The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed for students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds. It is a program suitable for both nonbusiness and business graduates. Normally, the program requires 48 hours of graduate work for nonbusiness majors. With an undergraduate degree in business, the program may be completed with a minimum of 30 credit hours.
The goal of the MBA program is to prepare individuals for the responsibilities of management in a wide variety of business and nonbusiness endeavors. Optional concentrations are available, by taking additional hours, in Finance, Health Care Administration, and International Business.
Student Learning Outcomes
- demonstrate the ability to communicate solutions to diverse audiences effectively, both orally and in writing;
- provide leadership to teams working in collaborative problem-solving situations;
- demonstrate the ability to use analytical skills supported by information technology and quantitative tools to solve complex business problems;
- recognize ethical and governance issues and resolve these in a socially responsible manner;
- analyze and synthesize the integration of business functions in complex organizations, diverse cultural settings, and the global marketplace.
Applicants must comply with University procedures and meet University standards for admission. Applicants must submit to the College of Graduate Studies a Graduate Admission Application. Also required are a resume or curriculum vitae, an essay describing professional and educational goals in at least 500 words, and other information that may have impacted the applicant’s decision to pursue graduate study or deemed important to individual or career goals. Applicants are required to submit Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores prior to admission. Generally, GMAT and GRE scores will not be accepted if over five years old. The GMAT or GRE is not required of applicants with a last 60 hours GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of at least B in a college algebra or higher level mathematics course. The GMAT or GRE is not required of applicants who earned a graduate degree (master’s, doctoral, etc.) from a regionally accredited university and have at least a grade of B in college algebra or a higher level mathematics course.
Admission decisions are made on the basis of undergraduate performance, GMAT or GRE scores (if required), experience, and other indicators of the ability to pursue graduate study successfully. To be accepted in the graduate program, in addition to other requirements, applicants must be in good standing at the college or university they previously attended. Official notification of the admission decision is issued by the Office of the Dean of the College of Business and is sent directly to the applicant. The College of Business does not have “conditional” or “non-degree seeking” graduate admission classifications. Normally, no credit will be applied toward a master’s degree for graduate classes taken prior to acceptance into a graduate degree program in business.
MBA Degree Requirements
Mathematics and Computer Proficiency Requirements
All MBA students must meet the mathematics and computer proficiency requirements or take additional approved courses to satisfy these requirements.
Mathematics Preparation Requirement. Entering students must present satisfactory credits for at least six semester hours of college-level mathematics excluding remedial mathematics and first-level statistics courses. This requirement will be satisfied with college algebra and an introductory calculus course.
Computer Proficiency Requirement. Entering students must have completed MISY 2305, or the equivalent, with a grade of “C” or better.
Students with Nonbusiness Degrees
In addition to meeting the mathematics and computer proficiency requirements, students who have had no undergraduate work in business may be required to earn up to 48 semester credit hours to fulfill the requirements for the MBA degree. Included are 18 credits of core courses designed to provide preparation comparable to the professional core in the undergraduate curriculum of the College of Business. Some or all of these core courses may be waived for students who have received a “B” or better in comparable undergraduate courses.