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Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration

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Academics

The Bloch School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), and Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) as well as a joint degree in law (JD/MBA). Other programs include foreign exchange with 5 countries, internship programs, and joint research. The strongest areas of study are finance, entrepreneurship and innovation, and leadership. The most popular courses are Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Finance.

Thirty total credits (maximum of 48) are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Economics for Administration
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Statistical Methods for Administrative Decisions
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Legal and International Business Environment
  • Competitive Strategies

Required courses for the MSA include:

  • core requirements (see MBA), except that MSA students complete Accounting Controls instead of Management
  • Accounting, accounting electives, and Business and Accounting
  • Information Systems

Required courses for the EMBA include:

  • Financial Reporting Systems
  • Leadership and Organizations
  • Applied Statistical Methods
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Finance
  • Managing People for Strategy Execution
  • Managerial Economics
  • Operations Management for World Class Competitiveness
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Information Systems for Management Planning and Control
  • Advanced Organizational Finance
  • Power, Influence and Negotiation
  • Strategic Management
  • Public Policy Context for Business Decisions
  • Management of Organizational Change
  • Aggregate Economic Analysis and National Policy
  • Organizational Valuation and Financial Modeling
  • Managing Quality and Suppliers for Competitive Advantage
  • Innovation and Enterpreneurship
  • Strategic Organizational Design
  • Legal Issues for Today’s Leaders
  • Information Technology as a Strategic Tool
  • Pricing Strategy for New and Ongoing Enterprises
  • Corporate Governance
  • Global Initiatives in Management
  • Leadership Accountability and Ethics
  • Integrated Business Strategies (Capstone)

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements through previous course work.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time or part time is 1 year; maximum, 7 years.

There are 38 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 11 part-time faculty, of whom 36% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 5; average business class size is 25.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, academic accomplishments and ability, and essays. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 309; 184 were accepted; 147 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.29; average GMAT score was 548. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $35, a resume, and a statement of purpose. The application deadlines are May 1 for fall entry; October 1, winter; March 1, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision approximately 2 weeks after the priority deadline. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is during the week before classes start. Once accepted, students may defer admission for 1 to 2 semesters if qualified. Students should contact the Student Services Office.

Financial Aid

About 41% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $15,932 annually. Stipends and programs available for minority students include diversity scholarships and the Chancellor’s Historically Underrepresented Minority Scholarship. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $336 per credit. Nonresidents pay $773 per credit. Graduate student housing is available on a limited basis. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

The greatest percentage of students are from Missouri (60%). Forty-three percent are women, 12% are minorities, and 8% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 29; ages range from 22 to 56. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 52%, business; 15%, social sciences; 11%, liberal arts; 10%, engineering; 8%, math and science; and 4%, economics. About 19% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 61% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 156 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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