Recognition and Affiliations
Eastern Michigan University's College of Business enjoys continuing accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier accrediting agency for professional business education at the collegiate level worldwide. The College’s undergraduate and graduate programs achieved accreditation initially in 1974 and 1982, respectively.
Business School Rankings
Princeton Review "Best Business Schools"
Eastern's College of Business was ranked among the nation's top graduate business schools by Princeton Review for the 19th consecutive year in its 2023 edition of "Best Business Schools." Student surveys play a key role in the Princeton Review selection, and the strengths they cited included “great support for students and overall great atmosphere of learning,” “professors are amazing,” “professors challenge you to develop your own opinions regarding global business and economies,” “lots of diverse work experience among the students,” and “real-word applications are stressed in the classroom.”
Fortune "Best Part-Time MBA Programs"
Eastern Michigan University is one of only two Michigan universities to make Fortune's prestigious ranking Best Part-Time MBA Programs for 2023 (No. 54). According to Fortune, the MBA programs thus honored reflect top-notch curricula, provide access to world-class professors, and have a track record of seeing their alumni climb to the tops of the Fortune 500 world.
Intelligent has conferred growing numbers of prestigious national rankings on Eastern's programs in recent years. Its 2022 rankings include the following:
- Best Human Resources Degree Programs (No. 3)
- Best Master's in Human REsources Degree Programs (No. 3)
- Best MBA in Entrepreneurship Programs (No. 3)
- Best Human Resources Certification Degree Programs (No. 4)
- Best Online Human Resources Certification Degree Programs (No. 5)
- Best Master's in Taxation Degree Programs (No. 11)
- Best Online Human Resources Degree Programs (No. 15)
- Best Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Programs (No. 16)
- Best Online MBA in Entrepreneurship Programs (No. 19)
Top Management Degrees & BestCollege Reviews
Eastern's MS in Human Resources & Organizational Developemtn was ranked No. 19 in Top Management Degrees' "Top 25 Master's in Human Resources" and No. 22 in BestCollegeReviews' "Best Master's in Human Resources" in 2021.
Entrepreneur & The Princeton Review
Eastern Michigan University’s graduate program in Entrepreneurship was ranked among the top 50 programs in the nation for 2023 by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This elite distinction is based on robust experiential learning and outstanding faculty, networking, and mentoring.
Naming Eastern a Top Ranked College in 2021, University HQ declared its offerings in multiple disciplines to be among the best:
- Best MBA in Hospitality Management Colleges (No. 11)
- Best MBA in Human Resources Colleges (No. 35)
- Best MBA in Global Management Colleges (No. 48)
- Best MBA in Supply Chain Management Colleges (No. 58)
- Top 55 Business Management Colleges (No. 58)
- Top 100 Most Affordable Entrepreneurship Colleges (No. 56)
- Best MBA in Information Systems Colleges (No. 58)
- Top 100 Most Affordable Supply Chain Management Colleges (No. 62)
- Best MBA in Entrepreneurship Colleges (No. 70)
- Best MBA in Business Analytics Colleges (No. 92)
HR.com LEAD Awards
The prestigious annual LEAD Awards recognize the corporate educational, corporate, and government programs in human resources, leadership, and organizational development that are deemed to be among the top ten in the nation. In 2021, Eastern earned the following accolades:
- Diploma Program with an Emphasis on Human Resources (No. 1)
- Master’s Program with an Emphasis on Human Resources (No. 1)
The awards "salute the world's top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset - their people."
AffordableColleges.com ranked Eastern’s graduate certificate in human resource management No. 9 in the nation, highlighting its “effective application of human resource practices and strategies” and praising the curriculum for preparing “entry-level HRM practitioners to excel in the field, while also qualifying experienced professionals to step into managerial roles.”
Eastern’s online certificate in Human Resources was selected as one of the nation’s top 25 such programs in 2019 by BestColleges.com, based on academic quality, affordability, online competency, and a focus on student success. By imbuing students with the skills and knowledge needed to help organizations plan for and achieve operational effectiveness, the certificate helps workers in entry-level, professional, and technical roles transition into human-resource management roles, the website notes.
In 2017, Value Colleges named the College’s Master of Science in Tax Consulting program No. 25 in its Top 50 Best Value Master’s in Taxation rankings, noting that it “prepared future tax professionals for the technical and managerial demands of modern taxation, from ethical and legal considerations to the complexities of regulation and the tax code” and that “EMU’s tuition rate makes it one of the most affordable programs of its kind in the Midwest, giving graduates a golden opportunity to build a rewarding career.”
Grad School Hub
Grad School Hub ranked Eastern’s Master of Science in Tax Consulting program No. 18 in the nation in 2020, observing that it “emphasizes tax compliance, policy, and planning, while also incorporating an understanding of technological advancements as they apply to tax practice, as well as ethical and legal standards in taxation.” Grad School Hub derives it rankings from an analysis of alumni feedback, continued enrollment, degree selectivity, graduate expenses, and projected annual salary.
