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Saginaw Valley State University College of Business and Management Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Business Process and Design, Economics, Ethics / Social Responsibility, Finance, General Management, International Business, Leadership Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy, Supply Chain Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 88% accepted out of 111 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 26
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 470
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Out of State Application Fee: $30
  • In State Application Fee: $30

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants to the MBA program at Saginaw Valley State University must submit the following: official undergraduate transcript, essay/personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Both GMAT and GRE scores are optional, but GMAT scores, in particular, will carry more weight, and the higher the score (450 minimum), the better your chances. A ...Applicants to the MBA program at Saginaw Valley State University must submit the following: official undergraduate transcript, essay/personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Both GMAT and GRE scores are optional, but GMAT scores, in particular, will carry more weight, and the higher the score (450 minimum), the better your chances. A resume is optional as well, but for those applicants with significant work experience and less than stellar test scores should consider off-setting one with the other. International students are required to submit TOEFL scores, with the following minimum scores: 550 for written test, 213 for computer-based test, and 79 for web-based test.

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Important Dates

Round 1
November

26

Deadline
January

12

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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 136
Percent International Students 100%
Total Full-Time Faculty 12
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

As a relatively new school within the Michigan state college system, SVSU has a decent-sized campus (750 acres) and a surrounding area with much to offer. As one sales and marketing major puts it, SVSU has a “small-town feel mixed with big-town academics and accreditation.” This does help cultivate an “atmosphere that is ideal for learning and developing professional business skills.” On the whole, the school and its administration appear most concerned with catering to a working and career-oriented student body. One satisfied student informs us that, “SVSU MBA students are all working students; even the international students for the most part have jobs.” While this type of environ­ment is beneficial for most looking to juggle responsibilities and advance their careers, “this offers a challenge for group activities.” But for those students with the time and inclination, the school “provides an excellent gym with lots of extracurricular activities. There are also several clubs, such as the International Student Club, Chess Club, and Math Club.”For MBA candidates seeking a place where they can supplement their working lives with night classes, SVSU is very “accommodating.” Some students have expressed a need for improvement when it comes to international students. One student in particular had this to say: “They should have a specific officer to help us international students to be easier involved in the University culture.” On-campus support offices are also available for var­ious students groups, including minorities, international students, women, and LGBT groups.

Career

SVSU’s Career Planning and Placement Office regularly hosts on-campus interviews, career fairs, and resume building workshops. A bevy of internships, available to Saginaw students and graduates, are also coordinated through the Office. Among the provided services, students have noted the Office’s concern with testing students’ aptitude to gauge proper career placement, but as one science research major tells us, this practice should be lessened, and the administration should be more focused on “finding you gainful employment.” The general consensus among the students who provided feed­back is that career services at SVSU could do with significant improvement. Both “alum­ni relations and job placement” are particular areas that students have expressed concern over, and according to one student, the career fairs are attended by “companies that aren’t hiring, or they won’t talk to you and just direct you to their websites.”

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Students Say

Saginaw Valley State University, located in University City, Michigan, just outside of Saginaw, appeals to many prospective students because of its “good reputation,” “large number of international students,” “fair tuition,” and “accredited program.” Factors such as “small class size” and the fact that SVSU is “close to home” are also received well by a large portion of the student body. According to one student majoring in public edu­cation and government service, “I was looking for a different perspective than the one I received while getting my BBA at the University of Michigan—one that considers small business.” A solid faculty and administrative staff help provide these different perspec­tives. Like any other accredited graduate institution, students’ feedback indicates that some professors are “great,” while “others are horrible.” But as one sales and marketing students tells us, “the professors and administration staff continue to teach and learn business practices that shape the students of the MBA program. They have consistently encouraged effective teamwork, communication, entrepreneurialism, and globaliza­tion.” “Administration has made things very easy for most MBA candidates,” another student assures us, and overall are “pretty supportive when you have other work requirements,” such as a full-time job in addition to your studies.The online component, in combination with onsite classes (or “hybrid format”), is some­thing many students consider beneficial for their learning needs. While SVSU has a “sur­rounding environment that is good for studying,” the offering of “eight-week courses in hybrid format” is an “affordable” and “convenient” option for students who cannot com­mit to full-time, on-campus study. Additionally, all core courses are offered in the hybrid format. The hybrid format, however, is something several students have expressed hesi­tation toward. According to one healthcare major, “ninety-five percent of your time must be on campus.” Another student has suggested that, “maybe weekend classes could be offered, and more fully online courses, as well.”SVSU offers degree programs and concentrations in accounting, economics, entrepre­neurship, finance, international business, leadership/management, and marketing. An optional course in sustainability practices is also offered, which explores and analyzes the use, development, and implementation of alternate energy strategies for sustainable business projects.Cost-effectiveness is also something many SVSU students praise and makes the school particularly appealing for recent undergrads looking to pursue graduate work without the hassle of relocating. One newly enrolled MBA candidate tells us, “I completed my undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at SVSU and had a good experience while there. Furthermore, the cost of the MBA at SVSU is significantly cheaper than elsewhere.” Compared to the estimated “$80,000 to complete your degree at U of Michigan,” a simi­lar degree from SVSU will run you about “$20,000,” and “both degrees are accredited.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Over 1014 computers on campus in Labs Available software includes but is not limited to acrobat, netscape,Tardis, JAWS, MARKSTRAT, Minitab, shazam, SAS, SPSS, Peachtree,Dreamweaver Appleworks, Minitab, Decunix, Firefox, Intenet Explorer, Microsoft Access, excel, powerPoint, word, Corel Office, presentations, quattropro and WordPerfect, FrontPage, Publisher, Composer, Adobe, Dream Weaver Hawkes Algebra Geometer's Sketchpad CPA Test Prep and more. Students have their own M drive for storage of files. V-space is accessible to the students for class purposes.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.svsu.edu/oip

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.svsu.edu/clubs/gsa http://www.svsu.edu/counseling

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.svsu.edu/mss

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    www.svsu.edu/2nd_level_pages/current_students.cfm

  • Research Facilities:

    Over 1014 computers on campus in Labs Available software includes but is not limited to acrobat, netscape,Tardis, JAWS, MARKSTRAT, Minitab, shazam, SAS, SPSS, Peachtree,Dreamweaver Appleworks, Minitab, Decunix, Firefox, Intenet Explorer, Microsoft Access, excel, powerPoint, word, Corel Office, presentations, quattropro and WordPerfect, FrontPage, Publisher, Composer, Adobe, Dream Weaver Hawkes Algebra Geometer's Sketchpad CPA Test Prep and more. Students have their own M drive for storage of files. V-space is accessible to the students for class purposes.

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.svsu.edu/healthysvsu

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