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Northern Arizona University The W.A. Franke College of Business Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 50

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Decision Science, General Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Strategy
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 72% accepted out of 57 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 24
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 530
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Application Fee: $65

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Located in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, NAU offers "outstanding" facilities, a professional atmosphere, and a scenic backdrop. Recently constructed, "The W.A. Franke College of Business is one of the newest buildings on campus and is LEED-certified." All classrooms "overlook a green retention area" where students can be seen "playing F...Located in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, NAU offers "outstanding" facilities, a professional atmosphere, and a scenic backdrop. Recently constructed, "The W.A. Franke College of Business is one of the newest buildings on campus and is LEED-certified." All classrooms "overlook a green retention area" where students can be seen "playing Frisbee, sitting and reading under the perimeter trees, or just relaxing." In addition, students have access to a "great MBA lounge that offers students a place to complete course work as well as eat lunch and socialize." "Most students are laid-back and easygoing" with their classmates, though "hardworking" and competitive in the classroom. A younger crowd, many MBA candidates are "recent graduates with no actual work experience," though you'll also meet some mid-career professionals in class. While the atmosphere is laid-back, MBA students are definitely busy. One admits, "Honestly, in a 10-month accelerated program, I haven't much of an opportunity to have much of a life outside of school." When they want to relax, there are plenty of "outdoor activities" in the surrounding area, from local hikes and skiing, to the nearby Grand Canyon. On campus, the larger university also offers social, recreational, and cultural events. MBA students can be as involved in the school as they'd like; "Some students take full advantage of everything NAU has to offer, while others do not."

The Princeton Review

Important Dates

Round 1
August

7

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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 31
Percent International Students 13%
Total Full-Time Faculty 14

Student Life

Located in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, NAU offers “outstanding” facilities, a professional atmosphere, and a scenic backdrop. Recently constructed, “The W.A. Franke College of Business is one of the newest buildings on campus and is LEED-certi­fied.” All classrooms “overlook a green retention area” where students can be seen “play­ing Frisbee, sitting and reading under the perimeter trees, or just relaxing.” In addition, students have access to a “great MBA lounge that offers students a place to complete course work as well as eat lunch and socialize.” “Most students are laid-back and easy­going” with their classmates, though “hardworking” and competitive in the classroom. A younger crowd, many MBA candidates are “recent graduates with no actual work experience,” though you’ll also meet some mid-career professionals in class. While the atmosphere is laid-back, MBA students are definitely busy. One admits, “Honestly, in a 10-month accelerated program, I haven’t much of an opportunity to have much of a life outside of school.” When they want to relax, there are plenty of “outdoor activities” in the surrounding area, from local hikes and skiing, to the nearby Grand Canyon. On campus, the larger university also offers social, recreational, and cultural events. MBA students can be as involved in the school as they’d like; “Some students take full advantage of everything NAU has to offer, while others do not.”

Career

The 10 month program allows students to enter the workforce sooner. In some cases, stu­dents don’t even need to look for a new job after graduation. A current student explains, “I left my job to be in this program, but given that I will be applying back with them within a year, I don’t need to go through the same hiring process.” For those students looking for a new position, the Career Development Office provides undergraduate and graduate students with various career and professional development programs. Through the Career Development Center, employers recruit students for entry-level and full-time positions, as well as for internships. Companies that recently participated in one of the Career Development Office’s recruiting events include Vanguard, Equity Methods, McGladrey, Grant Thornton, PFSweb, CliftonLarsonAllen, Target, Lohman Company, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, Eide Bailly, and Ernst & Young. Still, students feel the MBA would improve with the addition of “more job placement opportunities.” In particular, students would like to see more recruiting companies from Phoenix and other big cities.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Efficiency is the name of the game at the Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. This school’s AACSB accelerated MBA program is just “10 months from start to finish,” cramming a full MBA curriculum into less than a year of coursework. Not sur­prisingly, the result is an “intense course load,” tons of homework, and a “fast-paced, invigorating environment.” A current student admits, “I’m lucky if I get more than a cou­ple of hours on the weekends to go grocery shopping. This place will get you in and out in a hurry, but you certainly won’t have time for anything else while you’re doing it.” At the same time, the breakneck format affords students a number of important benefits. In particular, it’s a great deal: Here, students only leave the workforce for a year and tuition is “significantly lower” than at a traditional two-year program. In addition, for students who plan to take the CPA exam, NAU offers the opportunity to complete their account­ing courses and earn an MBA in just two years. A popular choice, “Over half the program is enrolled in the MBA-ACC offering, while the other half navigates the traditional MBA.” On that note, accounting classes get top marks, while students say “the management and finance courses add value and the principles learned will be handy going forward.” Despite the program’s rigor, the Franke College of Business is a surprisingly cooperative and down-to-earth place. Throughout the business school, “The environment is one of learning and collaboration where the majority of teachers are interested in helping stu­dents achieve success.” With few exceptions, “the teachers are extremely approachable,” and, due to the limited graduate enrollment, “The small class sizes means we receive more individual attention from professors.” Teamwork is encouraged across the curriculum, which builds soft skills while also helping to ease the stress of coursework. A student agrees, “The academic experience at NAU is demanding and high-pressured, although the group nature of a lot of our work allows students to use their best skills when con­tributing within this environment.” Like the faculty, “the school’s administration goes that extra mile” to assist students, and it truly works “to make the MBA program as stress-free as possible.” The school generally runs smoothly and the curriculum is well-designed; however, some students tell us, “There does not appear to be a lot of communication between the professors” when it comes to planning and evaluating courses.

The Princeton Review

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