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Missouri State University, College of Business Distance MBA

The MBA program is housed within the College of Business (COB). COB is one of the largest business programs in the Midwest region. The College includes four departments (Computer Information Systems, Finance and General Business, Management and Marketing) and the School of Accountancy in the business unit, as well as two separately-accredited departments (Fashion and Interior Design and Construction and Technology Management) that are outside of that unit. The business unit prepares over 4181 undergraduate and 741 graduate students for a wide spectrum of business and related careers. The College, along with the School of Accountancy, holds the prestigious full accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This accreditation and large numbers of high quality graduates attracts employers from throughout the Midwest to recruit annually for part-time (internships and co-operative education) and full-time positions. With over 100 firms participating in the College's three Career Days and coming to Glass Hall for on-campus interviews COB students have excellent career opportunities. Despite being one of the largest business programs in the Midwest, COB offers individual attention via the College's 118 faculty, Business Advisement Center, and specialized Career Center. This large, diverse and highly qualified faculty, many of whom have won teaching and research awards and have practical business experience, allows COB to offer a wide variety of certificate options within the MBA; Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Analysis, International Business, Leadership, Management, and Marketing.

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Tuition (Total) $10,131

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Missouri State University College of Business Administration Says

The MBA program is housed within the College of Business (COB). COB is one of the largest business programs in the Midwest region. The College includes four departments (Computer Information Systems, Finance and General Business, Management and Marketing) and the School of Accountancy in the business unit, as well as two separately-accredited departments (Fashion and Interior Design and Construction and Technology Management) that are outside of that unit. The business unit prepares over 4181 undergraduate and 741 graduate students for a wide spectrum of business and related careers.

The College, along with the School of Accountancy, holds the prestigious full accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This accreditation and large numbers of high quality graduates attracts employers from throughout the Midwest to recruit annually for part-time (internships and co-operative education) and full-time positions. With over 100 firms participating in the College's three Career Days and coming to Glass Hall for on-campus interviews COB students have excellent career opportunities.

Despite being one of the largest business programs in the Midwest, COB offers individual attention via the College's 118 faculty, Business Advisement Center, and specialized Career Center. This large, diverse and highly qualified faculty, many of whom have won teaching and research awards and have practical business experience, allows COB to offer a wide variety of certificate options within the MBA; Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Analysis, International Business, Leadership, Management, and Marketing.

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Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 80% accepted out of 210 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 26
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Out of State Application Fee: $35
  • In State Application Fee: $35

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Work Experience, Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA

Also Considered: Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Information

Admissions officers for COBA look for applicants with a Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited school with a GPA of at least 2.75 for the last two years (or 60 semester hours) of academic work, a GMAT score of at least 400 (or GRE equivalent) with a minimum score in the 20th percentile for both the verbal and written portions of the test,...Admissions officers for COBA look for applicants with a Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited school with a GPA of at least 2.75 for the last two years (or 60 semester hours) of academic work, a GMAT score of at least 400 (or GRE equivalent) with a minimum score in the 20th percentile for both the verbal and written portions of the test, and a minimum value of 1,000 based on this formula (200 times your GPA for the last 60 semester hours of your degree plus your GMAT score). That said, the school will consider applicants "who do not meet the normal admission requirements, but who possess high promise (usually based upon a successful record of managerial performance at increasing levels of responsibility)" for probationary admission. Additionally, international students who are not native speakers of English must submit TOEFL scores of 550 or higher.

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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 368
Percent International Students 59%
Total Full-Time Faculty 45

Student Life

COBA students are an "intelligent" and "mostly friendly" bunch who appreciate the "culturally diverse learning experience" the MBA program offers. Despite the prevalence of "business guys" roaming the halls, most find that students here, while being competitive, are only so "against themselves" and "not really against other students." "They try very hard for the ‘A,' but are very open to helping classmates succeed as well," one student states. Others opine that "Overall they lack the drive to do well. When it is possible to do just the minimum that road is taken." The student body is "primarily recent graduates or people in their early 30s," who "come from a variety of cultural backgrounds" thanks to "a large international population," all of who appreciate the "low cost of living" in Springfield. Outside of class, the "compact campus" facilitates getting to know your fellow student. "Our campus community is safe and inviting, and allows for exploration into various activities and academic endeavors," one student says. Another adds that "Activities are planned [at] the university almost every night of the week, including lectures, panel discussions, public affairs conferences, free movie nights, Broadway shows, and athletic events (all sports Division I)." However, some believe that student involvement would take an upswing if "faculty members sponsored and recommended activities." "Life at school is very segmented from the rest of my life," one student explains. "Coming from a non-business background put me on the outside of events and other clubs." Others would like to see the improved "gym facilities" and "public transportation," but all in all, students seem more than content in "The Queen City of the Ozarks."

