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Academics

The Graduate Division of Business and Management offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Organizational Development/Strategic Human Resources (MS/OD/HR), Master of Science in Real Estate (MS/Real Es), Master of Science in Marketing (MS/Market), Master of Science in Information and Telecommunication Systems for Business (MS/ITS), and Master of Science in Finance (MS/Finance) as well a joint degrees in public health (MBA/MPH), biotechnology (MS/MBA), nursing (MSN/MBA), and health systems management (MHSM/MBA). Other programs include interdisciplinary programs in Police Executive Leadership, Business of Medicine, and Business of Nursing. The strongest areas of study are MBA, organizational development, information and telecommunication systems for business, finance, marketing, and real estate. The most popular courses are Financial Management, Marketing, Management, and Information Systems. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Graduate Division of Business and Management actively solicits executive and senior managers from corporations to teach classes.

Required courses include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Business, Government, and the World Economy
  • Financial Management
  • International Trade and Monetary Theory
  • Management Science
  • Statistics for Business
  • Information Technology Integration for Business
  • Corporate Financial Theory
  • Managerial Communication
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Management
  • Capstone
  • Foundations of Moral Leadership
  • Moral Leadership and the Global Economy
  • Moral Leadership and Business Practice

Required courses for the MS/OD/HR include:

  • Individuals and Change in Organizations
  • Group Development and Processes
  • Organizational Behavior and Change
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Tools: Research Methods, Evaluation
  • Case Studies Practicum
  • Directed Field Work

Required courses for the MS/Marketing include:

  • Consumer Behavior Analysis Ethics in Marketing Decisions
  • Marketing Research I
  • Managerial Economics and Industry Analysis
  • Marketing Information Systems
  • Cost Design and Financial Analysis in Marketing
  • Marketing Strategy I
  • Marketing Strategy II
  • Marketing Analysis and Decision Making
  • Applied Project in Marketing
  • Marketing Law and Industry Regulations
  • Product Design and Technology Management

Required courses for the MS/ITS include:

  • Information Systems Architecture
  • Telecommunication System Architecture
  • Systems Analysis and Human Factor
  • Technology, Business, and Organization Structure
  • Database Management Systems: Structure and Design
  • Information Technology, Budgets, Finance, and Management
  • Project Management for Information Systems
  • Information Technology Integration for Business
  • Strategic Planning for Information Systems
  • Graduate Capstone Project

Required courses for the MS/Real Estate include:

  • Real Estate Enterprise
  • Real Estate Computer Technology
  • Real Estate Law
  • Market and Feasibility Analysis
  • Building and Site Design
  • Urban Economics
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Investments
  • Real Estate Construction
  • Applied Practicum or Thesis

Required courses for the MS/Finance include:

  • International Trade and Monetary Theory
  • Corporate Financial Theory
  • Advanced Corporate Finance: A Case Study Approach
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Modeling
  • Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • Derivative Securities
  • Advanced Portfolio Management Four foundation courses may be waived by examination; up to 6 credits of applicable graduate course work may be transferred into the program.

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 6 years.

There are 16 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 349 part-time faculty, of whom 44% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 6; average business class size is 20.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, grades in upper-level courses, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited through the Leadership Development Program for Minority Managers.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $70, 2 letters of recommendation, and a resume, a personal essay. An interview may be required. The application deadline is open for fall entry. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

In a recent year, about 14% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $8484 annually; maximum $18,500. The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, the previous year’s tax return, and F/A transcripts are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is approximately $550 per credit. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

All of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled part-time; 97% have had an average of 3 to 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 Maryland (77%). Forty-four percent are women, 20% are minorities, and 11% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 33; ages range from 23 to 67. Three percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 45% already have a graduate degree. In a recent year, 705 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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