Traditional Master’s

The traditional format for our master’s program is a 33-credit hour program. Students in this program can expect to complete their degree in two years, not taking into account any prerequisite classes they need to take.

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

Program description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a College of Business degree with courses taken in various departments. The program is specifically designed for students who hold undergraduate degrees in Arts, Science, Engineering, and Law, as well as for students who hold Baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration. The program will provide the background knowledge necessary for professional practice in the field of business. Students with little undergraduate work in business will normally require five semesters to complete the program. Students with appropriate prior academic preparation in business and economics may complete the program in one calendar year.

The MBA is accredited by the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

XF Policy

High standards of professional conduct are required for admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.  Prospective graduate students who have been assigned a grade of XF (failure due to academic dishonesty) at Missouri State University (MSU), or the equivalent at another institution of higher education, may be denied admission to the Master of Business Administration program or College of Business graduate certificate programs.  Students who have been assigned a grade of XF at MSU, or the equivalent at another institution of higher education, are required to inform the MBA Program Director of such grade at the time of application, even if the X was subsequently removed.  Failure to inform the MBA Program Director of this previous XF or equivalent grade will result in removal from the program.  A student assigned a grade of XF while studying toward completion of the MBA Program will be immediately removed from the program(s).

Academic standing

A student who fails to attain a 3.00 GPA after completing the approved program may enroll for additional course work not to exceed 6 semester hours to raise the GPA. The course work will be approved by the Director of the MBA Program and the Dean of the College of Business.

The maximum class load for a full-time student is normally 12 hours per semester. An overload is permitted only after students have demonstrated their ability to achieve an outstanding graduate record at this university. Students employed in a full-time job should not enroll for more than 6 semester hours.

All other University and Graduate College requirements governing grading and attendance will apply.

To enroll in graduate courses in the College of Business, a student must satisfy one of the two conditions listed below:

  1. be admitted to a graduate program in the College of Business, or
  2. have permission to enroll from the Director of the MBA Program.

Students who do not meet one of these two conditions will be dropped from the course(s) at any time during the session involved.