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University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration (MBA)

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The purpose of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is to offer an educational experience in business and management at the graduate level. The program is designed to provide breadth in exposure to the basic business disciplines and to facilitate the integration and application of knowledge of the various disciplines to the management of innovation. It is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental degree program offered by the Graduate Division and the academic departments of the College of Business. Ethical concerns and international issues are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Objectives and Outcomes

During the MBA program, students will:

  1. Critically evaluate, analyze, and interpret information to solve problems and make business decisions.
  2. Use communication skills to effectively lead.
  3. Develop an awareness of ethics and social responsibility in shaping business decisions.
  4. Develop an awareness and understanding of the issues that impact business operations in a global setting.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the MBA program, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School of the University and the admission requirements of the Graduate Division of the College of Business. Any applicant who holds a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited college or university will be considered for admission regardless of the undergraduate field of study. An applicant for admission should understand that graduate work is not merely an extension of undergraduate work. Graduate study operates at a significantly higher level of rigor, demands scholarship of a higher order, and places more emphasis on research and student responsibility.

Once the admission requirements of the Graduate School have been met, the College of Business Associate Dean of Graduate Studies will grant admission to those individuals who demonstrate significant accomplishment and/or high potential for success. There are several ways to receive unconditional admission to the program:

1) If the applicants has a 3.2 minimum undergraduate GPA, the GMAT (or GRE) requirement will be waived. 

2) If the applicant does not meet this requirement, the decision is based on a combination of the applicant’s previous academic record and the applicant’s score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE. In some cases, at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, the GRE may be accepted in place of the GMAT. The GRE score will be converted to a “GMAT equivalent” using the score comparison tool provided at the following link: www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool.

Applicants meeting the following criteria are eligible for unconditional admission to the MBA program:

      ●  A composite score (equal to 200 x UGPA + GMAT score) of at least 1,100
          (1,150 when calculated using the GPA from the applicant’s last 60 credit hours)
      ●  An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75, and
      ●  A GMAT score of at least 450 (GMAT score may be up to 5 years old at the time of application.)

3) Should the applicant not meet these standards, the applicant may consider entering the program through the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, which consists of four of the core MBA courses. If a 3.2 GPA is achieved in these courses, the GMAT requirement will be waived whtn the student spplied for admission to the MBA. 

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for conditional admission to the MBA program.

For information, contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research, College of Business, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272 or refer to our web site: business.latech.edu/graduate-programs

Foundation Requirements

Students entering the MBA program with undergraduate degrees, other than business need to demonstrate a knowledge base sufficient to enable them to complete graduate-level work in business. At a minimum, each student is presumed to be computer literate and to have had recent college-level course work in the following core areas:

A student may either complete the 15 hours of credit by enrolling in five undergraduate foundation courses, or one may choose the online Fast-Track option. There are four Fast-Track foundation courses. Each foundation course is online, self-paced, and graded on a pass/fail basis.


Credit Hours

LA Tech Equivalent Course

Fast-Track Online Foundation Course

Financial Accounting


ACCT 201  

ACCT 494 *

Managerial Accounting


ACCT 202  

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 202  

ECON 494  

Business Finance


FINC 318  

FINC 494  

Business Statistics


QA 233  

QA 494  

*ACCT 494  satisfies the requirements for both ACCT 201  and ACCT 202  .

The Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research of the College of Business determines the acceptability of all work submitted in satisfaction of the foundation and prescribes appropriate courses to be taken to remove any deficiencies.

Traditional MBA Curriculum

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