Central Michigan University

Introduction

Welcome to Central Michigan University, a nurturing institution that fosters the transformative power of advanced learning. From our roots as a teachers’ college, CMU has grown to offer nationally acclaimed programs in areas ranging from the health professions and engineering to business and communications.

Our student and faculty researchers help preserve the earth’s resources, discover new ways to treat diseases, advance innovative ways to improve teaching and learning methods, and much more.

Established in 1892, Central Michigan University is among the nation’s 100 largest public universities with more than 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and another 7,000 enrolled online and at 50 locations across North America. CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.

In addition, CMU has established the nation’s 137th College of Medicine to address a growing shortage of primary care physicians in Michigan. The inaugural class of 64 students began its studies in August 2013.

CMU is a university where students, faculty, staff and alumni learn to pursue excellence. To live with compassion. To be leaders. Check us out.

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University Mission, Vision and Values

University Vision Statement

"Central Michigan University, an inclusive community of scholars, is a national leader in higher education inspiring excellence and innovation."

-Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 6, 2012

Mission Statement

At Central Michigan University, we are a community committed to the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, discovery, and creativity. We provide student-centered education and foster personal and intellectual growth to prepare students for productive careers, meaningful lives, and responsible citizenship in a global society.

-Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 2, 2010

Core Values

To achieve our mission, we adhere to the core values of integrity, respect, compassion, inclusiveness, social responsibility, excellence and innovation.

-Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 2, 2010

Quick Facts

  • 26,902 total enrollment
  • 200+ academic programs
  • $361​ million scholarships and financial aid distributed yearly
  • 21:1 student to faculty ratio
  • #1 Online undergraduate programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • 150 CMU study abroad programs in more than 40 countries
  • Top 5 Safest universities in Michigan, according to stateuniversity.com
  • #3 Graduate education programs for teachers and administrators, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • 480 acres CMU’s main campus
  • 1 of the nation’s 100 largest public universities
  • #6 Best Online M.B.A. program in America
  • 137th U.S. College of Medicine
  • 7th in nation for number of students (536) participating in Alternative Break volunteer trips
  • $940 million CMU's impact on the Michigan economy
  • World Leader in SAP certification
  • 100 percent Job placement for physical therapy, speech-language pathology and audiology grads
  • #20 in Nation CMU's Apparel Merchandising and Design program among best U.S. fashion merchandising schools
  • #1 NFL Draft Pick 2013 — Fire Up Eric Fisher!
  • 1st neuroscience undergraduate degree program in Michigan. The program was also selected as the 2013 Undergraduate Program of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience.
  • Only Michigan university with an undergraduate degree in meteorology
  • Only Michigan university and one of two in the Midwest operating an island research station
  • Most teacher education alumni in Michigan
  • 70+ graduate degree programs at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels
  • #1 Michigan college TV station, 13 years in a row
  • 1st/Only recreation and event management major in Michigan

Careers at CMU

​Working at Central Michigan University means joining a family of faculty, staff and students who embrace lifelong learning, success for all students, and education, research, creative endeavors and volunteerism that contribute to the greater good of society.

We uphold a series of core values that were adopted by the CMU Board of Trustees in December 2010. Those are:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Inclusiveness
  • Social Responsibility
  • Excellence
  • Innovation

CMU employs about 2,600 full-time faculty and staff, about 725 temporary employees and about 5,700 students every year.

CMU is an AA/EO institution, providing equal opportunity to all persons, including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Master in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Mount Pleasant

Imagine working with Cotton, Incorporated on a 3D virtual selling space; or using a thermal manikin to help Lululemon evaluate the thermal properties of fabrics for potential use in their apparel; or examining Polartec fabrics on runners using infra-red thermography. [+]

