The M.B.A. offered by the School of Business 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. or online.
The purpose of the M.B.A. with a Finance Concentration is to provide graduate students with a general business foundation and 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 semester hours of graduate study beyond undergraduate business requirements. Specific course requirements are listed under admissions. Students are expected to complete all prerequisites before proceeding further.
Regular admission to the MBA program requires a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, an undergraduate record and/or work experience which indicates the ability to successfully pursue the M.B.A. program, and a satisfactory score on the GMAT.
For students that must meet the GMAT requirement, an appropriate score must be submitted 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.
GMAT waivers are available for the following:
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 and above.
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50-2.99 must meet one of the following:
- At least three years of applicable professional experience
- A satisfactory GMAT score
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA 2.25-2.49 must meet one of the following:
- At least five years of applicable professional experience
- A satisfactory GMAT score
- A current CPA or CFA certification
A strong foundation in business is required to succeed in the MBA program. Students whose undergraduate education lacked a solid business foundation may be required to take additional business foundation courses. Students must have completed all of their business foundations courses with a grade of “C” or better.
The Graduate Program in Business Administration builds on a foundation of undergraduate courses normally taught in schools of business.
General Foundation courses (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 Finance Concentration Foundation Courses (3 sem. hrs.):
- FIN 441 Investments (3 sem. hrs.)
Students who have satisfactorily met the GMAT requirement are admitted to the Graduate School. Those who have not completed the GMAT are admitted provisionally until they meet this requirements. Once all deficiencies are removed, the student is admitted to candidacy.
M.B.A. Core Requirements
All candidates for the M.B.A. degree complete a graduate core, 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.