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Central Michigan University (CMU)

Central Michigan University (CMU)

Graduating at CMU

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a dynamic research and student-focused university that actively engages students in academic, professional, cultural, and recreational activities within a comfortable yet challenging learning environment.

Founded in 1892, Central Michigan University is an accredited, high-quality institution with 125 years of experience in graduating leaders. With confidence, 89% of those graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees within 6 months of graduation. CMU has more than 70 post graduate and doctoral-level programs, and might be the best choice for pursuing your post graduate education.

CMU is the nation's leading SAP University Alliance Program with the most TERP10 certifications. The College of Business Administration is one of only 180 institutions worldwide accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB International. U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU among the nation's top 100 universities offering bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering. CMU's student-run television station has won the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' College Television Station of the Year award for an unprecedented 16 consecutive years.

CMU is a Doctoral Research University and is among the 100 largest public universities in the United States.  Our 480-acre campus is accommodating, friendly, and located in a classic American university town.  Students appreciate scenic landscaping, convenient bus stops, numerous walkways and bike paths, and various nearby shopping, dining and recreation facilities.

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Academic Programs
College of Business Administration (CBA)offers graduate degree programs that are professionally accredited by AACSB International including Business Administration, Information Systems, and Economics. 

College of Communication and Fine Arts (CCFA)offers highly respected graduate programs, including Communication, Broadcasting (Electronic Media Studies, Electronic Media Management, and Electronic Media Production - with alumni in prominent positions throughout the U.S.), and Music (composition, conducting, music education, and performance).

College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) … provides exceptional graduate programs, including Educational Leadership, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Professional or School Counselling, Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology, Gerontology, and a mostly online master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics.

College of Graduate Studies (CGS - interdisciplinary programs) … provides the highly successful Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.), featuring over a dozen industry-focused concentrations.  The M.S.A. is for students from all academic backgrounds; GMAT not required.

College of Health Professions(CHP) … offers master’s programs in Speech Language Pathology, Physician Assistant, Exercise Physiology, Sport Administration, Health Administration (M.H.A.), International Health, and Public Health (M.P.H.), and doctoral programs in Audiology, Physical Therapy, and Health Administration (D.H.A.).

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences(CHSBS) … provides graduate programs in TESOL, English (Language and Literature, Children’s Literature, Creative Writing),History (general history or transnational M.A. or Ph.D.), Cultural Resource Management, Humanities, Political Science, Public Administration (M.P.A.), Spanish, Psychology (master’s and doctorates in Experimental, Clinical,Industrial/Organizational, School), and Neuroscience (master’s and doctorate).

College of Medicine trains primary care physicians and stimulates health-related research on diseases that impact the Midwest region of the U.S.

College of Science and Engineering (CSE) offers master’s programs in Applied Statistics and Analytics, Actuarial Science (Cert), Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Mining (Cert), Engineering, Geographic Information Sciences, Mathematics, andPhysics.  Doctoral Programs include Mathematical Sciences, Science of Advanced Materials, and Earth and Ecosystem Science.
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International Student Support

Visit our International Website for information on CMU’s campus, academics, student involvement, applications and admissions, finances, and the surrounding community.  CMU’s Office of International Affairs(OIA) provides many services and coordinates social and cultural activities for international students to enhance interaction between students from the U.S. and abroad. We work hard to ensure that international students and scholars experience an easy transition while at CMU.  Our staff is dedicated to assisting students with specific advising appointments, answering immigration questions, inviting international scholars to campus, and providing links to our rich international community through cultural programs and events.

English Language Institute and Language Skills Support

Students wanting to study English may apply for admission into CMU’s English Language Institute (ELI).  Students who are accepted for admission to a graduate program but do not meet minimum English proficiency may be admitted into CMU’s Bridge Program or granted Conditional Admission.  Bridge students study English before taking academic courses. Conditionally admitted students are first tested and then take English courses before or during at least their first semester at CMU.

