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Division of Graduate and Continuing Education

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Academics

The GCE offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The strongest areas of study are accounting, management, and human resource management. The most popular courses are Management Information Systems, Management Theory and Practice, and Management of the Global Environment.

Fifty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 3 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Management Information Systems
  • Organizational Behavior and Development
  • Marketing Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accounting Practices for Managers
  • Strategic Management
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Accounting for Graduate Students
  • Foundations of Financial Economics
  • Foundations of Marketing Management

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by waiver of up to 6 courses and/or transferring up to 6 graduate credits.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending part time is 6 years.

Average business class size is 21.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.8 and a GMAT score of 400. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT or minimum 1000. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and letters of recommendation. A strong mathematics background is not 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, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $25, 3 letters of recommendation, and a professional resume. The application deadline is open for fall entry. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June 18. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 semester.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and the previous year’s tax return are required. The FAFSA should be filed by February 15.

Tuition for all students is $150 per credit, or $2700 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6486; books and supplies, $450; personal expenses, $1500; and other fees, $1620, for an estimated annual total of $12,756. Graduate student housing consists of residence halls and student apartments.

Students

Forty-seven percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from Massachusetts (57%). Forty percent are women, 47% are minorities, and 40% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 21 to 53. In 2006, 47 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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