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. Core courses are offered in the evening or online. Finance Concentration courses are offered only 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 and an undergraduate record and/or work experience which indicates the ability to pursue the MBA program:
- GPA 3.00 and above (GMAT is waived)
- GPA 2.5-2.99 must meet one of the following:
- At least three years of applicable professional experience
- GPA 2.25-2.49 must meet one of the following:
- At least five years of applicable professional experience
For students who 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.
Students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 who earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university may have the GMAT requirement waived.
Individuals with 3-5 or more years of applicable professional work experience or who hold a current CPA or CFA certification may apply for a waiver of the GMAT requirement for the MBA program.
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.
- DAT 251 Business Statistics Credits, 3 sem. hrs. (*Course number will change to DAT 251 effective Spring 2020)
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.