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Sawyer Business School

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The Sawyer School of Management offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Science in Taxation (MST), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science in Financial Services and Banking (MSFSB), Master of Science in Philanthropy and Media (MSPM), Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA), Graduate Diploma Professional Accounting (GDPA), Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Accounting (MBA/MSA), Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Taxation (MBA/MST), Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Political Science (MBA/MSPS), Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MBA/MSCJ), and Master of Public Administration/Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MPA/MSMHC) as well as a joint degree in law and business administration (JD/MBA), law and public policy (JD/MPA), law and taxation (JD/MST), public policy and mental health counseling (MPA/MSMHC), public policy and criminal justice (MPA/MSCJ), public policy and political science (MPA/MSPS), business administration and accounting (MBA/MSA), and business administration and taxation (MBA/MST). Other programs include work-study, internships, foreign exchange by individual departments, and an accelerated MBA degree for CPAs and attorneys. The strongest areas of study are finance, accounting, management, and marketing. The most popular courses are global business, accounting, finance, and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Required courses and electives vary be program and include:

  • Effective Career Planning
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Statistical Methods
  • Economic Analysis for Managers
  • Corporate Financial Reporting and Control
  • Value-Based Financial Management
  • Marketing: The Challenge of Managing Value
  • Information Management for Competitive Advantage
  • Managing in the Ethical and Legal Environment
  • Operations Management
  • Managing in the Global Environment
  • Strategic Management

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements through waivers, for core courses only.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 10 months; maximum, 5 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 16 months; maximum, 5 years.

There are 96 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 80% hold a doctorate; there are 30 part-time faculty, of whom 2% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 5; average business class size is 18.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.7 and a GMAT score of 430. 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 967; 738 were accepted; 376 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.19; average GMAT score was 383. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by minority recruitment fairs, AHANA outreach, special financial aid brochure, and a staff member appointed as liason.

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 $50, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume, and an essay. The application deadlines are June 15 for fall entry; November 1, spring; April 1, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August. Once accepted, students may defer admission on a case-by-case basis, 1 time only, 1 year only.

Financial Aid

About 50% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $12,278 annually; maximum $63,168. The GAPSFAS or FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadlines are November 1 for spring entry; March 1, summer.

Books and supplies cost approximately $900; personal expenses, $900; and other fees, $120 Graduate student housing is not available. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Eighteen percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 91% have had an average of 3 to 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from the Northeast (87%). Forty-eight percent are women, 9% are minorities, and 12% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 21 to 49. Ten percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 14%, business; 13%, social sciences; 7%, economics; 1%, engineering; and 1%, math and science. About 6% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 90% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 474 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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