Master of Business Administration Degree
Richards College of Business Adamson Hall
Through a rigorous and intellectually challenging experience, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program engages students in the process of solving business problems. The MBA program prepares students to perform effectively in management positions or to pursue further studies. The objectives of the MBA program are to enhance the student's ability to:
- Communicate at a professional level in oral presentations and in writing using appropriate technologies.
- Work effectively with others and lead in organizational situations.
- Identify how globalization affects organizations and their environment.
- Recognize the importance of ethical decision making.
- Integrate analytical and problem solving skills with concepts and theories from all functional areas of business using appropriate analytical and decision making technologies.
The MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency for management education. The MBA serves working professionals through evening courses on campus in Carrollton and the University of West Georgia at Newnan as well as online through the Georgia WebMBA®. Students may also enroll in the MBA program full time on the Carrollton campus.
The MBA program in the Richards College of Business relies on a competitive admission process. In all cases final admission decisions are made by the Richards College of Business Graduate Admissions Committee. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and meet the following criteria:
- Attain a score of 950 points based on the formula: (undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale) x 200) + the student's GMAT score; and a 3.0 or higher on the analytical writing section of the GMAT; OR,
- Attain a score of 1000 points based on the formula: (the upper division undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours, on a 4.0 scale) x 200) + the student's GMAT score; and a 3.0 or higher on the analytical writing section of the GMAT; OR,
- In a limited number of cases, prospective students with substantial management experience (in rank and tenure) and a strong academic background may be granted a GMAT Waiver by the MBA Program Director. To be considered for a GMAT waiver, applicants must submit the GMAT Test Score Waiver Form with supporting documentation. This form is available through the Graduate School.
Once a student has met this criterion, all aspects of the student's file are reviewed by the MBA admissions committee. The MBA admissions committee will then determine whether or not the applicant has provided evidence that he or she will likely succeed in the MBA program. If the committee finds that the student has provided evidence to support his or her likely success in the program, the student is admitted. If not, the student is permitted to provide further evidence of preparation and request the committee again review his or her file for admission. Students are encouraged to work closely with the RCOB Administrative Director of Graduate Programs throughout the admission process.
Prior to enrolling in graduate courses, admitted students must demonstrate basic competency in business subjects. Most students with an undergraduate degree in a business field will have demonstrated their competency through the successful completion of previous course work (students must have earned a grade of "C" or higher). An applicant's transcripts will be reviewed to identify the areas in which a student must demonstrate competency, if any. If a student needs to demonstrate competency in a given subject, the student can accomplish this by successfully completing the undergraduate course (with a grade of "C" or higher) or by successfully completing a learning module and a competency exam in the subject area. A student must demonstrate competency in the following business content areas.
Financial Accounting (ACCT 2101)
Managerial Accounting (ACCT 2102)
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (BUSA 2106)
Economics (ECON 2105 or ECON 2106)
Statistics for Business and Economics (ECON 3402)
Corporate Finance (FINC 3511)
Graduate Coursework (30 or 33 credit hours)
To earn the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a student must successfully complete 30-33 graduate credit hours outlined below. A student must also demonstrate an understanding of the content covered in the graduate course work by completing a comprehensive exam that is incorporated into the capstone course, MGNT 6681: Global, Ethical, and Strategic Management.
Required Graduate Courses (18 or 21 credit hours)
Introduction to Business Processes (required of all students without the equivalent of a BBA)
Organizational Theory and Behavior
Strategic, Ethical, and Global Management
Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
Working with the MBA Program Director, MBA students develop a four course area of elective study. All elective courses must be on the 5000 level or higher. Two elective courses must be taken in the Richards College of Business at the 6000 level or higher.