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.
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.
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: 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 deadline for these materials from international applicants is May 1 for Fall semester and October 15 for the Spring semester.
To register for the GMAT go to: http://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam/register.aspx or http://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam.aspx. Prospective MBA students may find http://www.khanacademy.org/gmat 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 http://www.gmatcat.com/Registration.html
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): http://www.ets.org/gre/ or https://www.ets.org/toefl/ for TOEFL. Please be sure to use the correct Pittsburg State University master's program code, 6336, on your TOEFL or GRE application to ensure that your scores will be sent to PSU by the ETS.
Note: If your language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, etc. is satisfactory, you may be admitted conditionally into the MBA program and allowed up to one semester grace period of MBA enrollment to satisfy the GMAT / GRE requirement.
Full-Time EnrollmentThe 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 EnrollmentIt 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 AssistanceFinancial 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 AssistantshipsTeaching 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 RequirementsThe 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):
*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 (http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam) 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
*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
MBA Approved Electives (Choose any 3 courses)
*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:
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 CreditsA maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit from an accredited graduate institution may be applied to the program of study.
HousingResidential 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.
PlacementBecause 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.
CorrespondenceFurther information concerning the MBA program at Pittsburg State University can be obtained from:
Dr. Eric HarrisInterim MBA Program DirectorCollege of BusinessPittsburg State University1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762Telephone: 620.235.4575Email: firstname.lastname@example.org