business Administration at Oakland University is your gateway to a thriving career in business. Whether you've always envisioned a future in the business world or are just beginning to explore your interests, our school offers comprehensive programs that cater to your aspirations. From bachelor's and master's degrees to certificate programs, we provide the educational foundation needed to achieve your goals. Our distinguished faculty, dedicated advising services, and strategic partnerships with thriving global organizations in our proximity create an environment where Oakland University business students can access extensive professional resources and support. We prioritize a small student-to-faculty ratio, ensuring personalized attention for each student.

Our focus on experiential learning and connection to a vast alumni network further enhances your preparation for a successful and rewarding career. The Oakland University School of Business Administration holds elite AACSB-International accreditation in business which is only held by 5% of business schools worldwide and also holds the supplemental accreditation in accounting, held by 194 schools worldwide. The school is consistently recognized by Princeton Review Best Business Schools, U.S. News & World Report, CEO Magazine, and more as a top business school. Choose Oakland University for an education that goes beyond the ordinary, preparing you with vital career advantages that will set you apart in today's competitive business landscape.

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Business Administration is to provide a high-quality education with experiential learning and global understanding opportunities to develop successful business professionals and leaders. It fosters an environment for impactful research and active community engagement.

Our Vision

Aspire to become the business school of choice for high-achieving students and employers of Southeast Michigan and beyond. Seek national and international recognition alongside peer institutions in terms of research and quality of our programs. Utilize location advantage to be the regional choice for prominent business and community partners.

Campus Features

  • 1,443 acres of wooded hills and meadows
  • More than 50 major buildings
  • Six co-ed residence halls, two student apartment complexes, and four Greek cottages
  • State-of-the-art recreation center and athletic dome.
  • Home to OU Art Gallery, Meadow Brook Hall, Meadow Brook Theatre, and Meadow Brook Amphitheatre


    The graduate admission policy of Oakland University is selective, and the process is competitive. Applicants for graduate admission must present evidence that they have had the necessary academic preparation to enable them to pursue the graduate program for which they are applying.

    • Online Application for Admission to Oakland University Graduate School.
    • Official transcripts are required from all post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned a degree (beginning with first baccalaureate) and all enrollment in graduate-level course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.

    International university transcripts (educational credentials) must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. Oakland University will only accept transcript evaluations completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Service) member organization.

    Three-Year Baccalaureate Degree

    Applicants with a three-year baccalaureate degree from an institution outside of the U.S. are welcome provided: 1) they have been awarded the degree at the time of application; 2) the degree would qualify them for admission to an academic graduate program in the country in which it was earned; and 3) their degree evaluation must include a course-by-course (or detailed) transcript evaluation rather than the general transcript evaluation.

    General Document-By-Document Evaluation

    A general document-by-document evaluation contains a description of your credentials, including name, year awarded, name of institution attended, and major field of study. It also provides the U.S. equivalent for each credential. Not permitted for 3-year baccalaureate degrees.

    Course-By-Course Transcript Evaluation (Preferred)

    Graduate programs requiring more detailed information will require an applicant to submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation. A course-by-course transcript evaluation details all post-secondary subjects with the corresponding values expressed in terms of U.S. equivalent course grade, semester units, and credit units for each subject

    Since official transcripts must be submitted to the evaluation service, official foreign transcripts will not be required by Oakland University

    • Two official and original Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms.

    (Note: Some programs require more than two recommendation forms. Refer to the program application requirements listed below for the total number of recommendations and specific requirements for the recommendations.)

    • Proof of English language proficiency

    International supplemental application and supporting documentation must be submitted before international applicants can be issued the Certification of Eligibility (I-20). This certificate is required to apply for a student visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate.

    Graduate Admission Deadlines and Review

    After the application is received in the Graduate Admissions Office, it is entered into the university student system, and an admission file is established. Thereafter, academic credentials are confirmed for eligibility and the requisite documents for general admission and the intended program are reviewed for completeness. Completed admission files are shared with the intended program for admission review. Admission deadlines vary by program. Applicants are advised to confirm the admission deadline for the intended program of study in this catalog.

    International applications are reviewed for fall, winter, and summer semester admission. To ensure adequate time for review and issuing I-20s, international applications must be completed at least six months before the desired date of intended enrollment to the University. All international application materials must be submitted by

    • May 1 for fall admission
    • September 1 for winter admission
    • January 1 for summer admission.

    Scholarships and Funding

    Invested in student success. Thanks to the support of generous alums and partners, the Oakland business school is pleased to be able to award more than 40 scholarships, totaling over $100,000, to business students across all majors each year. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

    It’s easy to apply with one online application to be considered for all Oakland University scholarships. This application will match students to the scholarships for which they may be qualified. Scholarship criteria and requirements vary and could include a short essay or letter of recommendation.


    The Oakland University School of Business Administration surged 42 spots this year in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings for Best Online MBA Programs, climbing from #197 in 2023 to #155 in 2024.

    U.S. News & World Report is widely recognized for its comprehensive and influential annual rankings, making the Oakland University School of Business Administration's ascent a momentous accomplishment in the competitive landscape of Online MBA programs. U.S. News evaluated schools in the Online MBA rankings based on a variety of factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, services, and technologies.


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