Jul 14, 2024  
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Professional Business Administration, M.B.A.

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OSRHE Program Code: 157
CIP Code: 520201
Major Code: 1595


The Professional Business Administration, M.B.A. program is designed for the full-time working professional. The program is a highly structured lockstep program utilizing cohort student groups. The program imposes a workload that requires a high degree of discipline and commitment on the part of the student. By combining the use of case studies and interactive computing with research projects and lectures, the PMBA program culminates in a capstone in which students consult businesses in the field.

Specialty Accreditation

The Master of Business Administration programs offered through the College of Business and Technology are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, 913-339-9356). http://www.acbsp.org

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an acceptable level of understanding of the business function, including financial management, operations and marketing.
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  3. Apply ethical and corporate responsibility principles.
  4. Apply critical analysis, synthesis, and integration to business situations.
  5. Demonstrate effective writing skills.

Admission, Retention, and Graduation

Admission. Beyond the admission requirements for the Graduate College, admission to the Masters of Business Administration Professional Business Administration program requires:

  1. A current resume showing all academic honors and work experience; the applicant must have three years of full-time work experience prior to the program admission
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. An official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score report of 450 or higher or a GRE equivalent score. GMAT waivers are available based on the following criteria:
  • A combined undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a 3.25 in the last 60 hours; OR
  • If GMAT score < 450, receiving a minimum score of 80% on the final exam of Ivy Software components of Business Math and Statistics and Interactive Business; OR
  • Previously conferred master’s or terminal degree from an accredited University.

The admission decision is based on an evaluation of all application materials submitted by the individual.  Conditional admission may be allowed on a case by case basis with no more than 9 hours taken prior to meeting requirements.

Advisement. The Graduate College assigns students an advisor upon admission to graduate studies. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make an appointment with the advisor prior to enrollment to discuss policies and procedures relevant to the degree program. Confering with the student, the advisor develops the plan of study, assists in the selection of classes, and counsels the student.

Retention and Graduation. The candidate for the Master of Business Administration in Business Administration degree must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Continue to meet the Graduate College’s Retention Standards. See the Academic Information page for more information.
  2. Monitor degree progress using the degree audit system in the goNSU portal.
  3. Meet Graduate College policies detailed in Academic Information and Master’s Degree Requirements regarding GPA, minimum grades, coursework age, residency and institutional / state regulations governing degree conferral.
  4. Successfully complete PMBA 5913 Integrative Project or Research to the satisfaction of the Program Director and the sponsoring organization.

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