The Graduate School of Management offers the Master of Business Administration and Executive MBA (MBA), Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE), Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR), Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), and Healthcare Technology Management (HCTM) as well as a joint degree in law (MBA/JD), nursing (MBA/MSN), and political science (MBA/MS). Other programs include foreign exchange with 12 countries and internships. The strongest areas of study are finance and marketing. The most popular courses are Negotiations, New Venture Formation, and Motivation and Leadership. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. There is a Business Leaders Forum.
Forty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 19 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Managerial Economics
- Managerial Accounting
- Marketing Management
- Managerial Applications of Financial Theory
- Organization and Behavior
- Administrative Policy
- Operation Management
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by having foundation courses waived with undergraduate coursework or examination.
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 12 months; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 18 months; maximum, 6 years.
There are 64 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 98% hold a doctorate; there are 27 part-time faculty, of whom 10% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category I 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 323; 278 were accepted; 206 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.31; average GMAT score was 579. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by liaison with professional organizations and other private and Jesuit universities and by minority scholarships.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, essays, a work history, and a personal statement. The application deadlines are July 15 for fall entry; November 15, spring; March 15, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 2 years; 1 year is automatic.
Stipends and programs available for minority students include, the university-sponsored minority fellowship program. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. The application deadlines are February 15 for fall entry; October 15, spring; March 15, summer.
Tuition for all students is $750 per credit. Books and supplies cost approximately $75. Graduate student housing is available in apartments on campus. Most married graduate students live off campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Twenty-six percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 98% have had an average of 7 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Wisconsin (62%). Thirty-five percent are women, 10% are minorities, and 8% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 21 to 42. Eight percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 8% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 45%, business; 22%, engineering; 6%, liberal arts; 5%, economics; 3%, math and science; and 1%, social sciences. In 2006, 106 graduate business degrees were awarded.