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College of Business Administration
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897 USA

Phone: 1-417-836-5646
Fax: 1-417-836-4407

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 Program Overview   study in america

The College of Business Administration (COBA) at Missouri State University offers a two-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a general management focus. The MBA program is fully accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

COBA's MBA program is designed to provide students with the broad-based knowledge needed to succeed in the business world of today. Courses for the degree are taken in several departments and all courses are taught by faculty with the highest degree in their field. Many of the educators act as consultants to business and industry, ensuring that the curriculum remains connected to the global marketplace.

The program consists of 24 credit hours of foundation/prerequisite courses in areas such as finance, management, accounting, marketing, information systems, organizational behavior and strategy. Following the foundation/prerequisite courses is an advanced core, which balances the technical and analytical side of business studies with an emphasis on organizational strategies and interpersonal skills. Supplementing the foundation/prerequisite and advanced core subjects is an innovative system of concentration. Students, with the agreement of the MBA program coordinator, may structure concentrations that best match their career objectives. Most courses used to fulfill the areas of concentration are business courses; however, students may pursue coursework in other departments to address specific interests. MBA students may choose from nearly 50 concentration courses available in COBA as well as from numerous graduate-level courses offered through other Missouri State departments.

Research is an integral component of the curriculum. Students must complete either a research-oriented seminar or a thesis. All COBA students are expected to demonstrate research and writing proficiency appropriate to the business environment.

There are currently 400 part- and full-time students enrolled in the MBA program. Students normally enter the COBA with two years of work experience.

Missouri State understands that not all of its students are able to complete a traditional MBA program schedule. As a result, COBA's MBA program can be completed at night. Foundation/prerequisite classes are offered online during both the fall and spring semester, and there is no set order for foundation/prerequisite course completion. Students may tailor the sequence in which they take most of their courses.

Students with appropriate prior academic preparation in business and economics may be able to forego some or all of the foundation courses, making it possible to complete the total of 33 required hours for the accelerated MBA program in one calendar year.

Other Master's Programs

Five other master's programs are offered through the business college: Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM), and MS Business Education.

The MSCIS program is an Internet-based, two-year program designed for working IT professionals. Students admitted into this nationally recognized program must have at least three years of experience in an information systems area. Twice a year, students visit campus for one week of intensive classroom instruction. They return to their jobs and, over the course of the following three months, they complete the course via the Internet.

The accountancy program is designed to meet the 150-hour education requirement for membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is accredited by AACSB International. The MAcc and MHA programs share courses with the MBA program. The MSPM offers both on-campus and online courses.

 Highlights   study in america

  • Flexible schedule: core courses can be taken throughout the year
  • Joint master's program available
  • Nearly 50 concentration courses to choose from
  • Accredited by AACSB International
  • Study options include: part-time study; graduate assistantships; selected distance learning options available; international exchange options available through the international student exchange program

 MBA Student Profile   study in america

# of Full-time Students: 331
# of Applications per year: 286 (fall 2007)
# Accepted per year: 179 (fall 2007)
# Enrolled per year: 121 (fall 2007)
Average GMAT Score: 510
Average Age: 28
% Men/Women: 63% / 37%
Work Experience (avg yrs): 2
Class Sizes: 20

 Distribution by Undergraduate Degrees   study in america

Business 70
Liberal Arts 20
Math/Science 10

 Location at a Glance   study in america

City Population: 150,797
Cost of Living: low
Climate Range: 10° to 95° F
Campus Setting: suburban

 University at a Glance   study in america

Year Founded: 1905
Total Enrollment: 19,714
Graduate Enrollment: 2,984
Students in Residence: 4,000

 University & Location   study in america

Missouri State University, founded in 1905, is one of the 13 public postsecondary institutions in the state of Missouri. Missouri State is the largest and only comprehensive university in southwestern Missouri.

Missouri State offers degree programs to nearly 20,000 students through the Colleges of Business Administration, Health & Human Services, Natural & Applied Science, Education, Humanities & Public Affairs, Arts & Letters and Graduate Studies, and Office of Continuing Education. Missouri State's main campus is located in the city of Springfield on 222 acres of land near the city's historic district. A 10-minute walk separates the residence halls from most classroom buildings.

Springfield, established in 1829, is Missouri's third-largest city, with a metropolitan population of 420,000. A manufacturing base and growing tourism industry support the city, which also serves as a regional health center for Southwest Missouri. The city is located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, providing opportunities for outdoor recreational activities such as camping, water skiing, hiking and swimming.

