The MBA Program offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) as well as a joint degree in in public administration (MBA/MPA). Other programs include interdisciplinary programs in computer science and communications and individually arranged internships. The strongest areas of study are accounting, not-for-profit, entrepreneurship, health services administration, and statistics. The most popular courses are Decision Making, Quantitative Communications, International Ops, and Ethics and Leadership.
Forty-nine total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- The MBA Experience
- Corporate Finance
- Information Technology and the Organization
- Decision Making and Accounting Information
- Advanced Data Modeling
- Marketing Management
- Leadership and Ethics
- Environment of Business (International Class)
- Business Strategy, Vision, Policy, and Implementation
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, 6 years. For students attending part time, the maximum is 6 years.
There are 15 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 5; average business class size is 27.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 1050. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, grades in upper-level courses, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 167; 105 were accepted; 75 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.05; average GMAT score was 512. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by minority scholarships and through brochures.
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 $100, and 3 letters of recommendation. The application deadlines are August 1 for fall entry; March 1, spring. Students are notified of the admissions decision within 4 weeks of the deadline. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August.
About 19% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships. The FAFSA is required. The application deadline is February 15 for fall entry.
Tuition for in-state residents is $215 per credit, or $6450 per year. Nonresidents pay $395 per credit, or $11,850 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $7580; books and supplies, $1400; personal expenses, $1400; and other fees, $75, for an estimated annual total of $16,905 for in-state residents and $22,305 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available in dormitories and adequate off-campus accommodations.
Fifty-eight percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 70% have had an average of 2.5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Washington (61%). Forty-eight percent are women, 7% are minorities, and 19% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 19 to 51. Fifteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 2% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 49%, business. About 12% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 80% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 26 graduate business degrees were awarded.