"Graduate programs at Central Michigan University offer many hands-on learning experiences preparing students for real-world success."
Drew St. Aubin
CMU Graduate Student Alumnus
Assistant Director of Annual Giving at another large U.S. university
Central Michigan University (CMU) is a doctoral research university and is among the 100 largest public universities in the United States. CMU’s 480-acre campus is accommodating, friendly, and conveniently located in the heart of a classic American university town. Students appreciate the scenic campus landscaping, convenient bus stops, and convenient walkways and bike paths.Students enjoy walking around campus, attending sporting events, concerts, and theatrical production, and visiting nearby shopping, dining, and recreation facilities.
Founded in 1892, CMU has grown into a dynamic university with over 21,000 students on its main campus in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The University additionally offers programs online and operates a network of Learning Centers in more than 50 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Students on campus may select from over 150 undergraduate programs. At the graduate level, CMU offers more than 70 master’s programs, 12 doctorates, 2 specialist degrees, and over 20 graduate certificates. All graduate programs are taught by accomplished faculty mentors who share a strong commitment to ensuring individual academic success.
Central Michigan University is a quality university with many widely published and renowned professors, and research opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students.New buildings, state-of-the-art facilities, and student-focused faculty mentors help ensure a quality education through small class sizes and individualized academic program plans.
Residing at the center of campus is CMU’s phenomenal Park Library, featuring over 1.3 million books, hundreds of new, open-access computers, both wired and wireless Internet service, comfortable study areas and student meeting rooms, and even a Java City coffee shop.Located at the center of campus, and next to CMU’s University Center, the Park Library is within a five minute walk of all academic buildings.
Central Michigan University is comprised of eight colleges, each offering a variety of traditional and cutting-edge programs in demand by students and employers.
College of Business Administration
The College of Business Administration (CBA) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are professionally accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Central Michigan University was one of the first to partner with SAP, and CMU’s premier graduate programs, including the MBA (with 10 concentrations) and MSIS, integrate SAP into the curriculum. Additionally, CBA runs a dynamic entrepreneurial center and works closely with large corporations and small businesses, providing highly valued, faculty led consulting services to real-world business partners.CMU is also highly respected for the MA in Economics, and graduates directly enter the marketplace or go on to prestigious doctoral degree programs throughout the United States.
The college continuously develops new programs and modifies existing ones to ensure that students leave with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s quickly changing and always challenging business environment.
College of Communication and Fine Arts
The College of Communication and Fine Arts (CCFA) houses five academic departments and schools and offers a large variety of undergraduate and graduate programs.
Central Michigan University operates the largest Public Broadcasting Network in the United States, covering wider geographical area than any other, and the CCFA operates television and radio stations that provide excellent opportunities for high-impact, hands-on learning.The university is highly renowned for its graduate degree programs in Broadcasting and Communication with alumni in prominent positions throughout the U.S., including news, sports, and entertainment industries.The School of Music, too, is an excellent option for students going into composition, conducting, music education, and performance.
CCFA students at CMU learn within an interactive environment, and gain valuable practical experience and integrated knowledge through the latest technology and learning methods.
College of Education and Human Services
From its origin as a teacher’s college in 1892, CMU has since become one of the premier teaching institutions in the country, filling the demand for highly qualified teachers within Michigan and throughout the U.S. The College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) is also appreciated for the extensive involvement of its many students in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
In addition to Teacher Education and Professional Development and Educational Leadership, CEHS provides a variety of renowned graduate programs, including the cutting edge Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Design, the highly relevant Nutrition and Dietetics, the increasingly popular Human Development and Family Studies, the graduate certificate in Gerontology, and the clinically focused M.A. in Professional Counselling programs.
Because these graduate programs provide the top-quality education and training needed in today’s rapidly changing world, employers especially like CMU graduates for their combined professional skills and academic credentials.
College of Graduate Studies
The College of Graduate Studies is the advocate for graduate education at CMU. With many student-focused services, graduate students at CMU feel especially welcomed and appreciated all the way from first contact through graduation and beyond.
The College of Graduate Studies also administers the Master of Science in Administration (MSA).The MSA is an interdisciplinary degree program in administration with many areas of concentration.It was initially designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business but now want a graduate degree in administration, and it now accepts students from all academic backgrounds.
