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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

CatalogGraduateSchool of Business and EconomicsMBA

MBA Program

The MBA Program, which is accredited by AACSB International, is designed to meet the educational and/or career goals of: (1) business professionals who wish to advance in their careers, (2) other professionals interested in changing careers by pursuing an advanced degree in business, and (3) individuals who are considering a doctoral degree in business. The core curriculum consists of 27 credit hours followed by 9 elective credit hours to obtain a general MBA degree or 12 hours to acquire a specialization in Finance, Healthcare Management, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, or Project Management. Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree in a business related field or are in need of refresher courses in the functional areas of business may be required to enroll in up to 15 additional credits hours of Foundation courses. The requirement for any of the foundation courses is made in consultation with the MBA Director.

GMAT Waiver Policy

Applicants that fit one or more of the following criteria may be considered for a GMAT waiver:

  • Superior academic performance in a regionally accredited undergraduate institution with a GPA of 3.6 or higher
  • Demonstration of 10 years of progressive professional advancement experience, with a significant record of accomplishments, which may include earning credentials such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • US military Service
  • Nine or more credit hours in an AACSB-accredited graduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • A completed graduate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent)

GMAT waivers are not guaranteed and must be granted by the FSU MBA Admissions Committee. Interested applicants should submit a written GMAT waiver request to the MBA Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will review such requests on a case-by-case basis. Meeting minimum requirements for consideration does not guarantee approval.

Transfer Credit

The MBA program can accept up to 9 hours of transfer credit from another AACSB-accredited MBA program. The grade received for a transfer class must be a “B” or better, and the class must have been taken no more than six years prior to the applicant’s project graduation date.

Graduate Certificates in Health Care Management; Project Management; and Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation Management

The School of Business and Economics offers a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. The Health Care Management certificate requires 15 credit hours. All other certificates require 12 credit hours. Courses taken in each certificate program may be transferred into the MBA Program. Also, in collaboration with University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), students enrolled with degree seeking status in the FSU Master of Business Administration (MBA) program can earn a Graduate Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate) in Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation Management from UNCG. The required 12 credit hours of graduate-level courses for this certificate are offered online through UNCG's distance learning program. These courses will be recorded on a UNCG transcript and may be transferred into the FSU MBA program. Courses taken in each certificate program may be transferred into the MBA Program.

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