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Butler University College of Business Administration Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Finance, General Management, International Business, Leadership Management, Marketing
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)
#7 Best Administered

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 81% accepted out of 85 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 30
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.32
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 584
  • Average Years Work Experience: 6

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations

Also Considered: Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Admission Information

The Admissions Committee for the MBA program at Butler weighs an applicant's undergraduate GPA, GMAT score, letters of recommendation, and work experience most heavily. Though most students are from the Midwest, residency is not a factor that Butler, a private institution, takes into account, and it also does not consider a student's extracurricula...The Admissions Committee for the MBA program at Butler weighs an applicant's undergraduate GPA, GMAT score, letters of recommendation, and work experience most heavily. Though most students are from the Midwest, residency is not a factor that Butler, a private institution, takes into account, and it also does not consider a student's extracurricular activities. In 2008 the average GPA of recently admitted students was 3.33/4.0, and their GMAT score ranged from 560–650. Most students had 7 or more years of work experience.

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Important Dates

Round 1
March

15

Deadline
May

11

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 225
Percent International Students 14%
Total Full-Time Faculty 23
Full-Time Faculty 65%

Student Life

Students who want to be surrounded by those with real life experience will find Butler to be a welcoming environment. Butler attendees are “generally about thirty years old and at the experienced or manager status in their careers,” though they can “range from just out of undergrad to sixty years old.” Working full-time while also attending classes is common. As one student noted, “Nearly all of my classmates had full time careers, so life at school was typically limited to class.” Professions, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds vary, but a consistent trait is that students here are “committed, smart and friendly.” Even though “most of the people have families and outside lives that are a pri­ority when they aren’t at work or in class,” Butler students will still “get together for group projects, and occasionally socially.” For those interested in connecting with their school in a way that extends beyond the classroom, “the MBA Association does a good job providing for opportunities to connect with peers, faculty, staff, business profession­als and alumni.”Though there can be a competitive streak among some on campus—hardly unusual for an MBA program— “fellow students are more supportive than competitive; people are down to earth and have a good sense of humor.” The “personable and great classmates” students work alongside come from “very different backgrounds and experiences, yet everyone has an incredibly strong work ethic.” Students, especially those in the night programs, may have much to deal with outside the classroom, but in the classroom “we enjoy working in groups together.” Some graduates say they “have developed some great lifelong friendships.”

Career

For students in the Midwest in particular, Butler provides good inroads to a career. “Being in the program is helpful for networking with people in other companies (big and small) around Indianapolis,” one student commented. When Forbes recently ranked the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the United States to determine which were the best places for business and careers, Indianapolis ranked in the top ten. That is a major help with job prospects. “There are thousands of top companies right in our backyard,” a stu­dent noted. With opportunities to get hands-on experience with many of these compa­nies and “guests that bring relevant speakers to class,” Butler students enjoy good expo­sure to strong employers.Butler’s MBA graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Eli Lilly and Company, Roche, M&I Bank, Regions Bank, Firestone, and the NCAA.

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Students Say

Boasting a “broad program to introduce students to all business specialties,” Butler’s focus on “applying real world experiences to the classroom” provides an MBA experi­ence that makes it “very popular” for residents of the region. Flexibility is key here. As one student notes, “If you want a concentration that is not offered, professors will work with you to tailor your education needs/wishes.” Majors are offered in finance, interna­tional business, leadership, and marketing, though students must also take a core cur­riculum. This is launched by the Gateway Experience, a full day foray into the operations of a local business followed by student analysis. That sort of experience is typical of what students at Butler will enjoy; “executive mentors (are) provided,” and professors “have been around the block a time or two,” ensuring that this program “attracts a diversely experienced student body.”If flexibility is a hallmark of Butler’s education, so is balance. Expect a “good balance of difficult and moderately easy classes.” As one student noted, in some classes, “I didn’t need to open the book but in some courses I read every page of the book.” A helpful, “responsive” administration is a frequent target for praise among students. Administrators here “don’t ignore you and always try to be helpful,” ensuring they “work with students on every aspect. A large school wouldn’t do that, but Butler does.” This school’s leadership “is very willing to make integrating the learning experience with busy careers and family lives” a priority, and it shows in the number of students who juggle active careers and busy class schedules. “They work with students to make sure they are successful while considering students’ personal lives.”“Real life business application in the classroom is integral to learning at Butler,” an approach led by “both adjunct and tenured professors who offer a balance of real world work experience as well as strong academic thought.” Some students, whose comments largely focused on fill-in teachers, note that there are “one or two bad apples,” but over­all educators here “will really push you to learn stuff practical to the modern business world.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    There are two libraries on campus. The Irwin Library includes the business; education and curriculum resources; liberal arts; and performing and fine arts collections. The Ruth Lilly Science Library houses materials supporting studies in the fields of computer, mathematics, pharmaceutical, physical, biological and behavioral sciences. The combined holdings of the Butler Libraries include approximately 100,000 e-books, 200 databases, 35,000 electronic journal subscriptions, 335,000 print materials, 16,000 audiovisual materials, and more than 17,000 musical scores. Students may do evening research in Irwin Library, where they can access numerous online catalogs, CD-ROM and remote databases.

  • Research Facilities:

    There are two libraries on campus. The Irwin Library includes the business; education and curriculum resources; liberal arts; and performing and fine arts collections. The Ruth Lilly Science Library houses materials supporting studies in the fields of computer, mathematics, pharmaceutical, physical, biological and behavioral sciences. The combined holdings of the Butler Libraries include approximately 100,000 e-books, 200 databases, 35,000 electronic journal subscriptions, 335,000 print materials, 16,000 audiovisual materials, and more than 17,000 musical scores. Students may do evening research in Irwin Library, where they can access numerous online catalogs, CD-ROM and remote databases.

  • Study Abroad:

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Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Butler University College of Business Administration include:

Jim Morris - President, Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Robert Postlethwait - Retired President, Ely Lilly & Co, Neuroscience Product Group

Dennis Bassett - CEO, Indiana, Ohio & Kentucky region, JP Morgan Chase

Hugh Lytle - President & CEO, Univita Health

Lynda Smirz - Chief Medical Office, IU Health-North

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