Marilyn Macik-Frey, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Business Administration
Luke H. Cashen, Ph.D.
Director of the Traditional MBA Program
Kevin Breaux, Ph.D., CPA
Director of the Executive MBA Program
Office: 104 White Hall
Phone: 985-448-4241 / International: 011-985-449-7014
The College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Mission of the College of Business Administration
The College of Business Administration prepares students to contribute to a dynamic global economy and diverse workforce as well-educated, responsible business professionals by continuously improving its teaching, research and service.
Purpose of the Program
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program within the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University emphasizes excellence and continuous improvement in graduate learning. The purpose of the MBA program is to prepare students for professional management positions in both the private and public sectors. The broad, integrated curriculum focuses on knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by effective managers and ethical leaders in an ever changing global environment.
The Master of Business Administration curriculum is an integrated one encompassing the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, information systems, leadership and ethics, management, marketing and statistics.
To be admitted to the MBA program, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
Business Administration (Traditional MBA Program):
- Submit a minimum score of 450 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), AND
- Score at least 950 on the following formula: 200 times the grade point average on all work attempted* in pursuit of the undergraduate degree plus the GMAT total score, OR
- Score at least 1,000 on the following formula: 200 times the grade point average on the last 60 hours of work attempted* in pursuit of the undergraduate degree plus the GMAT total score.
Business Administration (Executive MBA Program):
- A total score of at least 950 on the formula: undergraduate GPA (on all work attempted in pursuit of the degree) times 200, plus GMAT total score, or
- A total score of at least 1,000 on the formula: undergraduate GPA on the last 60 hours (attempted in pursuit of the degree) times 200, plus GMAT total score, or
- 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. A current resume shall accompany the request. A final decision will be made by the Graduate Program and Instruction Committee.
An applicant who fails to satisfy these requirements may be classified as a pre-MBA student until he or she has met the criteria. No graduate credit may be earned while classified as a pre-MBA student.
For entry into the MBA program, the College of Business Administration will waive the GMAT/GRE admission requirement for Nicholls State University undergraduate students majoring in business programs who graduate with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3.
* Courses that were repeated are counted every time they are taken.
A student who has not taken the GMAT, and who has a 3.2 average on all work in pursuit of the undergraduate degree*, may petition the Director of Graduate Programs in Business who may give written permission to enroll in graduate courses. Permission may be granted on the condition that the student shall take the GMAT during the semester of admission and meet the admission criteria. If a student fails to meet requirements during that semester, the graduate courses taken shall not count toward the MBA degree.
* Courses that were repeated are counted every time they are taken.
In addition to meeting the GMAT and grade point average requirements, applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a total score of 550 (computer-based 213), and a listening comprehension score of 55, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) in lieu of GMAT
An applicant to either the Traditional or the Executive MBA Program may take the GRE in lieu of the GMAT as a requirement for admission. The College of Busiess will use the ETS-published “GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools” to convert the GRE score to its equivalent GRMAT score. The equivalent GMAT score is used to assess if the applicant meets the minimum score requirement. Additionally, the equivalent GMAT score is used when calculating an applicant’s formula score for possible admission.
By incorporating the foundation material into the MBA curriculum courses as listed below, foundation requirements are not required to be met before taking MBA courses.
The program leading to the Master of Business Administration requires the completion of 30 semester hours of courses.
The time required by students to complete the program will vary, depending upon the number of courses taken each semester.
The student must earn at least an overall average of B (3.0) in the ten courses of the MBA Graduate Curriculum as described below, with no more than six semester hours with the grade of C. The requirements for the MBA degree must be completed within six years. Credit earned toward the MBA may not be applied to the EMBA described below.
Graduate Curriculum (30 hours)
The Language and Tools of Business Analysis (12 hours)
ACCT 500 – Managerial Decision Support
BSAD 501 – Quantitative Business Analysis & Decision Support
ECON 500 – The Economic Environment of Business
FINC 515 – Performance and Planning (taken after ACCT 500, BSAD 501, and ECON 500)
Understanding Organizational Processes, Markets, and Employees (9 hours)
CIS 501 – Managing Information Technology & Business Processes
MKTG 501 – Market Analysis, Planning & Control
MNGT 502 – Managing Human Capital
Achieving Competitive Success (9 hours)
BSAD 507 – Leadership, Ethics & Accountability
FINC 520 – Value-Based Management (taken after FINC 515)
BSAD 525 – Managing Strategic Resources for Competitive Advantage (taken after ECON 500, MKTG 501, MNGT 502 and FINC 515)
Executive Master of Business Administration
The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) is a convenient, 18-month program designed for practicing professionals and entrepreneurs who would like to earn their MBA with a minimum disruption of work. Students will progress through the curriculum together, and are encouraged to contribute to the learning process by sharing perspectives shaped by their unique professional experiences. Classes are held approximately every other Saturday, with additional work completed online between meetings. Preparatory (foundation) course material is integrated into the program through the use of “gateway” sessions. Therefore, foundation requirements are not required to be met before taking EMBA courses. The ten-course, 30-hour program is completed sequentially and generally begins each January, but may begin in other months as demands necessitate. Applications will be evaluated by EMBA Admissions Committee.
The student must earn at least an overall average of B (3.0), with no more than six semester hours with the grade of C. All requirements for the MBA degree must be completed within six years. Credit earned toward the MBA may not be applied to the EMBA described below.
Applications are evaluated on:
- The nature and length of their professional/entrepreneurial experience
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from accredited college or university
- GMAT score (unless a GMAT waiver is granted);
- Letters of recommendations;
- Undergraduate grade point average
- Other professional training or education (advanced degrees, certifications, etc.)
Admission to the EMBA program is separate from admission to the MBA program. English language requirements of the MBA program also apply to the EMBA. Additional tuition/fees apply.