Master of Science in Administration

Central Michigan University

Program Description

Master of Science in Administration

Central Michigan University

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 1974. In the last 40+ years tens of thousands of students have earned the MSA degree.

The MSA is a degree for professional administrators seeking to develop a broad range of current management and leadership skills as opposed to the traditional, analytical approach of the MBA.

The MSA degree offers a great deal of flexibility with a variety of concentrations from which students can choose. The program can be completed face-to-face, online or through a Hybrid format in many locations. The administrative core (about half of the course work) prepares students for administrative positions in a variety of organizational settings. Students can then tailor their concentration area (the other half of the degree) to their area of interest. ​The MSA student population includes both full-time and part-time students. Most classes are scheduled in the evenings and on the weekends to accommodate all students.


  • Acquisitions Administration
  • General Administration
  • Health Services Administration
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Information Resource Management
  • International Administration
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Administration
  • Recreation and Park Administration
  • Sport Administration

Admissions Info

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The MSA Program does not require either the GRE or the GMAT exam for admission. However, exam results are required for students applying for graduate fellowships.

Admission for Domestic Students

Domestic students must complete the Application for Admission available from the College of Graduate Studies or apply online.

Admission for International Students

International students must complete the International Application for Admission available from the College of Graduate Studies.

English language requirements for international students

  • Students with TOEFL scores between 173 and 210 CBT, 61-78 iBT 500-547 PBT, or IELTS scores of 5.5 or 6:

Applicants with TOEFL scores from 173 to 210 CBT, 500 to 549 PBT, or 61-78 iBT or IELTS scores of 5.5 or 6 may be granted conditional admission. Upon arrival at the university, they will be required to take an English proficiency test administered by CMU's English Language Institute (ELI). The results of the test will be used to determine the number of courses they will be required to take through the ELI. Such conditionally admitted students will be allowed to take a restricted number of courses in their academic disciplines concurrently with the ELI courses and must complete all required ELI courses by the end of their first year at CMU. Once satisfactory proficiency in English has been demonstrated, as determined by ELI policies these restrictions will be removed. Please note that students are required to pay tuition for ELI courses just as they would for any other CMU course.

  • Students with TOEFL scores of 213 CBT, 79 iBT, 550 PBT and above or IELTS scores of 6.5 and above:

Applicants with TOEFL scores of 213 CBT, 550 PBT or 79 iBT and above or IELTS scores of 6.5 and above may be granted Regular admission to the MSA Program.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 16, 2017
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Sept. 2017
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
USA Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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