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How long does the Murray State MBA take to get?

Most students graduate in 1.5 years, although it is possible to complete the MBA in one year if you are a full-time student. There is a cap of 8 years to complete the program. The Murray State MBA is 30 hours (with most students having to also take an additional two prerequisite courses that are smaller in scope in accounting and microeconomics/calculus, which are free of charge). A “full load” in graduate school is 6 hours per term.

Is the Murray state MBA 100% online?

Yes—online courses are offered every seven weeks during the semesters: Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1 and Spring 2. Summer sessions have two terms, which are six-week terms (Summer 1 and Summer 2).

Do you still operate an on-campus program, too?

Yes. The program draws many local residents and also international students. The terms are full 16-weeks for on-campus courses. Summer courses, however, are only offered online in the 7-week format.

Is the Murray State MBA accredited?

Yes, the program is AACSB-accredited, which is the “gold standard,” with only 5% of business schools worldwide with that distinction.

How much are the tuition and fees?

Tuition and fees are not due all at once, and are payable by term. Online program: Tuition and fees per online hour for the MBA is $533 X 30 hours for the MBA, so $15,990 total for the MBA. On campus program for in-state and regional students: $544 X 30 hours for the MBA = $16,320. On campus program for out of region and international students: $800 X 30 hours for the MBA = $24,000. (Note: In all cases, the Healthcare Admin concentration is a little extra, since it’s 33 hours.)

How is my application accepted?

Admission requirements are detailed on the Murray State MBA webpage. We do grant GRE/GMAT waivers for certain qualifications (overall bachelor’s degree GPA or GPA along with full-time work experience combinations).

What is the curriculum like? What are the core courses?

Courses are all 3 credit hours each. The 7 core courses cover material in cost accounting, managerial economics,
corporate finance, organizational behavior, business analytics, marketing and strategy. The 3 electives can be chosen in any business field for the general MBA, or in a specific concentration. Online concentration choices available are business analytics, cybersecurity, economic development, finance, global communication, health administration or marketing. The only on-campus concentration is accounting (requires extra prerequisite prerequisite work if no accounting bachelor’s degree.)

Are there any grade stipulations?

Yes. An MBA student may only have a maximum of three quality deficit points. If a student accumulates three of these points, the student is dropped from the program. Point structure: C=1 point, D=2 points, E=3 points. In addition to this rule, a student may only have one C in the MBA core—if a second C is made in the core, one of them must be repeated. A student must graduate with a 3.0 GPA with all graduate course grades averaged together.

Does the Murray State MBA accept transfer work?

The MBA Director makes decisions on a case-by-case basis, but usually 9 hours are transferable. Where the courses come into place depends upon the accreditation of the school from which you transfer out. Only courses with at least a “B” can transfer into MSU.

More Information

If you have more questions please request information or directly contact Dr. Joy Roach Humphreys:

 Dr. Joy Roach Humphreys

Dr. Joy Roach Humphreys

Assistant Dean and MBA Director
Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business


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