The Graduate Studies offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (MS). Other programs include internships and joint research. The strongest area of study is general management. The most popular courses are finance and information systems. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Speaking of Business program brings senior business executivies and alumni to campus to address major topics in the business environment.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Strategic Management
- Managerial/Corporate Finance
- Economic Foundations for Decision-Making
- Managerial Accounting
- Organizational Behavior/Theory
- Marketing Management
- International Business
- Legal Issues of Executive Management
- Operations Management for Executive Decision-Making
The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending part time is 7 years.
There are 28 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 86% hold a doctorate; there are 6 part-time faculty. Average number of courses faculty teach is 8; average business class size is 21.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (undergraduate GPA x 200) + GMAT, or minimum 1010. 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 the 2006-2007 class was 168; 150 were accepted; 103 enrolled. The average GPA was 2.99. Transfers are accepted.
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 $35 and 2 letters of recommendation. Applications may be submitted on-line for free. Application deadlines are at least 1 month prior to the start of the desired term of entry. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June.
The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for all students is $580 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $8410; books and supplies, $1000; personal expenses, $2500, for an estimated annual total of $22,350. Graduate student housing is available in on-campus facilities.
Ninety-nine percent of the current graduate business school class have had full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school. The greatest percentage of students are from Pennsylvania (96%). Forty-four percent are women, 6% are minorities, and 1% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 31; ages range from 21 to 60. One percent enter directly from undergraduate school. About 27% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 73% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 173 graduate business degrees were awarded.