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Pittsburg State University Gladys A. Kelce School of Business Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

Rankings

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)
#5 Most Family Friendly

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 71% accepted out of 305 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 25
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.25
  • Average Years Work Experience: 1
  • Out of State Application Fee: $60
  • In State Application Fee: $35

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

To be eligible for the MBA program, applicants must hold a four-year degree in any field from an accredited college or university. Students are evaluated via an admissions formula, which calculates a student's GPA and GMAT scores to determine their eligibility for admission. Therefore, you can balance out a lower GPA with strong performance on the ...To be eligible for the MBA program, applicants must hold a four-year degree in any field from an accredited college or university. Students are evaluated via an admissions formula, which calculates a student's GPA and GMAT scores to determine their eligibility for admission. Therefore, you can balance out a lower GPA with strong performance on the GMAT, or vice versa. No matter what your GPA, a minimum GMAT score of 400 is necessary for unconditional admission to the program. Around 40 percent of incoming students do not have undergraduate degrees in business.

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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 158
Percent International Students 69%
Total Full-Time Faculty 33
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

“There is an incredible sense of student spirit and pride” on the Pitt State campus, and a “strong diversity of cultures” within the business school. In addition to attracting a fair­ly large international population, the School’s “proximity to the borders of Missouri and Oklahoma makes it a viable and excellent choice for students in these neighboring states.” Together, students get a nice mix of regional culture and international perspec­tives. “Teamwork and presentation skills” are stressed throughout the curriculum, so students have many opportunities to work together during the program. While the atmosphere is comfortable and collegial, the physical environment is less appealing. Pitt students admit, “the business school could use newer facilities.” Beyond coursework, “it is very easy to get involved and meet other students” in the MBA program. In the evenings, “there are always social events on campus with a vari­ety of clubs and organizations.” Student clubs provide “great networking opportunities, as well as opportunities for teamwork and leadership” outside the classroom. To compli­ment the academic programs, “Every week, there is some sort of guest speaker” on cam­pus, and the administration organizes “special seminars and other events every Friday.” From Big Brothers/Big Sisters to political groups, “there are a lot of school-run clubs and student organizations” on the larger Pitt State campus, and many of the younger stu­dents get involved with collegiate activities.” The surrounding community of Pittsburg, Kansas is “somewhat small, isolated, and conservative,” but the atmosphere is “very friendly” and highly supportive of the University and its students.

Career

Pitt State students can get professional development assistance at the University’s Office of Career Services. The office provides reference materials, career counseling, and resume preparation services, while also coordinating on-campus interviews and recruit­ing events. They host several large career expos annually, as well as smaller events, like workshops and speakers. While these career events are aimed at the entire Pitt State pop­ulation, “there are diverse companies at the career fairs,” many of which are interested in business students. A recent career fair included representatives from Cessna, Verizon, Farmers Insurance Group, General Electric, Northwestern Mutual, Sherwin-Williams, Toyota Financial Services, Walmart, and more. Despite the line-up, business students would like to see a few more big names on the roster. About half of Pitt State’s MBA graduates take jobs in general management, with anoth¬er quarter heading to marketing or sales positions. The average base salary for MBA graduates is $46,000 annually. The school’s biggest employers include Deloitte, Sprint, Walmart, and Allstate. In recent years, anywhere between 75 and 95 percent of students were employed by graduation.

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About

Pittsburg State University, located in Pittsburg, Kansas, is a comprehensive public university established in 1903. The Graduate School was established in 1929, and has grown to include more than 50 programs in 30 majors within four colleges. The Graduate School grants degrees on two levels: the master's degree and the Specialist in Education. Evening courses, off-campus locations for many programs, and a variety of online courses are offered.The Kelce College of Business, accredited by the AACSB-International Association for Management Education, recognizes the importance of preparing students to meet the challenges of the global workplace. The Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) is a professional program designed to prepare future business executives to join the corporate ranks or start their own business. Pittsburg State University offers an MBA degree with concentrations in accounting, general administration, or international business. The MBA is designed to accommodate students from diverse educational backgrounds and interests. Approximately 40% of the students admitted to the MBA program do not have undergraduate degrees in business administration.

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Students Say

For a “high-quality education at an affordable price,” Kansas professionals recommend Pittsburg State University’s graduate business program. At this affordable public school, the “atmosphere is very conducive to learning and interacting with people,” thanks to small class sizes, low enrollment, and a patently student-friendly attitude. Taking an active interest in their students’ education, “the faculty does a great job pushing students to excel and make contributions to the school and community.” Small class sizes ensure that “students can develop a very personal relationship with professors” and “actively engage in learning.” Administration, like faculty, is “professional and efficient,” always willing to “bend over backwards to try to meet students’ needs and make everything run as smoothly as possible.” With so many friendly faces, some students regard the Pitt State campus as a “second home.”Depending on a student’s previous preparation, the MBA consists of anywhere between 34 and 64 hours of upper-division coursework. Students with an undergraduate degree in business may be eligible to skip courses in the 20-unit foundation series, which covers key topics like marketing, finance, and accounting. With foundation courses taken or waived, full-time students can complete the entire MBA curriculum in just a year. Students may also choose to study part-time, while continuing to work professionally, spacing out courses over several years. Juggling work and school can be a challenge, but Pitt State makes it easy for students to meet their goals. While professors “have high expectations for students,” they are “willing to offer extra support as needed” and will often “go above and beyond to help students succeed.” When dealing with the faculty, “you can ask any question without hesitation, and they are always ready to help you.”Currently, Pitt State students may pursue an MBA in general management, or tailor their degree with a concentration in international business or accounting. Students at Pitt say the education is modern and progressive, often covering the newest trends in the mar­ketplace. Faculty members are “extremely aware and knowledgeable about the current business world,” and are always “willing to implement new concepts that have been introduced to the business world in the past year or two.” Particularly relevant to today’s business climate, “Pitt State is dedicated to teaching corporate citizenship and the need for green business technique.” In the classroom, “the technology available is top notch and prepares students for a career where technology is becoming more and more impor­tant.” In this and other ways, “PSU is always working on improving

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Axe Library; total holdings of 350,000 volumes, 624,000 microforms, 1,600 current periodical subscriptions. CD player(s) available.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.pittstate.edu/iss/

  • Research Facilities:

    Axe Library; total holdings of 350,000 volumes, 624,000 microforms, 1,600 current periodical subscriptions. CD player(s) available.

  • Study Abroad:

    Paraguay, Finland, S. Korea, China, Australia, France, Russia

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Pittsburg State University Gladys A. Kelce College of Business include:

Richard Colliver - Executive VP American Honda

Orvil Gene Bicknell - CEO NPC International

John Lowe - Executive VP ConocoPhillips

John Lampe - President & CEO Firestone/Bridgestone

Lee Scott - EX-President & CEO Wal-mart

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Deloitte & Touche, Sprint, Kock\h, Walmart, AllState

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
General Management 54% $45,000
Marketing / Sales 24% $44,000
Information Technology 22% $45,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 60%
Three Month Employment 25%
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