59 K ELLEY C OLLEGE OF B USINESS Master of Business Administration Dr. Jennifer Plantier, Program Director The MBA is a 45-hour program open to qualified students with bachelor’s degrees, regardless of major. The objective of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is to prepare managers and leaders to manage successfully in a dynamic business environment. More specifically, the program provides advanced study in all functional areas of business: accounting, management information systems, economics, finance, marketing, and management. In addition, the program is designed to help students further develop and refine such important broad skills and abilities as analytical thinking, problem solving, computer applications, communications, and teamwork. Through lectures, papers, simulations, seminars, and case studies, the graduate student will enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills while solving real world managerial problems. The MBA can be completed fully online or in combination with hybrid courses to accommodate the changing needs of the student. Admission Criteria Requirements for Full Admission To receive full admission to the program, students must provide: 1. An official score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) which, combined with a student’s undergraduate record, indicates the likelihood of success in the program. To be admitted to the program, the GMAT score plus 200 times the overall undergraduate GPA must equal or exceed 1,000. Note: All MBA applicants must submit an official GMAT score to the Office of Graduate Studies as part of the admission process. The GMAT must have been taken within the last five years prior to application. Students with undergraduate business degrees from a 4-year institution, and have a graduating GPA of 3.2 or better can discuss the possibility or having the GMAT waived. 2. Official transcripts from all schools attended. 3. An essay which demonstrates the ability to write at the graduate level or a score of 4 or better on the essay portion of the GMAT. 4. A detailed resume. 5. An interview (in person, online, or telephone) with the MBA Director. International Students A student whose native language is not English must provide an official TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, a 213 on the computer-based exam or a 75 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. HSU school codes: TOEFL- 6268 Residency Requirements A maximum of 12 semester-hours of approved graduate work may be transferred into the MBA program provided the student did not complete the previous degree. A maximum of six semester hours may be transferred from a previously completed degree. These courses must have been taken within 10 years prior to the first enrolled semester at HSU.