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School of Business/MBA Program

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The School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as a joint degree in JD/MBA. The strongest areas of study are accounting, finance, marketing, and information systems. The most popular courses are Finance, Marketing, and Information Systems.

Fifty-five total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Human Resources
  • Product Systems
  • Management Accounting Analysis
  • Financial Strategies
  • Computer-Based Information Systems
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Management Information Systems
  • Financial Accounting Concepts
  • Managerial Accounting Concepts
  • Quantitative Methods I
  • Quantitative Methods II
  • Economic Environment
  • Survey of Finance
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Production and Operations System
  • Human Behavior in Organizations

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements. A JD degree may be substituted for the legal class and two elective classes.

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, 6 years.

There are 20 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 2 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 18; average business class size is 18.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75 and a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (GPA x 200) + GMAT, or minimum 1050. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and motivation. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 55; 38 were accepted; 36 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.44; average GMAT score was 565. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by through the web site and through local organizations.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, and 2 letters of recommendation. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 15, spring; April 15, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision as soon as the application is complete. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is July 15. Once accepted, students may defer admission and enroll in a subsequent semester.

Financial Aid

The FFS is required. The application deadline is February 15 for fall entry.

Tuition for in-state residents is $241 per credit. Nonresidents pay $490 per credit. Graduate student housing is limited on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Twenty-two percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 95% have had an average of 8 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Kansas (90%). Fifty-three percent are women, 15% are minorities, and 10% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 29; ages range from 22 to 55. Fifteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 59%, business; 12%, liberal arts; 12%, math and science; 9%, social sciences; and 6%, engineering. About 3% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 89% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 40 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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