The College offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Fully Employed Master of Business Administration (FEMBA). The strongest areas of study are finance and information systems. The most popular courses are Finance, Marketing, and Information Systems. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Managerial and Financial Accounting
- Applied Statistics and Decision Analysis
- Business Policies, Operations, and Organizations
- Marketing Concepts
- Legal Environment of Business
- Advanced Cost Accounting, Budgeting, and Control
- Seminar in Business Finance
- Seminar in Human Resources Management
- Seminar in Management Planning and Control Systems
- Seminar in Marketing Policies
- Management Information Systems
- Integrated Analysis
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by waiving course work completed at an accredited school.
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1<1/2>years; maximum, 7 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 7 years.
There are 77 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 95% hold a doctorate; there are 60 part-time faculty, of whom 80% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 25.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75 and a GMAT score of 500. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 480; 187 were accepted; 135 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 520. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by discussions with minority clubs.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee, 2 letters of recommendation, and essays. Check with the school for current application deadlines and fees. Students are notified of the admissions decision after their file is complete. Once accepted, students may defer admission for 2 semesters.
Stipends and programs available for minority students include the Graduate Equity Fellowship. The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Residents pay no tuition. Nonresidents pay $329 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $8000; books and supplies, $1500; personal expenses, $1050; and other fees, $3200. Graduate student housing is not available specifically for graduate students. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Fifty-five percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 80% had an average of 10 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from California (70%). Thirty-nine percent were women, 5% were minorities, and 21% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 28; ages ranged from 23 to 47. Twelve percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 9% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 42%, business; 27%, engineering; 11%, social sciences; 5%, math and science; 3%, liberal arts; and 2%, economics. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons. In a recent year, 157 graduate business degrees were awarded.