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About the Master of Business Administration

Move forward with an MBA from Florida State University
The Florida State Master of Business Administration (MBA) will equip you with the skills, expertise and professional network needed to advance in today’s fast-paced business world. Our program is designed for highly motivated individuals seeking a competitive edge.

Our MBA courses are taught by renowned College of Business faculty members who provide students with individualized attention. Our location in the state capital offers unparalleled access to top industry policymakers and regulators. We take pride in our innovative curriculum, the strength of our alumni network and our excellent career placement efforts. Florida State MBA graduates secure positions at top corporations that include Accenture, EY, Deutsche Bank, Gartner, CSX and Harris Corp.

Use the links in the "Choose Your MBA Format" section to navigate through our MBA program choices.

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Apply Today

Begin your Master of Business Administration application today by entering the Graduate Admissions Portal external link icon.

Deadlines

  • March 1 – All full-time, online and part-time MBA programs for summer entry
  • May 1 – MBA and Master of Social Work (MBA-MSW) joint degree program for fall entry
  • June 1 – All online and part-time MBA programs for fall entry, including the joint MBA degree with the Master of Social Work (MBA-MSW)
  • Oct. 1 – All online and part-time MBA programs for spring entry

In order to meet these deadlines, prospective students should plan to take the GMAT at least one semester prior to applying for admission.

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Choose Your MBA Format

We know if pursuing an MBA is part of your career goals, you likely have a specific occupation in mind. That’s why at Florida State University we’ve designed our MBA curriculum to suit you. As an MBA student you take a core set of courses aimed at strengthening your managerial skills in the fundamentals ranging from accounting and marketing to operations and strategy. Then, you may round out your degree with either courses that build your concentrated expertise in a specific business focus or a slate of courses that will prepare you for any chosen career. A global business seminar which culminates with an overseas trip, will provide you with an invaluable international business perspective.

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Accelerated, Full-time MBA | Evening, Part-time MBA
Online, Part-time MBA | Online, Part-time MBA with Real Estate Specialization
MBA joint degree with law | MBA joint degree with social work

 

Accelerated, Full-Time MBA (39 credit hours)
Our one-year, on-campus format is designed for students who are disciplined, organized and receptive to fast-paced challenges. You will hone your professional skills and collaborate with extraordinary peers in an environment that fosters creativity, teamwork and rewards problem-solving. You’ll have access to our world-renowned faculty, who are experts in their fields of research. You may customize your degree with a specialization. For more information, please download our brochure (PDF). Meet the MBA Class of 2016.

Application deadline: March 1 for summer entry
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Evening, Part-time MBA (39 credit hours)
Our part-time evening format includes the same rigorous courses as our renowned, full-time MBA format. Offered over the course of seven semesters, it is tailored for motivated individuals who are actively employed. Coursework in this program is now eligible for Florida’s state-employee tuition waivers, giving state workers the opportunity to pursue an exceptional graduate business degree at minimal cost. Our world-renowned professors are experts in their fields of research and will help you translate the knowledge gained in the classroom into a professional advantage. You may customize your degree with a specialization. For more information, please download our brochure (PDF).

Application deadlines: March 1 for summer entry, June 1 for fall entry, October 1 for spring entry
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Online, Part-time MBA (39 credit hours)
From the convenience of home or the office, hone your skills and collaborate with high-caliber peers in an environment that fosters creativity and rewards problem-solving. You’ll take classes that are taught by the same world-renowned professors who teach on campus and who are recognized leaders in their fields of research. Our online MBA program is affordable and flexible, thus ideal for mobile military personnel and business executives on the go. Lessons learned can be immediately applied at work. The program takes seven semesters to complete. Students pay the same price, plus applicable fees, for courses regardless of location. You may customize your degree with specific business expertise. For more information, please download our brochure (PDF).

Application deadlines: March 1 for summer entry, June 1 for fall entry, October 1 for spring entry
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Online, Part-time MBA with Real Estate Specialization (39 credit hours)
Florida State University’s Online MBA program offers a rigorous set of elective courses focused on real estate finance and analysis. Thrive in one of the largest and most successful programs in the nation, and prepare yourself to effectively master the ever-changing marketplace while advancing your management skills. Consistently ranked among the nation’s Top 10 programs at public institutions, Florida State’s Real Estate Program is home to the Center for Real Estate Education & Research, which fosters interaction through a complement of activities, including its annual Real Estate Trends Conference, the Evan D. Jennings Executive Speaker Series, Kislak Real Estate Market Strategies Forums for senior executives, the Real Deals and Entrepreneurs Speakers Series, research symposiums and other forums in which executives and scholars can exchange ideas and share insights. For more information, please download our brochure (PDF).

