The Graduate Business Programs offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) as well as joint degrees in public health (MBA/Master of Public Health) and sport management (MBA/MSM). Other programs include cross-registration with other schools, cooperative programs, work-study, and joint research. The strongest areas of study and the most popular courses are in accounting, finance, and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including the Boardman Speaker Series and the Business Advisory Council.
Thirty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Ethics * Problems in Marketing * Analytical Decision * Information Technology in Modern Organizations
- Global Business Strategy
- Managerial Finance
- Communication Skills
Required courses for the MPA include:
- Current Accounting Theory and Research
- Advanced Auditing
- Advanced Cost/Managerial Accounting
- Tax Seminar I
- Tax Seminar II
- Communication Skills for Managers
- Problems in Corporate Finance
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements with courses that satisfy 500 level classwork.
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 1 year; maximum, 2 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 6 years.
In a recent year, there were 27 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 96% held a doctorate; there was 1 part-time faculty member, who held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well 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 13.