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Graduate School of Business

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Academics

The Graduate School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive MBA (EMBA) as well as a joint degree in management engineering, offered through the Engineering School. Other programs include work-study programs in accounting, computer laboratories, finance, and management; internships with local and worldwide companies; and a cooperative education program with area firms. The strongest areas of study are finance, international business, accounting, and computer and information sciences. The most popular courses are Finance and Computer Information Sciences. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including the Walter Levine Lecture Series and CEO Nights.

Fifty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 18 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Management Information Systems
  • Statistical Decision Theory
  • Economic Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Production/Operations Management
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Financial Accounting Concepts and Analysis
  • Business (Law) and Society
  • International Issues
  • Business Policy (Capstone)
  • Business Games or Experiential Learning Internship

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements using core course equivalents with grades of B or higher.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full-time is 1 1/2 years; maximum, 2 1/2 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 3 years; maximum, 5 years.

There are 12 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 85% hold a doctorate; there are 13 part-time faculty, of whom 50% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 15.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5 and a GMAT score of 400 or 3 years of professional experience. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, grades in upper-level courses, and GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 213; 148 were accepted; 78 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee, 2 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Students are notified of the admissions decision on a rolling basis. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year. Check with the school for current application deadlines and fees.

Financial Aid

The GAPSFAS or FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and the previous year’s tax return are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is approximately $9500 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $7800; books and supplies, $600; personal expenses, $550; and other fees, $150, for an estimated annual total of $18,600. Graduate student housing consists of 600 rooms in dormitory housing. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Fifty-two percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 60% had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school. The greatest percentage of students were from foreign countries (74%). Thirty-nine percent were women, 11% were minorities, and 74% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 29; ages ranged from 22 to 50. Twenty-nine percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 2% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 55%, business; 30%, engineering; 5%, economics; 3%, liberal arts; 3%, math and science; and 3%, social sciences. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 80% remain to receive their degree.

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