Master of Business Administration
The M.B.A. offered by the School of Business is designed primarily for someone who works full-time but desires graduate study on a part-time basis. Required courses are offered in the evening or online. The objective of this program is to offer professional training for someone who is already in a managerial capacity or who plans to embark on a career in management.
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 201 Principles of Accounting I, (3 sem. hrs.)
- DAT 251 Statistics, (3 sem. hrs.)
- FIN 341 Finance, (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 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.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DEGREE/MBA PATH: This program is designed for those students who are planning to complete their undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and then pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Electrical Engineering majors in their senior year may enroll in ECE 5453 Senior Design with Business Proposal I and ECE 5454 Senior Design with Business Proposal II which will count towards the 10 courses required in the MBA program of study. The courses will replace the MGT 6574 Management of Technology and Innovation and ECO 6531 Managerial Economics courses.
The requirements for the Business Administration MBA degree, as stated in the graduate catalog, will be followed except that the two (2) senior design courses (ECE 5453 and ECE 5454) will replace the two (2) graduate MBA courses noted above (ECO 6531 and MGT 6574). Students following this path will only have 24 hours of required graduate courses left to obtain their graduate degree.