The School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) as well as a doctoral program in organizational leadership, mathematics education, international education, and entrepreneurship, and a joint degree in nursing (MSN/MBA). Other programs include work-study. The strongest areas of study are management and marketing. The most popular courses are information systems, international business, management, and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Managerial Accounting
- Managerial Economics
- Financial Management
- Information Systems Seminar
- Marketing Management
- Human Resource Management
- Business Research and Communication
- Quantitative Methods in Business
- Cases in Management Problems
- International Business Management
Required courses for the MAA include:
- Accounting Concepts and Issues
- Foundations of Organization Research and Assessment
- Administrative Law and Process
- Organizational Behavior and Learning
- Management Concepts and Issues
- Strategic Planning and Policy
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring credits.
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.
There are 15 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 80% hold a doctorate; there are 21 part-time faculty, of whom 60% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average business class size is 13.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5 and a GMAT score of 450. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, grades in upper-level courses, and a successful interview. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 278; 231 were accepted; 144 enrolled. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
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 $20. The application deadlines are August 1 for fall entry; January 1, spring; May 1, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. Once accepted, students may defer admission for 1 semester.
About 50% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for all students is $570 per credit, or $10,260 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6475; books and supplies, $1000; personal expenses, $1500; and other fees, $972, for an estimated annual total of $20,207. Graduate student housing consists of on-campus accommodations for single students and off-campus apartments for married students.
Five percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from Texas (82%). Fifty-five percent are women, 75% are minorities, and 16% are foreign nationals. Ages range from 21 to 68. Two percent already have a graduate degree. 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. In 2006, 140 graduate business degrees were awarded.