Business Administration (M.B.A.)(Spring 2007)

Effective Spring 2007

All MBA program courses are taught by College of Business graduate faculty. Graduate faculty are dedicated teachers with doctoral degrees who have demonstrated subject area expertise by extensive scholarship. MBA faculty provide an active learning experience with a variety of teaching methods, such as, case studies, applied research, problem solving, and team projects.

One of the strengths of the MBA program is the high quality of students enrolled. Recent graduates scored an average of 500 on the GMAT. Most bring considerable business experience to the classroom. As of Fall 2004, the 80 active students were comprised of 39 percent female and 61 percent male. About 14 percent of the MBA students are from historically-disadvantaged groups (other than women). The program has about 625 alumni pursuing careers around the world.


The program admits students based on an evaluation of past academic achievement, aptitude for advanced study, professional accomplishments, and motivation to succeed. Applicants must provide a completed application to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (570) 389-4015 The MBA Coordinator will evaluate MBA applicants with complete applications. Complete applications include the following items:

International applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a minimal TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (old test) or 215 (new electronic test). The score must have been earned within the prior year. International students must also provide current evidence of financial capability.

Required Courses

The curriculum consists of 36 graduate credit hours delivered in eight required and four elective courses. Students without sufficient preparation also complete prerequisite foundation courses.

Foundation Courses - Students must possess the common body of knowledge essential for the advanced study in business. Students with an undergraduate degree in business will likely have taken course covering those areas. Students with non-business undergraduate degrees will usually be lacking a least some of these courses and therefore must take foundation courses to make up for this deficit. Foundation courses are not included in the 36 hours of credit required for the MBA degree.

The following chart lists foundation courses and their undergraduate equivalents. Students who have earned a C or better in an undergraduate equivalent course are exempt from taking the foundation course

Foundation CourseUndergraduate Equivalent
40.512 Economic Theory Micro Economics and Macro Economics
91.504 Introduction to Financial AccountingFinancial Accounting
93.500 Managerial PrinciplesPrinciples of Management
93.511 Statistical Analysis and DesignInferential Statistics and a college-level math course
97.510 Marketing FoundationsPrinciples of Marketing

Core Courses - All students are required to take the eight core courses. These courses cover the core of knowledge of a business education in the basic function areas of accounting, finance, management and marketing and the supporting field of management information systems. Strategic management is the capstone course of a business education program and is the major integrative force in an MBA program. It is here that specific information from the functional areas is put together to address the concerns of the total firm.

91.524 Managerial Accounting

92.554 Management Information Systems

93.558 Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

93.560 Operations Management

93.566 Organizational Behavior

93.581 Strategic Management

96.535 Financial Management

97.551 Marketing Management

Elective Courses - select four courses from the following list:

91.501 Financial Accounting

91.502 Advanced Financial Accounting

91.503 Government and Fund Accounting

91.521 Advanced Cost Accounting

91.522 Advanced Auditing Theory

91.523 Advanced Tax Accounting

91.551 International Accounting

91.552 Controllership

91.553 Special Topics in Accounting

93.520 Business Research Methods

93.532 Professional Development Skills

93.545 Human Resource Management

93.547 Decision Models I

93.548 Decision Models II

93.550 Quality Management

93.556 International Management

93.562 Organizational Theory

93.567 People Management Skills

93.582 Human Resource Skills for Managers

93.583 Human Resources Development

93.584 Seminar in Leadership

93.599 Special Topics

94.500 Office Systems and Information

94.510 Office Systems Applications

94.520 Administrative Communications

94.530 Telecommunications

94.540 Training and Development

94.550 Integrated Office Systems

96.540 International Finance

96.550 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management

96.599 Special Topics

97.530 Strategic Buyer Behavior

97.599 Special Topics

98.507 International Legal Environment of Business

98.560 Employment Discrimination and Affirmative Action

98.599 Special Topics