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 the main campus in Carrollton, and our satellite locations in Newnan and Douglasville as well as through the Georgia WebMBA®. Full time students may also enroll in the MBA program in one year beginning in August at the Carrollton campus.
MBA Admission Criteria
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.
Applicants must attain a score of 950 points based on the formula: (undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale) x 200) + the applicant's Graduate Management Admissions Test (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 applicant'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 apply for and be granted a GMAT Waiver. 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 Richards College of Business Graduate Program Office.
Prior to enrolling in the MBA program, 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.
(ACCT 2101) Financial Accounting
(ACCT 2102) Managerial Accounting
(BUSA 2106) Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
(CISM 3330) Management of Information System
(ECON 2105 or ECON 2106) Economics
(ECON 3402) Statistics for Business and Economics
(FINC 3511) Corporate Finance
(MGNT 3600) Management
(MKTG 3803) Marketing
Graduate Coursework (30 credit hours)
To earn the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a student must successfully complete 30 graduate credit hours outlined below. Students with an undergraduate degree in Accounting must substitute another course for ACCT 6232 with the MBA Director's approval. 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 credit hours)
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 and two of the courses must be on the 6000 level or higher. Two elective courses must be taken in the Richards College of Business.