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Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

College: Neil Griffin College of Business

Department: Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain


The Griffin MBA Program is a professional degree program designed to prepare students of all educational and professional backgrounds for management positions in all types of organizations. As such, the program stresses the development of analytical, problem-solving and decision making competencies required in dynamic and complex global organizations.

The Griffin MBA is STEM designated.

This program is offered both totally online, as well as the traditional on-campus format.


The program of study includes the functional areas of business with the opportunity to obtain concentrations in several specialty areas. This provides students with the flexibility to tailor their graduate program to their career advancement goals. Available concentrations include:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Business Analytics


  • Prerequisites

    Program Prerequisites

    Graduate school admission and completion of MBA 5003 Graduate Business Fundamentals in first semester.

  • Admission Criteria & How to Apply

    Graduate School Admission

    All applicants must first apply online to the Graduate School for their desired program. Visit the Graduate School website for more information.

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    Unconditional Admission

    An applicant for the MBA degree program will receive unconditional admission by meeting the following criteria:

    1. Submitted a completed application for admission to the Office of the Registrar and the designated nonrefundable application fee, at least 30 days in advance of registration.
    2. Submitted official transcripts from each previously attended college or university to Graduate Admissions. Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the Registrar of other institutions to A-State’s Office of the Registrar.
    3. Earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, or its equivalent as determined by A-State’s Office of the Registrar.
    4. Earned a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree from a regionally-accredited (U.S.) institution; OR achieved a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale; OR achieved a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework (undergraduate, graduate, or combination thereof).

    Conditional Admission

    Applicants that meet the first three criteria above but not the fourth criterion may receive conditional admission. Consideration for conditional admission is given to applicants that:

    1. Earned a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale; OR a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework (undergraduate, graduate, or combination thereof); OR submitted a statement of purpose that will be evaluated by the director of graduate programs and the graduate programs admissions committee.

    The following course restrictions will pertain to conditionally admitted applicants:

    • Conditionally admitted students in the traditional face-to-face MBA program can take no more than 6 graduate credit hours during a traditional length semester.

    Conditionally admitted students will be moved to unconditional admission status upon completion of 6 hours with a grade of “B” or better in each course. While conditionally admitted, a grade of “C” or lower in any graduate-level course will result in suspension from the graduate program.

    Deficient Grades

    Students receiving more than 6 credit hours of “C” or lower in 5000 or 6000-level business courses will not be allowed to continue in the MBA program in subsequent semesters regardless of overall GPA.

    Affidavit of Financial Resources of International Applicants/Visa Status

    Check the Office of International Programs website for more information.

    The completion of the affidavit to the satisfaction of Arkansas State University is one of the requirements that must be met before a Form I-20 can be issued. Return the completed form with the statement and signature from an official of your financial institution to Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 1570, State University, AR 72467 USA.

    International applicants need to indicate on the affidavit the amount of funds in United States currency that will be available to them during each year that they plan to be in the United States. Funds must be verified by a certified statement from an official of the financial institution and/or government agency.

    To expedite processing, applicants are encouraged to submit this information with their applications.

    How to Apply

    To apply to the MBA program, simply complete the online application to the graduate school.  You will be prompted for the program in which you wish to apply for on the application. Once you have submitted all required documents to the graduate school, your application will be forwarded to the specific program for review.

    Go to the graduate school application >>

    If applying to the traditional MBA, choose application type of Graduate Non Doctoral.

    If applying to the online MBA, choose application type of A-State Online Graduate

  • Coursework Overview

    Coursework Overview

    The general MBA program consists of 24 hours of core courses and 9 hours of 6000 level graduate business electives for a total of 33 hours.

    MBA Core Courses

    • MBA 5003 - Graduate Business Fundamentals
    • ACCT 6003 - Accounting for Planning and Control
    • ECON 6313 - Managerial Economics
    • FIN 6723 - Corporate Financial Management
    • MGMT 6023 - Fundamentals of Project Management
    • MGMT 6423 - Strategic Management
    • MIS 6543 - Business Analytics
    • MKTG 6223 - Strategic Marketing

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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