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 and general administration.
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, and mathematics.
Admission to MBA Program
- You must present proof of a 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Non-business degree holders and others are required to take some foundation courses to bring them up to par with four-year business graduates.
- You must be admitted to the Graduate School of Pittsburg State University. The process is initiated by completing an application for admission. Applications may be obtained from the Dean of Continuing and Graduate Studies. The application is online at https://go.pittstate.edu/grad/application. 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 deadlines for international students is June 1 for the fall semester, October 15 for the spring semester, and April 1 for the summer session.
- The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), with a minimum score of 400, is required. For unconditional admission, you must submit a minimum of 1,050 points based on the following formula: 200 times the overall undergraduate grade point average plus the GMAT score. The GMAT must be taken before the core program courses (decision and strategy courses, the integrating course, and the 800 level electives) may be taken.
To register for the GMAT, contact the Graduate Management Admission Council at the address, numbers, or email shown below.
1600 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 1400
McLean, VA 22102, USA
1.866.505.6559 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)
Prospective students can download Test Preparation for the GMAT, POWERPREP Software 3.0, from http://www.gmac.com.
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.
If your native language is not English, you must also submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (or 213 computer-based test) before your credentials can be considered for the MBA program.
To register for the TOEFL, contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS):
P.O. Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541
Please be sure to use the correct Pittsburg State University master's program code, 6336, on your TOEFL application to ensure that your scores will be sent to PSU by the ETS. Additional information on TOEFL can be obtained from www.toefl.org.
The program for full-time students is a 12-month program. All courses for full-time MBA students are offered on campus during the day and in the evening.
It is possible to complete the MBA program exclusively through part-time enrollment. All courses may be taken during the evening for students who are fully employed during the day. The part-time program requires 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 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.
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 Continuing and Graduate Studies.
The course requirements for the MBA consist of a minimum of 34 hours and a maximum of 64 hours for the General Administration concentration. Foundation courses may be waived if appropriate undergraduate courses have been taken. None of the decision and strategy, integrating, or elective courses may be waived. Course requirements for the concentration in General Administration are shown below. If you are interested in a concentration in Accounting or International Business, please contact the MBA Program Director for details.
|MGMKT 320||Business Statistics||3|
|MGMKT 327||Organizational Theory and Behavior||3|
|MGMKT 330||Basic Marketing||3|
|MGMKT 444||Legal & Social Environment of Business||3|
|MGMKT 626||Operations Management OR Production Management||3|
|ACCTG 201||Financial Accounting||3|
|ACCTG 202||Managerial Accounting||3|
|CSIS 420||Management Information Systems||3|
|FIN 326||Business Finance||3|
|ECON 805||Economic Analysis OR 9 hours of economics, including 3 hours of upper-division economics||3|
Decision and Strategy Courses
|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|
|MGMKT 895||Strategic Management||3|
|TOTAL MBA CORE COURSES||25|
Approved Electives (Choose any 3 courses)
|ACCTG 819||Cost Management||3|
|CSIS 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|
One elective may be taken at the 500-600 level subject to approval by the MBA Program Director.
Breakdown of courses for MBA program:
|Total MBA requirements with foundation courses||64|
PSU currently offers MBA degree with three concentrations to satisfy different managerial interests and backgrounds, namely:
MBA (General Administration) with minimum of 34 and maximum of 64 credits,
MBA (Accounting) with minimum of 34 and maximum of 82 credits, and
MBA (International Business) with minimum of 34 and maximum of 73 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 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. Michael Muoghalu
MBA Program Director
Professor of Finance
College of Business
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762
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