Duration: How long will it take me to complete the AACSB Accredited MBA program at Murray
State University? Answer: That depends on three important factors, namely:
MBA Foundation Courses: If you already have all the foundation courses with a grade
of at least a “C,” you will complete the program a lot faster than those who still
need undergraduate Business Courses. A minimum of three credit hours are required
for a foundation course to transfer. The foundation courses, or their equivalents,
are the following:
ACC 200: Financial Accounting
ACC 201: Managerial Accounting
ECO 230: Macroeconomics
ECO 231: Microeconomics
MAT 220: Business Calculus
CIS 343: Statistics
FIN 330: Principles of Finance
MGT 350: Principles of Management
MKT 360: Principles of Marketing
Note: Foundation Courses in the left column above (all 200-level ones) may be taken at/from
a 2-year institution/Community College, while all foundation courses at the 300-level
above must be taken at a regular 4-Year University for them to be considered equivalents.
MBA Classes on Campus: If you are coming to the beautiful main campus in Murray, you
can take a full load of graduate courses (9 graduate hours) to enable you to finish
The 100% Online MBA Program: If you work full time and intend to pursue the online
MBA, then you will only take a maximum of 2 graduate courses at a time. Anything more
will prove to be too much for you. Generally, if you have all the MBA foundation courses
and can take graduate classes in Fall, Spring and Summer, you should earn your online
MBA within 18 months.
MBA Foundation Courses: Can the MBA Foundation courses be waived due to experience, among other considerations?
Answer: No, foundation courses cannot be waived for any reason. We do offer “Proficiency
Exams,” however, for only two of the MBA foundation courses—MGT 350 and MKT 360. For
details, contact our MBA Office. No, we do not encourage proficiency exams for the
other foundation courses because of one important benefit to the student, and that
is: the graduate level equivalents of these courses are not easy. It is therefore
in the student’s best interest to take the actual foundation courses first.
GMAT/GRE: Can the GMAT/GRE be waived because of any combination of factors such as: many years
of top-level work experience; possession of a full scholarship; not enough time to
take the GMAT/GRE; “I do not do well on standardized tests;’ or because the student
has a superior GPA of 4.0 on the 4.0 scale? Answer: Unfortunately, we do not waive the GMAT or GRE. Please make arrangements
to take one of them and have the official scores submitted directly to Murray State
University: Use our institution code, which is 1494.
GMAT/GRE Preparation: How do I prepare for either the GMAT or the GRE Exam? Answer: We accept either the GMAT or the GRE. For either test, you need to review
an official GMAT or GRE Handbook for some 2 months before you take the actual test.
Any major bookstores in your area will have the GMAT Handbook or the GRE Handbook.
Latest editions of these handbooks are more helpful. The GMAT is administered by the
Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC: http://www.gmac.com/); while the GRE is administered by Educational Testing Service (ets.org/gre). Murray State University’s institution code, which you must use so that we receive
your official scores, is: 1494.
MBA Time Limit: From the time you take your first graduate (600-level) course, you have eight (8)
years to complete our MBA program. We, of course, want you to complete the program
within 18 months to 2 years.
Start Dates: When can I start the Murray State MBA Program? You have the option of a Spring (January),
Summer (end of May) or a Fall (August) entry date. Just send your application early
enough for us to process it.
Scholarships: Unfortunately, we do not have scholarships for students on our 100% online MBA Program.
For students taking classes on the Murray State Campus in Murray, we do offer a very
limited number of very competitive graduate assistantships. Typically we only offer
about 10 new graduate assistantships every Fall Semester, based on high GMAT/GRE scores.
Tuition and Books: How much does the MBA Program cost (a) On Campus, and (b) For the 100% Online MBA? Answer:
Tuition and Fees information can be found on our Bursar' website. For 2016/2017, KY-resident tuition (on-campus courses) is $503 per credit hour.
Tuition for the 100% Online MBA: Everyone (Kentucky Residents and Non-Residents) pays
the same for our Online MBA Program. In 2016/17, the online tuition rates are: $640
per credit hour.
How do we get our Books?: Contact the Murray State Bookstore, and give them the Semester,
Course Number and Section number: such as: FIN 602 Section 2 for Spring 2016. They
will give you the title of the book. Go ahead and request the ISBN Number as well.
Our Bookstore at Murray State University can be contacted as follows: Telephone: 270 809 4388 or 6993 OR 1-800-749-8580 Website/E-mail: https://www.murraystate.edu/bookstore/
I am an American Student, but I have not yet taken the GMAT or GRE. Can I still apply and start your MBA Program?
Answer: Yes, as long as your overall GPA is at least 2.75. However, you will need
to submit the required/specified GMAT/GRE score within 2 months of receiving your
conditional admission letter.
I am an International Student, but I have not yet taken the GMAT or GRE. I even have a scholarship from my Government.
Can I still apply and start your MBA Program? Answer: International Students are required to submit official GMAT/GRE scores with
their application. If your overall GPA is at least 2.75 but you do not have the GMAT/GRE,
the following things will happen to you: A letter of conditional admission will be
sent to you. Your I-20 WILL NOT be sent from the international office for your Visa
application until you submit the required/specified GMAT/GRE score.
Application Deadlines: We have a rolling admissions process, meaning that we accept applications for students
who wish to start the program in Spring, Fall, or in Summer. Although we do not have
“hard” application deadlines as such, as a general rule you must submit your application
and all official university transcripts early enough for us to process your paperwork.
Yes, the transcripts need to be sent directly (by your previous schools, not you)
to graduate admissions at Murray State University. Our address is: Graduate Admissions and Records B2 Sparks Hall Murray, KY 42071
What do people do with the MBA Degree? Answer: The MBA is the most versatile of all graduate degrees, in terms of the range
of career options it affords you in a wide range of business fields. You can use the
MBA in virtually any field, because it gives you the kind of multidimensional, multifaceted,
multi-industry and multifunctional business dimension that no other graduate degree
can. The MBA degree is, of course, the ultimate Career Enhancer (Pay Raises and Promotions).
And, yes, you can also go on to pursue your PhD straight from the Murray MBA, as many
have done in the past by going to some of the most prestigious Universities in the
world. For other benefits of having an MBA Degree, please access this website: http://www.gmatmbahelp.com/. Do I need to send letters of recommendation (references) as part of the application
process? No. Please do not send any letters of recommendation.