Application deadlines: March 1 for summer entry, June 1 for fall entry, October 1 for spring entry
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JD/MBA Joint Degree
Study intensively how the law governs such matters as the financing of business ventures, the responsibility of a firm's managers to its owners and the management of financial and business risk. Students in this joint degree program complete graduate courses from the College of Law (PDF) external link icon and the College of Business. Graduates become business leaders or corporate counsel in cities throughout Florida and the nation. Once a student is accepted into The College of Law, he or she must then complete an application for the joint degree program. Application forms are available at the College of Law's Office of Admissions and Records to first-year law students. Admitted students typically spend their second year as an accelerated, full-time MBA student. For more information, please view the program bulletin (PDF) external link icon from the Florida State College of Law.

Application deadlines: March 1 for summer entry
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MSW/MBA Joint Degree
This collaboration between the College of Social Work and College of Business is designed for students who wish to expand their understanding of the connection between these two fields of study and gain expertise working in social services agencies. Students must have exceptional work experience and academic qualifications to be admitted into this on-campus program. Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of both the College of Business and the College of Social Work. Students are admitted for fall entry and spend seven semesters as an evening, part-time MBA student.
Application deadlines: May 1 for fall entry
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Customize Your MBA

On-campus students may customize their MBA with one of the following specializations, subject to the master’s degree program director approval:

Please note: Joint degrees with the College of Law (full-time MBA) and College of Social Work (part-time MBA) don’t have specializations. Also, online courses have additional fees.
 

Online students may customize their MBA the following ways:

  • Choose our general track of four course options that will serve you will no matter your industry: Business-to-Business Sales and Marketing; Supply Chain Management; Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance; Investment Management and Analysis.
  • Choose to pursue our Real Estate Specialization focusing on real estate finance and analysis.
  • Pursue a specialization in Management Information Systems or Risk Management and Insurance (either subject to program director approval).

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Course Descriptions

ACG 5026 Financial Reporting and Managerial Control
Provides a basic understanding of accounting systems and the financial statements to lay a foundation for financial statement analysis. The course also provides a basic understanding of cost systems and controls to lay a foundation for organizational control. (Take before FIN 5425.) 3 credit hours, on campus and online

ACG 5135 Financial Accounting Theory and Standard Setting
Prerequisite: ACG 4201. An introduction to the development of financial accounting theory; the relationship of accounting theory and research to standard setting; discussion of the current standard setting environment. 3 credit hours, on campus

ACG 5356 Advanced Management Accounting
Prerequisite: ACG 3341. Use of accounting and statistical methods in planning and controlling economic activities. (Required for Accounting specialization) 3 credit hours, on campus

ACG 5175 Financial Statement Analysis
Prerequisite: ACG 4201 (Required for Accounting specialization) Provides a framework and specific procedures for using financial statement information to (1) compare the profitability and risk of business entities, (2) aid in the assessment of the efficiency of a business entity’s operations and success of its strategies, and (3) help predict a business entity’s future profitability and financial health.  Potential topics in this course include (but are not limited to): financial statement ratio analysis, construction of pro forma financial statements, forecasting, and fundamental valuation analysis.  (Prerequisite: ACG 5026.) 3 credit hours, on campus

BUL 5810 The Legal & Ethical Environment of Business (The Legal Environment of Business)
An introduction to the legal, political and social institutions which affect business activity, with an emphasis on public law and governmental regulation. Landmark legislation and judicial decisions will be examined. 3 credit hours, on campus and online

ECP 5706 Economic Policy for Managers
An examination of managerial concepts underlying business activity as related to the production of management and the process of decision making. (Available for Finance specialization) 3 credit hours, on campus

FIN 5425 Problems in Financial Management
An advanced case course including an in-depth study into selected topics such as valuation theory and the investment, financing, and dividend decisions of the firm. (Prerequisite: ACG 5026.) 3 credit hours, on campus and online

FIN 5515 Investment Management & Analysis
Analysis of financial assets with emphasis on the securities market, the valuation of individual securities, and portfolio management. (Prerequisite: FIN 5425.) (Available for Finance specialization) 3 credit hours, on campus and online

FIN 5605 Multinational Financial Management
This course focuses on the environment of international markets and institutions, with emphasis on implications of international business on capital budgeting, working capital management, and capital procurement.

