MBA vs. MiM: Which graduate business program is right for you?

Take a side-by-side look at the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the online Master in Management (MiM). Determine which one suits your interests and career goals from a high-level look at the program specs, curriculum and professional paths. Once you’re ready for more details, visit the online MBA or online MiM program pages.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • 31.5 to 42 credit hours (depending on your undergraduate background)
  • Complete in as few as two years
  • Cross-functional knowledge of business operations
  • Option to specialize in Finance or Health Systems Leadership

Core Curriculum

16.5-27 required credits + 15 elective credits

  • Leading People and Change
  • Leadership Coaching and Development
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Business Essentials courses in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain
  • Strategic Management Introduction
  • Business Analytics
  • Concepts for Ethical Business Practice
  • Leading Innovation and Creativity
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Strategic Management Capstone

Master in Management (MiM)

  • 30 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as two years
  • 21st century skills for managing the human element of business

Core Curriculum

21 required credits + 9 elective credits

  • Leading People and Change
  • Leadership Coaching and Development
  • People Analytics
  • Organizational Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Global Organizations
  • Human Capital Strategy
  • Concepts for Ethical Business Practice
  • Negotiations
  • Management Capstone
Earn 16% more with a master’s degree

Career potential

You could earn an average of 16% more with a master’s degree in a range of business industries like financial services, logistics, transportation, marketing, real estate and more.1 The following are examples of the types of roles you would be prepared to take on with your graduate business degree.

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MBA Careers

  • Business intelligence: $82,360 average salary2
  • Finance management: $131,710 average salary3
  • Marketing management: $133,380 average salary4
  • Various executive roles: $98,980 average salary5

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MiM Careers

  • Director of human resources: $126,230 average salary6
  • Operations manager: $122,860 average salary7
  • Management analyst: $93,000 average salary8
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion consultant: $81,843 average salary9

Program specifications

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100% online with no on-campus requirements


Begin your studies in August, January or May

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GMAT/GRE waiver available based on experience


Learn with students from online and campus programs

Attentive faculty with real-world experience

Marquette’s graduate business school faculty includes a roster of instructors with a variety of backgrounds and roles across industries. These keen business leaders shape the curriculum and the community with their dedicated student support.

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