The Sellinger School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Executive MBA (EMBA), and MBA Fellows (FMBA). Other programs include internships in the MSF program. The strongest areas of study are international management, international finance, and power and influence. The most popular courses are Entrepreneurship and Investments Management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. There is an executive on-campus program as well as a leadership lecture series available to all current students, alumni, and faculty.
Fifty-three total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
- Leadership and Management
- Risk Assessment and Process Strategy
- Marketing Strategy
- Financial Strategy
- Business Strategy
Required courses for the MSF include:
- Information Technology for Management
- Financial Applications and Strategy
- Investment Management
- Portfolio Management
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- International Finance
- Advanced Financial Analysis
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements for up to 21 core credits and 6 advanced level credits.
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 3 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 7 years.
There are 54 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 91% hold a doctorate; there are 19 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 6; average business class size is 25.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.95. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (GPA x 200) + GMAT, or minimum 1150. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants in a recent year was 608; 511 were accepted; 360 enrolled. The average GPA was 2.89; average GMAT score was 562. 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 $50, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume, and an essay. The application deadlines are August 15 for fall entry; December 15, spring; May 15, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August 15. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.
About 18% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $14,290 annually; maximum $26,500. Stipends and programs are available for minority students in the Executive MBA program and MBA Fellows. The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for all students is $572 per credit. Graduate student housing is not available. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Twenty percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 95% have had an average of 9 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 (91%). Forty percent are women, 13% are minorities, and 2% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 22 to 59. Five percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 9% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 50%, business; 15%, engineering; 6%, math and science; 5%, liberal arts; and 4%, social sciences. In 2006, 296 graduate business degrees were awarded.