The Graduate Studies in Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), and Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) as well as a doctoral program in manufacturing management, and a joint degree in law and business (JD/MBA). Other programs include joint research with faculty and area businesses. The strongest areas of study and the most popular courses are information systems, finance, and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. These include the Visiting Executive program and the Ed Dodd Distinguished Lecture Series on Business Ethics.
Thirty-three total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Accounting for Decision Making
- Financial Systems
- Strategic Marketing and Analysis
- Results-Based Management
- International Business
- Supply Chain Management
- Information Technology and E-Business
- Strategic Management Capstone
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements based upon undergraduate business course work.
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 9 months; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 6 years.
In a recent year, there were 68 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there were 13 part-time faculty, all of whom held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 35.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.7 and a GMAT score of 450. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and letters of recommendation. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for a recent class was 176; 150 were accepted; 80 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, and 3 letters of recommendation. Students are notified of the admissions decision as soon as a decision is made. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
The school’s own financial statement is required. Check with the school for current deadlines.
Tuition for in-state residents is $375 per credit, or $9000 per year. Nonresidents pay $750 per credit, or $18,000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $500; personal expenses, $6200; and other fees, $1064, for an estimated annual total of $16,764 for in-state residents and $25,764 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is not available on campus, but many apartments are available in the area near the university. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Twenty-eight percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 77% 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 were from Ohio (72%). Thirty-four percent were women, 10% were minorities, and 28% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 29; ages ranged from 20 to 69. In a recent year, 240 graduate business degrees were awarded.