The Southern School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include work-study, foreign exchange, and joint research. The strongest areas of study are management and entrepreneurship. The most popular courses are Business Planning, Business Strategy, Research Project Seminar, and Global Business. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. Distinguished alumni hold an annual workshop.
Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Macro-Micro Economics
- Management Process
- Managerial and Financial Accounting
- Managerial Finances
- Business Planning
- Marketing Management
- Organization Behavior
- Business Law
- Global Business
- Business Strategy
- Business and Society
- Research Project
- Three electives
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements. Only 4 courses in the first year are subject to waiver.
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 6 years.
There are 21 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 90% hold a doctorate; there are 2 part-time faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 27.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, management potential, and GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for a recent class was 112; 82 were accepted; 78 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.0; average GMAT score was 400. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, 2 letters of recommendation, and meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator. The application deadline is open for fall entry. Students are notified of the admissions decision on a rolling basis. Once accepted, students may defer admission , but students need to file a planned program that clearly states courses and requirements.
About 70% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for in-state residents is $3492 per year. Nonresidents pay $7183 per year. Graduate student housing consists of on-campus residence halls and off-campus apartments and rooms. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Forty-six percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 90% have had an average of 2 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Connecticut (80%). Fifty-one percent are women, 20% are minorities, and 10% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 22 to 56. Twenty percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 50%, business; 20%, liberal arts; 10%, economics; and 10%, engineering. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 90% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 60 graduate business degrees were awarded.