Ask any of our students pursuing a master’s degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising about their day-to-day experiences in this two-year program. They’re sure to tell you about working on the cutting edge of fashion with a high-tech learning curve that makes all the difference. Through a creative and collaborative approach to the study of apparel and textiles, our primary goal is to introduce students to real-world apparel and design – from concept development to retail distribution using advanced knowledge and creativity in design, production, evaluation and technology. Imagine working with Cotton, Incorporated on a 3D virtual selling space; or using a thermal manikin to help Lululemon evaluate the thermal properties of fabrics for potential use in their apparel; or examining Polartec fabrics on runners using infra-red thermography. Graduates will be prepared for executive level positions in apparel and textile product design and development, CAD technology, industry research and development, as well as for careers in higher education and government. This program is also appropriate for those individuals seeking further graduate study at the Ph.D. level. The Dual-Degree Option allows undergraduate students to apply 9 -12 hours of graduate work toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Faculty research interests Apparel Design - medical, protective, sports, creative Body Scan Technology Textile Analysis E-Commerce, M-Commerce Neuromarketing Technologies in Retailing 20th Century Dress History Social Aspects of Dress Possible courses include Functional Apparel Design Global Apparel Supply Chain Management Apparel Product Development The Business and Design of European Fashion Apparel Retail Technology Experimental CAD for Apparel Admission Criteria for M.S. in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 semester hours in fashiom merchandising and design or a closely related area; equivalent work experience may be considered in place of semester hours. Submission of the CMU application form for admission to CMU Graduate Studies. Three letters of recommendation, including two from faculty. If it is not possible to obtain faculty references, references should be from professionals who can address your capacity to succeed as a graduate student. Specifically, letters should include information on the applicant’s: foundational background in fashion merchandising and design ability to succeed in this technologically advanced program written and verbal communication skills Official transcripts sent from each university attended (other than CMU). A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. A 2-4 page, typed, double-spaced essay that (Part I) describes how previous experiences and training have prepared and led the applicant to pursue a Master of Science degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology (APDMT) and (Part II) identifies likely professional goals and how graduate training can help accomplish these goals. (This statement replaces item #26 on the application.) $45 ($60 for international students) non-refundable application fee. If applying to the accelerated/dual degree program, applicants must also submit the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program Application. Graduate Assistantship Application for a Graduate Assistantship is optional. applicants applying for a graduate assistantship must complete and submit the Graduate Assistantship Application no later than March 15 for the upcoming academic year. Conditional Admission Per university policy, conditional admission may be considered for applicants with background or grade point average deficiencies. Undergraduate courses taken to make up admission deficiencies cannot be counted toward graduate degree requirements. Regular admission status should be requested upon completion of all deficiencies. Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis. However, early submission of application materials is strongly recommended. Once all of the application materials are received, please allow approximately six weeks for processing. [-]

Master of Science in Administration

Campus or Online September 2016 USA Mount Pleasant

The MSA degree is offered both on and off campus to over 3,000 students each year. The MSA degree is interdisciplinary in nature and has been in existence since 1975. In the last 30 years over [+]

Master of Science in Administration

 

The MSA degree is offered both on and off campus to over 3,000 students each year. The MSA degree is interdisciplinary in nature and has been in existence since 1975. In the last 30 years over 30,000 students have earned the MSA degree.

 

The MSA degree offers a great deal of flexibility since there are over twelve concentrations from which students can choose. (not all concentrations are available at each site.) The administrative core (about half of the course work) prepares students for administrative positions in a variety of organizational settings. The MSA student population includes both full-time and part-time student. Most classes are scheduled in the evenings and on the weekends to accommodate all students.... [-]


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Master of Arts in Broadcasting

Campus September 2016 USA Mount Pleasant

Whether you’re an industry professional seeking new skills or a recent undergraduate pursuing advanced study, the Master of Arts program in Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts [+]

Master of Arts in Broadcasting

 

Whether you’re an industry professional seeking new skills or a recent undergraduate pursuing advanced study, the Master of Arts program in Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts will serve your needs.Students can specialize in one of four concentrations:

Electronic media studies Electronic media management Electronic media production

The program helps students develop high-level professional expertise and analytical perspectives through a variety of learning experiences.Graduate classes are generally small, which provide opportunities for extensive interaction with graduate students and knowledgeable faculty. Many students also take advantage of multidisciplinary studies that include courses taken outside of the school, especially in the humanities and social sciences. One-on-one advising and personalized plans of study make the graduate program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts one of the best in the region.... [-]


Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 USA Mount Pleasant

The master's degree and graduate certificate program of study in Cultural Resource Management are designed to prepare professionals for careers in the growing field of cultural resource management. [+]

