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2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program in the Stephens College of Business (COB) is designed to prepare graduates for careers in operational management and strategic leadership of public- and private-sector organizations. The distinction of the M.B.A. in the Stephens COB is the liberal-arts experience the University of Montevallo offers to its students. Through small class sizes, individual attention, and a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills, the M.B.A. provides students with a unique learning experience. Along with diverse liberal-arts disciplines, the M.B.A. equips students with the necessary business knowledge, quantitative skills, and leadership expertise to be successful in the business practices of any field of study. The M.B.A. offers flexible and affordable full- or part-time evening options for coursework completion. Full-time status allows M.B.A. degree completion in one full year and can be entered in either the fall or spring term. Students and professionals may also study at their own paces on a part-time basis. For students who do not have an academic background or education in business, the Stephens COB offers all prerequisite coursework in a convenient summer business institute, as well as in the traditional classroom format year-round.

Admission to the program requires:

(a) an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

(b) an overall GPA of at least 2.5 or 2.75 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work;

(c) a competitive score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE;

(d) completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better; and

(e) two letters of recommendation.

M.B.A. Program Prerequisites

The following prerequisite courses (3 credit hours each) must be completed for unconditional admission to the M.B.A. program:

  • AC 221 or equivalent
  • EC 232 or equivalent
  • FI 372 or equivalent
  • MG 361 or equivalent
  • MIS 161 (or proficiency)
  • MK 351 or equivalent
  • QM 235 or equivalent

Accounting Majors seeking a Dual Degree Path

The Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy’s postsecondary educational hours requirement is a total of 150 completed hours in a program. In addition the Board requires 33 specific accounting hours at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level before a candidate can sit for the Uniform CPA examination. Accounting majors who meet the admission requirements listed in the graduate bulletin for the M.B.A. can earn an undergraduate degree (B.B.A.) and a graduate degree (M.B.A.) in the time frame normally required to earn a B.B.A. degree.

A student may obtain an undergraduate accounting degree with 120 credit hours and an M.B.A. degree with 30 graduate credit hours. Student who declare the graduate path towards fulfillment of the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy’s post-secondary educational hours requirement will complete two of three cross-listed accounting courses (AC 525 , 527 , 528 ) at the graduate level and complete the remaining required M.B.A. courses. Students electing the dual degree path who have a cumulative overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher are not required to take the GMAT exam.

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