Business Administration Program Information and Admission Requirements

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Master of Business Administration Degree

The MBA degree is a professional graduate degree designed to provide a challenging educational experience for students who desire to assume positions of increasing responsibility in business, industry, and public service. Required courses are offered primarily in the evening to accommodate students who wish to further their professional development without terminating their employment.

The objective of the MBA Program is to provide students with a comprehensive exposure to Business Administration and its functional areas. The emphasis of the program is on decision making, problem solving, and understanding the role of business in society. It endeavors to improve and enhance the student's management skills in business, industry and government. In addition, the program provides managerial proficiency for graduates with academic backgrounds other than business.

The goal of the MBA Program is to prepare students to meet the challenges inherent in a rapidly changing economic environment. The program provides an educational opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and managerial skills, and to develop a global perspective essential in today's marketplace.

Courses in the program cover management, marketing, accounting and finance and include the use of computers, statistics and quantitative methods as tools for analysis of business activities. The student examines human behavior in organizations, the communication process, and economic analysis and develops an understanding of managerial policy making and the social responsibilities of business.

Admission Criteria

The admissions requirements for the program include an undergraduate GPA of 2.75, two letters of recommendation, and a recommended GMAT score of 500.

Applicants who do not meet either or both of the GPA and GMAT standards can still be considered for admission. Factors to be considered by the MBA Director with guidance from the MBA Committee include:

  1. Undergraduate GPA (in the case of a low GMAT Score)
  2. Difficulty of undergraduate program
  3. Undergraduate university attended
  4. Significant prior work experience

The GRE can be substituted for the GMAT. The appropriate recommended GRE score will correspond to the GMAT percentile represented by a score of 500.

Additionally, at the discretion of the MBA Director with guidance from the MBA Committee the need to submit a GMAT (or GRE) score can be waived if the applicant already possesses a graduate degree from an accredited institution.

International Students

Applicants whose degrees were earned outside the United States are required to have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation firm. Refer to the international graduate application form for additional information. International students must also have a minimum score of 213 on the computerized TOEFL exam or 550 on the paper TOEFL exam in addition to the above requirements.

Application Materials

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MBA Program Policies

In addition to the academic policies listed in the front of this catalog that govern all graduate students, the following policies are specific to the MBA program:

  1. Students must be admitted to the program before completing more than 6 hours of required "MBA core" courses or graduate level electives.
  2. MGT 892 Administration Policy is the capstone course and should be taken with/after the other core classes.
  3. MBA Supporting Core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  4. The student shall maintain an average grade of at least "B" (3.0) in all graduate courses completed. No grades below "C" will be accepted in the MBA graduate program.

28 Oct 2010