Business Administration - General (Master of Business Administration)

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year in fall, spring, and summer. 

Application Materials Required for the MBA Degree

Applicants for the MBA must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Admissions to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcripts(s) from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
  4. Official test scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT must be taken within the five year time frame immediately preceding enrollment. Note: A minimum acceptable GMAT score of 400 is required.
    Students whose undergraduate degree is from an AACSB-accredited business program are exempt from the GMAT as long as their overall graduating GPA is at least a 3.00. Students applying to the MBA program who already hold a post-graduate degree are also exempt from taking the GMAT. All other applicants are required to take the GMAT and score at least 400 for admission consideration.
  5. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits are accepted from AACSB International accredited schools only.

Admission Requirements for the MBA Degree

All students seeking admission to the MBA program must have completed the application process and been admitted to the program prior to enrolling in MBA classes. Applicants are admitted on a selective basis upon review of the completed application package.

Applicants must meet one of the following admission formula requirements. For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.00 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.

Students Accepted for Entry into the Program

To obtain admission into the MBA program, students must meet one of the following formula requirements:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited business program with at least an overall graduating 3.00 GPA or already hold a post-graduate degree.

or

  • Have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least an overall graduating 3.00 GPA or already hold a post-graduate degree. 

or

  • As a requirement for admission, a minimum acceptable GMAT score of 400 is required or an equivalent GRE score. 

Applicants who are admitted to the MBA program but do not have adequate undergraduate business preparation will be required to complete up to 9 semester hours of foundation business or economics courses. These courses can be found under the Foundation Courses section. 

Conditional Admission

Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for admission, as defined above, may be considered for conditional admission if the student meets the following requirements:

  • A minimum acceptable GMAT score of 400 is also required or an equivalent GRE score. 

Students who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.00 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted within the time frame specified in the student’s admissions letter. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from the program.

All applications will be reviewed by the Director of Graduate Business Programs for the College of Business and Industry. The Director of Graduate Business Programs will submit to the Dean, Graduate Studies its recommendation on the admission of each applicant. The Dean of Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the Director of Graduate Business Programs, will make the final decision on the admission of the student. 

Minimum Requirements for the MBA Degree

An overall 3.00 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the master’s degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.00.

The MBA degree with a General concentration consists of 30 semester hours of graduate business courses. Students without adequate undergraduate preparation will be required to take up to 9 semester hours of foundation courses for a total of 39 semester hours for the general concentration program.

Foundation Courses:

Credit for foundation coursework may be given for courses already completed as part of a baccalaureate degree. Students without adequate undergraduate preparation are required to complete the 9 semester hours of foundation business and economics courses listed below. The Director of Graduate Business Programs will evaluate each student’s undergraduate coursework to determine which foundation courses are required prior to the student taking MBA courses. A student must earn a grade of “B” or above in each of these specified, required courses if they are taken after the completion of the baccalaureate degree.        

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
BA 500Statistics and Quantitative Methods3
BA 502Contemporary Economic Fundamentals3
BA 511Concepts of Finance and Accounting3
Total Hours9

Students who have adequate undergraduate preparation or who have satisfied the foundation requirements may enroll in MBA courses.

MBA Concentration: General

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ACC 512Accounting Information Analysis3
BA 530Business Analytics3
BA 587Business Policy and Strategy3
EC 515Managerial Economics3
FIN 515Financial Management3
MGT 537Business Leadership3
MKT 513Marketing Analysis & Strategy3
Electives
Select nine hours of electives 1 9
Total Hours30

30 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Graduation and Comprehensive Exam

No comprehensive exam is required for this degree. All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.