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Graduate School of Management

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The GSM offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Arts in Economics (MAE), and Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE) as well as a doctoral program in business administration, and a joint degree in nursing (MSN/MBA), library science (MLIS/MBA), and architecture (MArch/MBA). Other programs include 3-2 degrees in economics and accounting, foreign exchange with France, internships, and opportunities for joint research. The strongest areas of study are global management and finance. The most popular courses are Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate, and International Business. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Pilliod Lecture Series, sponsored by a grant from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, hosts 4 national/international speakers annually, the Michael D. Solomon Speaker Series brings entrepreneurs to campus to share their experience, the Borgwarner Lecture focuses on global management speakers, and the Biggar Lecture Series addresses small business issues.

Fifty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 6 to 12 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Financial Accounting for Managerial Action
  • Accounting for Managerial Action and Evaluation
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business Conditions Analysis and Public Policy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Statistics
  • Business Strategy
  • International Business
  • Leadership and Managerial Assessment
  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Mgmt. Decisions (core courses may be waived because of the completion of equivalent undergraduate work from AACSB schools)

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 <1/2> years; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 6 years.

In a recent year, there were 58 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 95% held a doctorate; there were 3 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average business class size is 35.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.7. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 89; 72 were accepted; 42 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.39; average GMAT score was 534. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by the PhD Project.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $30, 3 letters of recommendation, an essay, and a resume. The application deadlines are April 1 for fall entry; December 15, winter; May 15, summer. Students are notified 2 to 3 weeks after the file is complete of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is April 1 (full time) and July 15 (part time). Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $408 per credit, or $8968 per year. Nonresidents pay $728 per credit, or $15,980 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6880 to $6990; books and supplies, $1000; personal expenses, $1800, for an estimated annual total of $18,648 for in-state residents and $25,770 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing consists of upper class/graduate halls exclusively for juniors, seniors, and graduate students; married student/family housing is also available. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Fifty-seven percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 45% have had an average of 16 months of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Ohio (71%). Forty-five percent are women, 5% are minorities, and 18% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 24; ages range from 22 to 28. Fifty-two percent enter directly from undergraduate school. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 43%, business; 14%, math and science; 12%, liberal arts; 10%, social sciences; 5%, economics; and 4%, engineering. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 109 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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