Dr. Yvonne Downie Hanley, M.B.A. Director
The Perdue School has developed a highly effective business education system committed to an emphasis on the entrepreneurial spirit, integration of theoretical and applied study, and community-based experience.
The Perdue School M.B.A. is valued for its rigor, flexibility and innovative curriculum. The degree is typically completed on a part-time basis; an accelerated one-year, full-time program is an option for students who have completed the foundation course requirements. The M.B.A. program offers learners opportunities to enrich the student’s knowledge and application of functional business studies while incorporating essential themes into the program such as globalization, social responsibility, and environmental and technological influences on business.
The goal of the Perdue School of Business M.B.A. program is to prepare aspiring and practicing managers with the skills to succeed as business executives and leaders. The curriculum encourages students to think clearly, show sound judgment, communicate effectively, and develop interpersonal and decision-making skills.
Students earning an M.B.A. are able to:
- Integrate knowledge and skills of the functional areas of business (e.g. accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing) to implement business decisions.
- Identify and analyze problems and apply critical thinking skills to solve problems.
- Assess the long-term social, legal and ethical implications of management initiatives.
- Interpret the role of internationalization on business strategy.
- Apply technology for the purposes of decision-making and increasing efficiency and competitiveness in an organization.
- Develop leadership and teamwork skills critical to the improvement of organizational performance.
Admission to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at SU requires an application to graduate studies; the application fee; official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; if applying for in-state tuition, a Residency/Domicile Information Form; and the following additional application requirements specified by the Business School:
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge the applicants ability to do graduate work in business;
- Essay: reason that pursuing a master’s degree will meet the student’s personal, professional and academic goals and how the student feels he/she will contribute to the graduate program (maximum of two pages double-spaced); and
- A minimum Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 400.
The minimum standard for admission is the attainment of a total score of at least 1,000 points based on the following formula: 200 X [overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale)] + GMAT score; or at least 1,050 points based on the following formula: 200 X (upper-division GPA) + GMAT score.
Additional points may be added to the GMAT formula totals above for work experience at the rate of 10 points per year for qualified employment up to a maximum of 50 points total. Qualified work experience is defined as middle-management level or higher. Any applicants with questionable work experience will have their credentials reviewed by the M.B.A. committee. Attainment of point totals above does not guarantee admission.
All application requirements are due by March 1 for summer or fall admission.
Provisional Admission I
Applicants with a minimum 3.25 overall GPA or at least a 3.50 upper-division GPA may enroll prior to taking the GMAT for a maximum of six credit hours of M.B.A. courses (600 level), for a maximum of one semester, provided space is available. No student may register for a second term unless the GMAT score has been received by the graduate program director.
Provisional Admission II
Provisional admission may be granted to applicants who have not yet completed the required foundation undergraduate courses listed below or their equIVA- lents but who meet one of the required totals shown in section D above and all other application requirements. Students in this category should apply for admission as soon as possible so that a specific, individualized plan for satisfying foundation requirements may be developed in consultation with the graduate program director. Provisionally admitted students may, with the approval of the program director, take a maximum of six credit hours of M.B.A. courses (600-level), for a maximum of one semester, and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate M.B.A. foundation courses with no grade less than C.
Basic Skills Expected of Incoming M.B.A. Students
In addition to meeting the standards for admission listed above, M.B.A. students should bring to their graduate business studies the following skills to ensure success in the program:
- Quantitative skills: A knowledge of algebra and basic calculus.
- Verbal skills: The ability to collect relevant information, organize thoughts and communicate clearly.
- Computer skills: Competence in word processing and spreadsheets. These skills may be obtained or enhanced by study and preparation before admission, or early in the program of study by utilizing the many programs, courses and training sessions offered at the University.
- Information systems literacy: A student should be able to describe information technologies and discuss information systems applications with their peers.
These skills will be evaluated and assessed by the M.B.A. program director and appropriate department chair. Recommendations for review courses will be made based on a review of undergraduate coursework, professional experience and the analytical writing assessment score from the GMAT exam.
While matriculating, fully admitted students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in 600-level courses with no grade less than C. To be eligible to receive the M.B.A., the graduate student must complete the home campus M.B.A. (30 hours - with a minimum of 21 hours completed at SU) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 with no grade lower than C and with no more than six credit hours below B. All requirements for the M.B.A., including transfer credits, must be completed within seven years of the end of the semester in which M.B.A. coursework began. Transfer credit must be from an AACSB-International accredited program and is subject to approval by the M.B.A. program director.
Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available for M.B.A. students. These are awarded only to students fully admitted into the program (i.e., not provisionally admitted). Applications are available from the M.B.A. director listed above.
This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in 600-level courses with no grade less than C.
- Complete 30 hours, with a minimum of 21 hours completed at SU, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 with no grade lower than C and with no more than 6 credits below B.
- All requirements, including transfer credits, must be completed within 7 years of the end of the semester in which M.B.A. coursework began.
- Transfer credit must be from an AACSB-International accredited program and is subject to approval by the M.B.A. program director.
Foundation courses must be completed prior to the first semester in which the first 600-level course is taken.
Any foundation course may be waived if the student has completed an undergraduate or graduate survey course with similar coverage with a grade of C or better.
A waiver exam may be taken to validate an undergraduate course that does not meet the grade requirement, or when the student has acquired the knowledge covered in a core course without having earned academic credit.
Students may take a waiver exam with permission of the graduate program director.