Online Global Business MBA
Online MBA Page named Eastern’s MBA International Business Specialization one of only 23 Top Online MBAs in Global Business with Specialty Accreditation in the United States (the only one in Michigan) in 2019-20. Citing the program’s emphasis on “communication, ethics, and analytical and critical thinking skills,” Online MBA Page observed that the specialization “will give you a boost in all sorts of industries, from automotive to retail to technology.”
U.S. News & World Report
Eastern’s Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications program has for several years maintained its ranking by U.S. News & World Report’s among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA), coming in at No. 60 in the nation in 2023, the second-highest ranking among Michigan universities in this category. US News & World Report observed that “The IMC program has been designed to use real-world examples and techniques which enable students to collaborate with professional peers from around the country to learn the most effective marketing strategies,” that it “is taught by distinguished faculty,” and that it “educates students on bringing together branding, messaging and media for the most progressive and innovative marketing strategies in business today.”
The College’s Master of Business Administration program has similarly earned consistent inclusion among the nation's "Best Graduate Schools" by U.S. News & World Report. The prestigious national listing, regarded as the gold standard of such comparative recognition, is based on quality evaluations provided by peer institutions and the organizations recruiting its students, along with job placement success and student selectivity.
Sales Education Foundation
Eastern has been named a "Top Sales University" for professional sales education by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) in its Sales Education Annual each year since 2019. The criteria the SEF cited in granting the College this prestigious designation include its sales faculty, placement rates of graduates, and the Sales Lab.
CFA Institute University Affiliation
As of 2019, the Finance program offered by the College of Business enjoys affiliation with the CFA Institute, a distinction that brings tangible benefits to students aspiring to professional certification as Chartered Financial Analysts.
Eastern was among the first institutions of higher education in the United States (and the first in Michigan) to grant students the valued certification provided through the Microsoft Dynamics Student Certificate Program.
SAP University Alliances
The COB’s longstanding association with SAP, the world’s largest business software company, as a member of that organization’s University Alliances program, brings state-of-the-art education in enterprise resource planning (ERP) to Eastern students, “building the talent of the future for the intelligent enterprise” by developing proficiency in the configuration, utilization, and application of ERP software across a wide range of business functions.
The Best Master's Degrees 2018
The MBA specialization in Entrepreneurship was number 6 in the "10 Most Affordable Top Ranked Entrepreneurship" programs by The Best Master's Degrees in 2018. In conferring the ranking, the organization credited Eastern's "affordable in-state tuition and fees," its "national rankings," and its "rigorous academics and accreditation."
The Eastern Michigan University MBA was named a “Top Degree,” both nationally and in Michigan, by Abound in 2019. Praising its flexibility, the organization noted that the program, which it called “ideal for the working professional,” prepares students “to be thoughtful, resilient, and powerful leaders in an ever-changing global market.” It further praised the “wealth of industry expertise and experience” that faculty bring to the classroom and noted that “from evening advising and faculty office hours to graduate assistantships and career services, students have the guidance they need to prepare for a successful future.”
Nationally Ranked Student Organizations
Eastern Michigan University chapters of student organizations consistently rank among the best in the state of Michigan and the nation:
- The national APICS organization conferred a Platinum Award on Eastern’s chapter in recognition of 19 successive Gold Awards.
- Eastern’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial-information students and professionals, has earned “superior” status for 19 successive years.
- A student team from Eastern's newly formed Collegiate DECA chapter won the title of international champions in the Financial Statement Analysis category of that organization's competition in its 2019 International Career Development Conference.
- A student team from Eastern's MBA Student Organization won third prize in the 24th Annual MBA Exclusive Conference national case competition, hosted by Howard University in 2019.
- Eastern’s chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which has earned that organization's Superior Merit Award every year since 1996, again claimed the elite Outstanding Student Chapter designation in 2021-21 and 2021-22 (its 18th and 19th times capturing this top award since its creation in 2000). In 2019, Eastern students walked off with the top prize in the Michigan Council SHRM Game Competition.
Online College Plan 2019
In November 2019, Online College Plan announced its Best 30 Online MBA – Management Degree Programs, with the value, quality, and ROI of its various Management specializations (specifically cited were Hotel & Restaurant Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Sports Management, and Supply Chain Management) leading to its ranking of number 10 in the nation; the ranking praises the program’s affordability combined with a “20-year average ROI of $240,000,” the high scores its students achieve on ETS Major Field Tests in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and strategic integration, and its emphasis on “global thinking, leadership, communication, ethics, and critical thinking skills.”
Eastern's undergraduate program in Supply Chain Management was ranked 28th in the nation's top 50 by BestAccredited Colleges in 2021. In conferring the ranking, the organization lauded the program's "robust foundation of business, finance, and marketing courses to equip students with a mastery of corporate operations before delving into supply chain-specific courses." It further noted that Eastern's situation "in the busiest international land border crossing in North America" affords "an ideal location for starting a career in supply chain management," where "more thant 1,000 SCM-related jobs are open every week in Southeast Michigan."
The same organization gave Eastern a No. 15 ranking for "Best MBA Programs in Human Resources.
In 2021, Affordable Schools ranked Eastern among the "50 Most Entrepreneurial Schools in America" (No. 39).
In 2023, Campus Reel named Eastern the No. 1 Best College in Michigan for both Entrepreneurship and Sales & Marketing.