Central Michigan University

Introduction

​​​​​​​​​Welcome to Central Michigan University, a nurturing institution that fosters the transformative power of advanced learning. From our roots as a teachers’ college, CMU has grown to offer nationally acclaimed programs in areas ranging from the health professions and engineering to business and communications.

Our student and faculty researchers help preserve the earth’s resources, discover new ways to treat diseases, advance innovative ways to improve teaching and learning methods, and much more.

Established in 1892, Central Michigan University is among the nation’s 100 largest public universities with more than 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and another 7,000 enrolled online and at more than 4​0 locations across North America. CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.

In addition, CMU has established the nation’s 137th College of Medicine to address a growing shortage of primary care physicians in Michigan. The inaugural class of 64 students began its studies in August 2013.

CMU is a university where students, faculty, staff and alumni learn to pursue excellence. To live with compassion. To be leaders. Check us out.

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University Mission, Vision and Values

University Vision Statement

"Central Michigan University, an inclusive community of scholars, is a national leader in higher education inspiring excellence and innovation."

-Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 6, 2012

Mission Statement

At Central Michigan University, we are a community committed to the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, discovery, and creativity. We provide student-centered education and foster personal and intellectual growth to prepare students for productive careers, meaningful lives, and responsible citizenship in a global society.

-Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 2, 2010

Core Values

To achieve our mission, we adhere to the core values of integrity, respect, compassion, inclusiveness, social responsibility, excellence and innovation.

-Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 2, 2010

Quick Facts

  • 26,968 total enrollment
  • 200+ academic programs
  • $361​ million scholarships and financial aid distributed yearly
  • 20:1 student to faculty ratio
  • #1 Online undergraduate programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • 150 CMU study abroad programs in more than 40 countries
  • Top 5 Safest universities in Michigan, according to stateuniversity.com
  • #3 Graduate education programs for teachers and administrators, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • 480 acres CMU’s main campus
  • 1 of the nation’s 100 largest public universities
  • #6 Best Online M.B.A. program in America
  • 137th U.S. College of Medicine
  • 7th in nation for number of students (536) participating in Alternative Break volunteer trips
  • $940 million CMU's impact on the Michigan economy
  • World Leader in SAP certification
  • 100 percent Job placement for physical therapy, speech-language pathology and audiology grads
  • #20 in Nation CMU's Apparel Merchandising and Design program among best U.S. fashion merchandising schools
  • #1 NFL Draft Pick 2013 — Fire Up Eric Fisher!
  • 1st neuroscience undergraduate degree program in Michigan. The program was also selected as the 2013 Undergraduate Program of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience.
  • Only Michigan university with an undergraduate degree in meteorology
  • Only Michigan university and one of two in the Midwest operating an island research station
  • Most teacher education alumni in Michigan
  • 70+ graduate degree programs at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels
  • #1 Michigan college TV station, 13 years in a row
  • 1st/Only recreation and event management major in Michigan
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Careers at CMU

​Working at Central Michigan University means joining a family of faculty, staff and students who embrace lifelong learning, success for all students, and education, research, creative endeavors and volunteerism that contribute to the greater good of society.

We uphold a series of core values that were adopted by the CMU Board of Trustees in December 2010. Those are:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Inclusiveness
  • Social Responsibility
  • Excellence
  • Innovation

CMU employs about 2,600 full-time faculty and staff, about 725 temporary employees and about 5,700 students every year.

CMU is an AA/EO institution, providing equal opportunity to all persons, including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

This school offers programs in:
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Programmes

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MA

Master of Arts in Broadcasting

Campus September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

Whether you’re an industry professional seeking new skills or a recent undergraduate pursuing advanced study, the Master of Arts program in Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts [+]

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University offers a versatile Master of Arts degree that combines advanced theoretical and applied coursework, designed to give you an edge in a competitive multimedia job market. We offer four areas of concentration for M.A. students, each crafted to meet the educational needs and career goals of students. Electronic Media Studies is our most general area of concentration, allowing students to choose from a wide variety of elective coursework, including production, scriptwriting, management, film studies courses, and more. Electronic Media Management is focused on leadership and entrepreneurship in the media industry. Electronic Media Production is a concentration that allows students to further develop their video and/or audio production skills, while also gaining the benefit of learning how to conduct original research. Film Theory and Criticism focuses on film history, genre, criticism and theory, and includes courses on a variety of aspects of film as an art form. This is not a production-centered concentration. Whether you want to transition to the classroom or work in the media industry, our graduate program provides the educational background to help you succeed. Our graduate courses are generally small, providing opportunities for extensive interaction and discussion among a cohort of graduate students and knowledgeable faculty. Students also have a chance to get involved in our student-run television and radio stations, among other co-curricular options. One-on-one advising and personalized plans of study make the graduate program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts one of the best... [-]

Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

​​​​The Master's Degree in Cultural Resource Management is designed to prepare professionals for careers in the growing field of cultural resource management. [+]

​​​​The Master's Degree in Cultural Resource Management is designed to prepare professionals for careers in the growing field of cultural resource management. Practitioners in this multifaceted field assist private and government entities in identifying cultural resources such as archaeological and historical sites, culturally or historically significant structures, and culturally significant locations or resources, assessing such sites and resources, and developing plans for their preservation, curation, and ethical use. Program Goals: Students in the CRM program will learn how to: describe, explain, and comply with federal laws, statutes, regulations, and ethical principles associated with cultural resource management describe and explain the key components of material and non-material culture situated within a pre-historic or historical period practice the skills appropriate for discovering, preserving, curating, interpreting, and/or making available to various publics the material culture developed by the people within a pre-historic or historical period communicate effectively with appropriate lay and professional people Career Options The program will prepare professionals who can pursue careers either as independent contractors or through employment in government and private non-profit agencies dedicated to the preservation and understanding of cultural heritage.​​ Over the last forty years the field of Cultural Resource Management has exploded largely due to federal legislation that requires each state to manage the cultural resources within its boundaries and to make assessments about the potential of any project using federal money or permits to negatively impact significant cultural sites. The 2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that... [-]

Master of Arts in Economics

Campus September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

The Department of Economics offers a Master of Arts degree. The program specializes in preparing students to enter PhD programs in Economics and typically around two-thirds of our [+]

The Department of Economics offers a Master of Arts degree. The program specializes in preparing students to enter PhD programs in Economics and typically around two-thirds of our students view the program as a springboard toward this end. We have achieved a very good placement record in this respect. In the past two decades our MA students have entered PhD programs with financial aid at highly ranked schools such as Yale, Michigan, Indiana, Southern California, North Carolina, Purdue, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Emory, and Texas A&M, amongst others. Specific placement data (all with financial aid) for the last five years follows: Fall 2010: University of Iowa, Florida State University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Kentucky, West Virginia University. Fall 2011: University of Kansas, University of California Santa Cruz, Georgia Tech, University of Concordia. Fall 2012: Michigan State University, Indiana University, Notre Dame, Western Michigan University, University of Hawaii, Florida International University. Fall 2013: Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and University of Oregon Fall 2014: Indiana University, Iowa State University, SUNY-Buffalo, and University of Manitoba. Fall 2015: Simon Fraser University, University of Alabama, Florida International University, and West Virginia University.​ Because we are a relatively large MA program with around 40 students, and have so many students interested in using our program as preparation for PhD studies, we are often able to offer specific elective classes, such as Mathematical Microeconomic Theory and Dynamic Optimization - classes which are specifically geared toward preparing students to succeed in the micro and macro... [-]

Master of Arts in Mathematics

Campus September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

The Master of Arts degree in Mathematics program retains enough flexibility to prepare students to teach mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics [+]

The M.A. in Mathematics is a two-year program. It emphasizes more computational aspects of mathematics for students who are interested in jobs in business, industry, and government. The program also retains the flexibility to prepare students for teaching mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics. The M.A. in Mathematics program requires a total of 30 credit hours with two different research requirements: Plan A: Twenty four (24) hours of course work and six hours of Thesis. Plan B: Twenty seven (27) hours of course work, two Plan B papers (one credit hour each) plus Graduate Student Seminar (one credit hour). Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Mathematics program: To be admitted to the program, candidates must meet the following criteria: Hold at least a four year undergraduate degree or equivalent degree from a college of university of recognized standing and meet the requirements for regular admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Overall undergraduate average GPA of 2.7 or higher Minimum of 20 semester hours of mathematics with and average GPA of 2.7 or higher, which must include Calculus II or equivalent Linear or Abstract Algebra Minimum TOEFL for International Students: See the Page: Information for Prospective Graduate Students. General GRE is recommended (if a student applies for a graduate assistantship, GRE is required. The GRE requirement may be waived by the Department in exceptional cases. [-]

Master of Arts in Political Science

Campus September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

The curriculum is designed to provide all students with rigorous academic training in the CMU political science graduate program and will prepare you for doctoral programs, law schools, or other graduate [+]

Master of Arts in Political Science

 

The curriculum is designed to provide all students with rigorous academic training in the CMU political science graduate program and will prepare you for doctoral programs, law schools, or other graduate programs.

