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College of Commerce and Business Administration

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The CBA offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business Administration with an accounting concentration (MBA). Other programs include an interdisciplinary program in public administration with a business concentration. The most popular courses are the management courses.

Thirty total credits are required to complete the MBA/general or accounting, including 6 elective credits. Required courses for the MBA/general or accounting include:

  • Accounting Information Analysis
  • Operations and Technology Management
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Planning and Policy
  • Marketing Administration
  • Business Leadership
  • International Business
  • 2 business electives ( or 3 accounting electives for accounting concentrations)

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements and may transfer up to 6 hours from another AACSB program and up to 9 hours in the accounting concentration.

The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time or part time is 6 years.

There are 18 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 94% hold a doctorate; there are 3 part-time faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 18; average business class size is 15.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GMAT score of 400. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (GPA X 200) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, grades in upper-level courses, and letters of recommendation. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 40; 30 enrolled. The average GPA was 2.8; average GMAT score was 468. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

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 $20, 3 letters of recommendation, resume, and a statement of goals. Students are notified as soon as possible, usually within 1 week of receipt of all application materials, of the admissions decision.

Financial Aid

About 60% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships. The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $225 per credit. Nonresidents pay $450 per credit. Graduate student housing consists of apartments and dorm rooms.


Thirty-eight percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 75% have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school. The greatest percentage of students are from Alabama (88%). Forty-six percent are women, 29% are minorities, and 6% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 22 to 51. Twenty percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 2% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 60%, business; 20%, engineering; 10%, math and science; and 10%, social sciences. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 90% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 30 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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