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Barney School of Business

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Academics

The Barney School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation (MSAT), Executive MBA (EMBA), and Accelerated Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation (AMSAT) as well as a joint degree in MBA/Engineering. Other programs include an optional internship program and an optional (elective) opportunity for an Internatinal Business course, including a trip overseas. The strongest areas of study and the most popular courses are finance, management, and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including the Ellsworth Lecture Series and educational seminars.

Fifty-one total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 15 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Quantitative Decision Making
  • Accounting Concepts
  • Economic Analysis for Managers
  • Corporation Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Operation Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Managing Technology and Innovation
  • Managing Customer Interfaces
  • Business Law and Society: “The Global Environment”
  • Performance Analysis
  • Strategic Management

Required courses for the EMBA include:

  • Accounting Concepts
  • Quantitative Decision Making
  • Economic Analysis for Managers
  • Corporation Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Managing Technology and Innovation
  • Management Skills
  • Managing Customer Interfaces
  • Performance Analysis
  • Strategic Management

Required courses for the MSAT include:

  • Financial and Assurance Services Track:
  • Taxation of Business Organizations
  • Managerial Skills
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Seminar in Contemporary Accounting
  • plus 12 hours of approved electives
  • Taxation Track:
  • Taxation of Business Organizations
  • Managerial Skills
  • Advanced Taxation of Pass-through Entities
  • Advanced Corporate Taxation
  • Seminar in Taxation
  • plus 15 hours of approved electives

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements based on undergraduate work and/or may transfer credits from other graduate programs, depending on the degree sought. A mimimum of 33 credits is required on campus.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments up to 2 courses (6 credits). The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full or part time is 12 to 22 months; maximum, 5 to 7 years.

There are 36 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 89% hold a doctorate; there are 27 part-time faculty, of whom 7% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 9; average business class size is 20.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5 and a GMAT score of 450. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, work experience, and a successful interview. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 229; 145 were accepted; 104 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.16; average GMAT score was 528. 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, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, 2 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement, a resume. The application deadline is rolling for fall entry. Students are notified once their file is complete, within 2 to 4 weeks of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is rolling. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

About 17% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $12,906 annually. The 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 $550 per credit. Graduate student housing not available on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Twenty-four percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from the Northeast (88%). Forty-six percent are women, 11% are minorities, and 12% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 32; ages range from 21 to 65. Eighteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 15% already have a graduate degree.

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