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MBA at Pittsburg State University

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) is a professional program designed to prepare future business executives for the work force. Pittsburg State University offers an MBA degree with concentrations in accounting, general administration, and international business.

Objectives of the MBA Program

  • To produce MBA graduates who can demonstrate a knowledge of (a) financial analysis, markets, and reporting, (b) domestic and global economic environments of organizations, (c) creation and distribution of goods and services, (d) human behavior in organizations, (e) the influence of technology, and (f) quantitative analysis
  • To produce MBA graduates who can use cross-functional approaches to address organizational issues
  • To deliver a curriculum that provides breadth of subject material for MBA students choosing a general administration concentration
  • To deliver a curriculum that provides depth of material for MBA students choosing the accounting concentration and that adequately prepares students for entry into careers as professional accountants
  • To deliver a curriculum that produces graduates who fulfill the educational commitments of the College of Business, including an awareness of ethical and global issues and an understanding of political, social, environmental, and technological issues

The MBA program includes a carefully structured sequence of required courses designed to accommodate the student's background. Approximately 40% of those admitted to the MBA program do not have undergraduate degrees in business administration. Approximately 50% of the admissions are women and minorities. Typical non-business backgrounds include technology, engineering, chemistry, physics, economics, sociology, psychology, communication, political science, statistics, social work, nursing, mathematics, health sciences, etc.  Historically, about 50% of MBA students have come from over 20 countries. 

Admission to MBA Program

Applicants must be first admitted to the Graduate School of Pittsburg State University. The process is initiated by completing an application for admission. The application link may be found at: Applications and official transcripts from domestic students should be submitted to the graduate office no later than July 15 for the Fall semester, December 15 for the Spring semester, and May 1 for the Summer session. The deadline for these materials from international applicants is May 1 for Fall semester and October 15 for the Spring semester.

  1. Admission decisions are made by the MBA Program Committee.
  2. Admission into the Kelce MBA Program may take one of four tracks: traditional, recent Kelce graduate, advanced degree, or executive. Standardized testing requirements vary based on the admission track. In all cases, GMAT/GRE waiver decisions are made by the MBA Program Committee.
  3. Admission decisions will be classified as either “Fully Admitted” or “Denied admission.” There is no provisional or conditional admission to the MBA program.
  4. International applicants are required to submit official documents to an outside credentialing agency. Other applicants may be required to submit documents to an outside agency, as advised by the MBA Director.  The appropriate credentialing agency is World Education Services.  The website is  A "course-by-course" evaluation is required. 

Admission Tracks

  1. Traditional: This track is for applicants who possess an undergraduate degree in either a business or a non-business field from an accredited university and who do not qualify for another admission track. This track is also appropriate for Kelce College graduates who earned their degrees more than two years prior to the admission application, and/or do not meet the 3.25 GPA requirement under the recent Kelce graduate track or experience requirements under the executive track. For these applicants, a GMAT score, or equivalent GRE score, is required prior to the admission decision. The absolute minimum acceptable GMAT score is 450, or GRE equivalent. For admission, applicants must meet a minimum of 1,050 points based on the following formula: 200 times the overall undergraduate grade point average plus the GMAT score (the GRE equivalent must meet, or exceed, this targeted GMAT).  
  2. Recent Kelce Graduate: The GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived for recent business graduates of the Kelce College of Business subject to the following: the applicant must have an overall grade point average of 3.25 upon graduation with a BBA degree and the degree must have been earned within the last two years prior to the admission decision.
  3. Advanced Degree: Master’s or doctoral degree holders from other fields who graduated from accredited universities may be eligible to apply without the GMAT/GRE requirement. These applicants must submit an essay that details what the candidate seeks to gain from the attainment of the MBA degree from the Kelce College of Business. A current resume and two letters of recommendation are required under this track. Admission decisions under this track are selective and competitive.  These materials must be submitted to
  4. Executive: Qualified business professionals may be eligible to apply without a GMAT/GRE score. The applicant must provide documented evidence of at least five years of significant managerial experience and an accredited undergraduate degree. The applicant must also write an essay which discusses his/her professional experiences and accomplishments as well as what the applicant seeks to gain from the attainment of the MBA degree from the Kelce College of Business. Finally, a current resume along with two letters of recommendation are required. Admission decisions under the executive track are selective and competitive.  These materials must be submitted to  
  1. Unofficial academic documents are not accepted for MBA admission decisions.
  2. Applicant credentials, including academic records and professional experience materials described previously, will be subjected to verification of authenticity. Evidence of falsified or misleading documents will result in immediate denial or revocation of admission.
  3. Upon admission, candidates who lack the necessary academic business background will be required to enroll in up to 15 hours of pre-requisite courses. The pre-requisite courses may be found in the PSU Catalog and on the MBA webpage. Specific course requirements for each student will be determined by the MBA Director in consultation with the MBA Program Committee.

