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Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business Distance MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Online
Tuition (Total) $700

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 65% accepted out of 418 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 33
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.27
  • Average Years Work Experience: 9
  • Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

Admission Information

To apply to Kennesaw State's MBA programs, prospective students must submit three items: a professional resume, official academic transcripts, and GMAT scores. Although interviews are not required, students may also request an interview with admissions staff. In recent years, the average GMAT score for incoming graduate students was 556. The class ...To apply to Kennesaw State's MBA programs, prospective students must submit three items: a professional resume, official academic transcripts, and GMAT scores. Although interviews are not required, students may also request an interview with admissions staff. In recent years, the average GMAT score for incoming graduate students was 556. The class had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.1. Anyone who submits an online application to the University can enroll in free GMAT prep courses at the Kennesaw campus.

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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 455
Total Full-Time Faculty 79
Full-Time Faculty 95%

Student Life

Kennesaw recruits students with diverse backgrounds, admitting qualified students from overseas or through its unique program for former Peace Corps volunteers. In the classroom, there is a “wide range of views, industries, experience, and personality” among the student body. In fact, the atmosphere can feel “like a good family reunion— crazy Uncle Bob, nerdy Aunt Susan, hard-working cousin Mike, fun-living sister Sally... all wildly different, but all happy to see you and willing to help out like family.” “A good sense of camaraderie exists among students,” who are “sociable and helpful when it comes to class work.” Even as they balance demanding careers, students “are all willing to work together to get projects done and willing to spend the necessary time to do a quality job.”Although the Coles MBA program is “great for professionals,” it tends to attract busy young adults with little time for campus life. For graduate students, Kennesaw is pre­dominantly a “commuter school,” and there is “not a lively graduate student presence on campus.” However, those who’d like to get involved in the school community say, “There are plenty of academic and professional clubs,” as well as numerous volunteer activities at the business school and through the larger University. It’s up to each student to determine the time and energy they want to invest.

Career

To assist graduate students in their job searches, Coles has partnered with the independ­ent job services website, CareerBeam. This virtual career services portal assists students with everything from resume and cover letter preparation to building a job search strat­egy and conducting industry research. MBA candidates may also solicit help at the University’s Career Services Center, which operates on-campus recruiting programs for both jobs and internships. Students would love to see “better job placement opportuni­ties” aimed specifically at the MBA program, as well as larger career fairs with big Atlanta companies. Students admit that, at the Kennesaw career fairs, “The number of companies represented is few and poor.” In addition to the resources available at the Career Services Center, there is a dedicated career counselor in the Coles Business School, available to help both undergraduate and graduate students. The majority of students are already working when they enter the program, and they are not actively pursuing new positions after graduation. However, they continue to lever¬age their business school education after graduation through increased career opportu¬nities and the large Atlanta alumni network. After graduation, alumni can continue to visit the college and make contacts through ongoing networking events at the business school.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

The second largest business program in the state of Georgia, Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University has a “strong reputation in the Southeast” and deep ties in the Atlanta business community. This school’s efficient MBA program is specifically designed for working professionals, offering a “flexible class schedule” and business facilities in “different locations in and around Atlanta.” Students who want to pursue an aggressive schedule can get their degree in as few as 18 months, though the school allows up to six years to complete an MBA.No matter which pace you pursue, the MBA program is “academically challenging and rewarding,” kicking off with a seven-course core curriculum in management, finance, accounting, marketing, and other business fundamentals. After completing the core, there is “a lot of flexibility with upper-level electives to help shape your degree.” In addi­tion to topics like marketing, finance, accounting, and systems administration, the school offers a range of interesting electives in international business topics. Outside the class­room, there are ample opportunities to augment coursework with “networking and out­side class experiences,” from overseas service projects to national recruiting events. One student tells us, “As a part of Operation Management class, we are carrying out a proj­ect of improving the University’s warehouse and asset handling system.”Courses are “fast paced, modern, and focused on entrepreneurship.” Striking a good bal­ance, “professors are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching others.” Often, they teach from “their experiences rather than from a textbook.” In addition, the majori­ty of faculty is “approachable, easy to get along with, and professional.” The school maintains an excellent faculty-student ratio, and professors really “make themselves accessible to students” outside the classroom.Throughout coursework, “classmates are very involved in class discussions and bring real-world examples and experiences into the classroom.” A student relates, “I am so impressed with the diverse backgrounds and experiences of my classmates. I have learned so much, not only from the class material, but also from the discussions in class.” Rigor, however, can be lacking, and some think the school would benefit from “tougher courses or stronger requirements to succeed in existing courses.” Like the teaching staff, “the administration puts a lot of effort into communicating” with students. Despite the size and affordable tuition, students never feel like a number at Kennesaw State.

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Degrees Awarded

MBA - 36 semester credit hours (5 to 6 semesters); Master of Accounting - 30 semester credit hours (12 months); WebMBA (5 semesters); Doctorate of Business Administration (3 years).

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Professional Selling, Cobb Microenterprise Center, Cox Family Enterprise Center, Econometric Center, Small Business Development Center, Center of Creativity and Innovation.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International Student Retention Services. http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/isrs/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Minority Student Retention Services. http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/isrs/

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Professional Selling, Cobb Microenterprise Center, Cox Family Enterprise Center, Econometric Center, Small Business Development Center, Center of Creativity and Innovation.

  • Study Abroad:

    Japan, Trinidad, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Czeck Republic, Canada, China, UK, Ireland, Greece, Romania, Canada, Italy

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Kennesaw State University The Michael J. Coles College of Business include:

Carl Johnson - Principal Accountant at Coca-Cola company

Kerstin Valdes - Vice President and Chief Internal auditor at Earthlink

Lawrence Wallace - principal accountant at Price-Waterhouse-Coopers

Wiliam Hayes - Chief Exedcutive Officer of Northside Hospital-Cherokee

Gregory Simone - President and Chief Executive Officer of WellStar Health Systems,Inc.

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