The School of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include cooperative programs with area business firms and public agencies, federal work-study, internships, and joint research with Southern College of Technology. The strongest areas of study are marketing and finance. The most popular courses are marketing electives and Entrepreneurship. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus and include the Corporate Associates Program and the Boardroom to Classroom Program.
Sixty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 18 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Information Systems
- Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
- Marketing Management
- Managerial Communications
- Financial Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Production and Operations Management
- Management of Organizations
- Legal, Social, and Ethical Aspects of Business
- International Business
- Financial Accounting
- Business Policy
- Managerial Accounting
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 4 semesters; maximum, 5 years. For students attending part time, the maximum is 5 years.
In a recent year, there are 34 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 80% held a doctorate. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 30.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, work experience, and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is not required.
Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall only. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, 3 letters of recommendation, a statement of career objectives, an explanation for selecting the school, and a statement of strengths and weaknesses. The application deadline is April 1 for fall entry. Students are notified within 30 days of receipt of a completed application of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is March 1. Once accepted, students may defer admission for 1 year.
Stipends and programs are available for minority students. The GAPSFAS or FAFSA, a university financial aid application, financial aid transcript, and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for all students is $617 per credit. Books and suppliescost approximately, $1000; personal expenses, $2374; and other fees, $550.
Eighty-seven percent pf a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 88% had an average of 4 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from the South (30%). Sixty-two percent were women, 99% were minorities, and 10% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 29; ages ranged from 19 to 51. Ten percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 3% already had a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 36%, liberal arts; 32%, business; 10%, engineering; 9%, social sciences; and 5%, economics. About 3% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 95% remain to receive their degree.