Online MBA

Getting Started

Get Started on your Mobile Accelerated MBA at Cleveland State University

Welcome to the Online Accelerated MBA program. This guide is intended for students who have been accepted into the Online AMBA program. If you'd like to join the next cohort, apply today.

The Online Accelerated MBA program is a rigorous, accredited and affordable MBA program that can be completed in one year. Designed for highly-motivated individuals, all courses are offered in a mobile format, so you don't have to put your personal and professional life on hold while working to develop your career to its fullest potential.

Please read this guide completely and carefully. Follow the instructions below to prepare your computer and apps for participation in the program.

Online and Mobile Components

This program is offered at a distance using a Learning Management System (Blackboard), supplemented by several online resources and mobile applications. You will also need access to a computer with an Internet connection. The courses in the Online Accelerated MBA program use Blackboard Learn, accessed through an internet browser, as the foundation on which all other elements are organized. Blackboard is the primary entry point to all course materials.

Each course has a separate space (course shell) where you will find all the materials and resources you need to complete the course. Your instructors are available to you in each course shell via their preferred method of communication, which may include email, messages, discussions, chat, etc. Each course contains "Start Here" and "Course Information" sections. You should review these sections for the welcome and orientation to each course, course syllabus and other important information, such as course policies and expectations.

Getting Your Technology in Order

This section will guide you through the steps to set up your technology so that you are ready to hit the ground running. After completing this section, you will have:

  • Obtained a CSU ID and password
  • Prepared your computer and internet browser for use with Blackboard Learn
  • Logged into Blackboard Learn
  • Installed your required and recommended apps

Obtain a CSU ID and Password:

A CSU ID and password are important because you will use them to log into any CSU system, including Blackboard Learn, CSU Email and CampusNet. CampusNet is an online portal for access to student records, registration and additional information.

  • Once your application and admission to Cleveland State University has been processed, you will receive a letter regarding access to university systems.
  • You may be given an ID number and/or a temporary password.
  • If you need assistance in obtaining this information, call CSU's Information Services and Technology call center at 216.687.5050. They can retrieve your ID number and/or reset your password in order for you to access university systems.

Prepare Your Computer and Internet Browser for Use with Blackboard Learn:

Students need Internet access to connect to Blackboard. A broadband connection is preferred. Technical requirements and internet browser information are available here.

Log into the CSU Blackboard Learn System:

Logging into Blackboard will synchronize your courses and your textbooks, specifically Blackboard Mobile and CourseSmart, to work correctly. You can log in here. You can also get to the Blackboard Login page by visiting the CSU website; go to My CSU, then choose Blackboard under Academic Resources for Students. Once you have logged into Blackboard Learn, you will see the courses in your account including:

For additional questions, please contact the MBA and Graduate Programs Office:


Monte Ahuja College of Business

1860 East 18th Street, BU 219

phone: 216.687.3730