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School of Management

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The School of Management offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), as well as a joint degree in health care administration (MBA/MHA). Other programs include joint research projects with area businesses and agencies in financial and personal research projects and as research assistants on faculty projects. The strongest areas of study are accounting, marketing, and management. The most popular courses are Accounting and Marketing.

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

  • Administrative Managerial Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Management and Organization
  • Advanced Price Theory
  • Advanced Business Policy

Required courses for the MBA (nonthesis option) include:

  • Administrative Managerial Finance
  • Advanced Quantitative Management Analysis
  • Marketing Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Management and Organization
  • Advanced Price Theory
  • Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • Advanced Management Information Systems
  • Advanced Business Policy
  • professional paper

Required courses for the EMBA include:

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Corporate Ethics and Legal Environment
  • Management and Organization
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Marketing Management
  • Financial/Government Study Tour/Elective
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Global Business
  • Economics for Managers/Study Tour
  • Capstone
  • Leadership
  • Managerial Operations

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 1 year; maximum, 2 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 3 years; maximum, 6 years.

In a recent year, there were 13 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 95% held a doctorate; there were 6 part-time faculty, of whom 90% held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 20.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. Most important admissions factors are management potential, quality of undergraduate school, and essays. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 450; 275 were accepted; 250 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by advertising in minority publications.

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 2 letters of recommendation. Students are notified as soon as their file is complete of the admissions decision. Once accepted, students may defer admission. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and a personal financial statement are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is approximately $150 per credit, or $2680 per year. Nonresidents pay $410 per credit, or $7325 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $4840; books and supplies, $720; personal expenses, $2485; and other fees, $780, for an estimated annual total of $11,505 for in-state residents and $16,150 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available in dormitories. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Sixty percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 80% have had an average of 3 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from the West (90%). Eighty-six percent are women, 42% are minorities, and 8% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 25; ages range from 22 to 59. Twenty-five percent enter directly from undergraduate school. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 80%, business; 5%, economics; 5%, liberal arts; 3%, math and science; 3%, education; 2%, engineering; and 2%, social sciences. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 95% remain to receive their degree. In a recent year, 80 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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