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The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is oriented toward preparing students for managerial positions in business and government. The program emphasizes the ability to comprehend internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within a business organization. The programs have been structured so as to serve both holders of baccalaureate degrees in business administration and those who hold degrees in other disciplines. The M.B.A. program is accredited by the AACSB International.

Learning Goals

In March 2020, the College considered input from faculty, students, and employers in adopting the following as the student learning goals for the M.B.A. programs:

  1. Students will possess a mastery of the content knowledge in business administration and their specific area(s) of focus.
  2. Students will have the critical thinking skills to competently analyze the circumstances, develop courses of action, and evaluate potential outcomes to business problems.
  3. Students will possess a mastery of professional communication, sufficient for being professionals, team members, and leaders in a business context.
  4. Students will possess a mastery in understanding global perspectives within business contexts.

Admission Requirements

Prospective degree candidates are expected to demonstrate a readiness for graduate study and an aptitude for successful performance in graduate level work in business administration. Admission to the program is based on the applicant’s undergraduate record, a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test, and other evidence pertaining to ability to perform well in graduate work in business administration. Special circumstances and work experience may be considered if presented. More specifically, the applicant must:

  1. Meet all admission requirements set forth by the Graduate School. These requirements are outlined elsewhere in the catalog.
  2. Complete the Graduate Management Admission Test and have the results of the test mailed directly to Graduate Programs, College of Business and Analytics.

For the online M.B.A. program, the GMAT or GRE exam requirement is waived if the applicant has five or more years of professional experience following completion of a baccalaureate degree, or if he/she has previously completed a master’s program at an accredited university.

For the residential M.B.A. program, the GMAT or GRE exam requirement is waived if the applicant has a business degree from an AACSB accredited university and a 3.5 or higher GPA on their last 60 credit hours of study, or if he/she has previously completed a master’s program at an accredited university. Information regarding this test is available by logging on to the website for: Graduate Management Admission Test. The website address is: mba.com.

To apply, one needs to complete and submit a Graduate School application and an M.B.A. program application. Application instructions are available online at: business.siu.edu/academics/mba. The application process begins at the SIU Graduate School: gradschool.siu.edu/apply/. Transcripts should be sent to Graduate Programs, College of Business and Analytics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL  62901-4625, 618-453-3030. Email: gradprograms@business.siu.edu.

This program requires a nonrefundable $65 application fee that must be paid electronically with the online application for Admission to Graduate Study in the M.B.A. program in Business Administration.

Application Deadlines

Applications are only accepted for entry in summer semesters for the Online M.B.A. programs, and for entry in fall semesters for the residential M.B.A. programs.

The College of Business and Analytics Associate Dean of Graduate Studies may approve acceptance of residential M.B.A. applications for review by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis for entry to spring and summer semesters as courses and seats become available.

Business Administration Graduate Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Application Fall Spring Summer
Assistantship Applicants March 15 Sept. 15* February 15*
Fellowship Applications Nov. 15 of previous year
(Fall awards only)
Other U.S. Applicants June 15 Nov. 15* April 1*
Other International
Applicants*
April 15 Sept. 15* February 15*

*When admissions opened by Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework is required. Students must earn a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 = A). Candidates who receive permission to write a thesis must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework plus an acceptable thesis, for which six hours of credit are assigned.

Foundation Areas

As an accredited member of the AACSB, the College of Business and Analytics requires that students either currently have or swiftly obtain the requisite understanding of the common body of knowledge in business and administration. Current and prospective students can demonstrate their knowledge of these Foundation Areas through successful completion of the relevant Foundation Workshops offered by the College of Business and Analytics, proficiency examinations, or appropriate coursework at the level of C or higher. For a list of current SIU courses that fulfill these Foundation Areas, please contact the M.B.A. admissions coordinator.

Admitted or prospective students should provide course syllabi for other courses they wish to have evaluated as fulfilling the Foundation Area requirements. These should be provided no later than 2 weeks prior to their final advisement appointment before registering. The M.B.A. admissions coordinator may consider course catalogs from the relevant years at their discretion if syllabi are not available. All Foundation Courses must have been successfully completed at a grade of C or higher to be considered. Transcripts may not be substituted for syllabi/catalog descriptions.

Accounting, Finance, and Economics Foundation Area (Required)

Students should have a basic understanding of these three vital areas of business. A basic understanding of the concepts and functionality of financial accounting, finance, and macro- and micro- economics as they apply to a business setting is necessary to competently and effectively participate in the M.B.A. program at a graduate level.

