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Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education

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Academics

The Graduate Business Center offers the Master of Business Administration in economics/finance, technology and electronic commerce, management, executive management, and general business (MBA). The strongest areas of study are management and finance.

Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business and the Economic Environment
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management and Organizational Theory
  • Business Communications
  • Marketing Management
  • Evolution of Business
  • Strategic Management
  • Managerial Problem Analysis
  • Business Information Systems

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 2 years; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 1/2 years; maximum, 6 years.

There are 20 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 90% hold a doctorate; there are 2 part-time faculty. Average business class size is 18.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.65. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.

Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by subscribing to the ETS Minority Locator Service.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $35, 3 letters of recommendation, a career essay, and a resume. The application deadline is open for fall entry. Students are notified of the admissions decision 6 weeks after receipt of the completed application. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 2 years.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs available for minority students include Black American Graduate Assistantships. The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $6000 per year. Nonresidents pay $10,000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $300; and other fees, $934. Graduate student housing is available on campus.

Students

Eight percent of a recent year, graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 80% had an average of 8 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from Pennsylvania (90%). Thirty-four percent were women, 2% were minorities, and 2% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 33; ages ranged from 23 to 60. Twenty percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 2% already had a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 40%, business; 20%, liberal arts; 5%, economics; 5%, engineering; 5%, math and science; and 5%, social sciences. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 90% remain to receive their degree.

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