The master's degree and graduate certificate program of study in Cultural Resource Management are designed to prepare professionals for careers in the growing field of cultural resource management. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to help diverse communities discover, preserve and understand their cultural heritage. The program will prepare professionals to secure Federal Register status as historians, museum professionals and/or archaeologists. Professionals who work in Cultural Resource Management assist private and government entities in identifying cultural resources such as archaeological and historical sites, culturally or historically significant structures, and culturally significant locations or resources. ​Students in the CRM program will learn to assess such sites and resources and develop plans for their preservation, curation, and ethical use. Students will learn the disciplinary methods and federal guidelines and regulations governing this field. The Cultural Resource Management (CRM) program at Central Michigan University is an interdisciplinary graduate program designed to meet the growing needs of private businesses, educational institutions, and governmental agencies. The three primary fields of study within our CRM program are Anthropology, History, and Museum Studies. As a newly admitted graduate student, you would work closely with a faculty advisor from one of these three areas to design an academic program plan that meets your specific needs. The Master of Arts program takes about two years. Each student in the M.A. program is required to complete 36 graduate credits, satisfy an internship or fieldwork capstone experience requirement, and pass a comprehensive examination on laws and ethics relevant to cultural resource management. Required Courses Theory and Research in Archaeology Cultural Resource Management in Archaeology Public History Graduate Research International Cultural Laws and Ethics Museum Management Internship or Fieldwork Capstone Experience Thesis or Creative Endeavor in Museum Studies Approved Electives Students work closely with faculty advisors to carefully select the appropriate electives from a variety of approved courses. Students may take courses from a variety of disciplines, including: Anthropology Museum Studies History Educational Leadership Geography Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Svcs Business Law Political Science / Public Admin. Marketing plus other fields of interest The Graduate Certificate program takes about one year and consists of 18-21 credits. Required courses include: Theory and Research in Archaeology; Cultural Resource Management in Archaeology; Public History; International Cultural Laws and Ethics; Museum Management; and an Internship or Fieldwork Capstone Experience. Students must also pass a comprehensive examination on laws and ethics relevant to cultural resource management. Admission Requirements Admission to the M.A. in CRM program is competitive. To be considered for regular admission into the program, each candidate for admission must submit the following materials: evidence of an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher; evidence of at least 18 hours of undergrate course work in anthropology, history, museum studies, or other cognate fields; a Statement of Purpose in the form of an essay (two or three pages, double-spaced) which includes a discussion of professional goals, how applicant’s background will lead to success in the program, and how the program will assist the applicant in achieving her or his goals; three letters of recommendation from former professors or professionals in a field related to CRM that attest to the applicant’s potential to succeed in the program; evidence of English proficiency - for students from outside the U.S. for whom English is not the first language (TOEFL 79 ibt; IELTS 6.5; Pearson’s 53; MELAB 77; etc.). Students may transfer up to 9 graduate credits in consultation with a CRM program advisor. Conditional admission may be considered for applicants with backgrounds or grade point averages that do not meet these requirements. [-]

Master of Arts in Economics

Campus September 2016 USA Mount Pleasant

The Department of Economics offers a Master of Arts degree. The program specializes in preparing students to enter PhD programs in Economics and typically around two-thirds of our [+]

Master of Arts in Economics

 

The Department of Economics offers a Master of Arts degree. The program specializes in preparing students to enter PhD programs in Economics and typically around two-thirds of our students view the program as a springboard toward this end.

 

We have achieved a very good placement record in this respect. In the past 10 years our MA students have entered PhD programs with financial aid at highly ranked schools such as Yale, Michigan, Indiana, Southern California, North Carolina, Purdue, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Emory, and Texas A&M, amongst others.

 

 

Specific placement data (all with financial aid) for the last three years follows:... [-]


Master of Arts in Mathematics

Campus September 2016 USA Mount Pleasant

The Master of Arts degree in Mathematics program retains enough flexibility to prepare students to teach mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics [+]

 Master of Arts in Mathematics

 

The Master of Arts degree in Mathematics program retains enough flexibility to prepare students to teach mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics.

 

This program is for students who are interested in careers in business, industry, or government; teaching at the community college level; or pursuing doctoral degrees in mathematics. It is flexible and includes core courses that acquaint students with several types of applicable mathematics as it builds a foundation of fundamental ideas in pure mathematics.

 

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination StandardsAdmission is dependent upon a student having completed a minimum of 20 semester hours of mathematics including MTH 233 (Calculus III) or its equivalent, and one course in either linear or abstract algebra. A grade point average of 2.7 overall and a 2.7 in mathematics are required.... [-]


Master of Arts in Political Science

Campus September 2016 USA Mount Pleasant

The curriculum is designed to provide all students with rigorous academic training in the CMU political science graduate program and will prepare you for doctoral programs, law schools, or other graduate [+]

Master of Arts in Political Science

 

The curriculum is designed to provide all students with rigorous academic training in the CMU political science graduate program and will prepare you for doctoral programs, law schools, or other graduate programs.

 

This graduate program at CMU features:

 

Concentrations in U.S. and international politics; Hands-on research opportunities; Distinguished faculty members specializing in comparative politics, public policy, international relations, U.S. politics, and political theory; Conveniently scheduled evening and weekend courses; Access to extensive on-campus library resources; Speakers, workshops, and many other global connections; Graduate assistantships and financial aid. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Campus September 2016 USA Mount Pleasant

This program is designed to prepare teachers for careers in teaching English as a second or foreign language in the United States or abroad. Students study the formal aspects of language, its [+]

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

 

This program is designed to prepare teachers for careers in teaching English as a second or foreign language in the United States or abroad. Students study the formal aspects of language, its acquisition and use, and gain knowledge and experience in current theories, approaches, and methods of language teaching and language assessment.

 

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission:

To be admitted to the M.A. TESOL program, a student must have an undergraduate major or minor in English, Linguistics, Language Arts, Reading or a Foreign Language with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.  Applicants with TOEFL scores of 213 CBT, 550 PBT, or 79 IBT and above, IELTS scores of 6.5 and above, or a MELAB score of 78 or higher, may be granted regular admission. Some programs, however, require higher TOEFL scores and others require all admitted international students to take an English proficiency test after arriving on campus. Applicants with majors in areas not related to language will be considered on an individual basis.  In addition, two years of college foreign language study (or its equivalent) are required.... [-]


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