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College of Business

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The College offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accountancy (MSAcc), Master in Economics (MA), Master of Science in Management Informations Systems (MS/MIS), and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) as well as a joint degree in dual degree programs with the law school (MBA/JD), the dental school (MBA/DMD), and the college of Hotel Administration (MBA/MS/HOA). Other programs include internship programs. The strongest areas of study and the most popular courses are in finance and new venture management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 15 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Laws, Regulations, and Ethical Issues
  • Applied Economic Analysis
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Managerial Finance
  • International Business and Cross Cultural Perspectives
  • Strategy Formation Processes
  • Information Systems for Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements with up to 6 semester hours passed at an AACSB-accredited school. The Accelerated MBA program will allow waiver of up to 18 credits with an undergraduate degree in business from an AACSB-accredited school with a 3.0 or higher and a GMAT score of at least 600 with each percentile above the 50th percentile.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1.5 years; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 3 years; maximum, 6 years.

There are 80 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 95% hold a doctorate. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 7; average business class size is 40.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75 and a GMAT score of 520. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (GPA x 200) + GMAT, or minimum 1150. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and management potential. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 292; 101 were accepted; 67 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.26; average GMAT score was 596. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by special mailings.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $60, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume, and a statement of purpose. The application deadlines are June 1 for fall entry; November 15, spring. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June 30. Once accepted, students may defer admission upon written request.

Financial Aid

About 25% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $16,633 annually; maximum $51,763. 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 $150 per credit, or $3594 per year. Nonresidents pay $150 per credit, or $13,594 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $10,000; books and supplies, $2000; and other fees, $2000, for an estimated annual total of $17,954 for in-state residents and $27,594 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing consists of on-campus dormitories and off-campus apartments.


Fifty-four percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 65% have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Nevada (45%). Forty percent are women, 11% are minorities, and 13% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 29; ages range from 21 to 72. Ten percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 15% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 40%, business; 13%, engineering; 10%, liberal arts; 10%, math and science; 10%, social sciences; and 4%, economics. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 85 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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