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Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., Graduate School of Business

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The Chapman Graduate School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA/EveMBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), Master of Accounting (MACC), Master of International Business (MIB), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM), Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS), Executive Master of Science in Taxation (EMST), Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA), and Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) as well as a doctoral program in business administration, and joint degrees in law (JD/MBA), management information systems (MBA/MSMIS), finance (MBA/MSF), and Latin American and Caribbean studies (MBA/MALACS). Other programs include internship programs; the IMBA program also offers a summer study-abroad opportunity. The strongest area of study is finance. The most popular courses are Strategic Management, Corporate Finance, Legal Environment of Business, and Corporate Simulation. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including a lecture series offered by the Entrepreneurship Center.

Forty-six total credits are required to complete the IMBA (30 for the Macc and EMST; 33 for the MSF; 36 for he MSHRM, MSMIS, MIB, and MSIRE; 46 for the PMBA and EMBA; and 55 for the EveMBA/DtMBA), including 6 elective credits (3 for the PMBA, EMBA, and MIB; 6 for the MSIRE; and 12 for the EveMBA/DtMBA).. Required courses for the IMBA include:

  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Design and Behavior
  • International Business
  • Organizational Information Systems
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Global Financial Strategy
  • Corporate Simulation
  • Strategic Management
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Foreign Language

Required courses for the Evening MBA include:

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Corporate Finance
  • Global Financial Strategy
  • Organizational Design and Behavior
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Organizational Information Systems
  • Corporate Simulation
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Colloquium in Managing Organizational Ethics
  • Marketing Management

Required courses for the Executive MBA include:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Operations Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Marketing Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Business
  • International Risk Management
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Strategic Management
  • Competing, Surviving, and Thriving in the Digital Age
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Corporate Simulation
  • Residencies

Required courses for the MIB include:

  • The International Business Environment
  • International Management
  • International Accounting
  • Global Financial Strategy
  • Managing Global Production and Technology
  • International Marketing
  • International Business Law
  • International Business Policy
  • Master’s Project in International Business
  • International Business Seminars

Required courses for the MSMIS include:

  • Telecommunications and Networks
  • Database Management
  • Database Administration
  • Information Security
  • Project Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Enterprise Information Systems
  • Special Topics in MIS
  • Web Management
  • E-Commerce Management
  • E-Commerce Strategy
  • Data Mining/Knowledge Management

Required courses for the MSF include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Quantitative Methods in Financial Analysis
  • Securities Analysis
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Financial Futures and Fixed Income
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Global Financial Strategy
  • Portfolio Management
  • Commercial Banking
  • Capital Budgeting and Long Term Resource Allocation
  • Financial Management Policies

Required courses for the MSHRM include:

  • Wellness Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Labor Issues and Conflict Management
  • Human Resource Strategy and Planning
  • Employment Law and Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management Metrics
  • Staffing Organizations
  • Performance and Talent Management
  • Human Resource Knowledge Management
  • High Performance Human Resource Management
  • Reward Systems Management
  • Critical Thinking in Human Resources Management

Required courses for the MACC include:

  • Evaluation of Financial Reports, Business Analysis, and Validation
  • Advanced Accounting Systems
  • Value-Added Tax Strategies for Business Decisions
  • Accounting Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Accounting Data Warehousing
  • Information Technology Auditing
  • Global Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Strategy
  • Fraud Examination
  • Environment of Accounting and Auditing
  • Value-Added Accounting Practice

Required courses for the EMST include:

  • Tax Research, Practice, and Procedures
  • Wealth Transfer
  • Taxation for Small Businesses
  • Corporate Tax
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Value-Added Tax Strategies
  • International Tax
  • Transactions in Property
  • Tax Policy
  • Current Topics in Taxation

Required courses for the MSIRE include:

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Finance
  • Real Estate Markets and Institutions
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Advanced Real Estate Investments and Valuation
  • Seminar in International Real Estate
  • Legal Environments of Real Estate Students in the MBA programs may be waived out of prerequisite requirements if they have previously taken the necessary course work to meet the requirements. This is not applicable to students in the MS programs.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 1 year. For students attending part time, the minimum is 1 year; maximum, 6 years.

There are 73 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 86% hold a doctorate; there are 50 part-time faculty, of whom 2% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 35.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0, a GMAT score of 500, and GRE scores of 1000. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, work experience, and GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 1211; 588 were accepted; 418 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 529. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by the school’s participation in national conferences, advisory committees, and recruiting efforts of minority organizations such as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, the National Black MBA Association, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the Florida Linkages Institute, and private organizations, as well as the World MBA Tour.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, all transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $30, a resume, and a statement of goals and objectives Two letters of recommendation are optional. The application deadlines are June 1 for fall entry; October 1, spring; March 1, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision after all information is received and processed. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June 1. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year. After that, they must reapply for admission.

Financial Aid

In a recent year, about 41% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $8000 annually; maximum $8300. The FAFSA, the previous year’s tax return, and a verification worksheet (if selected) are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $260 per credit. Nonresidents pay $764 per credit. Graduate student housing consists of on-campus, apartment-style housing for both single and married students. Students must submit an application to the Housing and Residential Life Office. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Six percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 90% have had an average of 7 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 (73%). Forty-six percent are women, 70% are minorities, and 21% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 19 to 67. Thirteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 59%, business; 13%, engineering; 7%, social sciences; 5%, economics; 2%, math and science; and 1%, liberal arts. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 98% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 558 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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