GEB 5944 Graduate Internship
(This internship offers a working and learning experience in the business industry. S/U grade only) 3 credit hours, on campus

ISM 5021 Information & Technology Management
Through readings, cases, and projects, students will confront issues associated with technology strategy (what to pursue and how to pursue it) and implementation (how to make it happen). The underlying theme of this course is that effective information and technology management requires an understanding of the technology involved, the organizational and commercial environment in which it will be used, and the encompassing society's overall technology flow processes. 3 credit hours, on campus and online

ISM 5046 Social and Organization Issues in MIS
Provides students an opportunity to explore some of the issues related to information systems and their place in society. Course focus will cover society as a whole, electronic communities, organizational impacts, the implications of design choices, and ethical considerations. (Available for MIS specialization.) 3 credit hours, online

ISM 5315 Project Management
Designed to be relevant for all professionals confronting project-related tasks, with particular attention given to the information systems context. Course content includes an overview of technology, an introduction to software development approaches, facets of project management, and organizational issues related to successful project management. (Available for MIS specialization.) 3 credit hours, online

ISM 5316 Advanced Project Management
Prerequisite: ISM 5315. Extends the concepts of project management to the management of multiple projects across time and space, including the management of projects outside of the organization through outsourcing, strategic alliances, and off-shore arrangements. (Available for MIS specialization.) 3 credit hours, online

ISM 5327 Corporate Information Security
Examines corporate information security from several perspectives. Topics include differences in security of physical versus digital assets; sources of security threats; solutions involving technology, people, and policy; and proper responses to attacks on digital assets. (Available for MIS specialization.) 3 credit hours, online

ISM 5428 Knowledge Management
Examines knowledge management from an organizational perspective. Topics include principles; strategic issues; systems design and development; as well as knowledge creation, capture, capture, sharing, and application. (Available for MIS specialization.) 3 credit hours, online

ISM 5507 E-Business
Examines e-business models. Topics include the application of business strategy, consumer behavior, and customer relationship theories in e-business environments; business-to-business and business-to-consumer arrangements; and supply chain and other e-business infrastructure issues. (Available for MIS specialization.) 3 credit hours, online

MAN 5245 Organizational Behavior
A dynamic examination of managerial concepts of human behavior in work organizations. Topics include motivation, leadership, reward systems, training, recruiting, selection, and job design. 3 credit hours, on campus and online

MAN 5501 Production and Operations Management
Develops a conceptual framework which is useful in describing the nature of the operations function, with emphasis on identifying basic problems in managing the operations of an organization. 3 credit hours, on campus and online

MAN 5716 Economics and Business Conditions
A combination of statistics and managerial economics designed to illustrate statistical methods and techniques by applying them to basic managerial issues using elementary calculus and basic statistical programs (Excel and SAS) for regressions, testing hypotheses, and applying other statistical methods to important issues in managerial economics. Also, problems of managing the firm in relation to the changing economic environment; analysis of major business fluctuations and development of forecasting techniques. 3 credit hours, on campus and online

MAN 5721 Strategy and Business Policy
The relation between theories and practices of management, utilizing theories in policy decision making and including a methodology for policy decision making. (Capstone course. Prerequisites: all other MBA core courses) 3 credit hours, on campus and online

MAN 5935 Professional Development
3 credit hours, on campus

MAR 5125 Marketing Strategy in the Global Environment
Examines the business-level marketing strategy in the context of global markets and uses the marketing-planning process as a framework for understanding how global environments, markets, and institutions affect the strategic marketing operations of the global business enterprise. 3 credit hours, on campus and online

MAR 5409 Business-to-Business Sales and Marketing
Focuses on building and managing relationships with business customers. It will cover business-to-business management issues, with an emphasis on topics at the mid-to-upper management level. Specific strategic marketing issues include problems and opportunities that leverage an understanding of the entire supply chain. Sales will deal primarily with complex, large/key account management and customer relations. Sales management issues will concentrate on managing a sales force focused on complex accounts. (Available for Supply Chain Management specialization.) 3 credit hours, on campus and online

MAR 5465 Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Provides an understanding of the ideas and concepts of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management function in organizational settings. Focus is placed on the development and management of relationships with world class suppliers in an e-business environment. Covers the importance of developing sourcing strategies through a global supply base. Specific concepts covered include: supplier selection & development; management of a strategic supply base; electronic commerce applications; logistics and inventory issues. (Available for Supply Chain Management specialization.) 3 credit hours, on campus and online