Academic

The Missouri State MBA program (mba.missouristate.edu) has an important strength -- flexibility. Along with integrating a variety of courses offered by seven departments in the College of Business Administration, the MBA program allows students an opportunity to tailor their degree to meet their career needs. Apart from the 24 credits required, students may choose an area of concentration (9 credits) to help focus their MBA degree. This flexibility gives MBA students the opportunity to structure an MBA degree to match their interests. If needed, Missouri State's program provides a solid foundation of prerequisite graduate-level courses that prepare students for the advanced topics covered in the core MBA program. Students with appropriate prior academic preparation in business will be able to complete the 33 credit program in one calendar year.

Beginning in spring 2012, students will also have access to a professional student group: the MBA Association. The MBA Association will provide professional development and networking opportunities for all MBA candidates.

The Master of Accountancy(http://www.missouristate.edu/soa/27801.htm) program is designed to fulfill the education needs of professional accountants. The mission of the program is to offer graduate students the opportunity to enhance their business common body of knowledge and specialized accounting knowledge beyond the foundational undergraduate level.

The MS CIS Program (http://mscis.missouristate.edu/) is an accelerated course of study leading to a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems degree. Developed exclusively for Information Technology professionals with three or more years of work experience, the program enables students to earn an accredited MS CIS degree in just 23 months without interrupting their careers.

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Students Say

Why choose Missouri State University's College of Business Administration (COBA) for your MBA? Well, how about the "accessibility, flexibility, reputation, and affordability" of the program for starters? Many students here also point out that this "well-managed" program has the "highest accreditation of all the business schools in the area," which goes a long way come job-hunting time. Along with having "the best price in the region," COBA also offers a "very flexible program." "It allowed me the freedom to tailor my MBA exactly to my needs," one student says. Part of this flexibility is evidenced by its "excellent" Accelerated Master's degree option that, according to the school, "enables outstanding Missouri State University undergraduate students to begin taking graduate course work in their junior or senior year and thus combine components of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum." Not too bad a deal, if you ask us, and it certainly accounts for the substantial number of MSU undergrads becoming COBA grads. "It provided an easy transition from my undergraduate to graduate work," one such student explains. Another enticing component of COBA is its partnership with the International School of Management Studies in Chennai, India, that allows Indian students to "complete their foundation courses in India" and then "complete the remaining credits at MSU." "That way, I get an international MBA," one student explains. Others appreciate the "challenging courses" and the "outstanding" professors who "have an interest in teaching." "MSU employs intelligent professors that make an effort to be readily available outside the class for questions and/or comments," a student adds. Most describe the administration as "excellent" and find that the school "runs rather smoothly." Thanks to MSU's "convenient rural location" and its rising academic reputation, it's a "large school with a small-school feel." However, despite this some students find themselves left out of the mix. "I do feel disconnected from it," one student says, "because I have never had the same teacher twice or established any consistent ‘class' or group to associate with." Others are more concerned with course offerings. "I would have preferred a more developed entrepreneurial department with more small business-oriented courses to choose from." That said, for the courses that are available students appreciate the "ease of registering" and the "very positive and helpful staff." Some wouldn't mind seeing the school take a more proactive role in enhancing its visibility through "more advertising and marketing." But many here find that things are well on their way. One student sums it up, saying, "I think the school is in a transition period right now. However, I believe they are making progress."

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About

The College of Business Administration (COBA) at Missouri State University is the largest AACSB-accredited public college of business in the state of Missouri and in the Midwest region with over 4,700 students. Meeting rigorous AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation standards means that the College and the University have committed the necessary resources to achieve and maintain a high quality, nationally-competitive program. AACSB accreditation also ensures that COBA graduate students will be taught by terminally-degreed faculty who are actively publishing in their disciplines. Educational value in this program is defined by a high quality, culturally-diverse program in a safe, inviting campus community situated in Springfield, Missouri.

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Career

MSU is quick to point out that "The Career Center doesn't work like an employment agency." "Instead," they say, "our mission focuses upon education: We attempt to teach people job-searching skills that they can use throughout their lives." In line with this, career advisors are available to students by appointment and work to both "link" them with employers and educate them in "researching companies, occupations, or geographic locations…[so that they] won't be dependent upon someone else doing it for them." Students here can also opt to register their resumes with the Career Center so that when employers do come calling for MBAs, the office can send them info on a number of qualified individuals. Additionally, the Career Center holds career fairs where "about 90 recruiters come on campus each year to interview students." According to the school, approximately three-fourths of graduates work in Missouri after graduation, which accounts for the strong local ties MSU possesses.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Meyer Library

  • Research Facilities:

    Meyer Library

  • Study Abroad:

    AUSTRIA: Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences - Dornbirn; BELGIUM: HEC - University of Liege - Liege; FINLAND: Satakunta University of Applied Sciences - Pori & Rauma; FRANCE: Rennes International Business School - Rennes; Germany: Aachen University of Applied Sciences - Aachen AND Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences - Schmalkalden; THE NETHERLANDS: Zuyd University - Maastricht, The Netherlands

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Missouri State University College of Business Administration include:

David Glass - former CEO of Wal-Mart and CEO of KC Royals

Todd Tiahrt - 4-Term Congressman

Richard McClure - President of Uni Group, Inc.

Jim Smith - President American Banking Association, 2001-02

Terry Thompson - Former President, Jack Henry

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