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W. Frank Barton School of Business

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The Barton School offers the Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Economics (MA/ECON), and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) as well as a joint degree in nursing (MBA/MSN). Other programs include foreign exchange. The strongest areas of study are marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and operations management. The most popular courses are in operations, management, and finance. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. Nationally known entrepreneurs, executives, and distinguished alumni visit the campus to speak.

Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Marketing Management
  • Business Decision Making
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Economics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Advanced Strategic Management
  • Managerial Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Operations Management

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements for background fundamentals if they have completed an equivalent course with C or better at the undergraduate level.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 12 months; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 36 months; maximum, 6 years.

There are 40 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 99% hold a doctorate; there is 1 part-time faculty member, who holds a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 25.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and motivation. A strong mathematics background is not required.

Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by a university-wide program.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $35, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume, and an essay. The application deadlines are June 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring. Students are notified of the admissions decision as soon as possible after receipt of all materials. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

In a recent year, about 50% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships. The GAPSFAS, FFS, or FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is approximately $170 per credit. Nonresidents pay approximately $470 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $5000; books and supplies, $800; personal expenses, $1800, for an estimated annual total of $12,400 for in-state residents and $18,880 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available in dorms and in an apartment complex on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Twenty-four percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 80% had an average of 3 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from Kansas (87%). Forty-three percent were women, 7% are minorities, and 9% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 27; ages ranged from 21 to 44. Fifteen percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 10% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 60%, business; 35%, engineering; 3%, economics; and 2%, liberal arts. About 20% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 70% remain to receive their degree. In a recent year, 76 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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