Nicholls MBA Programs

If you are interested in earning an MBA, the Nicholls College of Business is the right place.

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 MBA 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 MBA 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 MBA graduates typically enter/continue careers in all aspects of business, including: operations management, general management, financial analysis, marketing/sales, and human resources management.

Program Similarities

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.

Program Differences

 EveningExecutive
Tuition and FeesPriced on a per credit hour basis. MBA courses are 3 credit hours each. For current graduate tuition and fees click here. 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 or 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 or 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 assistant-ships 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 much accompany a course description along with a syllabus of the course for which the student seeks credit. Transfer credit requests are made by MBA Director.Due to the nature of the cohort format, an incoming student is not allowed to transfer in credit.
Entrance exam waiverVarious 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 programs who graduate with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3.

  • 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.

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.