The MSA at CMU is a phenomenally successful program with more than 4,000 students enrolled each year.Most are off-campus students who enroll online or at one of over 50 CMU Global Campus centers which are located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.It’s also the largest on-campus program, and students select from ten concentration areas, including Health Services Administration, Human Resources, Public Administration, and International Administration, plus Leadership, Sport Administration, and other concentration areas.
College of Health Professions
Students benefiting from state-of-the-art, technology-rich building that houses classrooms, laboratories, and innovative, interdisciplinary clinics, and from highly respected academic programs define CMU’s College of Health Professions (CHP). Internationally known faculty mentors welcome students into an energetic, challenging, and vibrant learning community.The student-oriented approach is evident in classroom learning, clinical experiences, internships, research, and community outreach opportunities.
At the graduate level, all programs are selective and attract top performing students with high GPAs, excellent letters of recommendation, and ample real-world experience.A primary objective for most CHP graduate programs is to enhance health promotions within central and northern Michigan, but elite, non-Michigan students may be granted admission.
Graduate programs include the Doctor of Audiology, the Doctor of Health Administration an entirely online/off-campus degree program), and the Doctor of Physical Therapy.Also included are the acclaimed Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant, the Master of Arts Physical Education, the newly revised Master of Arts in Exercise Science, and nationally prominent Master of Arts in Sport Administration.
CMU’s College of Health Professions is a state-of-the-art facility with high-tech, interactive classrooms, and is connected to CMU’s brand new College of Medicine.
College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) has eight academic departments and is the largest college at Central Michigan University. It has more than 250 faculty members including nationally known authors, historians, philosophers, psychologists and social scientists.
The College is home to many academically and professionally oriented centers and institutes, and many excellent research facilities, all of which provide students with excellent opportunities for additional education and to work with accomplished faculty mentors to gain valuable experience within their fields of study, such as The Center for Applied Research and Rural Studies, The Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems, and The Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience Center.
CHSBS offers numerous undergraduate programs and many graduate program opportunities for top-level students.
Several graduate degree options in English are available, including the widely renowned TESOLprogram, the MA in English Language and Literature, and the MA in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, plus the MA in Creative Writing and the MA in English: Composition and Communication.
Also available are the nationally renowned MA in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration (MPA), plus the MA in Spanish and the interdisciplinary MA in Humanities. CMU is known for its highly respected MA in History, its graduate certificates in History, and its internationally renowned Ph.D. in History program in comparative, transnational history with partner universities in Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, and Mexico, which also requires study abroad for degree completion.
Additionally, CMU has a phenomenally successful Psychology department, with doctoral programs in Applied Experimental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and School Psychology. Also available are the MA in Experimental Psychology, the MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Specialist in School Psychology.
College Of Medicine
CMU’s new College of Medicine trains much-needed primary care physicians, as well as stimulate health-related research on diseases that specifically impact the Midwest region.For information see www.cmich.edu/cmed.
College of Science and Technology
The College of Science and Technology (CST) has eight academic departments and offers 59 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs. These programs engage students in everything from researching mussel species in rivers to mapping a cloud forest in Peru, and from Teaching College Mathematics to the latest nuances in advanced Materials Science. Whichever programs students choose, they will use advanced equipment and work closely with respected faculty mentors committed to student-centered learning.
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics remain cornerstones of the CST experience.Also available are advanced studies in Data Mining, and Geographic Information Science (GIS), as well as The Science of Advanced Materials.
Science and technology at CMU give students exciting options of study and students are encouraged to browse department websites for specific information on academic programs, new and upgraded facilities, and student research opportunities.
International Student Support
International students have an abundance of resources available to help them adjust to life in the United States and on campus. The CMU Office of International Affairs (OIA) offers many special services and coordinates social and cultural activities for international students to help interacting with American students and to getting accustomed to life in the U.S.
Language Skills Support
The English Language Institute offers help with language skills to students whose native language is not English.Graduate students who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements for admission (usually 79 ibt TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS), may be granted Conditional Admission and allowed to take ELI courses before being fully admitted into the
University Recreation and Events
Students love CMU;s University Recreation(URec) and the Student Activity Center, which is one of the finest university recreational facilities you’ll find in America.Students also enjoy a huge variety of on-campus recreation, leisure and wellness programs, services, and facilities.Additionally, CMU hosts more than 500 various University Events every year, from intimate musical performances to large-scale public concerts and visiting celebrities (including CMU Alumni.
Central Michigan University is a student-focused, high-quality academic university that brings students together in a comfortable and positive learning environment and keeps students engaged in social, cultural, and recreational activities.