The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed for students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds. It is a program suitable for both non-business and business graduates. The program is offered in three delivery formats - on-campus MBA, online MBA, and a weekend-based Executive MBA.
The goal of the MBA program is to prepare individuals for the responsibilities of management in a wide variety of business and non-business endeavors. Optional concentrations are available, by taking additional hours, in Accounting, Finance, Health Care Administration, and International Business.
Student Learning Goals and Objectives
G1. To be effective communicators
O1. Students demonstrate the ability to integrate data and analysis effectively in written form (proper grammar, spelling, syntax, and construction).
O2. Students demonstrate the ability to present data and analysis effectively in public presentations with professional and technical presentation skills.
G2. To be competent in business practices
O1. Students demonstrate basic knowledge of business theories and understanding of how to apply correct business concepts.
O2. Students demonstrate the ability to integrate theories, concepts, and practices across disciplines to develop practical answers.
O3. Students demonstrate the ability to use technology effectively to analyze data
G3. To be good decision makers
O1. Students demonstrate the ability to identify valid and reliable information applicable to the issue at hand in an effective and efficient manner
O2. Students demonstrate the ability to generate multiple responses to issues and analyze the relative value of these responses
O3. Students demonstrate the ability to determine the appropriate response and provide rationale for the selected response
G4. To be good citizens
O1. Students demonstrate the ability to apply concepts of ethics to business practices and to assess the impacts of their decisions.
Applicants must comply with University procedures and meet University standards for admission. Applicants must submit an application to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. 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 or for Executive MBA applicants. 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. The GMAT or GRE is not required for applicants to the Executive MBA program. In addition to the admission requirements listed above, admission to the Executive MBA program requires a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience. A personal interview is required to assess the applicant’s scope of managerial responsibility and experience.
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
The number of hours required for the MBA degree requirements range from 30 to 42 and vary by concentration area, delivery format, and necessity for foundational courses for students with non-business degrees. The program may require up to 42 hours of graduate work for non-business majors and may be completed in as few as 30 hours for students with an undergraduate degree in business. The on-campus and online MBA formats both require 30 hours for students with an undergraduate degree in business. The selection of a concentration would increase the number of hours in the program of study to 36 for a student with an undergraduate degree in business. The weekend-based Executive MBA program requires a total of 36 hours of coursework.