The School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA). Other programs include work-study, internships, and grant-funded joint research. The strongest area of study is management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. Executives are invited to campus as classroom guest speakers.
Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA. Required courses include:
- Financial Accounting
- Statistical Methods for Business
- Quantitative Methods
- Information Systems and Technology
- Micro Economics
- Corporate Financial Management
- Marketing Decision Making l
- Managerial Effectiveness
- Management Strategy
- Business Law
Required courses for the MSA include:
- Financial Accounting Research and Theory
- Federal Tax Research
- Corporate and Partnership Taxation
- Auditing Concepts
- International Management and Strategy
- Systems Assurance
- Risk Based Auditing
- Marketing Professional Services
- Consolidations and Financial Topics
- Management Decisions and Control
- Cases in Financial and Investment Management for the Accountant
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 5 years.
Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 9; average business class size is 17.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, GMAT results, and letters of recommendation. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 146; 102 were accepted; 56 enrolled. The average GMAT score was 547. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $45, 3 letters of recommendation, and an employment history. The application deadline is March 1 for fall entry. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is 6 weeks prior to the application deadline. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.
The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for in-state residents is $3025 per year. Nonresidents pay $12,858 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6722; books and supplies, $1000; personal expenses, $2000; and other fees, $1939, for an estimated annual total of $14,686 for in-state residents and $24,519 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available, but most graduate students live off campus. 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; all have had an average of 1 year 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 (92%). Forty-four percent are women and 10% are minorities. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 21 to 55. Three percent already have a graduate degree. In 2006, 104 graduate business degrees were awarded.