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Master of Business Administration

If you are a working professional seeking to move your career to the next level, then the Master of Business Administration program at Clayton State University is designed for you. Our faculty bring real-world industry experience and knowledge into the classroom creating a collaborative learning environment.

The MBA is a fast-track program. The General Business Concentration can be completed in as little as 12 months. The program may take longer for other concentrations, and completion time also depends on the number of credits taken per semester.

Your time is already at a premium, so our eight-week sessions enable quick progress. Small classes and personalized feedback by our accomplished faculty provide the needed support for you to be successful as you balance work and study.

The rigorous 33-credit-hour program is designed to:

  • Prepare graduates to operate successfully and lead organizations in a business environment that is global and rapidly changing
  • Prepare students for professional management careers by increasing their communication skills, broadening their appreciation of diverse cultures, improving their decision making, and reinforcing their ability to apply knowledge and skills in problem solving
  • Produce graduates who will develop a better understanding of the importance of ethical business behavior and corporate social responsibility

Convenient delivery format

Classes generally meet one night per week during fall, spring and summer terms. Courses are taught in 8-week sessions with five different start dates, offering students maximum flexibility to start the program. Online course components are incorporated into the program to strengthen students’ technology skills and to help them use their time effectively.


How long does the MBA program take to complete?

The General Business Concentration can be completed in as little as 12 months when started in the first term of Fall Semester or first term of Spring Semester as follows: 12 credits Fall Semester and 12 credits Spring Semester plus 9 credits Summer Semester. The program may take longer for other concentrations. Completion time depends on the number of credits taken per semester. Fall and Spring Semesters each consist of two eight-week terms. View this document MBA 3 Year Projected Schedule to see the current projection of classes offered in upcoming terms.

How often will classes meet?

Currently, in the Fall and Spring semesters, on-campus classes will generally meet one day per week from 6:00 –10:15 p.m. MBA students take at least two classes each semester (meets the minimum financial aid requirement).

In the Summer semester, classes at the main campus are scheduled on most Tuesdays/Thursdays or Mondays/Wednesdays in June and July from 6:00 p.m. to 9:35 p.m.

Is the program considered full or part-time?

The program is offered in a unique structure that meets the full-time program of study requirement for financial aid (two classes/six credit hours per semester), while allowing maximum time during the traditional academic week for study and preparation.

International students on an I-20 will be required to take nine credit hours per semester to meet immigration requirements.

When can I start?

We accept incoming students in the Fall (August and October), Spring (January and March), and Summer (May) of each year, depending on demand.

What is the cost of the program?

The total cost (assuming in-state tuition), excluding textbooks and study abroad trip fees, is around $17,000. For in-state tuition, each credit hour is $335. Students normally register for six credit hours (*$2,747) per semester.

Visit the tuition webpage to see the actual fee schedule. Click on Master of Business Administration under Graduate Tuition.

*Morrow Campus rates based on 2020-2021 Academic Year

How do I apply for the program?

To begin the application process, visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

What if my undergraduate degree is in an area other than business?

We welcome applicants from every discipline. We have students who majored in art, biology, criminal justice, nursing, psychology, and sports management among others. All applicants will be required to take the two foundation courses their first semester.

I am an international applicant; what should I know about before applying to the program?

We welcome international applicants to our MBA Program. The majority of the information for the program is the same for any applicant; however, international applicants should pay close attention to the MBA for International Students link on the navigation column above as well as this link to information for international students from the School of Graduate Studies website.

If I graduated from Clayton State University, will I still need to have an official transcript from CSU sent to the School of Graduate Studies?

No, we can use your academic record in the DUCK. If you transferred classes into CSU, then we will need one official copy of your transcript from every school you attended for undergraduate and graduate credit.

When is the last day to apply?

The date varies by term. However, you should begin the Graduate Admissions application process as soon as possible. Enrollment in the MBA program is limited each term. Please see the application link from the navigation column for the actual dates.

Is the program covered by financial aid?

Please contact the Financial Aid office to see what financial aid might be available. Many of our current MBA students receive financial aid assistance in the form of student loans or use their employer's tuition assistance benefits.

Are graduate assistantships available?

Graduate assistantships are available in the College of Business. The assistantships offer students a reduction in tuition rather than a stipend or salary. Acceptance is competitive due to the limited number of positions. Candidates must commit to a minimum one-year term and up to 19.5 hours per week. For more information, contact the Graduate Program Director or Graduate Program Specialist.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

The GMAT/GRE requirement is determined by undergraduate grade point average. Please refer to the admissions requirements for more details.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Contact the Graduate Program Director at (678) 466-4520 or the Graduate Program Specialist at (678) 466-4529 or by email at mba@clayton.edu.

The total cost (assuming in-state tuition), excluding textbooks and study abroad trip fees, is around $17,000. For in-state tuition, each credit hour is $335. Students normally register for six credit hours (*$2,747) per semester.

Visit the tuition webpage to see the actual fee schedule. Click on Master of Business Administration under Graduate Tuition.

Admission into the program is based on several factors to ensure a talented and diverse student body. These factors are:

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum graduating institutional 3.0 GPA from an accredited college or university (as verified by official transcript)
  • Essay of purpose and graduate school interest
  • Three (3) professional references listed with contact information

OR

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree with a graduating institutional 2.75 - 2.99 GPA from an accredited college or university (as verified by official transcript)
  • Resume demonstrating 3 years of professional/managerial work experience
  • Essay of purpose and graduate school interest
  • Three (3) professional references listed with contact information

OR

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree with graduating institutional 2.50 – 2.74 GPA from an accredited college or university (as verified by official transcript)
  • Resume demonstrating 3 years of professional/managerial work experience
  • An interview conducted by Clayton State MBA (interview may be on campus or remote via tele-conference)
  • Essay of purpose and graduate school interest
  • Three (3) professional references listed with contact information

OR

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree with graduating institutional 2.00 – 2.49 GPA from an accredited college or university (as verified by official transcript)
  • Resume demonstrating 3 years of professional/managerial work experience
  • A minimum of 1000 total score based on GPA X 200 plus GMAT (GRE) score. Waived for summer and fall 2020 terms
  • Essay of purpose and graduate school interest
  • Three (3) professional references listed with contact information

International Students

  • Applicants whose native language is not English or whose language of college instruction was not English are required to submit English Language proficiency through one of the following options:
  • If an applicant has completed any coursework, degree, or degrees from institutions outside of the United States, he or she must utilize a credentialing evaluating organization. The School of Graduate Studies accepts an official course-by-course evaluation with a GPA that is prepared by either Josef Silny and Associates (https://www.jsilny.org/) or World Education Services (https://www.wes.org/).

Admission to the Accounting Concentration

The Concentration in Accounting requires students to have completed pre-requisite courses equivalent to the following with a grade of “C” or better PRIOR to admission into the MBA program:

  • ACCT2101 – Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACCT2102 – Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT3110 – Managerial Cost Accounting
  • ACCT3250 – Taxation of the Individual
  • ACCT3361 – Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT3362 – Intermediate Financial Accounting II

Application deadlines

There are five eight-week terms giving applicants flexibility in their start date for the program.

Fall

Term 1: July 15

Term 2: September 1

Spring

Term 1: February 15

Term 2: April 25

Summer

Term 1: April 15

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