Missouri State University

Accelerated Master’s

Interested in undergraduate and graduate degrees?

The College of Business allows students in our undergraduate program to count up to six credit hours of their undergraduate degree toward their graduate degree! This is an excellent opportunity to complete your undergraduate degree with the first semester of your graduate degree completed as well.

Undergraduate majors in the College of Business may apply for admission to the Master of Business Administration program during the second semester of their junior year. If accepted, up to 6 hours of 600- or 700-level College of Business classes taken during your senior year may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. As an MBA graduation requirement, students taking the accelerated MBA option will be required to have had one year of professional experience or a 3-hour internship.

Careers and outcomes

Students who graduate from our program are equipped for successful careers in any of the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
    • Banks
    • Financial institutions
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Industry
    • Local, state and federal agencies
  • Money management
  • Real estate

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Undergraduate majors in the College of Business may apply for admission to the Master of Business Administration program during the second semester of their junior year. If accepted, up to 6 hours of 600- or 700-level COB classes taken in the senior year may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Before enrolling in a course that will apply to both the undergraduate program and the master’s program, an undergraduate student must:

  • Be accepted into the accelerated program.
  • Receive prior approval from the graduate advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form. 

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission requirements

  • Completion of 80 or more hours at time of application
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better
  • A score of 450 or better on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or meet the requirements for a GMAT waiver (see Admissions Requirements for MBA Program).

Executive MBA option (EMBA)

When offered to a select group of students, typically a cohort, with significant business experience, the MBA Program may be presented in a format referred to as the Executive MBA Option or the EMBA. From a curricular viewpoint, the EMBA would be structured in the same way as the traditional MBA, however, the presentation format of core and elective courses will be designed in such a way as to maximize the benefit to working business professionals.

GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admission to the EMBA, however, the applicant would need to provide documentation verifying at least 5 years of business experience.

For EMBA students, prerequisite requirements for the core program courses can be satisfied through appropriate prior coursework, relevant business experience or by an individualized study program developed and supervised by the EMBA Program Director.

The credit hour costs for classes taken by students enrolled in the EMBA program are assessed at a higher rate than the traditional MBA offerings due to additional expenditures associated with the program.

Admission Requirements

Completion of a regionally accredited undergraduate degree.

  1. Completion of 5 or more years of business/professional experience.