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School of Management

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Academics

The School of Management offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Master in Technology Management (MS), and Master of Science in Bioscience Management (MS) as well as a joint degree in nursing and business (MSN/MBA). Other programs include an international residency, which all students take. The strongest areas of study are finance and decision science, accounting, marketing, and entrepreneurship. The most popular courses are Finance, Managing Digital Business, Entrepreneurship, and Global Business Perspectives.

Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 18 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Financial Reporting and Decision Making
  • Managing Costs and Evaluating Performance
  • Managerial Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology and Management
  • Statistics for Business Decision Making
  • Managerial Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Managing Operations in a Digital World
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Legal Environment for Management
  • Strategy and Policy
  • Global Business Perspectives (international residency)

Required courses for the Executive MBA include:

  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Reporting and Decision Making
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business, Government, Regulatory Interface
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management in a Digital World
  • Managerial Finance
  • Business, Government, and the Global Economy
  • Managing Costs and Evaluating Performance
  • Legal Environment for Management
  • IT Management
  • Strategic Management
  • international residency
  • domestic residencies

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, 4 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 3 years; maximum, 6 years.

In a recent year, there were 70 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 93% held a doctorate; there were 56 part-time faculty, of whom 30% held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 5; average business class size is 30.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are work experience, GMAT results, and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 430; 264 were accepted; 200 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.22; average GMAT score was 604. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by promoting to local minority business organizations and attending minority recruitment fairs.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $60, 2 letters of recommendation, 2 written statements, and a resume. The application deadlines are April 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $510 per credit. Nonresidents pay $900 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $7550; books and supplies, $750; personal expenses, $1500; and other fees, $200. Graduate student housing is available on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Twenty-two percent of a current graduate business school class were enrolled full time; all had an average of 9 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from Virginia (82%). Thirty-three percent were women, 15% were minorities, and 8%were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 32; ages ranged from 24 to 48. Seventeen percent already had a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 24%, engineering; 23%, business; 19%, liberal arts; 10%, social sciences; 8%, math and science; and 4%, economics. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree. In a recent year, 153 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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