The Goizueta Business School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as doctoral programs in decision and information analysis, accounting, and marketing, and joint degrees in law (MBA/JD), theology (MBA/MDiv), and public health (MBA/MPH). Other programs include certificate programs with Latin American area studies and Russian/East European area studies, cross-registration with other Georgia universities, work-study programs, foreign exchange with 16 countries, internships, and joint research through collaboration with faculty from other universities. In addition, there are dual degrees with foreign exchange partners, a program called Treks in which first-year students are exposed to industries, and a 1-year accelerated program for qualified candidates. The strongest areas of study are organization and management, finance, marketing, information technology, accounting, customer relationship, strategy, and consulting. The most popular courses are Consulting, Finance, General Analysis, Leadership, and Marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Hightower Distinguished Lecturer Series allows each faculty area to bring 2 distinguished lecturers to campus each academic year. There are also monthly Dean’s Leadership Speakers Series, regular class speakers, and Executive-in-Residence programs.
Sixty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 33 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Economic Analysis for Managers
- Financial Accounting
- Organization and Management
- Marketing Management
- Goizueta Plus
- Managerial Finance
- Managerial Accounting and Control
- Strategic Management
- Fall and Spring Lead Weeks
- Operations/Information Technology
- Decision and Information Analysis I
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by examination.
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 3 semesters; maximum, 4 semesters. For students attending part time, the minimum is 9 semesters.
There are 83 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 94% hold a doctorate; there are 11 part-time faculty, of whom 64% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated for Category l institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 39.
A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are work experience, academic accomplishments and ability, and GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 984; 334 were accepted; 149 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.4; average GMAT score was 690. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by aggressive target marketing, competitive scholarships, and Inside Goizueta, a conference for minority students; the school is also a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores (GRE is also accepted for the PhD), a nonrefundable application fee of $140, 2 letters of recommendation, and essays. The application deadlines are March 15 for fall entry; February 1, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision 4 to 8 weeks after applying. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is March. Once accepted, students may defer admission , but the request must be in writing.
About 77% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $28,394 annually; maximum $66,783. Stipends and programs available for minority students include Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellowships and corporate-sponsored scholarships. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required the PROFILE is suggested. are required. The application deadlines are February 15 for fall entry; February 15, summer.
Tuition and fees for all students total $32,800 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $2100; personal expenses, $15,750, for an estimated annual total of $50,650. Graduate student housing consists of on-campus apartment-style housing. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Forty-three percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; all have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from the South (66%). Twenty-seven percent are women, 12% are minorities, and 30% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 24 to 38. Four percent already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 35%, business; 26%, engineering; 17%, math and science; 9%, economics; 9%, liberal arts; and 4%, social sciences. About 1% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 99% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 365 graduate business degrees were awarded.