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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 71% accepted out of 28 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 26
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.27
  • Average Years Work Experience: 7
  • Application Fee: $40

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants to the MBA program at MSU Mankato's College of Business must submit all of the following materials to the College of Graduate Studies: a completed application form; two official transcripts from one's degree-granting institution(s); a completed immunization form; and official score reports for the GMAT and, if applicable, the TOEFL. Inte...Applicants to the MBA program at MSU Mankato's College of Business must submit all of the following materials to the College of Graduate Studies: a completed application form; two official transcripts from one's degree-granting institution(s); a completed immunization form; and official score reports for the GMAT and, if applicable, the TOEFL. International applicants must also complete a Financial Statement Form demonstrating that they have sufficient funds to pay for the program. Most international applicants are required to have their undergraduate transcripts evaluated by a well-regarded credential evaluation service. All applicants must also submit a separate MBA program application form, a resume, and two letters of reference to the College of Business. Admission to the MBA program is competitive. Students earning a score of 1000 or higher under the formula [(200 × undergraduate GPA) + GMAT score] and scoring at least 500 on the GMAT will be admitted unconditionally to the program; students earning a score of at least 1000 but with a GMAT score slightly below 500 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 56
Total Full-Time Faculty 16
Full-Time Faculty 94%

Student Life

This “friendly, social” group is “overall pretty great.” “We all get along and work togeth­er to solve problems that arise,” says a student, “[we’re] a great group of new friends.” One student says that “there are not as many working students as I expected, so much of the work situation discussion comes from a small number of us,” but “many of them are very engaging with worldly views and experience.” This is still “a good mix of students. There are people fresh out of college, people looking for a career change, and people look­ing to advance in their current career.” Minnesota also draws a sizeable international stu­dent population.Life at school is pretty “stress free.” “I go twice a week, meet with classmates before class for supper, then go to class,” says one student. Many will also meet with classmates on weekends to study. The campus is in “a great area that showcases the school—housing is close, businesses are nearby and support students, public transportation is available, but it is also a ped/bike friendly area too.” There is a “well set up” daycare available (although a long waitlist exists) for working parents to use during the day.

Career

The MNSU MBA is “definitely directed toward people who are working full-time.” The huge international student and full-time working population reduces the burden on the Career Development Center, which offers “very little help” for those who are looking for jobs after graduation, but “this is not a big issue as most students are employed.” “The value of MSU-Mankato's MBA program is higher than that of most programs because costs are relatively cheap,” and most students are mainly looking for the degree rather than the placement. There are plenty of experience opportunities as well as excellent career networking for international students, and “the way the program is designed makes it easy…to learn and understand the concepts in a better way.” Students also ben­efit from “a strong focus on leadership throughout the program.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

A completely affordable price tag, a Twin City area satellite campus located in Edina, and a “powerful track record for delivering quality education,” not to mention one of the few accredited MBA programs in the state make the College of Business at Minnesota State University—Mankato “a big part of the community as a whole, and held in high regard.” There have been recent capital improvements to the “beautiful campus,” including “great visual and technological facilities.”The program is “quite well run,” especially considering “it is naturally difficult to bal­ance each course's difficulty considering the different background experiences of the stu­dents.” The activities that accompany the academic work are “up to date, current, and not from the old books,” giving students something they “can see and work with in…real life.” The statistics/financial courses in particular are “beneficial and challenging,” as are “innovative courses like the Executive seminar and Strategic Management.”Though the “excellent” professors get mostly high marks all around – a few “put only a small amount of work into class or are unprepared” – some would like to see more “come from business and not academia,” so they might bring more practical applications to the classrooms. “I feel like those of us who are currently working have much more relevant experience to share than the instructors,” says a student. The majority of the professors who are adjunct are “awesome and have great real world experience.”The difficulty and workload differs greatly from course to course, but the “flexible pro­gram structure” allows students to match their workload with their personal responsibil­ities and time. Courses are “more hands-on than theoretical,” “very content and knowl­edge driven, and are updated real time based on the trends.” Classes usually “use case analysis and team-based projects to present the course work,” and many students meet on weekends. “The knowledge gained from my course mates cannot be overempha­sized,” says one student. Evening classes are a plus and a two-month semester is also “a plus.” Some students do wish there were more courses available and “more options with regards to MBA concentrations.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Scholarship and Research

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.mnsu.edu/iso/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.mnsu.edu/lgbtc/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.mnsu.edu/cultdiv/

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Scholarship and Research

  • Study Abroad:

    College of Business has study abroad opportunities in Sweden, France, Finland, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany and in 2013 Belize.

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.mnsu.edu/wcenter/

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