May 21, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration

Total Hours Required for Degree:  30

The Master of Business Administration degree is nationally accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The program is designed for the practicing manager and is concerned less with theoretical content than with the tools of analysis and decision-making.
The MBA program is offered primarily in the evening to allow students employed on a full-time basis to earn their MBA with neither loss of income nor interruptions of work. A student employed on a full-time basis and taking courses on a part-time basis may take longer to complete the program.

MBA Mission Statement. To prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a globally competitive environment.

Purpose. The purpose of the MBA program parallels the purposes of the Graduate School, the College of Business, and the University. Specifically, the MBA program endeavors to provide its students with the background, skills, and insight needed to function effectively in an administrative environment. Graduates are prepared to meet the challenges from strong and growing global forces, conflicting values, changing technology, and demographic diversity among employees and customers. MBA program graduates will have the academic training to be able to contribute to their organization and society and to grow personally and professionally.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for the admission to Graduate School, applicants for admission to the Master of Business Administration program must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 400 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and an undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.75; or
  • A minimum of 286 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) on the current scale and an undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.75; or
  • A minimum of 800 on the GRE on the old scale and an undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.75.

English Language Requirements for International Graduate Students. All International students from non-English speaking countries who do not have a baccalaureate degree from U.S. universities will demonstrate English language proficiency at the time of application by one of the following:

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 on paper-based exam, 213 on computer-based exam or 79 on Internet-based exam, or
  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or
  • Completion of Level 112  with the ELS Language Center program (located on the McNeese campus).


All new MBA students are required to demonstrate computer proficiency (i.e., word processing and spreadsheets). This proficiency may be demonstrated by acceptable credit in an academic computer course, passage of a proficiency exam, documentation of computer-related experience, or other documentation approved by the MBA Program Director.

Students must complete at least 9 hours (less equivalent courses waived) of foundation courses prior to starting the core. Without evidence of current experience in the academic area, foundation equivalent courses older than seven years must be repeated. The final foundation courses may be taken concurrently with the first core course.

General Notes:

  • Credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grades below ‘C’ and not more than 6 credit hours of ‘C’ work can be applied toward the degree.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of transfer work may be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of ‘B’ or better may be applied toward the degree.