The Robins School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as a joint degree in law (JD/MBA). Other programs include cross-registration with the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The strongest areas of study are strategic management, leadership, and finance. The most popular course is Creativity and Innovation, Principals of Design Management, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including a monthly brown bag series.
Fifty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Opening Residency
- Financial Accounting
- Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Business
- Statistical Analysis for Business
- Strategic Resource Management
- Economics for Managers
- Marketing Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Operations Management
- Managing Information and Technology in Organizations
- Financial Management
- Strategic Management
- Global Environment of Business/International Residency
- Capstone Project
Up to 12 hours of credit may be transferred for core courses completed at another AACSB-accredited institution.
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 3 semesters; maximum, 5 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 6 semesters; maximum, 5 years.
There are 48 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 96% hold a doctorate; there are 6 part-time faculty, of whom 33% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIB institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 5; average business class size is 24.
A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 78; 60 were accepted; 43 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.16; average GMAT score was 587. Transfers are accepted.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall only. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, and a nonrefundable application fee of $50. Interviews and letters of recommendation are encouraged. The application deadline is May 1 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 1 year for valid reasons.
About 46% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $12,730 annually. The FAFSA is required. The suggested submission date is 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Tuition for all students is $700 per credit. Graduate student housing is not available on campus.
Ninety-two percent of the current graduate business school class 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 (97%). Forty-four percent are women, 7% are minorities, and 5% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 22 to 48. One percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 7% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 41%, business; 17%, social sciences; 14%, engineering; 11%, math and science; 7%, economics; and 7%, liberal arts. About 3% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 79% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 34 graduate business degrees were awarded.