About this Program

The early-entry / linked program is designed for exemplary ODU undergraduate students to begin the MBA program prior to their completion of the undergraduate degree. Early-entry undergraduate students may take MBA-level courses as early as three semesters prior to their graduation and count up to 10 graduate credit hours toward their undergraduate degree. Students must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 discrete for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete for the graduate degree) and should carefully consider their undergraduate degree program requirements when planning their course of study.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible: complete online, on-campus or as a blend of both.

  • Relevant: a contemporary curriculum with global perspective taught by industry-experienced, Ph.D. prepared faculty.

  • Customizable: choose from more than 50 graduate certificate specializations and over 80 graduate degree options.

  • Rigorous: AACSB accredited, highly ranked.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
B.S.B.A. & M.B.A.
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$149,730 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Logistics Managers

$100,740 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.

Financial Managers

$143,530 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

Management Analysts

$93,440 Median Salary

Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.

Alumni Careers

Wells Fargo & Company
Ford Motor Company
Dominion Power


What are the requirements to apply for Business Administration at ODU?
Students entering the B.S.B.A. & M.B.A. program in Business Administration should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

Prospective students should complete the GMAT at least two semesters prior to the semester in which they wish to enroll. Applications to the MBA program should be submitted online following published deadlines in order to begin coursework in the desired semester. When completing the application for admission, students need to select an official admission date that is the semester immediately following their anticipated undergraduate graduation. Students interested in the program should contact the MBA Program Office as early as possible to discuss their plans for early entry. A potential candidate will have:

  • Achieved a minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 550

  • Completed all lower-level general education requirements

  • Completed at least 24 credit hours at ODU with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

  • A minimum index of 1200 (index is computed as 200 times the ODU GPA plus GMAT score) Students who have done exceptionally well in their undergraduate coursework may qualify for a GMAT waiver. These candidates will have:

    • Completed all lower-level general education requirements
    • Completed at least 24 credit hours at ODU with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
    • Achieved junior standing



At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

The Dr. Bruce L. Rubin Endowed MBA Scholarship

The recipient will be a newly-admitted and enrolled part-time student in the MBA program at the Strome College of Business, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2, and a GMAT total score of at least 600 if taken, unless testing requirement is waived by the admissions committee. Preference is given to a student who demonstrates volunteer service to the local business community. Candidates are selected during the admissions application process, so no additional application is required. A competitive admissions portfolio will serve as application for the scholarship.

The James A. Hixon Endowed Scholarship

The recipient will demonstrate need and be enrolled part-time or full-time in the MBA program at the Strome College of Business and Public Administration, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. In the event of a larger than normal applicant pool, the student with the highest GPA and demonstrating the greatest financial need will be selected.

Merit-based Scholarships

Newly-admitted and current students in the Strome College of Business MBA program may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPAs and GMAT test scores. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships provide a stipend of $3,200 in both the fall and spring semesters. For international and out-of-state students, there is also a tuition waiver for nine (9) credit hours bringing tuition to in-state rates.


Assistant Program Manager

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