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 purpose of the M.B.A. with an MIS Concentration is designed to enhance a graduate student’s technical foundation with an understanding of the unique business management issues related to technology’s role in the modern organization.
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.
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Exam) is required for all master’s degrees in business. For regular admission, applicants should score a total of 950 or more based on the formula: 200 X the undergraduate GPA (4.0 system) + the GMAT score.
Students who have not taken the GMAT must have an appropriate score by the first semester (maximum of 9 hours) in which graduate classes are taken. A student without a GMAT score after their first semester of graduate work will not be allowed to enroll in any subsequent graduate courses. The test is administered by appointment at the Pearson Professional Center. Call 1.800.717.4628 for scheduling GMAT appointment. Visit www.mba.com for information and preparation materials.
Students who complete their BSBA from Mississippi College with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher may have the GMAT requirement waived 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 (24 sem. hrs.)
- ACC 201 and 202 Accounting Credits, 6 sem. hrs.
- ECO 232 Economics (Microeconomics) Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- FIN 341 Finance Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- MIS 327 Introduction to Management Information Systems Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- MGT 371 Management Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- MKT 381 Marketing Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
- GBU 251 Business Statistics Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
Additional Prerequisites for the Accounting Concentration (18 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.
- GBU 451 Business Law and Ethics 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.
Additional prerequisites for the Finance Concentration (3 sem. hrs.):
- FIN 441 Investments Credits, 3 sem. hrs.
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.