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Old Dominion University College of Business and Public Administration Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Analytic Finance, Economics, Health Care Administration and Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, International Business, Maritime and Port Management, Public Administration, Public Policy
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 39% accepted out of 139 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 31
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.28
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 555
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $50

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

All applicants to the MBA program at ODU must submit the following materials: a completed application (paper or online) including a statement of personal objectives and resume; an official GMAT score report; official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work; a letter of recommendation (from a professor if you are currently a student; fro...All applicants to the MBA program at ODU must submit the following materials: a completed application (paper or online) including a statement of personal objectives and resume; an official GMAT score report; official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work; a letter of recommendation (from a professor if you are currently a student; from a supervisor if you are currently employed); and a tuition-rate-determination form (to determine eligibility for in-state tuition). International students whose first language is not English must also submit an official score report for the TOEFL. Applications generally take four to six weeks to process once all materials have arrived at the Admissions Office. Incoming students who have not completed college-level calculus are required to complete an equivalent undergraduate course during their first semester of MBA work. ODU considers the trend of undergraduate grades as well as overall cumulative GPA; those who showed marked improvement in junior and senior years can overcome poor performance as underclassmen. Returning adults with considerable work experience may earn up to six credits toward the MBA for skills and knowledge accrued through work; credits are awarded on the basis of evaluation, examination, certifications, or portfolio.

The Princeton Review

Important Dates

Round 1
October

1

Deadline
January

10

Start
Round 2
November

1

Deadline
January

10

Start

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 219
Percent International Students 22%
Total Full-Time Faculty 48

Student Life

The majority of students here are married and holding down full-time jobs, and the pro­gram is populated with “hard-working individuals who are constantly challenged to bal­ance their work, family, and school commitments.” “People are here to learn as much as they possibly can about business from not only the courses, but also from each other,” says a student. Many come to campus before class to “study, work on group projects, hang out and network with other students, or to attend speakers and other school spon­sored events.”Thanks to ODU’s close proximity to the nearby naval base, the school is “military-friend­ly” and “the school caters very much towards full-time working students,” though some full-time students would like the option to attend daytime classes. Students are “a good blend” of full-time students and working professionals, and “the students who work are mostly full-time workers, while most of the students are full time students.” “As a work­ing professional, I still get to feel like an undergrad again with access to the rising foot­ball team or participate in intramurals,” says one. The safety of the surrounding commu­nity is “an issue,” however the ODU community “has done a terrific job at keeping the campus safe.”

Career

The university offers a lot of “freebies” to students in the way of luncheons and oppor­tunities to network, and the MBA administrative staff is “attentive and very helpful with the process.” This is a “fairly close-knit” student body; the commuter nature of the school isn’t naturally the most conducive to outside of class interactions, but the administration “does a good job trying to supplement this with plenty of structured networking oppor­tunities.” There are also “numerous clubs that offer networking opportunities in every field, as well for minorities and veterans.” As a mostly regional (but growing) school, the alumni base in the area is “up-and-coming as a strong group.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Old Dominion University’s College of Business and Public Administration in Virginia is a cost-effective program with “a very good reputation and…a robust international busi­ness program,” designed specifically to meet the needs of “active professionals seeking advanced degrees to increase competitive advantage.” Classes are offered in the evenings, late afternoons and Saturdays, and the curriculum features a set of one-hour module classes that are often taught by local business professionals.The “demanding” curriculum consists of nine core courses that provide a foundation in business theory and decision making skills, and then student-selected electives that meet specific professional needs or fall under the available concentrations: Port and Maritime Management, International Business, Information Technology, Financial Analysis and Valuation, Health Sciences Administration, Public Administration and Business and Economic Forecasting. The international business focus means that students are “exposed to a large number of international faculty and students, which has really helped me to expand my global business knowledge and perspective.” The faculty is “very solid, always accessible, and [has] great real world experience.” Class sizes are small, and the “extremely knowledgeable” professors use “innovative teaching methodologies and case studies.” “Nearly all my professors have an excellent academic background and years of business or consulting experience that lends itself to the course material,” says a student.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Applied Research Center

    Center for Advanced Engineering Environments

    Constant Convocation Center

    Executive Development Center

    Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

    Gordon Galleries

    Langley Full-Scale Wind Tunnel

    Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

    National Center for System of Systems

    Social Science Research Center

    Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center

    Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International Student and Scholar Services http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/isss/

    THE F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. is a recreational social club for international students.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    ODU OUT http://www.oduout.org/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    BLACK STUDENT ALLIANCE http://orgs.odu.edu/bsa/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Our MBAA, instructors, and academic advisors encourage alternatives to work with peers for classroom success.

  • Research Facilities:

    Applied Research Center

    Center for Advanced Engineering Environments

    Constant Convocation Center

    Executive Development Center

    Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

    Gordon Galleries

    Langley Full-Scale Wind Tunnel

    Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

    National Center for System of Systems

    Social Science Research Center

    Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center

    Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center

  • Study Abroad:

    Belgium Brazil China Denmark - ESSAM England Germany Korea

  • Women Support Groups:

    Women's Center http://studentservices.odu.edu/wc/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Old Dominion University College of Business and Public Administration include:

Bruce Bradley - President

Larry Kittelberger - Senior VP & CIO

John Sanderson - President

Linda Middleton - Senior VP

Elizabeth Duke - Federal Reserve Board Member

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