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Marriott School of Management

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The Marriott School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), Master of Accountancy (MAcc), and Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) as well as a joint degree in law (MBA/JD, MPA/JD, and MAcc/JD), and engineering (MBA/ME). Other programs include 3-2 degrees with Marriott School Systems (MAcc and MISM degrees), an interdisciplinary program in management engineering, work-study with the Career Services Office, and a graduate internship. The most popular courses are Finance and Marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The school sponsors an Executive Lecture/Entrepreneur Lecture Series as well as an Executive-in-Residence program.

Sixty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 38 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Business Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Introduction to Strategy
  • Management and Information Technology
  • Management Seminars
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction to Global Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Strategy II
  • Leadership
  • Track Professional Seminar
  • Strategic Human Resources Management

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring upper-division course work that was not used toward another graduate degree. They may transfer up to 15 credit hours as electives.

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, 5 years.

There are 135 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 90% hold a doctorate; there are 46 part-time faculty, of whom 26% hold a doctorate. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 45.


A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, work experience, and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 353; 179 were accepted; 118 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.51; average GMAT score was 660. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by significant financial aid to minorities through the Extended Reach scholarship programs. The school actively recruits minority students through small group meetings in major metropolitan areas and in campus open houses.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall only. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, 3 letters of recommendation, an honor code commitment form, and essay responses. The application deadline is January 15 for fall entry. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is March. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year, but several portions of the application must be resubmitted, and a new admission interview is required.

Financial Aid

About 77% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $7806 annually; maximum $27,489. Stipends and programs available for minority students include Extended Reach scholarships and women’s scholarships. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. The application deadline is April 15 for fall entry. Loans can be negotiated throughout the year. Scholarship aid must be requested by April 15.

Tuition for in-state residents is $456 per credit, or $8200 per year. Nonresidents pay $911 per credit, or $16,400 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $4500; books and supplies, $800; personal expenses, $1200, for an estimated annual total of $14,700 for in-state residents and $22,900 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available and consists of on-campus accommodations for singles and families. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


All of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 92% 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 (94%). Seventeen percent are women, 10% are minorities, and 13% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 23 to 45. Eight percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 33%, business; 21%, engineering; 11%, social sciences; 10%, liberal arts; 8%, economics; and 7%, math and science. All entering students remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 123 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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