MAR 5726 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Focuses on information technology and how it affects marketing within the supply chain. These include logistical issues and the flow of goods, services, and funds within the supply chain to the final consumer. Specific elements covered include: electronic commerce, Internet, intranets, extranets, marketing information systems and logistics information systems. (Available for Supply Chain Management specialization.) 3 credit hours, on campus

MAR 5861 Customer Relationship Management
Focuses on strategies to develop and maintain continuing customer relationships. Customers are arguably the single most important stakeholder of any modern corporation. Firms must employ strategies to create, promote and retain customers over the long term. Customer relationships also are key to any corporation’s overall reputation and must be managed in concert with other key stakeholder relationships. 3 credit hours, online

MAR 5957 Global Business Seminar
Consists of on-campus class meetings and an international trip to an overseas destination. On campus meetings help students understand the related international business theories as well as the inhibiting and opportunity-offering roles of local cultures in international business. The international trip is to gain access to the best business practices of world-class multinational firms in the destination city. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours. Duplicate registration allowed within the same term. 3 credit hours, on campus and online

REE 5105 Real Estate Valuation
Provides an advanced treatment of real estate valuation analysis. This includes a description of valuation procedures, identification of highest and best use, application of real property valuation methods, and emerging topics of special interest. (Available for Real Estate specialization.) 3 credit hours, online

REE 5205 Topics in Real Estate Finance
Covers topics related to the mortgage capital markets, including the primary and secondary mortgage markets, market operations, mortgage instruments and mortgage-related securities. (Available for Real Estate specialization) 3 credit hours, online

REE 5305 Real Estate Investment
Focused on the topic of real estate investment analysis primarily from the private investor's (equity) perspective, this course introduces students to the analytical tools and procedures used to evaluate real estate investment opportunities. (Available for Real Estate specialization) 3 credit hours, online

RMI 5017 Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance
Develops concepts such as time value of money, statistical analysis, information technology, and management of risk exposure. (Available for RMI specialization, Financial Planning and Risk Management tracks.) 3 credit hours, on campus and online

RMI 5136 Employee Benefit Plans
Prerequisite: RMI 5017. Managerial approach to employee benefit plans such as group insurance and pensions with in-depth consideration given to funding instruments and variety among plans. (Available for RMI specialization, Financial Planning track) 3 credit hours, online

RMI 5345 Risk Management in the Business Enterprise
Prerequisite: RMI 5017. Application of the risk management process, including risk control and risk financing techniques, to business risk management problems. (Available for RMI specialization, Risk Management track) 3 credit hours, online

RMI 5710C Insurance Company Operations
Prerequisite: RMI 5017. Covers the fundamentals of risk, the management of pure risk, insurance mechanisms, insurer operations, and the evolution of risk management. (Available for RMI specialization, Risk Management track) 3 credit hours, online

RMI 5810 Personal Financial Planning
Prerequisite: RMI 5017. Analyzes loss exposures facing individuals and families, basic personal-lines property-liability insurance (auto and homeowners), individual life, health and disability insurance, and individual/family financial planning. (Available for RMI specialization, Financial Planning track) 3 credit hours, online

NOTE: Specializations are subject to the master’s degree program director approval for the given department. For example, MBA students must receive approval from the Master of Accounting program director to pursue a specialization in accounting.

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Degree Requirements

Prerequisites

The Florida State University MBA is designed for working professionals with extensive professional experience and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their previous academic work. Admission is competitive, and all applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Previous coursework in business is not required, but all applicants are expected to have a general knowledge of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, calculus and management principles.

While prerequisites are not required for this program, the MBA faculty strongly recommends the completion of prep courses by all applicants who have not taken previous coursework in accounting. The Essential Prep® The Collection web-based instructional aid provides the needed preparation in the foundation material you need to succeed in the MBA program. A preparatory course called FSU Fundamentals of Financial Accounting Tutorial (modules 1-4) is an alternative, offered online by Cambridge Business Publishers.

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Application Process

Admission to the Master of Business Administration program is highly competitive.  The decision is based on a portfolio of qualifications, including prior academic performance, work experience, entrance exam scores (such as the GMAT or GRE) and letters of recommendation. The entrance exam is a university requirement that may be waived if an applicant meets certain criteria. For exact criteria and instructions on requesting waivers, see business.fsu.edu/waive.

