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Silberman College of Business Administration

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Academics

The Silberman College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Taxation (MST), and Accounting (MS) as well as a joint degree in BA/MBA. Other programs include internships and an interdisciplinary program in corporate communications. The strongest areas of study and the most popular are management, finance, and accounting. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA. Required courses include:

  • Economic Analysis
  • Social, Political, and Legal Environment of Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Corporate Venturing
  • Information Systems and Technology Management
  • Applied Statistical Analysis
  • Financial Accounting: An End-User Approach
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Executive Communication and Leadership
  • Global Business Capstone

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements through proficiency exams or equivalent undergraduate courses.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full or part time is 6 years.

There are 66 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 80% hold a doctorate; there are 82 part-time faculty, of whom 2% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 20; average business class size is 25.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 1050. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, GMAT results, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 515; 330 were accepted; 216 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 525. 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, GMAT scores, and a nonrefundable application fee of $40. The application deadline is open for fall entry. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 academic year.

Financial Aid

About 60% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $5500 annually. The FAFSA is required. The application deadlines are February 15 for fall entry; October 1, spring.

Tuition for all students is $839 per credit, or $15,102 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6800; books and supplies, $1000; and other fees, $572, for an estimated annual total of $23,474. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Forty-five percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. Fourteen percent are minorities and 19% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 21 to 62. In 2006, 369 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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