The College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include internships. The strongest area of study and the most popular course is management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The MBA Association holds outstanding speaker forums 2 to 3 times a year.
Thirty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Managerial Use of Accounting Data
- Quantitative Methods in Management
- Managerial Communication
- Economic Analysis for Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Seminar in Marketing
- Financial Management
- Organizational Strategy and Policies
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring up to 6 credit hours from other accredited institutions.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full or part time is 8 years.
There are 22 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 4 part-time faculty, 2 of whom hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 25.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5 and a GMAT score of 450. 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 and GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is required.
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 $10. The application deadlines are June 30 for fall entry; November 30, spring; April 30, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June.
The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Cost per credit hour is $165 for in-state residents. Nonresidents pay $228 per credit hour. Graduate student housing is available on campus and is privately managed.
Thirteen percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 95% have had full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Louisiana (83%). Fifty-two percent are women and 15% are minorities. The average age at entrance is 25; ages range from 22 to 63. Fifteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 2% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 75%, business; 10%, math and science; 9%, social sciences; 5%, engineering; and 1%, liberal arts.