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College of Business Administration

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Academics

The College of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy (MACC), Master of Arts in Economics (MAE), and Master of Science in Economics (MSE). Other programs include internships. The strongest area of study is management. The most popular course is Finance.

Fifty-one total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Statistics for Decision Making
  • Production/Operations Management
  • Financial Managerial Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior Science
  • Financial Management
  • Economics of the Firm
  • Marketing Management
  • Managing Computer Systems
  • Changing Environments of Business

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements.

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 23 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 90% hold a doctorate; there is 1 part-time faculty member. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 6; average business class size is 25.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 150; 120 were accepted; 100 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.63. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, and 2 letters of recommendation. Students are notified of the admissions decision after the MBA advisory committee meeting. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is March 15; spring, October 15.

Financial Aid

Check with the school for the current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is approximately $150 per credit. Nonresidents pay approximately $300 per credit. Books and supplies cost approximately $900. Graduate student housing is limited on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Forty percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 96% had full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. Forty-two percent are women, 12% are minorities, and 12% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 21 to 50. One percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 3% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 80%, business; 10%, engineering; 8%, liberal arts; and 2%, social sciences. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 98% remain to receive their degree.

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