The Graduate School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The most popular courses are International Trade and Finance and Personnel Management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.
Sixty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 20 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
- Business Policy
- Economic Theory and Practice
- Aggregate Economic Theory
- Financial Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Decision Science
- Seminar in Marketing
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time or part time is 6 years.
In a recent year, there were 10 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom held a doctorate. Average business class size is 10.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5 and a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (GPA x 200) + GMAT, or minimum 900. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and motivation. A strong mathematics background is not required.
Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a nonrefundable fee of $20, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, and 2 letters of recommendation. The application deadlines are July 15 for fall entry; November 15, spring; April 1, summer. Students are notified as soon as all material is on file of the admissions decision. Once accepted, students may defer admission.
Stipends and programs available for minority students include Regents Opportunity Scholarship. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. Check with the school for current deadlines.
Tuition for in-state residents is $117 per credit. Nonresidents pay $465 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $4000; books and supplies, $900; personal expenses, $1000; and other fees, $525. Graduate student housing is available in dormitories. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Thirty percent of a recent graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 90% had an average of 2 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. Fifty-three percent were women, 37% were minorities, and 9% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 25; ages ranged from 23 to 50. Five percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 2% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 80%, business and 15%, engineering. About 20% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 80% remain to receive their degree.