University Recreation and Events

CMU hosts more than 500 University Events every year, from intimate presentations and performances to large-scale concerts.  Also, University Recreation (URec) and Student Activity Center facilities are free to students and include areas for jogging, personal training, weight lifting, swimming/aquatics, and a large variety of sports and leisure activities.
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College of Arts and Media
Perhaps you envisioned producing an Emmy award-winning documentary, writing a socially relevant online news story or painting the next museum masterpiece.  Programs within the College of Arts and Media will help you unlock your potential in communicating with and inspiring others.  The College’s programs provide a learning environment that fosters creativity and real-world experience.  You’ll balance classroom theory with structured, hands-on involvement to prepare you for the career that best first your personal interests.  You’ll learn from engaging professors who possess extensive professional experience and academic backgrounds.  Music, dance, theater, public relations, broadcasting and journalism are just a few of the academic offerings in CMU’s College of Arts and Media.
Duration: 2 years estimated
Deadline: Varies
College of Business Administration (CBA)
If you dream of spending your days in the executive suite or starting your own business, consider the College of Business Administration.  You’ll learn how to manage a budget, forecast product placement, create a buzz, crunch numbers, make great hires and manage your own company.  Small classes mean you’ll engage one-on-one with faculty members who focus on the knowledge you need to succeed in your small business or global enterprise.  CMU’s connections within the business community will provide you with real-world opportunities, both on campus and around the world.  Programs are designed with a keen eye on current and future business trends to ensure better career opportunities for you. More than 4,000 students are enrolled in CBA courses, pursuing careers in a variety of areas ranging from entrepreneurship, accounting and business information systems to marketing and hospitality.
Duration: 2 years estimated
Deadline: Varies
College of Education & Human Services (CEHS)
Programs within the College of Education and Human Services will prepare you for careers that enhance the lives of others.  You can become the teacher students remember for years after they leave your classroom.  You can research and design consumer goods, created efficient living spaces, and help family members support each other as they age.  You can explore the practical application of dietetics and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease or examine how society affects the growth and development of young children.  Graduates go on to successful careers as teachers, school administrators, counselors, event planners, family life educators, designers of the clothes we wear, or designers of the homes and buildings where we live and work.  Graduates go on to successful careers as teachers, school administrators, counselors, event planners, recreation leaders, designers of the clothes we wear, or designers of the homes and buildings where we live and work.
Duration: 2 years estimated
Deadline: Varies
College of Graduate Studies
CMU has offered graduate degrees for nearly 50 years. It provides more than 70 degree options at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.
Duration: 2 year estimated
Deadline: Varies
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences houses a variety of academic programs that will help you better understand human behavior, enhance society, learn from the past and engage with the world as global citizens.  Academic areas range from political science, English and history to social work, military science, neuroscience, and psychology.  You’ll learn from and collaborate with top professors who are experts in their field, working closely with them on research projects for publications and presentations to regional, national, and international audiences.  Your classrooms in this college include research laboratories, historical sites, and libraries.  You’ll also expand your knowledge through filed assignments, service learning projects and study abroad opportunities.
Duration: 2 years estimated
Deadline: Varies
College of Science and Engineering (CSE)
The College of Science and Engineering offers areas of study that take you from the depths of the Great Lakes to the farthest corners of the universe.  All programs feature advanced equipment for learning and research, whether it’s the Newtonian/Cassegrain reflector telescope in the CMU observatory or the research vessel housed at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.  If you’re amazed by algae, curious about cartography, or determined to be a doctor, we can further your education in all things science.  Backed by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense, undergraduate research at CMU is an area of strength.  Our professors do groundbreaking research on topics such as cybersecurity, infectious diseases, and the ecology of Antarctica. Biology,chemistry, engineering, physics, meteorology and computer science are just a few of the academic offerings.
Duration: 2 years estimated
Deadline: Varies
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
If your dream job involves curing spinal cord injuries or carpal tunnel, treating someone’s health or developing new methods of drug delivery, you should discover what The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions has to offer.  See how its classroom internship and clinical experiences will prepare you for the health-related career you’ve always wanted.  From assisting on the field with CMU’s intercollegiate athletics teams amid the roar of cheering fans, entering a soundproof booth to assess a patient’s hearing or boarding Mobile Health Central to take health care services to underserved rural areas and clients in need, you’ll be making an impact before you graduate.   A national leader in a variety of health professions, CMU graduates students with physician assistant, physical therapy,audiology, speech-language pathology and athletic training degrees.
Duration: 2 years estimated
Deadline: Varies

Testimonials

Qi Chen, China

“CMU has very good education conditions, perfect professors and I enjoy using the Student Activity Center.  I enjoy the four pretty seasons, and I feel people from Michigan are so nice to help international students.  I am president of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association and am responsible to help Chinese students gain a better life experience here and know much more about American culture.  I help plan several projects and events.”

Qi Chen, China
Quyen Tran, Vietnam

“My major is finance, and I work for Campus Dining.  CMU has a perfect condition for studying and the university offers generous but achievable scholarships for international students.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling, reading, and watching TV shows.  Meeting new people at CMU is also fun.”

Quyen Tran, Vietnam
Srikanth Seelam, India

“I came to CMU as part of my collaboration program and then decided to also do the Master of Science in Information Systems and the data mining certificate.  I like the affordable tuition, low cost of living and good reputation on SAP-related coursework and certifications at CMU.  As a member of the SAP student user group, International Student Advisory Board, Indian Student Association, and International Student Organization, I suggest for the best student experience that future CMU students live on campus, take advantage of CMU’s facilities and resources like the library, student activity center and residence halls, and take part in the many social networking events!”

Srikanth Seelam, India
Mariam Saad, Lebanon

“The best part about CMU is that it embraces diversity, and it has so many different people from different parts of the world.”

