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How do I get started?

First, you need to go to CSU's Online Application and apply for our graduate program of your interest. Then you will send the needed documents for your acceptance.

Are your programs accredited?

Charleston Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Charleston Southern University.

Charleston Southern University has received specialized accreditation for its MBA program offered by the College of Business through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The Master of Business Administration with emphases in Accounting, Finance, Leadership, Management Information Systems, and General Management is accredited by the IACBE.  For a complete listing of programs accredited by the IACBE.


When are classes offered, and when can I start?

Our graduate level courses for the MBA program are offered in the evening beginning at 6 p.m. Courses meet one night a week during the fall and spring semesters. Our graduate level courses for the MBA program are designed to accommodate the working professional's schedule. Our graduate students begin classes in the evenings and online. 

We allow students to begin graduate school at the beginning of any semester. 

What is required to be a full-time or part-time graduate student at CSU?

In order to maintain full-time enrollment status, you will need to be enrolled in at least six credit hours (typically 2 courses). Part-time status is simply a student enrolled in less than six hours. Most of our graduate students are enrolled in six credit hours per major semester.

What specialties can I emphasize in my MBA?

CSU offers emphases in Accounting, Finance, General Management, HRM, Leadership and MIS.

Can I get my MBA completely online?

All of our MBA emphases are available to be completed online except for Accounting and HRM.

Is the GMAT or other graduate entry test required?

In most cases, the GMAT is waived if the admissions committee believes that a student’s educational and work histories demonstrate potential for success in the program.  However, as is true in any reputable MBA program, a GMAT may be required to determine whether the applicant has the potential to successfully complete the program. All full-time students taking 6 or more hours, earning a GMAT score of 500 or higher, receive a 10% tuition discount. 

What is the typical cost of tuition?

Depending on delivery format, total costs can range from $16,500 to $20,625, plus books.

  • Online courses cost $1875 per 3-credit hour course
  • On-campus courses cost $1500 per 3-credit hour course

What is the fastest time to completion of the MBA?

A student can complete the MBA online or on-campus in as little as 17 months.

What is the maximum time to complete an MBA?

If a student takes one course per semester, they can finish in 3 years and 8 months.  However, the ultimate time limit is 6 years.

Is Financial Aid available?

Yes. Find out more here.

Who do I contact for more information about the MBA?

Contact us here!