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GRADUATE PROGRAM IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Marilyn Macik-Frey, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Business Administration

Ray Peters, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
MBA Director

Office: 104 White Hall
Phone: 985-448-4241 / International: 011-985-448-4241
Web: https://www.nicholls.edu/mba

Degree Program

Master of Business Administration

Accreditation

The College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Mission

As an AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration, our mission is to positively impact the social and economic vitality of the region and beyond by developing well-educated, responsible, and engaged business professionals who meet dynamic marketplace needs.  The College also serves as a key resource for regional and global stakeholders.

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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 abilities needed by effective managers and ethical leaders in an ever changing global environment.

Pathways through the Program

Evening MBA:

  • The Face-to-Face Evening MBA program is designed for recent graduates and working professionals who progress through the program at a pace of their choosing from 12 months to 24 months. Evening MBA courses are held on the Nicholls campus and are offered Monday – Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Online MBA (Effective Spring 2022):

  • The Online MBA program is designed for recent graduates and working professionals, either in-state or out-of-state, whose schedule may not be conducive or who prefer not to attend face-to-face classes on campus. Courses in the program are taught by the current Nicholls MBA faculty and consist primarily of asynchronous learning.

Executive MBA:

  • 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 minimum work disruption. 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 class meetings.

Program Layout (Effective Spring 2022)

The evening and online MBA programs are taught in two 8-week mini terms during the traditional (spring and fall) 16-week semesters; two courses are offered in Mini Term A and two course are offered in Mini Term B. These dates are stipulated by the University academic calendar. Two courses are also offered during the 8-week summer semester.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Business Administration’s integrated curriculum encompasses 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:

  • If the grade point average on all work attempted* in pursuit of the undergraduate degree is a 2.5 or higher, the applicant must submit a minimum score of 450 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  • If the grade point average on all work attempted* in pursuit of the undergraduate degree is below a 2.5, the applicant’s minimum score on the GMAT is determined using the following criteria:
    • 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.
  • The College of Business Administration will waive the GMAT/GRE admission requirement for undergraduate students majoring in any undergraduate degree program from a regionally accredited college or university who graduates with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or 3.2 GPA over the last 60 hours.
  • 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 MBA Program. The request for the waiver shall be submitted in writing to the MBA 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.

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.

Students must meet all other academic provisions of the MBA program, as stipulated in the University Catalog.

Additional Executive MBA (EMBA) Application Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Transcript with Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from accredited college or university
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GMAT score (unless a GMAT waiver is granted)
  • Interview with College of Business Graduate Program and Instruction Committee

EMBA Applications are evaluated on:

    • The nature and length of one’s professional/entrepreneurial experience;
    • 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.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) in lieu of GMAT
An applicant to the Evening MBA, Online MBA,  or the Executive MBA Program may take the GRE in lieu of the GMAT as a requirement for admission.

  • If the grade point average on all work attempted* in pursuit of the undergraduate degree is a 2.5 or higher, the applicant must submit a minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the GRE.
  • If the grade point average on all work attempted* in pursuit of the undergraduate degree is below a 2.5, the applicant’s minimum score on the GRE is determined by using the ETS-published “GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools” to convert the GRE score to its equivalent GMAT score. The equivalent GMAT score is used to assess if the applicant meets the aforementioned formula scores for possible admission.

*Courses that were repeated are counted every time they are taken.
Foundation Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

The program leading to the Master of Business Administration requires the completion of 30 semester hours of courses.

Students’ time 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 (taken after MNGT 502)
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)

 

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