To register for the GMAT go to: or   Prospective MBA students may find to be helpful for both GMAT or GRE preparation.

Use Pittsburg State University master's program code, 6BF-S6-38, on your application to ensure that your test scores will be sent to PSU by GMAC.  For GMAT queries go to

If your native language is not English, you must also submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (or 213 computer-based test or 79 on internet-based test) before your credentials can be considered for the MBA program.

To register for the TOEFL, GRE, etc. contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS): or for TOEFL.  Please be sure to use the correct Pittsburg State University master's program code, 6336, on your TOEFL.

Full-Time Enrollment
The program requires a minimum of 34 credit hours.  All courses for full-time MBA students are offered on campus during the day and in the evening.

Part-Time Enrollment
It is possible to complete the MBA program exclusively through part-time enrollment.  The part-time program requires approximately 2.5 years, provided the student has no deficiencies in foundation courses. The program may be started in the spring, fall, or summer semester. Part-time students would take 6 hours per regular semester and 3 hours in the summer.

Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available to qualified students to assist with tuition, fees, and living expenses. Information concerning financial assistance can be obtained from the PSU Office of Financial Assistance, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

Graduate Assistantships
Teaching and research assistantships are awarded to full-time, highly qualified MBA candidates on a competitive basis. These assistantships vary in amount but are normally between $2,500 and $5,000 for the academic year, plus waiver of some or all of the tuition and fees. Applications can be obtained from the MBA Program Director or from the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Program Requirements
The Kelce MBA requires completion of 34 credit hours.  Students who enter the program without credit in foundational undergraduate business fields will also be required to complete the prerequisite courses specified for the program.  A minimum of six hours of accounting credit may be substituted for ACCT 811 and a minimum of nine hours of economics courses, including intermediate microeconomics, may be substituted for ECON 805. The determination of these waivers will be made by the MBA Director.

MBA Pre-requisite Courses (15 hours):

  • ACCT 811 – Accounting for MBA’s (3 hours)
  • FIN 326 – Business Finance (3 hours)
  • MGMKT 320 – Business Statistics (3 hours)
  • MGMKT 327 – Organizational Theory & Behavior (3 hours)
  • ECON 805 – Economic Analysis (3 hours)

 *Students who are interested in the Accounting concentration and International Business concentrations may be advised to take additional pre-requisite courses. The MBA Director, in consultation with faculty, will advise students as to the requirements and suggestions.

Pre-requisite requirements can be met by passing CLEP examinations ( for undergraduate credit or completing the listed MBA foundation courses with a grade of B or better.  A maximum of three CLEP examinations are allowed.  Courses may also be waived if appropriate undergraduate courses have been taken at an accredited institution. 

The course requirements for the Kelce MBA consist of 34 credit hours of graduate coursework including MBA Decision and Strategy Courses, an MBA Integrating Course and Appropriate MBA Electives for the chosen concentration. 

None of the Decision and Strategy, Integrating, or Elective Courses may be waived.  Below is a list of approved MBA courses. 

