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Nicholls Graduate Programs in Business

The 11th EMBA Class to start in the Spring 2020 semester.

Please call Mr. Ray Peters for more information at 985-449-7016 or email him at ray.peters@nicholls.edu

Your education does not end once you step into the workplace. Living in a rapidly changing world means working in an environment where learning occurs daily. A Master of Business Administration from Nicholls State University prepares current and future professionals (with or without undergraduate business degrees) to face uncertain economic conditions, technological changes, a culturally diverse workplace, international issues, and the political/legal environment. The Program’s broad, integrated curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by effective managers and leaders in a dynamic global environment. Courses in the graduate program are designed to keep you on the forefront of current business issues.  The College of Business is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 5 percent of business schools globally are accredited by AACSB International.

The Nicholls Graduate Program in Business curriculum combines and integrates knowledge from the functional areas of business. Specifically, you are exposed to finance, accounting, statistics, economics, marketing, management, information systems, strategic management, leadership and ethics. This well-rounded curriculum effectively addresses the quantitative and qualitative areas of business and focuses on real-world application of business concepts.

The Graduate Programs in Business faculty bring an outstanding combination of business and academic credentials to the classroom by ensuring the curriculum and classroom experiences are delivered around three principle goals. These goals are to develop you as a professional capable of: making financially-savvy decisions; engaging in superior written and oral communication; and, conducting yourself as a leader capable of making ethical decisions. As a result, this approach translates into you immediately offering value-creating ideas and solutions to your current and/or future employer. Our Graduate Programs in Business graduates typically enter/continue careers in all aspects of business, including: operations management, general management, financial analysis, marketing/sales, and human resources management.

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Evening MBA

To begin the application process for the evening MBA program, individuals must submit the following at least one month prior to the semester of admission:

  • Application form (apply electronically).
  • Application fee of $20 (or $30 for international students), in the form of a check or money order payable to Nicholls State University.  

Additionally, the following must be submitted to complete the application package:

  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, must be sent directly from those institutions. Download: Record Request Form (pdf).
  • Official GMAT or GRE score reports, must be sent from the Educational Testing Service directly to Nicholls State University (Institutional Code 1B6BL44), to register call 1-609-771-7330 or log on to  the GMAT website.

All materials must be submitted to:
Nicholls State University
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 2004
Thibodaux, LA 70310

Executive MBA

To begin the application process click on link below to apply:

Additionally, the following must be submitted to complete the application package:

  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, must be sent directly from those institutions. Download: Record Request Form (pdf).
  • Official GMAT or GRE score reports, must be sent from the Educational Testing Service directly to Nicholls State University (Institutional Code 1B6BL44), to register call 1-609-771-7330 or log on to  the GMAT website.

Mail in the following to the address below.

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional associates who have known the candidate for at least one year, must be sent by the recommenders.
  • Current resume.

All mail in materials indicated must be submitted to:
Nicholls State University
College of Business Admin./EMBA
P.O. Box 2015
Thibodaux, LA 70310

The College of Business at Nicholls State University offers one graduate degree in business – the MBA degree. This degree may be completed via one of two programs, the Evening MBA program or the Executive MBA program. Participants in both programs are exposed to the same curriculum, taught by the same faculty, and pursue the same learning goals and objectives. Irrespective of the program of choice, admission into either program requires: a formal application for admission (along with an application fee paid to the University); the successful completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college/university (transcripts must be provided); and, a satisfactory score on the GMAT/GRE exam (a waiver of the entrance exam is possible). Listed below is important information on how these two programs differ.