Business Analytics I (Required)

Globally, organizations have placed increasingly heavy emphasis on metrics and analytics in making sound business decisions. The M.B.A. program reflects this ever-increasing need throughout the coursework. Therefore, it is necessary that students understand basic statistics and analytics to participate in the program competently.

Business Analytics II (Optional)

Those seeking a deeper understanding of business analytics through taking graduate courses in this topic area must begin with greater knowledge than the typical student must otherwise. To that end, this Foundation Area emphasizes knowledge in more advanced statistical techniques as well as their methods of application.

Academic Retention

In addition to the retention policies of the Graduate School, a student may earn no more than five credit hours of C or lower in graduate courses taken beyond the foundation requirements. Exceeding five credit hours will result in suspension from the program.

A student who has three outstanding recorded grades of INC or DEF remaining on the grade record at the end of any semester or session, for any reason, will be deemed to be not making normal progress and will be placed on probationary status. If the student has three outstanding grades of INC or DEF remaining on record at the end of the next semester or session, the student will be suspended from the program. The definitions of INC and DEF may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

A student who is to receive a grade of INC in a course is to meet with the instructor to work out a time and conditions for completion of the course within policy guidelines. Typically, a Notification of Incomplete Grade Agreement form is completed and the student is provided with a copy.

Master’s students holding graduate assistant positions supported by the College of Business and Analytics are required to maintain a 3.0 graduate grade point average or automatically lose his/her graduate assistant position. A complete copy of the “Policies and Procedures for the Master’s Programs” may be obtained from the Graduate Programs Office, College of Business and Analytics.

Satisfactory progress in the M.B.A. program

Upon admission to the M.B.A. program, students have 6 years to complete the degree, however this requires that students stay actively enrolled in classes, request a leave of absence, or register for 1 credit hour each semester for continuing enrollment to remain active in their program. In all three scenarios, the time counts towards the required 6 years to completion.

Students who request a leave of absence may do so for a period not to exceed one year. At the end of that year students must return from leave and be actively registered in classes or request a continuation of the leave to be extended. Failure to do so will result in immediate dismissal from the program due to unsatisfactory progress. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the policies and due dates of their program.        

Advisement

The M.B.A. degree program coursework to be taken beyond the foundation courses is determined on an individual basis in conference with the M.B.A. advisor. All core and elective requirements must be met. For up-to-date information regarding the core and elective courses of the M.B.A. program, contact: Graduate Programs, College of Business and Analytics, Rehn Hall, Room 133, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL  62901-4625.

Students may choose to take all of their electives in a particular area such as finance or marketing in fulfilling their electives, or, alternatively, take electives across areas. Students may request approval to take one or more substantive electives outside of business which would provide training unavailable through business courses and would facilitate the student meeting career goals.

Transfer Credit

Within limits imposed by the policies of the Graduate School, an incoming student may receive transfer credit for up to six credit hours of equivalent coursework if the courses were taken at an AACSB International accredited graduate school.

A graduate student who has six credit hours or less of coursework remaining in their program may petition the Master’s Programs Committee for permission to complete up to six credit hours of equivalent coursework at another AACSB International accredited graduate school. The determination of equivalency is to be made by the director of the Master of Business Administration degree programs.

Coursework from other than AACSB International accredited graduate schools must be approved by the Master’s Programs Committee.

Double Major Policy

Any graduate student wishing to pursue a double major for a master’s degree that includes business administration must satisfy the following requirements in addition to any requirements stated in the Graduate Catalog:

  • The individual must satisfy all requirements for admission to the relevant master’s program in business (M.B.A. or M.Acc.).
  • The individual must satisfy all foundation requirements of the relevant master’s program in business.
  • The individual must complete all core courses, secondary core (M.Acc.) courses, and elective course requirements for the relevant master’s program in business.
  • No more than six credit hours of coursework outside the College of Business and Analytics may be counted toward elective requirements in the relevant master’s program in business except where explicitly stated otherwise in the following sections.

Non-Business Graduate Students

  • Non-business graduate students will be limited to six credit hours of 500-level BA prefix courses. These courses require the consent of the instructor and the department, and all course prerequisites must be met.
  • Non-business graduate students who are put on academic probation will NOT be allowed to continue in 500-level BA prefix courses.
  • Non-business graduate students will be allowed to register for BA level foundation courses ( i.e., BA 410, BA 426, BA 430, and BA 450).