Mariam Saad, Lebanon
Roberto Herrera Lopez, Mexico

"My name is Roberto Herrera Lopez.  I am an engineering student at Central Michigan University and I am privileged to be a Chippewa. CMU offers very high quality education programs and diverse course options of courses outside your program of study to help enrich your overall knowledge. I have received different awards at CMU and working opportunities as well. The community at CMU is very welcoming and friendly. CMU does make the difference.“

Roberto Herrera Lopez, Mexico
Tian Xia, China

"In Chinese culture, college ranking is important, so I was about to choose a slightly higher ranked university with a push from my Father to do so.  But because of my conversations and the videos I saw, I went with the place, Central Michigan University, in which I had a sense of more comfort; USA was already a foreign place to me.  After three year’s studying at Central Michigan University, I now believe an overall ranking cannot tell everything; however, an excellent program is the best choice. CMU is one of the largest universities in United States. Surprisingly, it has relatively a small student to professor rate. This means I am more likely to get help from the professors, I frequent my professor’s office often to get assistance. A good program is also important, but I have learned rankings do not tell about specific programs.  CMU is one of the AACSB accredited institutes in Business Administration and Accounting, I was excited as I learned more about what this meant for my job prospects internationally. Since being at CMU I have learned there are many wonderful programs my friends study, I even added on a special certificate thanks to my friend sharing with me the quality of the certificate program and career services helping me understand how it will improve my resume for finding a job.

When I arrived at CMU I knew I made the right choice.  That feeling I got when watching the video was even grander when I came to campus.  I fell in love with Park Library since the first time I saw it and it is still the place I go and stay the most on campus. During final exam week, students are everywhere studying hard and even overnight. In addition, the campus size is suitable to walk around within half an hour, which means I do not need to worry about taking a bus in between of classes.”

Tian Xia, China
Dolapo Raji, Nigeria

 “My journey to CMU was inspired by my quest to improve the health care system of my country and in doing so I needed to acquire more knowledge and skills beyond the shores of my country.

The faculty-student relationship has been a phenomenal experience for me, which is so thrilling and nothing like any experience I had in university in Nigeria. I have had opportunities to have lunch with my professors, which is entirely new to me. They are beyond mere instructors and have become my friends, mentors and more like mothers to me. I have never seen faculty members and instructors committed to both the success and welfare of the students as much as the faculty members of the CMU MPH program. The learning experiences have been so practical beyond the typical classroom. Students are regularly exposed to practical field experiences from diverse Public Health practitioners as guest lecturers. Several seminars are put together to keep students up to date on current events in the field, as well as to prepare us to compete with other professionals around the world.

MPH Central Michigan University is a friendly, advanced and esteemed place to be and I am proud to be among the first cohort! My experiences so far within the CMU community has been awesome. I remember never feeling out of place when I first arrived. The diversity culture at CMU gives it an edge over other schools. This highly esteemed culture also provides the platform for students all over the world to come together peacefully while respecting individuals' differences within a definite area in pursuit of academic excellence as well as learn diverse cultures simultaneously.”

Dolapo Raji, Nigeria
Samuel Ankomah, Ghana

"Studying abroad has always been my dream since I was in high School. My transition from Ghana to Central Michigan University (CMU) has been what I describe as exhilarating.

Gaining admission to pursue the (MSA) program at Central Michigan University was a dream come true. Upon all the schools that I considered, CMU had this big heart. I say big heart in the idea to appreciating diverse communities from different countries. I was as an assistant administrative officer for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Ghana before traveling to CMU to earn a master’s degree in health services administration. As an international student, adapting to learning was a bit challenging.

As an international student, I have an opportunity to apply for job related to my field of study in a period of twelve calendar months. This will allow me to apply theoretical experience received from the MSA program into the real world "

Samuel Ankomah, Ghana
Tejdeep Nayini, India

“I had a good friend in my pharmacy school who was my senior and later attended CMU’s MSA program. It was due to her referral and feedback initially but after looking at the HSA course curriculum particularly, I felt that it is a perfect match to my academic interest.

As an International Student at CMU, I was warmly welcomed and made comfortable at all times. I also feel Mount Pleasant is a place which has really made me feel at home though I am thousands of miles away from home. The credit definitely goes to the staff and faculty of my MSA program who have not only helped me to succeed in my studies, but also mentored and advised when needed to overcome the cultural shock.

The MSA program had hosted many fun get-together events where I could reconnect with my friends time-to-time. It also makes me feel privileged that I have organized one such event as a graduate assistant, representing the MSA program. With that great support of my advisor and professors, I have earned an internship experience at the Houston Methodist Hospital as an administrative/operations intern in summer.

I feel honored that I am nearing my graduation and presently working alongside on my MSA 699 capstone project. At the same time, I am also sure that I will miss CMU and my MSA peers. I am planning on working as a healthcare analyst during the 12-month Optional Practical Training period to gain real world experience in the field of Healthcare.”

Tejdeep Nayini, India
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