The GMAT is the preferred exam. If you have not taken the GMAT, you should make plans to take the exam as soon as possible To register to take the GMAT test, visit gmat.comexternal link icon.

Application Checklist

I. The following items should be submitted through the Florida State Graduate Application portal, available exclusively online at https://admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp external link icon:

  • Applicant Statement (Word document, .docx)
  • Current resume/C.V., clearly indicating work experience including dates and positions held, noting full-time or part-time employment. Management, business and leadership experience should also be clearly detailed.
  • Letters of recommendation:
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $30.00 (see University Application or go to http://fees.fsu.edu external link icon)

II. The following items should be sent to the Admissions Office, PO Box 3062400, 282 Champions Way, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400:

  • One (1) official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
  • Florida Resident Affidavit, if applicable (see University Application or http://admissions.fsu.edu/images/pdf/residency.pdf external link icon)
  • Official GMAT/GRE score(s) and, if applicable, TOEFL/IELTS score(s) (The TOEFL/IELTS score is a University requirement for international applicants; therefore, it cannot be waived).  The code to send GMAT scores to Florida State is PN8K567, and the code to send GRE or TOEFL scores is 5219.

International Applicants
International applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in an English-speaking country are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official test results in order to be admitted to The Florida State University. The College of Business requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test and 80 on the internet-based test, or a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS exam, taken within the past two (2) years.

In addition, international graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are required to pass a test of spoken English.

Waiving the GMAT/GRE
The entrance exam requirement may be waived for outstanding applicants who meet certain criteria. To learn more, read the policy.

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Program Costs

ESTIMATED PROGRAM COSTS FOR THE 2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR

Accelerated, full time (39 credit hours on campus):

  • Florida residents: $479.32 (tuition plus fees) per credit hour. Total estimated program cost is $18,693.48.
  • Non-Florida Residents: $1,110.72 (tuition plus fees) per credit hour. Total estimated program cost is $43,318.08.

Evening, part time (39 credit hours on campus):

  • Florida residents: $479.32 (tuition plus fees) per credit hour. Total estimate program cost is $18,693.48.
  • Non-Florida Residents: $1,110.72 (tuition plus fees) per credit hour. Total estimate program cost is $43,318.08.

Online* with no specialization (39 credit hours):

  • Florida residents: $780.18 (market rate plus fee) per credit hour. Total estimate program cost is $30,427.02.
  • Non-Florida Residents: $810.24 (market rate plus fee) per credit hour. Total estimate program cost is $31,599.36

Online* with Real Estate Specialization (39 credit hours):

  • Florida residents: $780.18 (market rate plus fee) per credit hour. Total estimate program cost is $30,427.02.
  • Non-Florida Residents: $810.24 (market rate plus fee) per credit hour. Total estimate program cost is $31,599.36

* Denotes that this a market-rate, online program: Market-rate totals include required university fees totaling: $30.18 for in state students and $60.24 per credit hour for out of state students. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office for more specific information.

Note: These costs do not include required books and supplies for courses.  Costs are subject to change. Fees in table do not include some per-term flat fees for FSUCard and facilities use. For a breakdown of on-campus student fees and their explanations, visit the university’s Tuition Rates page.

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Financial Assistance

Assistantships
The College of Business offers a limited number of assistantships to on-campus, full-time MBA students only. Online and part-time students are not eligible for these awards.

  • Recipients of these awards are required to work approximately 10 hours a week.
  • These awards provide a stipend of approximately $1,500 per term for three terms.
  • These awards do NOT cover certain non-academic fees of approximately $50 - $80 per graduate hour.
  • All students admitted to the accelerated MBA program are considered for assistantships.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans
University Fellowships and Assistantships

  • The University offers several fellowship and assistantship opportunities.
  • These awards are competitive and awarded only to students of high academic standing.

The College automatically nominates those qualified applicants whose files are complete by Jan. 1 each year for these awards.

Learn more about the college's financial assistance options external link icon for graduate students.

The FSU Office of Financial Aid website is the best source for more information including financial aid application forms.

National Scholarships and Fellowships
For information on national fellowships and scholarships, visit the Office of National Fellowships for assistance.

MBA LOANS® program
The MBA LOANS® program is the only loan program endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) as part of the mission to promote access to graduate management education. The MBA LOANS Program is offered by Sallie Mae®, the largest student loan provider in the United States. MBA LOANS® has loaned over US$2 billion to MBA students over the life of the program, and it is the largest loan program in the world for MBAs.

Additional financial aid and scholarship resources are available at mba.com.


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