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  Nov 23, 2017
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration (M.B.A.)


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Program Description

The program leading to the Master of Business Administration degree requires the completion of 36 semester hours at the graduate level. A minimum average GPA of 3.0 must be met in all MBA core courses to satisfy degree requirements. 

The curriculum focuses on the unique challenges in our regional economy, the need for global competitiveness, and the application of knowledge.  The program consists of a 27 hour core and nine hours of electives. With advisor approval, the nine hours of electives can be chosen such that a specialized concentration is developed.  Electives may be taken from the following programs: project management, sports management and entrepreneurship. Other elective options are available with advisor approval.  The core consists of:

MBA - 623 - Accounting: Understanding Performance & Informing Decisions

MBA - 625 - Applied Business Economics

MBA - 631 - Human Resource Management

MBA - 633 - Legal and Regulatory Issues in Business

MBA - 635 - Managing Value-Creating Business Operations

MBA - 637 - Financial Management and Valuation

MBA - 639 - Systems for Competitive Advantage

MBA - 641 - Marketing Management

MBA - 643 - Integrative Strategic Management

 

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements , MBA applicants must present a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). A minimum score of 450 is recommended. A satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score may be accepted instead of the GMAT. The standardized test requirement may be waived for those with a master’s or terminal degree.  In rare cases, the standardized test may be waived, and provisional admission granted, based on professional qualifications. Applicants must have achieved an undergraduate grade point average sufficient to demonstrate likely success at the graduate level. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is recommended. Greater weight is placed on grades during the last two years of an undergraduate degree program. In addition to the GMAT and undergraduate GPA requirements, MBA applicants must provide three recommendations from professional and/or educational contacts. Recommendations must include both the form and an attached letter. MBA applicants are also required to submit a resume and a personal statement, including professional/personal goals and interest in the MBA program. Interviews are not required, but will be given upon request.

The program encourages applications from students with undergraduate degrees in business and also from those who have completed degrees in other fields. Full-time work experience in a managerial or professional role will be considered in admissions. Higher GMAT scores may offset lower undergraduate grades. Entry into the program is usually by cohort and special criteria may apply for the cohorts. There are no required prerequisite courses, but strong analytical and communications skills are required. A review of undergraduate transcripts, GMAT scores, and classroom performance may lead to requirements for additional courses or training in communications and analysis, including mathematics.

 

Electives


Nine (9) hours of  electives. Students may select courses from graduate business offerings as approved by the graduate program directors to satisfy the remaining number of elective hours. These approved electives are to be taken from Project Management Certificate (PMC), Masters in Sports Management (SM), Masters in Entrepreneurship (ENT) and Masters in Accounting (ACCT).  Courses in other areas can be used as elective credit with approval from the program director.

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