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College of Business/College of Professional Studies

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Academics

The College of Business/College of Professional Studies offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Management (MAM), Master of Arts in Leadership (MLDR), Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS), and Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MSHCA). The strongest areas of study are accounting, business administration, and management information systems. The most popular courses are Financial Strategy, Quantitative Methods, and Strategic Management.

Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Managerial Accounting and Information Systems
  • Financial Strategy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organization Theory
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Capstone: Strategic Management

Required courses for the MAM include:

  • Organization Theory
  • Research Methods in Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Financial Methods in Managerial Decision Making
  • Concepts and Case Studies in Production and Distribution
  • Strategic Business Modeling and Planning
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Management
  • Concepts of Strategic Management
  • 4 credits of directed independent study

Substitutions of requirements are permitted in the MBA and MSCIS programs only.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 16 months; maximum, 7 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 3 years; maximum, 7 years.

There are 11 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 73% hold a doctorate; there are 17 part-time faculty, of whom 47% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 9; average business class size is 23.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, work experience, and essays. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 900; 700 were accepted; 450 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.47. Transfers are accepted.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, a nonrefundable application fee, 2 letters of recommendation, and essays. Students are notified of the admissions decision 4 to 6 weeks before the starting date of classes. Once accepted, students may defer admission.

Financial Aid

In a recent year, about 55% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $8500 annually; maximum $18,500. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is approximately $6000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $800; personal expenses, $3000; and other fees, $100, for an estimated annual total of $9900. Graduate student housing is available off campus.

Students

Fifty-nine percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 98% had an average of more than 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 the Midwest (87%). Forty-four percent are women, 14% are minorities, and 13% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 33; ages range from 23 to 60. Ten percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 2% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 85%, business; 3%, liberal arts; 2%, engineering; 2%, math and science; and 2%, social sciences. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 96% remain to receive their degree.

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