Main Profile

At A Glance

University of Central Arkansas College of Business Administration Part Time MBA

The UCA MBA program is a thirty hour program with a core curriculum of seven classes plus three electives. The program has areas of concentration in Finance and Health Care Administration.

GPA:  GMAT: 

Contact

University of Central Arkansas College of Business Administration Part Time MBA's Full Profile

Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 71
In-State Tuition (Total) $9,945
Out-of-State Tuition (Total) $17,236

Program Information

University of Central Arkansas College of Business Says

The UCA MBA program is a thirty hour program with a core curriculum of seven classes plus three electives. The program has areas of concentration in Finance and Health Care Administration.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Finance, Health Care Administration and Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 53% accepted out of 38 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 25
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.25
  • Out of State Application Fee: $25
  • In State Application Fee: $25

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

To be considered for admission at UCS, students must submit a minimum GMAT score of 500 and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7, or a 3.0 in the last sixty hours. Along with their application, students must submit a personal essay, two letters of recommendation, and a current resume. Last year's entering class had an average GMAT score of 552 and an...To be considered for admission at UCS, students must submit a minimum GMAT score of 500 and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7, or a 3.0 in the last sixty hours. Along with their application, students must submit a personal essay, two letters of recommendation, and a current resume. Last year's entering class had an average GMAT score of 552 and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.15. International students must have a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version or 213 on the computerized version.

The Princeton Review

Admissions Websites

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 41
Percent International Students 12%
Total Full-Time Faculty 14

Student Life

Located “right in the middle of Arkansas,” UCA boasts a “laid back atmosphere” and a “beautiful” campus with “a lot of amenities,” including a fantastic “new state-of-the-art building.” “The campus is big enough to give a ‘big-school’ feel, but small enough to get to know many of the people one might see on a daily basis,” says one student. On the larger campus, there are “a lot” of opportunities for students to get involved, “from aca­demic clubs to sports teams to on-campus ministries. There is definitely a place for any student to get involved if they take the time to look at the opportunities available.” However, some MBA students feel they are “left to fend for themselves,” with few net­working events or campus activities expressly for them.Within the MBA program, “the students are divided between professionals and those who did their undergraduate work here”—the former group usually comprising younger, recent graduates. Those who did their undergraduate degree at UCA tend to feel more connected to the University than those who entered the University to pursue an MBA or master’s degree. Both full-time and part-time students at UCA are all very busy, but the part-time students who attend classes primarily at night would especially “like more attention paid to ‘non-traditional’ students.” As a result, “there is not much time for socializing.” The surrounding town of Conway is a growing city of 50,000 in the heart of the Bible Belt, which offers modest recreational activities for students. Though UCA is located in a dry county, there are numerous local restaurants where students con­vene for food and drinks. However, students note that you have to travel over 30 miles to get a drink after class, which “can be frustrating when you need that stress reliever.”

Career

The “affordable, quality education” offered here attracts a large part-time population of students who already have professional jobs, and the College of Business doesn’t dedi­cate many resources to career planning and placement and seems content with remain­ing just “a great regional school.” However, business students can use the UCA Career Services office, which offers resume writing assistance, campus interviews, current job listings, career fairs, and workshops for job seekers. Even so, those who’d like to start a new career after graduation say the business school could do more to “help with job placement and recruitment.” After graduation, UCA students can keep networking with other alumni through the MBA Alumni Association.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

University of Central Arkansas operates two graduate business programs, including full-time and part-time MBA programs and a master of accountancy with an optional empha­sis on international business. One testament to the quality of education at University of Central Arkansas (UCA), which one student refers to as a “research institute,” is that many undergraduate students choose to return to the University for a graduate degree, directly out of college or many years later. A current student writes, “I attended UCA for my undergrad degree, and it is such a good fit for me that it was an easy decision to stay.” Before students can begin the MBA program at UCA, they must complete prerequisite coursework in accounting, economics, and finance. After they have completed the pre­requisites, the MBA program consists of ten business courses. Students also have the option of pursuing an international specialization through an additional six credit hours in an approved elective or internship experiences related to international business. Focused on advanced general management principles, the MBA coursework is quite tra­ditional, and some would like to see “more (as in any) online classes.” In response, UCA is currently developing new online course work for 2012. A number of students say they’d like a more interactive business school experience and more “team-building skills/training.” “I would like to see classroom materials tied to the real-world work experience through classroom discussions, applying the material or past occurrences of classmates or the professor. It would give me a better understanding of where and how the material is applicable,” says a student. When it comes to the teaching staff, student opinions are that they are “very good for the most part;” a current student assures us that most are “intelligent individuals whose diverse perspectives give me a well-rounded view of course materials.” With an entering class of about 20 students each year, class sizes are small, and the “professional, excellent, and personable” instructors generally encourage students to add their personal experi­ences to academic material and “emphasize presentation skills.” It follows that the pro­fessors are “great resources” and “open to helping students in any way they can, whether it’s tutoring on difficult homework concepts or getting the student’s foot in the door at a hiring corporation.” UCA is rapidly expanding its offerings and campus facilities, a common response from an administration that is “willing to work with the students on any type of problem.” The College of Business is likewise on the up-and-up. A student writes, “The administration is in a transition to make the College of Business one of the best in the state. The transi­tion is not complete, but it is well on its way.” Case in point, a new business school build­ing, including state-of-the-art case study classrooms, a student commons, a graduate stu­dent lounge with lockers, and a professional conference room opened in January 2010.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Study Abroad:

    Netherlands (The Haagse Hogeschool of Professional Education); Mexico (Universidad Veracruzana, Universidad de Colima, Autonoma de Baja California Sur); Canada (Universite de Moncton, University of Prince Edward Island); Mount Allison University, Vancouver Island University

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Central Arkansas College of Business include:

Lori Ross - Director of Marketing - Conway Regional Medical Center

Gary Reifess - Vice Presient of Marketing - Producer's Rice Mill

David Grimes - Financial Analyst - American Management Company

Johnny Adams - CEO - First Security Bank

Marisia Geraci - Executive Director, Heifer Intl., South Africa

Questions about University of Central Arkansas College of Business Administration Part Time MBA

Want more info about University of Central Arkansas College of Business Administration Part Time MBA? Get free advice from education experts and Noodle community members.

  • Answer

Ask a New Question