The SSBE offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), and Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) as well as a joint degree in Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration program, J.D/MBA. Other programs include cross-registration with Georgia State University, Kennesaw University, and other area colleges and universities. There are on-site corporate MBA programs. The strongest areas of study are marketing, finance, international business, health care management, and technology management. The most popular courses are international and finance. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Executive Forum lecture series features business leaders from across the country and a guest speaker for 1 hour the first night of class for each 8-week session.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9-12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Managerial Economics
- Managerial Accounting
- Corporation Finance
- MBA Capstone
- Management Information Systems
- Marketing Concepts and Practices
- Operations Management Science
- Ethical Leadership
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring a maximum of 6 semester hours (2 courses) from other graduate programs.
The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 7 years.
There are 36 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 97% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average business class size is 21.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 285; 194 were accepted; 152 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.0; average GMAT score was 510. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
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 August 1 for fall entry; December 1, spring; May 1, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August 1. Once accepted, students may defer admission.
About 90% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships. The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and a financial aid transcript are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for all students is $574 per credit. Graduate student housing consists of student apartments on campus.
Fifty-five percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 94% have had an average of 6 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Georgia (85%). Forty-six percent are women, 48% are minorities, and 9% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 32; ages range from 21 to 59. Six percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 6% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 50%, business; 13%, engineering; 10%, economics; 10%, math and science; 10%, social sciences; and 7%, liberal arts. In 2006, 173 graduate business degrees were awarded.