The MBA Program/College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include internships, interdisciplinary programs in health care management and school administration, and foreign exhange with 6 countries. The strongest areas of study are general management, international business, marketing, and human resource management. The most popular course is human resource management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. including guest lecturers.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Management Accounting Control Systems
- Managerial Economics
- Financial Management
- Business and Society
- Operations Management Theory and Practice
- Organizational Theory and Behavior
- Business Policy and Decision Making
- Marketing Strategies and Planning
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements with waivers for having taken accredited business courses at the core competency level, CLEP exams, and work experience.
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 12 months; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 6 years.
There are 16 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 88% hold a doctorate; there are 1 part-time faculty, of whom 100% hold a doctorate. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 24; average business class size is 15.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GMAT score of 1010 or minimum. Most important admissions factors are work experience, academic accomplishments and ability, and GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is required.
The average GPA was 3.19; average GMAT score was 483. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by attendance at open houses.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, 2 letters of recommendation, and a resume, and a statement of goals. The application deadline is open for fall entry. Students are notified on an ongoing basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is September 1. Once accepted, students may defer admission.
About 19% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $7012 annually. Stipends and programs available for minority students include , including assistantships. The FAFSA and a Stafford loan application are required. The application deadline is open for fall entry.
Tuition for in-state residents is $336 per credit, or $9072 per year. Nonresidents pay $538 per credit, or $14,526 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6000; books and supplies, $1500; personal expenses, $2500; and other fees, $840 to $1192, for an estimated annual total of $14,926 for in-state residents and $21,016 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available for full-time graduate students on a limited basis. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Twenty-Three percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 95% 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 Pennsylvania (92%). Thiry-Six percent are women, 17% are minorities, and 7% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 31; ages range from 234to 43. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 48%, business; 13%, math and science; 4%, social sciences; 6%, engineering; 8%, liberal arts; and 6%, economics.