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College of Business Administration

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Academics

The College of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems (MSCIS), and Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) as well as a joint degree in law (JD/MBA). Other programs include interdisciplinary programs in architecture, education, and criminal justice, foreign exchange with Mexico, China, and Europe, internships and cooperative programs with local, regional, and national companies, work-study through the Professional Practice program, and joint research within the university and with other universities worldwide. The strongest areas of study are social responsibility, ethics, and finance. The most popular courses are finance and courses related to international subjects. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Accounting for Management Control
  • Analysis of Economic Conditions
  • Financial Planning and Administration
  • Modeling and Executive Decision Making
  • The Manager and Social Responsibility
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Management Development
  • Strategic Marketing

Required courses for the MSCIS include:

  • Object Orientation
  • Specification and Design
  • Quality Assurance
  • Lifecycle Process Management
  • Practicum

Required courses for the MSIA include:

  • Networks
  • Information Security Principles
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Network Security
  • Information Assurance Management
  • Physical and Personal Security
  • Secure Software Engineering
  • Systems Forensics
  • Assurance Processes

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring up to 12 hours of credit.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 5 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 1 <1/2> years; maximum, 5 years.

There are 23 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 95% hold a doctorate; there are 18 part-time faculty, of whom 95% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category llA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 24.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0 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 grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 249; 191 were accepted; 77 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.17; average GMAT score was 475. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by the Black MBA Association’s activities.

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, and a nonrefundable application fee of $30. Letters of recommendation and a resume are preferred but not required. The application deadlines are August 15 for fall entry; December 15, winter; April 15, spring; June 15, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision within 5 days after all admissions materials are received. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August. Once accepted, students may defer admission with the approval of the director.

Financial Aid

The previous year’s tax return is required. The application deadline is March 1 for fall entry.

Tuition for all students is $760 per credit, or $13,680 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $3360; and other fees, $285, for an estimated annual total of $17,325. Graduate student housing consists of 6 residence halls on campus for single and married students. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Thirty-six percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 97% have had an average of 7 to 8 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. Forty percent are women, 20% are minorities, and 37% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 23 to 49. Ten percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 10% already have a graduate degree. About 10% 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, 133 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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