MBA Decision and Strategy Courses

CourseTitleCredit Hours
MGMKT 801 MBA Experience 1
ACCTG 814 Management Control Systems 3
MGMKG 826 Quantitative Business Analysis 3
MGMKT 830 Business, Government, and Society 3
MGMKT 831 International Business 3
MGMKT 839 Marketing Strategy 3
FIN 836 Financial Strategy 3
MGMKT 828 Leadership and Behavioral Management 3
Subtotal   22

*International Business students are also required to complete MGMKT 821 - International Experience (3 hours).  This course requires a study abroad experience or an international internship.

MBA Integrating Course

CourseTitleCredit Hours
MGMKT 895 Strategic Management 3
Subtotal   3


MBA Approved Electives (Choose any 3 courses)

CourseTitleCredit Hours
ACCTG 805 Internship in Accounting 3
ACCTG 811 Seminar in Accounting 3
ACCTG 812 Tax Research 3
ACCTG 813 Financial Statement Analysis 3
ACCTG 815 Financial Statement Auditing 3
ACCTG 819 Cost Management 3
CIS 801 Graduate Topics in Information Systems 3
ECON 827 Topics: [Seminar in Economics or Finance] 3
ETECH 804 Quality: Management and Control 3
ETECH 831 Value Engineering 3
GRT 888 Product Design and Management 3
MGMKT 821 Topics in Business 3
PSYCH 816 Group Dynamics 3
TE 841 Production Technology: Manufacturing 3
MGMKT 821 International Negotiation 3
ACCTG 811 Seminar in Accounting (International Accounting) 3
CSIS 801 Graduate Topics in Information System (Global Information Mgt) 3
ECON 827 Topics: [Seminar in International Economics or Finance] 3
MGMKT 821 Topics in Business - International Human Resource Management 3
MGMKT 821 Topics in Business - International Negotiation 3
MGMKT 605 Cross Cultural Analysis 3
MGMKT 611 International Marketing 3
POLS 630 International Political Economy 3
SOC 676 Global Sociology 3
Subtotal   9

*International Business students are only required to take 6 hours of electives.

One elective may be taken at the 500-600 level subject to approval by the MBA Program Director.  Other graduate courses may be accepted for MBA elective credits but must be pre-approved by the MBA Office.

Breakdown of courses for MBA program:

Core courses 25
Electives 9
Total MBA requirements (exclusive of prerequisites) 34

MBA Concentrations:

PSU offers an MBA degree with three concentrations to satisfy different managerial interests and backgrounds. 

General Administration: 34 credit hours (25 credit hours of MBA Core/Integrating and 9 credit hours of MBA Electives)

Accounting: 34 credit hours (25 credit hours of MBA Core/Integrating and 9 credit hours of MBA Electives)

International Business: 34 credit hours (28 credit hours of MBA Core/Integration and 6 credit hours of MBA Electives)

Transfer Credits
A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit from an accredited graduate institution may be applied to the program of study.

Residential halls with private rooms may be available for single graduate students. University-owned, married student housing is available. There is also off-campus housing for single students and married students. Information about campus-owned housing is available from University Housing, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS 66762, or by telephone at 620.235.4245.

Because the University has high standards for admission to the MBA program and because of a good working relationship with business in surrounding metropolitan areas, the institution has an excellent record of placement of its MBA candidates. The college has above 90% placement rate of graduates within six months.  The placement office provides considerable assistance to MBA students, and many firms visit the institution to recruit MBA students each year.

Further information concerning the MBA program at Pittsburg State University can be obtained from:

Dr. Din Cortes
Associate Dean/MBA Program Director
Kelce College of Business
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Telephone: 620.235.4594
Email: or

MBA Dual Degree Program with France

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MBA Program Recognized

Pittsburg State University is one of the best schools in the country to earn an MBA according to the Princeton Review, which has named the PSU College of Business within its annual list of top business programs.

The Princeton Review has consistently listed PSU among the “The Best Business Schools” in the country, as shown below for the 2013 and 2014. The Review recently listed PSU in its 2014 edition of the 295 Best Business Schools in the country. Schools on the list are selected based on their academic programs and offerings as well as the ratings of students.

2013 Best Business Schools


Furthermore, both the 2013 and 2014 Editions of The Princeton Review identify PSU as the Fifth Most Family Friendly Campus in the US