Master of Business Administration
The M.B.A. offered by the School of Business Administration is designed primarily for one who works full-time but desires graduate study on a part-time basis. Required courses are offered in the evening, meeting once a week, Monday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The objective of this program is to offer professional training for one who is already in a managerial capacity or who plans to embark on a career of management.
The objective of the M.B.A. with a Concentration in Accounting is to provide students with greater depth in accounting and business administration education. This program fulfills the educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the C.P.A. Examination in states that have adopted the 150-hour requirement.
The purpose of the M.B.A. with a Finance Concentration is to provide graduate students with a greater knowledge and understanding in the field of finance. As such, the program offers greater depth in the areas of corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions.
The curriculum consists of 30 or more semester hours of graduate study for the student who has an undergraduate major from a school of business. Specific course requirements are listed under admissions. Students are expected to complete all prerequisites and the graduate core before proceeding further.
The academic load is limited to six hours a semester unless special permission to take more than six hours is obtained from the Dean.
For regular admission, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, an undergraduate record which indicates the ability to pursue the M.B.A. program, and a satisfactory score on the GMAT.
Students admitted without a GMAT score must have an appropriate score by end of the first semester (maximum of 9 hours) in which graduate level classes are taken. Students without a GMAT score after their first semester of graduate work will not be allowed to enroll in any subsequent graduate courses.
Students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 who earn a bachelor’s of business administration from Mississippi College or any other program accredited by AACSB or ACBSP may have the GMAT requirement waived.
Individuals with 5 or more years of applicable work experience or who hold a current CPA or CFA certification may apply for a waiver of the GMAT requirement for the MBA program.
Students must complete all of their undergraduate prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better. Prerequisite courses below this grade must be retaken. Students must complete all of their prerequisites or be concurrently enrolled in their last prerequisites before taking any graduate work.
The Graduate Program in Business Administration builds on a core of undergraduate courses normally taught in schools of business.
General Prerequisites (9 sem. hrs.)
- ACC 203 Survey of Financial Accounting (or ACC 201 & 202) Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- FIN 341 Finance Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- MKT 381 Marketing Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
Additional prerequisites for the Accounting Concentration (21 sem. hrs.):
- ACC 301, 302 Intermediate Accounting I, II Credits, 6 sem. hrs.
- ACC 303 Cost Accounting Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- ACC 403 Federal Tax Accounting Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- ACC 405 Auditing Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- ACC 407 Governmental Accounting Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- GBU 451 Business Law and Ethics Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
Additional prerequisites for the Finance Concentration (3 sem. hrs.):
- FIN 441 Investments Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
Students who have satisfactorily completed this core of foundational courses and meet all other admissions requirements are admitted to the Graduate School. Those who have not completed these courses are admitted provisionally until they meet these requirements. All deficiencies must be removed, however, before the student is admitted to candidacy.
M.B.A. Core Requirements
All candidates for the M.B.A. degree complete a graduate core first, which is intended to give the student a knowledge of the principles underlying the operation of all business and public enterprise, to furnish each individual with tools of analysis, and to help develop effective ways of thinking about problems. These courses constitute the foundation upon which the more advanced and specialized aspects of the program are built.