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University of Kansas School of Business Full Time MBA

When you earn your MBA from the full-time program, you’ll receive a well-rounded education that not only supports your career goals, but also incorporates both the theoretical background and practical experience needed to succeed in today's ever-changing global economy. The program includes 31 credits of core curriculum, six credits of application classes, and 12 credits of track classes. Prior to the beginning of the second semester, you will select a track program (finance or marketing/supply chain) consisting of five classes and 15 credit hours. During the summer before your third-and-final semester, you will obtain an internship in your targeted career field.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 40

Program Information

University of Kansas School of Business Says

When you earn your MBA from the full-time program, you’ll receive a well-rounded education that not only supports your career goals, but also incorporates both the theoretical background and practical experience needed to succeed in today's ever-changing global economy.

The program includes 31 credits of core curriculum, six credits of application classes, and 12 credits of track classes. Prior to the beginning of the second semester, you will select a track program (finance or marketing/supply chain) consisting of five classes and 15 credit hours. During the summer before your third-and-final semester, you will obtain an internship in your targeted career field.

Specializations Offered: Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 16% accepted out of 146 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 570
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $65

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Admission Information

Applications are accepted at anytime, up until posted application deadlines. KU is now accepting applications for all programs for the fall 2010 semester. In a recently admitted class, students' average undergraduate GPA was around 3.2, and the average GMAT was approximately 568. Students had an average of three years of work experience.

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Important Dates

Round 1
May

1

Deadline
August

25

Start
Round 2
June

1

Deadline
August

25

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 278
Percent International Students 20%
Total Full-Time Faculty 103
Full-Time Faculty 55%

Student Life

KU students enjoy life on campus, which many describe as “great.” The only complaint is that “there are really more things that I’d like to be able to participate in than I have time to do!” One student described life at KU as “filled with a variety of activities, includ­ing extracurriculars (Net Impact, Graduate Business Council), social events put on by MBA student organizations, working for the MBA Admissions Office, and of course, course work.” Although the majority of the class is “ambitious and concentrated on their future,” stu­dents are also “very fun people.” There is diversity among the MBA candidates, and the students “vary from people straight out of undergrad to people 35 years old, and they all have different goals and lifestyles, but they communicate well and make the classes enjoyable by opening up discussion without judging others.” Some say their classmates “are the very best part about my experience in the KU MBA program.” Overall, students are more than satisfied with their experiences at KU. As one student said, “I cannot thank KU enough for preparing me to excel in my future endeavors.”

Career

On its website the school boasts that “KU Business alumni are chief officers and senior executives of dozens of Fortune 500 companies.” Fortunately for KU students who aspire to such heights, Kansas City is home to many large corporations, including Sprint and Hallmark, and the metropolitan area has been named one of the “Top 20 Areas to Start and Grow a Company” by Inc.com. KU also has a second campus (Edwards Campus) located in nearby Overland Park, which was named one of the top 10 cities for doing business by Business Development Outlook.Students give glowing reviews to the school’s Career Services Department, which does a “fantastic job of preparing students for the job-search process and facilitating that process through two massive career fairs, many interview and resume workshops, one-on-one counseling, and more.” One student says, “I already have a job waiting for me when I complete the master’s program, thanks to the business school’s Career Services, and KU’s strong reputation in the region.” Approximately 66 percent of Kansas students accepted job offers before graduating in a recent academic year, and by three months after graduation, that number had grown to 100 percent. The average salary for graduates was $67,139 (not including bonus). The majority of students accepted jobs in marketing and finance, although there were quite a few who went into operations and consulting. A range of companies recruit on campus, and the ones who hire graduates most frequently include Tradebot, MarketSphere, United Missouri Bank, and Sprint Nextel.

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Students Say

Students at the University of Kansas’ School of Business describe their institution as “the best business school in the Midwest,” and they have good reason to be so complimentary. “Positive, up-tempo, friendly, and lots of work,” the Kansas program is “vastly under­rated” and a “truly wonderful” grad school experience. The students characterize the professors as “second to none” and are impressed with their academic and professional backgrounds.” KU profs, who are “active in the business world within their fields,” exhibit “a great blend of teaching skills and real-world experience.” Students are held to a high standard and are “expected to be well-prepared, well-read, and well-spoken in course discussions.” The “fantastic” administration receives high praise as well. One MBA candidate reported that “if you want to try something different or want to attend a conference, they support you 100 percent of the time.” Students also mention the administration’s constant efforts “to improve facilities, encourage student involvement and input, and expand the faculty and curriculum.” On top of the full-time MBA offered at KU, the school also offers an evening-profession­al MBA, a Master’s in Accounting, Master’s in Finance, and several dual-degree MBAs, including a JD/MBA, MBA/MIM, MBA-PharmD, MBA/PM (petroleum management), as well as three international-themed dual degrees involving Latin American, European, and Asian studies. KU also has an extensive PhD program in which students can concen­trate in accounting, information systems, finance, marketing, decision sciences, and man­agement. KU’s “focus on the global business environment” is a huge draw for many applicants, who feel that the school provides “an exceptional international business pro­gram for being in the middle of the United States and far from the coasts.” Reasonable fees also are a major plus, and many students feel they’re receiving a great deal of value for their money. As one might expect from a school that focuses a great deal on international business, KU has an international program that allows students to obtain real-world experience in the global marketplace. The KU School of Business partners with the Center for International Business Education and Research to facilitate study abroad with an array of businesses across the globe. In the past few years students have traveled to India, China, Germany, France, Brazil, and Mexico as part of the program. With these types of experiences avail­able to students, it’s no wonder they describe the KU program as a “good value for the money that offered many options in terms of international experience.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Watson Library plus 12 additional on-campus libraries. Access provided to online bibliographic retrieval services and online databases.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    The University has an Office of International Student and Scholar Services. More information at http://www2.ku.edu/~issfacts/.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    The University provides services through the LGBT Resource Center. More information at http://www.silc.ku.edu/lgbt/.

  • Research Facilities:

    Watson Library plus 12 additional on-campus libraries. Access provided to online bibliographic retrieval services and online databases.

  • Study Abroad:

    France - ESC Clermont Ferrand Graduate School of Management, China - University of International Business and Economics Beijing, European Business School- Frankfurt Germany, Other International trips in the past: Germany, Mexico, India, Costa Rica, and Brazil

  • Women Support Groups:

    We have a Women's MBA Chapter- NAWMBA. More information at http://www.business.ku.edu/Master-studentorganizations.

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Cerner, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Google, Sabre Holdings, Walmart

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Financial Services 25% $63,800
Other 15% $57,825
Non Profit 10% $47,500
Consulting 5% $82,500

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 40%
Three Month Employment 53%
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