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Graduate School of Business

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Academics

The School of Business offers the Global Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science in Hospitality Administration (MSH), Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), Master of Science in International Business (MSIB), Master of Science in Marketing (MKT), Master of Science in Operations and Production Management (MSOP), Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL), and Master of Science in Sport Management (MSP) as well as doctoral programs in community economic development and international business. All master’s programs may be combined. Other programs include work-study and 1-semester internships. The strongest areas of study are accounting, information systems, and management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Forty-two total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Human Behavior in Organizations
  • Business Law
  • Responsible Corporate Leadership
  • Multinational Corporate Environment
  • Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • 2 graduate business electives

Required courses for the MSA include:

  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Reporting l, ll, and lll
  • Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
  • Auditing
  • Seminar in Accounting Theory
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Financial Management
  • Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • Multinational Corporate Management
  • Business Law
  • Federal Taxation of Individuals
  • Federal Taxation of Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, and Trusts

Required courses for the MSF include:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Fiscal and Monetary Policies and Practices
  • Multinational Corporate Finance
  • Short-term Financial Management
  • Money and Capital Markets
  • Capital Budgeting and Financing
  • Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • Seminar in Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • 1 finance or economics elective

Required courses for the MSIB include:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Financial Management
  • Multinational Corporate Management
  • Multinational Corporate Environment
  • Multinational Corporate Finance
  • Multinational Market Strategies
  • International Trade and Competitiveness
  • International Negotiations
  • Multinational Business Strategy
  • Seminar in Multinational Business
  • 1 graduate IB elective

Required courses for the MSIT include:

  • Object Oriented Application Development
  • Advanced Computer Information Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Object-Oriented Systems Analysis
  • IT Project and Team Management
  • Computer Simulation and Modeling
  • Data Communications and Networking
  • Principles of Database Design
  • Products in Information Strategy and Policy
  • 3 IT electives

Required courses for the MS in Hospitality Administration include:

  • Marketing Strategies
  • Human Resource Management
  • Redesigning Middle Management
  • Leadership
  • Responsible Corporate Leadership
  • Managerial Role of Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure and Recreation
  • International Hospitality Operations
  • Seminar in Service Management
  • Hospitality Entrepreneurship and DevelopmentorTourism Planning and Economic Development
  • 3 additional hospitality project courses

Required courses for the MS in Organizational Leadership include:

  • Human Behavior in Organizations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Redesigning Middle Management
  • Leadership
  • Responsible Corporate Leadership
  • Contemporary Issue in Organizational Management
  • Information Technology
  • Multinational Corporate Management
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • 2 graduate business electives

Required courses for the MS in Operations and Production Management include:

  • Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Product Management
  • Topics in Product Management
  • Topics in Operations Management
  • 7 selected graduate electives in operations management or business

Required courses for the MS in Sport Administration include:

  • Human Behavior in Organizations
  • Leadership
  • Research Methods in Sport Management
  • Sport in Society
  • Internationalization of Sport
  • Management of Sport Organizations
  • Sport Marketing and Media
  • Financial and Economics of Sport
  • Sport Law
  • Seminar in Sport Management
  • 1 3-credit internship
  • 3 graduate business electives

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements through prior course work, but a business elective must be substituted.

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, 18 months. For students attending part time, the maximum is 8 years.

There are 45 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 85% hold a doctorate; there are 75 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 7; average business class size is 25.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, quality of undergraduate school, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 478; 450 were accepted; 300 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, and a nonrefundable application fee of $25. The application deadline is open for fall entry. Students are notified of the admissions decision 2 to 3 weeks after all paperwork is received. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year from date of acceptance.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is $1392 per credit, or $19,488 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $14,060; books and supplies, $2000; personal expenses, $2000; and other fees, $650, for an estimated annual total of $38,198. Graduate student housing is available in privately owned housing and dormitories for single day 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; 85% have had an average of 4 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 Northeast (85%). Fifty-one percent are women and 34% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 20 to 55. Eleven percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 40%, business; 35%, liberal arts; 10%, engineering; 5%, economics; 5%, math and science; and 5%, education. About 5% 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, 506 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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