 
 EveningExecutive
Tuition and FeesPriced on a per credit hour basis. MBA courses are 3 credit hours each. Click here for current graduate tuition and fees. An additional fee of $50 per credit hour is assessed to students enrolled in the MBA program each semester.Priced on a program basis. Currently, tuition is $28,000
Progressing through the curriculumCompletion may be on a full- or part-time basis. A full-time track will allow for degree completion in a minimum of 18 months. This involves completing 9 hours in the fall/spring semesters and 3 hours in the summer semester. A part-time track will allow for completion in a minimum of 24 months. This involves completing 3-6 hours per semester until completion. Continuous enrollment in courses is not required.Degree completion is 18 months. This involves completing one course at a time with the length of each course spanning 5 to 7 weeks. Courses are taken in a lock-step format. Continuous enrollment is required.
Entering the programEntry may occur at the beginning of the spring, summer, or fall semesters.Entry occurs when there is sufficient enrollment for a cohort to begin.
Format of coursesCourses are taught in a traditional semester setting. Each course meets once a week from 6:00pm – 9:00pm on the Nicholls campus. Courses are held Monday – Thursday.Courses are taught continuously throughout the year, but students are enrolled in only one course at a time. Each course meets roughly every other Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm for the 5 to 7 week duration.
Admission requirements in addition to what is stated aboveNoneA resume’ submitted to the EMBA Director. Three or more years of full-time professional experience, five preferred. Additionally, each candidate is interviewed by the EMBA Admissions Committee.
Graduate assistantshipsGraduate assistantships are available to Evening MBA students.Not applicable.
Transfer credit from another institutionAn incoming or current student may transfer in a maximum of 9 hours for credit towards the degree. Courses for credit must be taken from an AACSB-accredited College of Business and have a minimum grade of ‘B’. All credit transfer requests must accompany a course description along with a syllabus of the course for which the student seeks credit.Due to the nature of the cohort format, an incoming student is not allowed to transfer in credit.
Entrance exam waiver

Various options are available for a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement. They include:

The College of Business Administration will waive the GMAT/GRE admission requirement for Nicholls State University undergraduate students majoring in business who graduated with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. As well as any student who received an undergraduate degree from a AACSB accredited business program and graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.

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An applicant with significant and meaningful supervisory, technical, and/or budget responsibilities and a strong academic background may request that the GMAT be waived as a requirement for admission to the EMBA Program. The request for the waiver shall be submitted in writing to the EMBA Director and clearly state the basis for the waiver.
Taking MBA courses as an undergraduateAn undergraduate student with at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA, and lacking no more than 12 semester hours to the complete the Baccalaureate degree, may earn no more than 12 graduate credit hours while completing baccalaureate requirements. Courses taken for graduate credit may not be used to satisfy undergraduate requirements. The student will retain undergraduate status until the baccalaureate degree is awarded.Not applicable.

The MBA degree curriculum for the Evening and Executive Program consists of 30 credit hours.  The curriculum consists of ten required courses.  All foundation knowledge/requirements are wrapped into the required MBA courses. The required courses include:

The Language and Tools of Business Analysis (12 hours)
* ACCT 500: Managerial Decision Support. 
An integrated study and application of financial and managerial accounting tools and concepts used for planning and control functions in modern organizations.

* BSAD 501: Quantitative Business Analysis & Decision Support. Foundations of statistical methods for business analysis and decision making. Special topics covered include data collection; types of data; graphical analysis; descriptive statistics; frequency distributions; random variables; probability distributions; sampling distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation; linear regression; forecasting.

* ECON 500: The Economic Environment of Business.  Foundations of economic principles for business analysis and decision making. Special topics covered include macroeconomic variables; fiscal policy; financial intermediaries and money creation; monetary policy; supply and demand; elasticity; production and cost; forecasting; breakeven analysis; market structure.

* FINC 515: Performance and Planning.   Provides concepts and analytical framework to measure firm performance and establish short-term plans based on value-based management.

Understanding Organizational Processes, Markets, and Employees (9 hours)
* CIS 501: Managing Information Technology & Business Processes. 
Utilization of information systems and evolving technologies as strategic assets are discussed. The impact of integrative use of information resources, communication technologies, and emergent systems management tools on decision making for effective and efficient planning and performance assessment is presented. The significance of proficient management of information systems in value creation and gaining strategic advantage for the firm is emphasized.

* MKTG 501: Market Analysis, Planning & Control.  A study of value creation for the firm, as well as external and internal constituents that drive business growth, through analyzing the market for opportunities to create competitive advantages while avoiding competitive and environmental threats. Special emphasis is placed on the marketing plan to achieve these advantages, including a results-oriented method for monitoring results and making adjustments.

* MNGT 502: Managing Human Capital.  An analysis of theories addressing human behavior in work settings and formal processes involved in the management of employees. Special emphasis is placed on the application of theories with respect to interpersonal work interactions and human resource key functions.

Achieving Competitive Success (9 hours)
FINC 520: Value-Based ManagementProvides the analytical framework to evaluate the long-term strategic investment and financing decisions the firm’s management faces.

