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School of Business Administration

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Academics

The School of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Taxation (MS) as well as joint degrees in design and instructional technology (MBA/MS), taxation (MBA/MS), architectural studies (BS/MBA), business (BS/MBA), and textile technology (BS/MBA). Other programs include internships. The strongest areas of study are taxation, finance, international business, and marketing. The most popular courses are finance, international business, and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Thirty-three total credits are required to complete the MBA (30 for MS in Taxation), including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Management Communications and Negotiations
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Accounting for Management Decisions
  • Financial Policy and Planning
  • Global Managing in the Twenty-First Century
  • Quantitative Methods in Decision
  • Strategic Plannning in a Global Environment

Required courses for the MS in Taxation include:

  • Individual Taxation
  • “S” Corporation Taxation
  • Corporation Taxation
  • Financial Planning
  • Tax Research
  • Partnership Taxation

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring 6 credits from other institutions.

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, 7 years.

There are 16 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 80% hold a doctorate; there are 17 part-time faculty, of whom 12% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 12.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, GMAT results, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 283; 150 were accepted; 80 enrolled. The average GMAT score was 445. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by attending all minority fairs.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, and a nonrefundable application fee of $35. The application deadlines are August 15 for fall entry; January 15, spring; May 1, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision 2 weeks after the application is complete. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August 1. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 2 semesters.

Financial Aid

About 36% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $17,148 annually; maximum $24,500. The FAFSA and PHEAA are required. The application deadlines are April 15 for fall entry; January 1, spring; April 15, summer.

Tuition for all students is $698 per credit. Graduate student housing is not available on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Thirty-three percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The school prefers part-time students to have work experience prior to entering graduate school. The greatest percentage of students are from the Northeast (85%). Fifty-three percent are women, 16% are minorities, and 12% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 26; ages range from 21 to 52. Two percent already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 55%, business; 20%, social sciences; 10%, engineering; 5%, liberal arts; and 5%, math and science. In 2006, 101 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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