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Graduate Program in Business Administration

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The Graduate Program offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Business Administration, Leadership Studies (MSBA) as well as a joint degree in nursing (MSN/MSA and MSN/MSBA). Other programs include work-study programs. The strongest area of study is management. The most popular course is Organizational Behavior.

Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MSBA (International Business Specialty), including 11 elective credits. Required courses for the MSBA (International Business Specialty) include:

  • Introductory Seminar
  • Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • Future Society and Leadership
  • Ethical Considerations
  • International Trade Structure and Systems
  • International Management
  • International Economics
  • International Accounting and Taxation
  • International Marketing
  • International Legal Environment
  • International Finance
  • Import-Export Management
  • International Business Experience
  • International Business Communications and Negotiations
  • International Business Research I and II

The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending part time is 6 years.

There is 1 full-time graduate business faculty member, who holds a doctorate; there are 8 part-time faculty, of whom 88% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category IIB institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 24; average business class size is 12.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are motivation, management potential, and a successful interview. A strong mathematics background is not required.

Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by television and radio advertisements and the Black MBA Forum.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, a nonrefundable application fee of $25, and 2 letters of recommendation An interview is required. The application deadline is August 15 for Fall entry; December 15, winter; April 15, spring/summer. Students are notified as early as possible of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June 15.

Financial Aid

In a recent year, about 19% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $9740 annually; maximum $15,574. The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is $417 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $7500.


Sixteen percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from Michigan (85%). Fifty-five percent are women, 24% are minorities, and 14% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 37; ages range from 22 to 68. About 1% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 97% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 103 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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