The Graduate School of Business and Public Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Arts in Economics (MA), Master of Urban Studies (MUS), Master of Science in Accounting (MSAcc), Master of Taxation (MTAX), Master of Science in Information Systems/Computer Science (MS), and Master of Science in e-Commerce (MS) as well as a doctoral program in business administration (PhD degree) and in urban services. Other programs include an interdisciplinary program with the Computer Science Department and MIS/DS Department, leading to a Master of Computer Science degree. There are cooperative programs, cross-registration, foreign exchange with France and Denmark, a 5-year program for a combined bachelor’s degree and MBA, a weekend MBA program, and internships. The strongest areas of study are information systems, finance, marketing, and taxation. The most popular courses are Information Systems, Finance, and Marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including the Executive-in-Residence program.
Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 18 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Accounting for Managers
- Managerial Economics and International Trade
- Foundations of Statistics
- Financial Management
- Organizational Management
- Marketing Management
- Global Applied Macroeconomics
- Information Technology Management
- Operations Management
- Business Policy and Strategy
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements for core courses only.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full or part time is 6 years.
In a recent year, there were 90 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom held a doctorate; there were 52 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 24.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.8 and a GMAT score of 470. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 1050. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for a recent class was 210; 136 were accepted; 117 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.18; average GMAT score was 528. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by targeted mailings, financial aid, and recruiting at minority schools.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, 1 letter of recommendation, an essay, and a current resume. Students are notified within 2-4 weeks of completed application of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is open. Once accepted, students may defer admission but must start within 1 year of acceptance. Check with the school for current application deadlines and fee.
Stipends and programs available for minority students include tuition grants. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement and financial aid transcripts from previous universities are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for in-state residents is approximately $250 per credit, or $5910 per year. Nonresidents pay $640 per credit, or $15,150 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $5500; books and supplies, $1000; personal expenses, $2000; and other fees, $160, for an estimated annual total of $14,570 for in-state residents and $23,810 for out-of-state residents.
Thirty-nine percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 86% have had an average of 6 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Virginia (56%). Forty-three percent are women, 10% are minorities, and 13% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 20 to 62. Fifteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 8% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 45%, business; 22%, engineering; 16%, liberal arts; 16%, math and science; and 1%, education. About 15% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree.