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College of Business

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The Graduate Business School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS), Master of Science in Accounting (MSAcc), Master of Science in Taxation (MSTax), and Master of Science in Quantitative Analysis (MSQA) as well as doctoral programs in finance, marketing, quantitative analysis, operations management, accounting, and management, and joint degrees in law (JD/MBA), arts administration (MA/MBA), nursing (MS/MBA), and medicine (MD/MBA). Other programs include foreign exchange with 6 countries and project-based internship programs for the full-time program. The strongest areas of study are finance, marketing, international business, management, and operations management. The most popular courses are Finance, Marketing, International Business, and Information Systems. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. International professors teach short courses, and distinguished business representatives teach seminars on relevant business topics.

Sixty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 20 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Economics for Managers
  • Statistics for Managers
  • Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Communications Skills for Managers
  • Financial Analysis and Valuation
  • Decision Models
  • Information Technology for Managers
  • Finance for Managers
  • Marketing for Managers
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Management of Operations
  • Corporate Strategies
  • Business Law for Managers
  • Capstone

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring up to 3 approved graduate courses (12 credit hours) from an AACSB-accredited business school.

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, 7 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 24 months; maximum, 7 years.

There are 69 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 94% hold a doctorate; there are 13 part-time faculty, of whom 38% 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 33.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, academic accomplishments and ability, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by mailings to selected students, minority scholarships and fellowships, targeted recruitment fairs, and advertising in minority newspapers.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, 2 letters of recommendation, the university dean’s application form, a resume, and essays. The early admission application deadline is February 15 for fall entry (final deadline, May 31). Students are notified of the admissions decision on a rolling basis, within 2 to 3 weeks of receipt of a complete application. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is April 30 for full-time applicants. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year with a written request.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs available for minority students include an Albert C. Yates scholarship. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $20,800 per year. Nonresidents pay $26,204 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $9000 and other fees, $2004. Graduate student housing is readily available on and off campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Thirty-two percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 93% have had an average of 6 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Ohio (90%). Thirty-six percent are women, 14% are minorities, and 26% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 29; ages range from 21 to 63. Seven percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 14% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 44%, business; 26%, engineering; 14%, math and science; 7%, liberal arts; 5%, law, medicine, education, and architecture; 2%, economics; and 2%, social sciences. About 3% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 97% remain to receive their degree. In a recent year, 236 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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