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The MBA program is designed with the working professional in mind. An MBA is the premier professional business degree. With specialized accreditation received through the International Accreditation Council for Business, this program has been established to meet the needs of the student in both the classroom and the workplace. The MBA has been the flagship program of the CSU College of Business for over 25 years.


Charleston Southern University is committed to providing students with a faith-based community, so that they might learn in a safe, productive environment. As a university, we promote the establishment of growth, change and purpose in the hearts and minds of students. Specifically regarding the MBA program, we feel confident that students will learn what is needed to work in the business field with integrity, morality, and competency. 

Distinctive Features

Preparation for Success

There are over 750 CSU MBA graduates in jobs all over the world.  Our MBA prepares students for success through a time-tested curriculum.  The curriculum requires 11 courses (33 hours) and includes advanced core courses in business strategy, economics, ethics, management, marketing, accounting and finance.  The program also provides students with flexibility to choose an emphasis that best fits a student’s managerial goals and ambitions.

Delivery of Courses

  • These MBA emphases (specialties) are available completely online:
    • General Management
    • Finance
    • Leadership
    • Management Information Systems
  • These emphases require some courses to be taken on campus:
    • Accounting
    • Human Resource Management
  • All core courses are delivered online, in classroom and hybrid. 



The schedule for the MBA is flexible. Students can take one, two or three courses per semester.  A student taking three courses per semester can graduate in four semesters, or 17 months.  Classes are offered over three terms: fall, spring and summer.  Students can begin the MBA at the beginning of any term.


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A Greater Value

CSU has been named to America’s 100 Best College Buys and America’s Best Christian Colleges. This means a student can achieve his or her business degree in an excellent business school at a great value. Due to its low overall cost, curriculum and small classes the MBA at CSU is a superb value.

Quality Faculty

Charleston Southern’s business school professors are scholars in their respective fields. They are also Christians committed to teaching cutting-edge business practices in light of time-tested biblical principles.


A Military Friendly University

Charleston Southern is a 2018-19 Military Friendly school. It is the #20 Christian school in the US for its accommodations of veterans. About 1 in every 10 graduate students in the College of Business is a veteran.


Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from every university/college ever attended
  • Resume
  • Academic Statement (300-500 word essay explaining why the student chose to attend CSU including academic and professional goals)
  • Two signed letters of recommendation
  • Official Test Scores, if requested*



*In any reputable MBA program, a GMAT may be required to determine whether the applicant has the potential to successfully complete the program. The GMAT may be waived if the admissions committee believes that a student’s educational and work histories demonstrate this ability to their satisfaction.