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Graduate School of Business

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The Graduate School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting (MAcc), Master of Taxation (MTAX), Master of Science in Economics (MS), Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), and Master of Science in Music Business Administration (MSMBA) as well as a doctoral program in business administration offered jointly with Florida International University. Other programs include a 3-2 degree in accounting, work-study programs, foreign exchange with 7 countries, and internships. The strongest areas of study are finance, accounting, business communications, and global environment. The most popular courses are Strategic Management, Business Communications, Global Environment of Management, Finance, and Sport Management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The required course, The Executive Forum, includes guest speakers on a weekly basis.

Forty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Advanced Analysis and Application of Accounting Data
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Global Environment of Management
  • Strategic Concepts in Marketing
  • Information Systems
  • Graduate Business Communication Applications
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Global Management Strategy and Policy
  • The Executive Forum

Required courses for the MAcc include:

  • Advanced Theory
  • Graduate Business Communication Applications
  • Advanced Analysis and Application of Accounting Data
  • Financial Reporting and Accounting Concepts

Required courses for the MTAX include:

  • Tax Research
  • Concepts of Federal Income Tax
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Graduate Business Communication Applications

Required courses for the MS in Economics include:

  • Mathematical Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics

Required courses for the MHA include:

  • Introduction to Health Care Systems
  • Health Care Management I
  • Health Care Management II
  • Health Policy
  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Law
  • Health Research Methods
  • Current Topics in Health Care Management
  • 6 credits of electives (2 classes)
  • 3 credits of internship (if applicable)

Required courses for the MSMBA include:

  • Graduate Business Communication
  • Advanced Legal Issues for Musicians
  • Advanced Music Marketing
  • Advanced Music Publishing
  • Artist Management
  • Venue Management
  • Financial Accounting Concepts
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Functions and Processes
  • Entertainment Law
  • 9 credits of electives

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by using undergraduate course work for foundation requirements.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 2 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 <1/2> years; maximum, 5 to 7 years.

There are 132 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 90% hold a doctorate; there are 10 part-time faculty, of whom 75% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 15; average business class size is 20.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 500. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (GPA x 200) + GMAT. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, GMAT results, and quality of undergraduate school. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 1192; 671 were accepted; 595 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.26; average GMAT score was 530. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by networking and special seminars.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, and a nonrefundable application fee of $30. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring; April 1, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs available for minority students include a minority fellowship program. The FFS or FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, the previous year’s tax return, and financial aid transcripts are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $244 per credit, or $4394 per year. Nonresidents pay $913 per credit, or $16,440 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $8610; books and supplies, $2500; personal expenses, $1750; and other fees, $200, for an estimated annual total of $17,454 for in-state residents and $29,500 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is limited on campus but plentiful in the surrounding area. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Thirty-two percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 80% have had an average of 3 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Florida (43%). Fifty percent are women, 25% are minorities, and 9% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 32; ages range from 21 to 75. Seventy-nine percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 2% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 70%, business; 15%, engineering; 4%, math and science; 3%, economics; 3%, liberal arts; and 3%, social sciences. About 30% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 35% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 284 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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