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Graduate College of Business

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Academics

The Graduate College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Management (MAM).The strongest areas of study are management, human resources management, and finance. The most popular courses are Leadership in Management, Business Ethics, and Organizational Behavior. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. the Graduate College of Business hosts a Business Luncheon and Seminar Training Series in which noteworthy speakers address timely topics. In addition, guest professors are invited to teach a mini-term course, and the instructors utilize distinguished speakers in their classes.

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

  • Corporate Finance
  • Quantitative Analysis for Managers
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Strategic Management Decisions
  • Management Information Systems
  • Creative Problem Solving for Marketing Decisions
  • Leadership in Management
  • Business Ethics

Required courses for the MAM include:

  • Communication and Business Behavior
  • Managing Change in Organizations
  • High Performance Work Teams
  • Business Ethics
  • Leadership in Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Problems and Challenges in Organizational Management

Course substitutions may be made occasionally, based upon the recommendation of the Director of the Graduate Program.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full or part time is 1<1/2> years; maximum, 6 years.

There are 19 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 79% hold a doctorate; there are 86 part-time faculty, of whom 26% hold a doctorate. Average business class size is 17.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 425. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 196; 173 were accepted; 94 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.1; average GMAT score was 379. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by direct mailings, attendance at education fairs and conferences, the hosting of open houses, media advertising, Internet marketing, and direct telephone marketing.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, (if a student has a GPA of 3.2 or higher and 5 years of significant, relevant work experience, the GMAT requirement may be waived), a nonrefundable application fee of $25, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume, and a statement of purpose explaining main academic interests, reasons for interest in a degree in this particular field, reasons for choosing DBU, and goals to accomplish while at DBU. The application deadlines are open. Students are notified of the admissions decision within 24 hours of the Academic Committee’s decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is open. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

About 42% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $10,571 annually; maximum $21,950. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. The application deadlines are May 1 for fall entry; October 1, winter; October 1, spring; April 1, summer.

Tuition for all students is $455 per credit, or $8190 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $4959; books and supplies, $810; personal expenses, $1503, for an estimated annual total of $15,462. Graduate student housing consists of student apartments on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Forty percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from Texas (95%). Fifty-eight percent are women, 40% are minorities, and 11% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 35; ages range from 20 to 67. Forty-two percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 57%, business; 21%, liberal arts; 8%, social sciences; 7%, math and science; 4%, engineering; and 3%, economics. In 2006, 183 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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