The COBA Graduate Studies offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accounting (MAcc). Other programs include internships. The strongest areas of study and the most popular courses are informations systems and accounting. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including the Chik-Fil-A lecture series, Executive-in-Residence program, and Annual Forensic Accounting Lecture.
Thirty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 (MBA) and 12 (MAcc) elective credits. Required courses include:
- Problem Solving with Quantitative Methods
- Accounting for Executives
- Information Technology Management
- Strategic Marketing Management
- Financial Problems
- Leadership and Motivation
- Management of Operations for Competitive Advantage
- Global Business Strategy
Required courses for the Macc include:
- Seminar in Financial Accounting
- Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships
- Seminar in Auditing
- Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
- Law and Ethics for Accountants
- Financial Reporting and Analysis
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by completing coursework at an accredited institution or by transferring up to 6 semester hours.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time or part time is 1 year; maximum, 7 years.
There are 83 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average business class size is 17.
A bachelor’s degree is required. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x undergraduate GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 1000. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and motivation. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 130; 100 were accepted; 75 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.36; average GMAT score was 495. Transfers are accepted.
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 $50. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 15, spring; April 1, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is July 1.
About 55% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $9558 annually; maximum $18,500. The FAFSA is required. The application deadlines are March 31 for fall entry; April 5, summer.
Tuition for in-state residents is $127 per credit, or $3044 per year. Nonresidents pay $508 per credit, or $12,172 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6500; books and supplies, $1000; personal expenses, $4600; and other fees, $1052, for an estimated annual total of $16,196 for in-state residents and $25,524 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Fifty-one percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from Georgia (79%). Forty-six percent are women, 36% are minorities, and 13% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 26; ages range from 20 to 55. Thirty-nine percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 3% already have a graduate degree. About 37% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 67% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 122 graduate business degrees were awarded.