 

This graduate program at CMU features:

 

Concentrations in U.S. and international politics; Hands-on research opportunities; Distinguished faculty members specializing in comparative politics, public policy, international relations, U.S. politics, and political theory; Conveniently scheduled evening and weekend courses; Access to extensive on-campus library resources; Speakers, workshops, and many other global connections; Graduate assistantships and financial aid. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Campus September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

This program is designed to prepare teachers for careers in teaching English as a second or foreign language in the United States or abroad. Students study the formal aspects of language, its [+]

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

 

This program is designed to prepare teachers for careers in teaching English as a second or foreign language in the United States or abroad. Students study the formal aspects of language, its acquisition and use, and gain knowledge and experience in current theories, approaches, and methods of language teaching and language assessment.

 

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission:

To be admitted to the M.A. TESOL program, a student must have an undergraduate major or minor in English, Linguistics, Language Arts, Reading or a Foreign Language with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.  Applicants with TOEFL scores of 213 CBT, 550 PBT, or 79 IBT and above, IELTS scores of 6.5 and above, or a MELAB score of 78 or higher, may be granted regular admission. Some programs, however, require higher TOEFL scores and others require all admitted international students to take an English proficiency test after arriving on campus. Applicants with majors in areas not related to language will be considered on an individual basis.  In addition, two years of college foreign language study (or its equivalent) are required.... [-]


MSc

Master in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

Imagine working with Cotton, Incorporated on a 3D virtual selling space; or using a thermal manikin to help Lululemon evaluate the thermal properties of fabrics for potential use in their apparel; or examining Polartec fabrics on runners using infra-red thermography. [+]

Ask any of our students pursuing a master’s degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising about their day-to-day experiences in this two-year program. They’re sure to tell you about working on the cutting edge of fashion with a high-tech learning curve that makes all the difference. Through a creative and collaborative approach to the study of apparel and textiles, our primary goal is to introduce students to real-world apparel and design – from concept development to retail distribution using advanced knowledge and creativity in design, production, evaluation and technology. Imagine working with Cotton, Incorporated on a 3D virtual selling space; or using a thermal manikin to help Lululemon evaluate the thermal properties of fabrics for potential use in their apparel; or examining Polartec fabrics on runners using infra-red thermography. Graduates will be prepared for executive level positions in apparel and textile product design and development, CAD technology, industry research and development, as well as for careers in higher education and government. This program is also appropriate for those individuals seeking further graduate study at the Ph.D. level. The Dual-Degree Option allows undergraduate students to apply 9 hours of graduate work toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Admission Criteria Complete application materials must be received by the date indicated. Applicants interested in being considered for a graduate assistantship should apply for admission by the deadline. Late applications may not be considered for a graduate assistantship. Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 semester hours in fashion merchandising... [-]

Master of Science in Administration

Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

The MSA degree is offered both on and off campus to over 3,000 students each year. The MSA degree is interdisciplinary in nature and has been in existence since 1975. In the last 30 years over [+]

The MSA degree is offered both on and off campus to over 3,000 students each year. The MSA degree is interdisciplinary in nature and has been in existence since 1974. In the last 40+ years tens of thousands of students have earned the MSA degree. The MSA is a degree for professional administrators seeking to develop a broad range of current management and leadership skills as opposed to the traditional, analytical approach of the MBA. The MSA degree offers a great deal of flexibility with a variety of concentrations from which students can choose. The program can be completed face-to-face, online or through a Hybrid format in many locations. The administrative core (about half of the course work) prepares students for administrative positions in a variety of organizational settings. Students can then tailor their concentration area (the other half of the degree) to their area of interest. ​The MSA student population includes both full-time and part-time students. Most classes are scheduled in the evenings and on the weekends to accommodate all students. ... [-]

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