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The College of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Software Development (MSSD). Other programs include cross-registration through the Charlotte Area Educational Consortium. The strongest areas of study are finance, accounting, and policy. The most popular courses are Business Policy and Communications. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, and include twice yearly MBA lectures.

Thirty-nine total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Theory and Behavior of Business Organization
  • Marketing and Operations Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Policy Management
  • Advanced Business Communications
  • Industrial Economics and Public Policy
  • Statistical Methods for Decision Making
  • Information Systems
  • Strategic and International Issues in Management

Required courses for the MSSD include:

  • Software Design and Architecture
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Software Development
  • Statistical Methods
  • Management Accounting
  • 9 hours of electives

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements for undergraduate prerequisites only.

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 4 semesters; part time, 8 semesters.

In a recent year, there were 40 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 95% held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 30.


A bachelor’s degree is required. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

123 students were accepted for a recent class, 108 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by attending minority graduate affairs and by offering scholarships.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $35, and 3 letters of recommendation. Students are notified as early as possible of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June. Once accepted, students may defer admission. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs available for minority students include the Graduate Incentive Scholars Program. 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 $8000 per year. Nonresidents pay $14,000 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $5500; and other fees, $100, for an estimated annual total of $13,600 for in-state residents and $19,270 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing consists of on- and off-campus apartments. Graduate students must be enrolled for 9 semester hours to be eligible for campus housing. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-one percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 90% had full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from South Carolina (64%). Forty-seven percent were women, 10% were minorities, and 14% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 33; ages ranged from 26 to 36. Fifteen percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 1% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 80%, business; 5%, engineering; 5%, social sciences; 3%, economics; and 2%, liberal arts. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 88% remain to receive their degree.

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Rock Hill, SC 29733
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