* BSAD 525: Managing Strategic Resources for Competitive Advantage. Formulation and implementation of effective organizational strategy in the pursuit of a competitive advantage.  The nature of strategy and its relationship with firm performance are stressed. Content topics include the importance of strategic direction, analyses of internal and external environments, business and corporate-level strategies, and strategy implementation. A case approach involving the integration of current concepts in all business disciplines.

* BSAD 507: Leadership, Ethics & Accountability. Examines leadership as the integrating force in the functional areas of a business enterprise. Key areas of study are (a) developing organizational goals and strategic plans, and (b) guiding, developing and motivating the people within the organization. Contemporary leadership studies blend strategic thinking and psychological/behavioral aspects to achieve organizational goals within ethical frameworks.

Evening Admissions Requirements

To be admitted into the Master of Business Administration program at Nicholls State University, applicants should possess the following:

GMAT 
MBA applicants must:

  • have a minimum GMAT score of 450
  • score at least 950 on the formula: GMAT total score plus 200 times the GPA earned on all work attempted while pursuing the baccalaureate degree OR
  • score at least 1,000 on the formula: GMAT total score plus 200 times the GPA earned on the last 60 hours attempted while pursuing the baccalaureate degree.
  • Official GMAT score report, must be sent from the Educational Testing Service to Nicholls State University (Institutional Code 1B6BL44).

GRE
MBA applicants must:

  • have a minimum GRE total combined score of 300 in the verbal and quantitative.
  • Official GMAT score report, must be sent from the Educational Testing Service to Nicholls State University (Institutional Code 7863).

Executive Admission Requirements
Each EMBA class is limited to 15 individuals. Therefore, admission is competitive, and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Candidates should possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Three or more years of full-time professional experience, five preferred.
  • Acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).  An applicant with significant and meaningful supervisory, technical, and/or budget responsibilities may request that the GMAT be waived as a requirement for admission to the EMBA Program.  The request for the waiver shall be submitted in writing to the EMBA Director and clearly state the basis for the wavier.  A current resume shall accompany the request.  A final decision will be made by the Graduate Program & Instruction Committee.
  • For international students only, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) total score of 550 (or a minimum computer-based score of 213) and a listening comprehension score of 55.
  • For Credential Evaluation Services see next TAB

SELECTION
When selecting candidates, the Graduate Business Programs and Instruction Committee considers each applicant’s career achievements, academic ability and motivation. For applicants required to take the GMAT, the test score is taken into consideration along with work experience and grade point average. All applicants are required to be interviewed by the Committee – the interview may be via telephone or in person.

Credential Evaluation Services

The companies listed below are recognized by Nicholls State University and qualified to provide a course-by course evaluation of your international academic records.

SDR Educational Consultants
Phone:  713-460-3525
Fax:      713-460-5344
http://nsu.sdr.credentialconnection.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Phone:  414-289-3400
Fax:      414-289-3411
www.ece.org

Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Phone: 800-707-0979
Fax:  979-690-6342
www.gceus.com

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
Phone:  305-273-1616
Fax:      305-273-1338
www.jsilny.com

AACRAO  International Education Services
Phone:  202-296-3359
Fax:      202-822-3940
AACRO

World Education Services, Inc.
Phone:  212-966-6311
Fax:      212-739-6100
http://www.wes.org

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

Work your way through the Evening MBA degree program at Nicholls State University.

Graduate assistantships for evening MBA students are available in departments and programs throughout campus. GAs are employed by Nicholls on a semester by semester basis. GAs work 20 hours per week (15 hours in a summer session) and are paid a stipend in addition to a waiver of tuition.

A student must be accepted into a graduate program to be considered for a GA position. GAs must also earn at least six hours of credit each semester applicable to their degree. Application forms for graduate assistantships may be downloaded below or obtained from the offices of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies of each college.

 

To apply, a graduate student must submit:

  • Graduate Assistant Application
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Three recommendations (applicant evaluations)
  • Criminal Background Check form

The completed application should be brought to the Graduate Programs in Business office in 104 White Hall or emailed to jennifer.schulte@nicholls.edu

Forms and Documents:

GRADUATE ASSISTANT Application

Criminal Background Consent Form

Transcript Request (for Nicholls Transcript)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Master of Business Administration
Office Location:
104 White Hall
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 2015
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-449-7016
Fax: 985-448-4973
E-mail: Ray Peters

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