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School of Business and Management

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Academics

The Graduate School of Business and Management offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Science in computer systems (MS), and Master of Arts (MA). Other programs include work-study and internships. The strongest area of study is business administration. The most popular course is in general management.

Forty-five total credits are required to complete the MBA. Required courses include:

  • Marketing Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Managerial Communication and Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods for Managers
  • High Performance Organizations
  • Managerial Economics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Principles of Finance
  • Legal Systems in a Global Economy
  • Operations Management

Required courses for the MPA include:

  • Managerial Communication and Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods for Managers
  • High Performance Organizations
  • Economic and Social Environments of Public Administration
  • Management Information Systems
  • Foundations of Public Administration
  • Government Budgeting and Finance
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Advanced Methods of Analysis in Public Administration and Policy
  • The Law and Public Administration

Required courses for the MS in computer systems include:

  • Managerial Communications and Research Methods
  • E-commerce
  • Database Organization
  • Operating Systems in a Distributed Environment
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Internet/Intranet Design and Implementation
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Data Warehousing
  • Software Development
  • Strategic Planning for MIS

Required courses for the MS in project management include:

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Leadership Principles for Project Managers
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Planning and Control
  • Systems Concepts and Thinking in Project Management
  • Human Resources in Projects
  • Project Financial Management or Management Accounting
  • Project Risks and Decisions
  • The Legal Environment
  • Contract Administration in Project Management: Procurement
  • Project Quality Management
  • The Customer in the Project Process (Client/Customer/Stakeholder Satisfaction)
  • Managing Change
  • Project Management Program Integration

Required courses for the MA include:

  • Managerial Communication and Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods for Managers
  • High Performance Organizations
  • Organizational Learning
  • Creating Change in Organizations
  • Managerial Leadership in the Twenty-first Century
  • Leading from the Inside OutPersonal/Professional Development
  • Developing High Performance Teams
  • Ethics at Work in Organizations
  • Performance Consulting and Coaching

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by direct equivalencies, which must be a grade of 3.0 or better and are accepted for up to 12 quarter 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 5 quarters; part time, 8 quarters.

In a recent year, there were 27 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 15% held a doctorate; there awere 633 part-time faculty, of whom 18% held a doctorate. Average number of courses faculty teach is 1.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are motivation, maturity, and management potential. A strong mathematics background is not required.

Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by presentations made at Native American tribal councils.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, and a transcript. The application deadline is open for fall entry. Students are notified in 3 to 4 weeks of the admissions decision. Check with the school for current application fee.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and the previous year’s tax return are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is approximately $375 per credit. Graduate student housing is not available on campus.

Students

Ten percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 90% have had full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Washington (64%). Forty-three percent are women, 21% are minorities, and 40% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 37; ages range from 18 to 70. In in a recent year, 786 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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