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MBA Program

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The MBA Program offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, internship programs, and on-site training with local businesses. The strongest areas of study are finance, marketing, general management, and organizational behavior. The most popular courses are Learning Organizations, Managerial Decision Making, and Ethical Decision Making. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including alumni and career events.

Fifty-two total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Management Tools
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Decision Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Business Law
  • Statistics for Managers
  • Human Capital
  • Marketing Management
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Career Management
  • The Global Marketplace
  • Final Project
  • E-Business Strategies
  • Strategic Planning
  • 4 electives

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring 9 quarter credits from an accredited graduate business program.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time or part time is 1 year; maximum, 5 years.

There are 2 total full-time graduate business faculty; there are 37 part-time faculty, of whom 22% hold a doctorate. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 6; average business class size is 12.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5. Most important admissions factors are work experience, essays, and a successful interview. A strong mathematics background is not required.

In a recent year, the number of applicants was 84; 78 were accepted; 76 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.18; average GMAT score was 490. 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, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume, and an essay. The application deadlines are August 31 for fall entry; December 3, winter; March 3, spring; May 26, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision within 2 weeks after the interview. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August 31. Once accepted, students may defer admission.

Financial Aid

About 60% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $13,500 annually; maximum $18,500. The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and the previous year’s tax return are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is $395 per credit, or $9315 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1200; personal expenses, $2400; and other fees, $162, for an estimated annual total of $13,077. Graduate student housing is not available on campus.


Fifteen percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 92% have had an average of 10 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 West (95%). Forty-nine percent are women, 7% are minorities, and 9% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 36; ages range from 22 to 61. Five percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 59%, business; 18%, social sciences; 9%, engineering; 9%, liberal arts; and 5%, math and science. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 95% remain to receive their degree.

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