Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program in St. Cloud, MN
Offered through the Herberger Business School
Centennial Hall, Room 118
Web site: www.stcloudstate.edu/mba
HBS Dean: Dr. Diana Lawson
MBA Program Director: Ms. Michele Mumm
MBA Program Secretary: Ms. Niki Ebensteiner
Accreditation Specific to the Program
- AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The Herberger Business School develops and delivers a quality undergraduate and graduate business education through the collaboration of an involved community of students, faculty, staff, business professionals, and other stakeholders. We focus on student learning of content and competencies, maintain a commitment to scholarly activity, and contribute to the educational and economic vitality of those we serve.
- A curriculum that combines business theory with hands-on application.
- All classes are taught by terminally-degreed faculty (Ph.D. or JD degrees) or professionally-qualified faculty.
- An innovative schedule that permits part-time students to earn an AACSB international-accredited degree in as little as six semesters..
Statistics show that an MBA degree provides a significant advantage to an individual in terms of income earning potential.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program offered by the Herberger Business School is designed to prepare the student for a professional career in business administration. Upon successful completion of the MBA degree program, students are expected to be able to:
- Write competently in multiple business settings.
- Make effective formal business presentation.
- Participate effectively in group discussions.
- Prepare written solution to business cases using multidisciplinary knowledge.
- Recognize ethical problems and present defensible ethical solutions.
- Apply global perspectives to business solutions.
- Describe leadership tools learned during the MBA program.
Admission Requirements Specific to the Program
The GMAT or other standardized examination is required of all MBA degree program applicants with two exceptions:
1. GMAT may be waived if the applicant holds, from an accredited institution, a first professional degree (example: M.D., J.D.) or a research doctorate degree (example: Ph.D, (Ed.D.) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education from an accredited institution.
2. A GRE may be considered in lieu of the GMAT if:
- The applicant has been awarded a master's degree (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) from an accredited institution.
- The applicant has been unconditionally accepted into a different master's degree at SCSU and is electing to change his/her graduate program
- Admission decisions are made as each completed application is received. Admission is competitive. Selection is based on an evaluation of all criteria presented by an individual applicant. Above average performance on one criterion does not necessarily make up for below average performance on another criterion.
- An applicant to the MBA program
is evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
- Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher
- Demonstrated undergraduate scholarship in business, if applicable
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 470 or higher
- Recommendations from three qualified individuals
- Response to the Statement of Intent featured on the application
- Professional work experience, if applicable
- Classes are held in Centennial Hall on the St. Cloud campus.
- Students who select this program must complete their degree by attending classes at the St. Cloud MBA site.
- Students admitted to the MBA degree program must demonstrate competency in the following areas: financial accounting, managerial accounting, financial management, management information system, business statistics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics prior to enrolling in associated to Phase II coursework. Most often, the competencies are demonstrated through successful completion of coursework. The MBA director often in conjunction with faculty from the related disciplines, will evaluate prior coursework necessary to successfully complete the Phase I requirements. Graduate-level courses offered at St. Cloud State University that fulfill the Phase I competencies are as follow:
- ACCT 591 Accounting Principles, 3 credits
- FIRE 577 Financial Management, 3 credits
- IS 542 Business Statistics, 2 credits
- IS 544 Information Technology Foundations, 3 credits
- ECON 559 Economic Analysis, 3 credits
Degrees and Plans Offered for the St. Cloud Program
- Master of Business Administration at 33 credits (no concentration)
- Master of Business Administration at 36 credits (concentration)
Length of St. Cloud Program — Measured by Semesters
- Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
- Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
- The program has been designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students.
- The MBA program offers half-semester courses that allow part-time students to complete two courses per semester, while attending class just one night a week.
- Limited summer offerings provide an opportunity for part-time students to finish their degree in 26 months.
Graduate Assistantship Overview
- Graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters for students attending the St. Cloud based MBA program.
- Assistantship duties vary widely, according to college and department needs. They may involve assisting professors with courses, conducting library research, or tutoring.
Master of Business Administration — St. Cloud Program
The St. Cloud State University MBA program is targeted to meet the needs of people working full-time and attending classes part-time, as well students attending classes on a full-time basis. Students who select this program complete their degree by attending classes at the St. Cloud State University campus in St. Cloud.
- Class sizes are small allowing for quality student-faculty interaction
- Typically MBA classes meet one night each week for eight consecutive weeks to complete a three-credit class; there are no weekend classes
- The courses are scheduled to allow for employment responsibilities, vacations and holidays. We believe our students will be most successful if they have balance in the scholarly, work and personal aspects of their lives.
- Full time students can complete the program in as little as three semesters; part time students can complete the program in six semesters
- Graduate Assistantship positions may be available for students in the St. Cloud program. For more information on Graduate Assistantships visit: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/graduatestudies/ga/default.asp
For complete program details visit: www.stcloudstate.edu/mba
Foundation Curriculum (Phase I)
MBA candidates admitted into the program must have completed the equivalent of the foundation courses before starting associated core courses. For more details please go to MBA Phase I courses.
St. Cloud MBA Curriculum (Phase II)
The following courses are taught at the St. Cloud site. Click here for MBA course descriptions.
MBA Official Concentrations:
Required 600-level course
- ECON 677, Managerial Economics, 3 credits
Human Resources Concentration
Required 600-level course
- MBA 673. Management of Human Resources, 3 credits
Information Systems Concentration
Students who choose the Information Systems (IS) concentration must take both MBA 632 and MBA 634. One of these courses counts as a MBA core requirement and the other counts as the 600-level IS concentration requirement.
- MBA 632. Management Support Systems, 3 credits
- MBA 634. Information Technology Management, 3 credits
- All St. Cloud MBA students must complete a culminating experience that is comprised of a special project within the MBA 670 Corporate Strategies capstone course.
- An average of a B or above is required for course work taken in Phase I and Phase II.
- Students may enroll in 600-level course only after prerequisites have been met.