The Breech School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include work-study, foreign exchange with 3 countries, internship programs, and joint research with area businesses and with faculty. The strongest area of study is management. The most popular courses are management and information technology. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus including foreign faculty members, exchange programs with European institutions, and visiting lecturers.
Thirty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Economics for Decision Making
- Accounting for Management
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Information Technology Management
- Management and Leadership
- Corporate Leadership Capstone
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements through previous coursework or examinations.
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, 7 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 7 years.
There are 14 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom 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 18; average business class size is 30.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT + 50 for years of professional experience. 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 97; 50 were accepted; 44 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 550. 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 $25, and 2 letters of recommendation or have a personal interview. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 15, spring; May 1, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision as soon as the process is completed. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is July 15. Once accepted, students may defer admission.
In a recent year, about 10% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $1600 annually; maximum $11,550. The application deadlines are July 15 for fall entry; November 15, spring; April 15, summer. .
Tuition for all students is $415 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $4200; books and supplies, $300; and other fees, $250 Graduate student housing is limited. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Sixty-nine percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 70% have had an average of 3 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Missouri (80%). Forty-one percent are women, 6% are minorities, and 10% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 22 to 57. Twenty percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 1% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 80%, business; 6%, math and science; 6%, social sciences; 4%, economics; 3%, engineering; and 1%, liberal arts. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 98% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 33 graduate business degrees were awarded.