The College of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include foreign exchange with the University of Paris at Dauphine and group ESC in Toulouse, France. The strongest areas of study are accounting, marketing, management, and finance. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus and include guest speakers for classes, student organizations, and the public.
Thirty-three total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Managerial Accounting
- Business Research
- Business Statistics
- Seminar in Corporate Strategy
- Managerial Economics
- Seminar in Financial Management
- Organization Theory and Practice
- Marketing Theory and Practice
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements with up to 9 hours of transfer credit.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time or part time is 6 years.
There are 22 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 20.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.0 and a GMAT score of 400. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (GPA x 200) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is not required.
Transfers are accepted.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $20, and transcripts from all schools attended. Check with the school for current application deadlines. Students are notified as early as possible of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is open.
In a recent year, about 15% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $4000 annually. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for in-state students totals $3555 per year: non residents pay $9003 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $4600. Graduate student housing consists of university residence halls and rental apartments and houses within close proximity to the campus.
Thirty-nine percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from Louisiana (69%). Forty-eight percent are women, 8% are minorities, and 12% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 29; ages range from 22 to 51. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 69%, business and 7%, engineering. In a recent year, 38 graduate business degrees were awarded.