The School of Business and Technology offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Computer Science/Information Systems (MS), and Master of Arts (MA) as well as a doctoral program in management, and a joint degree in accounting (BS/MS) and the BA/MA in a variety of areas. Other programs include internships and foreign exchange with Webster’s 4 European and 5 Asian campuses. The strongest areas of study are business administration, management and leadership, and human resources management. The most popular courses are Organizational Behavior, Applied Business Statistics, Management, and Finance. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. In addition to the “Success to Significance” Speaker series, there is ongoing faculty exchange between extended domestic and foreign campuses.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Organizational Behavior
- Applied Business Statistics
- Management Accounting
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- Operations and Project Management
- Managerial Economics
- Business Policies and Strategies
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements via core course substitutions and prerequisite waivers.
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 14 months; part time, 26 months.
There are 37 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 70% hold a doctorate; there are 1699 part-time faculty, of whom 18% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 8; average business class size is 9.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5. Most important admissions factors are accreditation of undergraduate school, quality of undergraduate school, and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 2421; 2383 were accepted; 2048 enrolled. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by through recruitment events and target marketing.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, and a nonrefundable application fee of $25. The application deadline is rolling for fall entry. Students are notified upon application of the admissions decision. Once accepted, students may defer admission through notification and update of system file.
About 48% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $13,013 annually; maximum $18,500. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. The application deadline is open for fall entry.
Tuition for all students is $490 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $7403 Graduate student housing consists of more than 200 on-campus apartments for married or single students.
Twenty-four percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 85% have had an average of 12 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from the South (49%). Fifty percent are women, 43% are minorities, and 5% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 34; ages range from 21 to 78. Six percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 15% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 80%, business and 10%, math and science. About 25% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 71% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 4473 graduate business degrees were awarded.