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College of Business Administration

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The College of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSAcc), Master of Science in Taxation (MST), Master of Science in Economics (MSEco), Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS), and Master of Sport Business Management (MSBM) as well as a doctoral program in business administration. Other programs include internships with major accounting firms and joint research with the Institute for Simulation and Training at the College of Engineering. The strongest areas of study are management, accounting, finance, international business, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization.

Thirty-nine total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Law and Ethics
  • Applied Business Research Tools
  • Organizational Behavior and Development
  • Economic Analysis of the Firm
  • Managerial Accounting Analysis
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Strategic Information Systems
  • International Business Analysis
  • Applied Strategy and Business Policy

Required courses for the MSAcc include:

  • Cost Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Cost Accounting II
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Taxation II
  • Accounting Information Systems II
  • Accounting Theory
  • Internship

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring equivalent course work from AACSB-accredited universities.

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, 4 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 33 months; maximum, 4 years.

There are 151 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 39 part-time faculty, of whom 50% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 40.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0, a GMAT score of 540, and GRE scores of 1080. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 X GPA) + GMAT. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 508; 308 were accepted; 275 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 560. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by through minority conferences.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer (MBA programs begin in the fall). To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $30, 3 letters of recommendation, 2 essays, and a resume. The application deadlines are June 15 for fall entry; November 1, spring; March 15, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is July 15.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs available for minority students include fellowships and a special summer program. The FAFSA and ACT Family Financial Statement are required. The application deadlines are July 15 for fall entry; November 1, spring; March 15, summer.

Tuition for in-state residents is $257 per credit. Nonresidents pay $950 per credit. Books and supplies cost approximately $1500; personal expenses, $4000 Graduate student housing is available close to campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-five percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 98% have had an average of 8 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school. The greatest percentage of students are from Florida (80%). Forty-seven percent are women, 20% are minorities, and 13% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 31; ages range from 23 to 60. Eleven percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 3% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 48%, business; 16%, engineering; 14%, math and science; 9%, social sciences; 5%, economics; and 4%, liberal arts. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 398 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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