 International Student Support   study in america

International students enrolled in the MBA program currently represent 25 nations including Bolivia, China, Colombia, Indonesia, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. International students make up 29 per cent of the enrollment in the MBA program.

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) ( is the first point of contact for students from abroad who are considering enrolling in COBA's MBA program. ISS provides a variety of support and guidance for international students, including advice concerning immigration issues, cultural concerns and university procedures.

The Association of International Students (AIS) coordinates cultural, educational and social events and assists the ISS with an orientation program for new students.

Three floors of the Sunvilla Tower residence hall have been set aside as a special International Experience Living Environment where international and US students are able to live together.

 Admissions Criteria & Procedures   study in america

Applicants to COBA's MBA program should have received a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university. Potential students must have a strong academic background and management potential. To be considered for the MBA program, students must have an average GPA of at least 2.75 in the last 60 hours, a GMAT composite score of 400 or higher and a minimum value of 1,000 based on the following formula: (200 multiplied by GPA in last 60 hours + GMAT score). Students should score in the 20th percentile on the verbal and analytical writing sections of the GMAT. The application deadline for fall admission is July 20. Completed applications must include official transcripts, test scores and a $35 application fee.

International applications must be directed to the Office of International Student Services. International students whose native language is not English must submit a paper-based TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based)/213 (computer-based) or higher to be considered for admission. In addition, all transcripts not in English must be officially translated and a financial statement verifying access to sufficient funds for the entire study year must be submitted.

Conditional acceptance may be granted to students who do not meet one of the above criteria pending completion of the Speak Test and an essay (graded on the CUNY Scale). In addition, those students who demonstrate high promise, usually based upon a successful record of managerial performance, may be considered for probationary admission.

The MBA program requires completion of 24 hours of foundation/prerequisite course material. These courses include study in the areas of accounting, economics, statistics and business information systems. Normally, students will have completed these courses in their undergraduate degree. Those without the required foundation/prerequisite courses must take them at the graduate level.

 Expenses & Financial Assistance   study in america

Tuition for residents of the state of Missouri for the entire study year is $3,852, while nonresidents pay a yearly tuition of $7,524 The cost of living in Springfield is relatively low. Students can expect to pay $402 per month for room and board on campus or approximately $450 per month for private accommodation.

Financial assistance is available in a variety of forms including student loans and scholarships on a competitive basis. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered. The limited number of graduate assistantships provide a minimum stipend of $6,780 for the academic year. International students must have completed at least one semester at Missouri State and must meet English language and academic requirements to be considered for awards.

 Career Placement & Opportunities   study in america

Students enrolled at COBA can take advantage of the numerous career resources made available by the University. The Career Center provides several resources including career information, career counseling and job search assistance. Workshops on preparing a resume, writing a cover letter and developing proper interview techniques are offered throughout the year. Additional assistance is available through on-campus interviews, job searches, referrals to employers and the annual Career Day. Some of the COBA's top recruiters include Sprint, Boeing, the City of Springfield, State of Missouri, IBM, Prime, Cerner, Wal-Mart, BKD and KPMG.

 Admissions at a Glance   study in america

Minimum GMAT: 400
Minimum GPA: 2.75 on last 60 hours of coursework
Minimum TOEFL: 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test)
Application Fee:
$35 (dom) $50 (int'l)
Application Deadline:
Fall: July 20 (domestic), April 15 (international)
Spring: December 20 (domestic), September 1 (international)

 Employment Profile   study in america

# of Recruiters on Campus: 100+
Graduates Employed:
Within 90 days: 90%
Within 6 months: n/a
Within 1 year: n/a
Average Starting Salary: $46,900

 % of Students in Management Levels   study in america

Upper Middle:

 Employment by Field   study in america


 Annual Expenses (in US$)   study in america

In-State Tuition: $3,852
Out-of-State Tuition: $7,524
International Tuition: $7,524
Books & Materials: $1,000
Health Insurance: $998 (int'l students)
Private: $450/month
Residence: $402/month

 International Student Profile   study in america

# students in program 140
% enrolled 35%

 Countries of Origin:   study in america

Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Malawi, Nepal, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo and Uganda

 Faculty Profile   study in america

# of Faculty: 73
% of Faculty with Doctoral Degree: 100%

 Program Facts   study in america

Year Program Founded: 1975
Length of Program: 2 yrs (avg)
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Accounting; CIS; E-business; Finance; Healthcare Management; International Business; Logistics; Management; Marketing; Project Management

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