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Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics

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The Bryan School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Information Technology and Management (MSITM), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), and Master of Arts in Applied Economics (MAEcon) as well as a doctoral program in economics and information systems, and a joint degree in nursing (MBA/MSN) and Gerontology (MBA/MS). Other programs include foreign exchange with 12 countries, including Australia, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Japan, Korea, Austria, Finland, and Sweden, and internship programs. The strongest areas of study are information systems/technology, business strategy, marketing, accounting, and economics. The most popular courses are Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Economics, Business Strategy, Marketing, Information Systems, and Operations Management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including Bryan School Visiting Distinguished Professor, Visiting Executive-in-Residence programs, and Kathleen P. Bryan Visting Distinguished Professor of Financial Affairs.

Elective credits required varies by the degree program. Required courses for the MBA include:

  • Advanced Business Statistics
  • Ethics, Public Policy, and Business
  • Cost Management Systems
  • Economic Policy and the Global Environment
  • Managerial Assessment and Development
  • Managing in a Global Environment
  • Management Science
  • Business Processes and Technology
  • Competitive Analysis and Strategy Formulation
  • Strategies for Managing Human Resources
  • Corporate Structure and the Finance Function
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Global Operations Strategy
  • Business Strategy and Information Technology
  • Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage

Required courses for the MSITM include:

  • Data Warehousing and Mining
  • Information and Communications Architectures
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Systems Development
  • Database Design and Administration
  • Electronic Commerce Applications
  • Management of Information Technology Services
  • Business Planning and Information Technology

Required courses for the MSA include:

  • Tax Research and Procedures
  • Specialized Accounting Entities
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
  • Advanced Auditing or Information Systems Auditing
  • 18 to 21 hours from the following courses:
  • Tax Policy and Business Planning Strategies
  • Directed Studies in Accounting
  • Accounting Internship
  • Managerial Accounting in a High Technology Environment
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Seminar in Applied Financial Accounting Issues
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Information Systems Auditing
  • Seminar in Financial Accounting Theory
  • Taxation of Estates, Gifts, and Trusts
  • Taxation of Flow-Through Business Entities
  • Advanced Topics in Taxation

Required courses for the MAEcon include:

  • Mathematical Economics
  • Microeconomics I and ll
  • Econometric Methods
  • Econometric Theory
  • Macroeconomics I
  • Empirical Microeconomics
  • Time Series and Forecasting
  • Data Methods in Economics
  • Data Project in Economics
  • Seminar and Research in Economics I and ll

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by examination or previous course work.

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, 5 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 5 years.

There are 39 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 82% hold a doctorate; there are 6 part-time faculty, of whom 33% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 14; average business class size is 19 to 24.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 X GPA) + GMAT (MBA students). Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required for the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 421; 301 were accepted; 217 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.24; average GMAT score was 556. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by direct mailings to prospective minority students and visiting and advertising at historically black colleges and universities and other institutions with higher undergraduate minority enrollments.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $45, 3 letters of recommendation, an essay describing experience and career objectives, and a resume. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring. Students are notified of the admissions decision as soon as a decision is made. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

About 30% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $7635 annually; maximum $16,581. Stipends and programs available for minority students include Minority Presence Grants. The FAFSA is required. The application deadlines are March 15 for fall entry; November 1, spring.

Tuition for in-state residents is $4372 per year. Nonresidents pay $15,422 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $5513; books and supplies, $1200; personal expenses, $2700; and other fees, $1505, for an estimated annual total of $15,290 for in-state residents and $26,340 for out-of-state residents. Twenty-four credits constitute a year. Suite-style rooms are available in the graduate student residence hall. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-one percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 80% have had an average of 4 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from North Carolina (78%). Forty-two percent are women, 13% are minorities, and 19% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 29; ages range from 21 to 58. Fourteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 14% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 52%, business; 16%, math and science; 13%, economics; 8%, liberal arts; 5%, social sciences; and 1%, engineering. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 99 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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