Online MBA FAQs

+ How long is the program?

The coursework will be completed in 24 months. There are approximately five to seven courses per year. Your Admissions Advisor(s) will assist you with the enrollment calendar.

+ How many credits and courses do I need to take to graduate?

To earn your MBA degree, you must complete 36 semester hours of credit and achieve a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. This translates to 12 courses to complete the degree. You can review the course curriculum for more details.

+ Do I have to attend any on-campus classes?

The Online MBA program is offered entirely online with no campus visits required. There is an option to take the final capstone course as a one-week residency on our Midland, MI campus.

+ Can you tell me about the "classroom?"

The "online classroom" provides students and faculty with a modality to engage as well as capture learning through discussion boards, small group activities, and deliverables, as well as providing access to content that is shared by everyone in the course. The DeVos faculty use a variety of methods to share materials, have students interact, and to monitor the student's progress throughout the course.

+ Do I need to login at specific times and days?

No. You will need to fulfill weekly course deliverables. Some deliverables and assessments may only be available for a limited time (such as a 48-hour period), and therefore must be completed within the designated time. One of the benefits of completing your degree online is flexibility. It is up to you to decide what time works best for you to complete the necessary deliverables.

A few courses may require specific log-on times for certain activities or there may be times when you schedule a specific time to talk with your instructor or advisor via Skype, or meet online with your classmates to work on a group project.

+ Do I have to be a "techie" to take online classes?

It's helpful to be familiar with computers. You should be able to send and receive information and communicate with others. At a minimum, you need access to a computer that can access the Internet, with a high-speed connection. You should have access to email, and word processing, presentation, and other applications needed to perform a variety of educational functions. If you need assistance, Northwood University has a help desk that can answer questions and help resolve problems. The help desk link is available in each of your courses.

+ What does an average week look like for a student enrolled in the online MBA program at Northwood University?

The program is designed for the working professional who must balance the demands of work, home, and study. On average, most students will spend 15-20 hours per week studying, completing assignments, participating in online activities and engaging in discussion and collaboration with classmates.

+ Do you offer the same high quality curricula and degrees on-campus?

All DeVos graduate programs offer the same content and rigorous academic standards regardless of the delivery modality. Our online programs are typically taught by the same professors who teach on campus — faculty members of the DeVos Graduate School, with terminal degrees and real-world expertise in subjects they teach. There is no distinction between on-campus and online students.

+ Will my diploma specify "online" degree?

No. You will receive an official, traditional diploma from Northwood University. Both your diploma and university transcripts will be no different from those of students who earn their degrees on-campus. A DeVos MBA is a DeVos MBA.


+ What are the admission requirements for the program?

Applicants must be GM employees and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. No GMAT or GRE tests are required. Applicants complete a writing sample and participate in an interview.

For students who do not meet regular admissions requirements, probationary admission is determined on a case-by-case basis.

+ How do I apply?

Complete the online application through We accept applications year-round; however, we suggest applying no later than early August for a fall semester start and no later than early December for a spring semester start.

+ Is participation in this program structured in a way that requires students to be available at a specific time or do students access the course at their convenience?

Students need to designate enough time to fulfill weekly course deliverables and complete all required coursework; however, one of the benefits of completing this degree program online is flexibility.

+ How many classes will I need to take each semester?

Students enroll in two courses each semester.

+ Are there any requirements to attend in person during the course of this program?

The GM EMBA is offered entirely online with no campus visits required. There is an option to complete the final capstone course as a one-week residency on Northwood University’s Midland, Michigan, campus.

+ When does the program start?

The fall semester begins late August and the spring semester begins mid-January. For specific dates, visit

+ What is the cost of the program?

Visit for information on program costs. Students pay a $150 commit deposit to hold a spot in the cohort. This deposit is then applied toward tuition. Tuition is due one week prior to the semester start date. Some students utilize financial aid to cover tuition expenses. Visit for information on how to apply for financial aid.

+ How do I take advantage of any available employer tuition reimbursement benefits?

Students should contact Human Resources personnel at their place of employment for information on applying tuition reimbursement benefits.

+ Are scholarships available?

Students may apply for private donor scholarships. Students who receive 75 percent or more in tuition reimbursement are not eligible.