M.B.A. Business Administration (Residential)

Residential M.B.A. Core

  • BA 510: Managerial Accounting and Control Concepts
  • BA 522: Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • BA 530: Financial Management
  • BA 540: Managerial and Organizational Behavior
  • BA 550: Marketing Management
  • BA 58*: International Business Core Requirement
  • BA 598: Business Policies
  • Students with undergraduate degrees in finance must replace BA 530 with a 500-level Finance Course.
  • Students with undergraduate degrees in accountancy must replace BA 510 with a 500-level ACCT prefix course.
  • *International Business Core Requirement of the M.B.A. program may be satisfied by taking BA 580, BA 581, BA 582, or BA 588A, BA 588B; by engaging in an international (off-shore) internship or by an approved program offered by a partner institution.
  • BA 580, BA 581, and BA 582 may only be used for either fulfillment of the M.B.A. International Business Core Requirement or an elective concentration course, but not both. If two or more of these three courses are taken, each can fulfill one of these requirements.

Residential M.B.A. Finance Concentration

Students seeking the M.B.A. concentration in the Finance area will take a total of three 3-credit hour elective courses in the Finance concentration area plus one from any approved M.B.A. electives list.

  • BA 532: Financial Institutions and Markets
  • BA 533: Investment Concepts
  • BA 536: Financial Analysis and Security Valuation
  • BA 582: International Finance

Residential M.B.A. Marketing Concentration

Students seeking the M.B.A. concentration in the Marketing area will take a total of three 3-credit hour elective courses in the Marketing concentration area plus one from any approved M.B.A. electives list.

  • BA 505: Brand Management
  • BA 551: Product Strategy and Management
  • BA 558: Promotional Strategy and Management
  • BA 581: Global Marketing

Residential M.B.A. General

Students seeking the General M.B.A. track will take a total of four 3-credit hour elective courses.

  • BA 505: Brand Management
  • BA 514: Ethics of Business
  • BA 532: Financial Institutions and Markets
  • BA 533: Investment Concepts
  • BA 536: Financial Analysis & Security Valuation
  • BA 537: Intellectual Property & Commercialization
  • BA 548E: Project Management
  • BA 551: Product Strategy and Management
  • BA 558: Promotional Strategy and Management
  • BA 560: Management of Information Systems
  • BA 561: Database Design and Applications
  • BA 581: Global Marketing
  • BA 582: International Finance

M.B.A. Business Administration (Online)

(42 credit hours, 23 months)

The AACSB-Accredited Online M.B.A. program is designed for those students who are working professionals and need an advanced degree. The students must be admitted to the Graduate School and complete an application to the College of Business and Analytics Online Master Program available through the Online Master’s Degree website at onlinegrad.business.siu.edu. Once admitted students will be provided an online advisor to guide them through the program. This is a cohort-based program and students are required to complete all courses specified over a 24-month period. Students are awarded the M.B.A. degree upon satisfactory completion of all requirements, including the same G.P.A. and Foundation Area requirements of the residential M.B.A. program. The program is 100 percent online delivery. Descriptions of the individual courses below may be found in the Course Description section.

For program schedule, visit the College of Business and Analytics Online Master’s Degree Programs website at: onlinegrad.business.siu.edu/about/.

Online M.B.A. General

Students in the Online M.B.A. General track will take the following Business Administration graduate courses:

  • BA 505: Brand Management (3 CH)
  • BA 506: Fundamentals of Business & Communication for M.B.A. Professionals (2 CH)
  • BA 507: Critical Issues for Business Leaders (2 CH)
  • BA 508: Seminar on Career Effectiveness (2 CH)
  • BA 509: Advanced Seminar in Leadership Development (2 CH)
  • BA 510: Managerial Accounting and Control Concepts (3 CH)
  • BA 511: Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (2 CH)
  • BA 514: Ethics of Business (3 CH)
  • BA 522: Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 CH)
  • BA 530: Financial Management (3 CH)
  • BA 531: Advanced Financial Management (3 CH)
  • BA 540: Managerial and Organizational Behavior (3 CH)
  • BA 550: Marketing Management (3 CH)
  • BA 560: Management of Information Systems (3 CH)
  • BA 580: International Dimensions of Business and Management or International Immersion course (2 CH)
  • BA 598: Business Politics (3 CH)

Online M.B.A. Analytics for Managers Concentration

The online M.B.A. concentration in Analytics for Managers will prepare students to take advantage of big data and data analytics in order to make effective strategic business decisions. Managers who know analytics are needed in virtually every business sector, including healthcare, marketing, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, retail, hospitality, and financial services to name a few. This concentration focuses on skills managers need to lead organizations using the most recent developments in analytics, artificial intelligence, and data visualization. Students will obtain this knowledge along with a solid M.B.A. foundation.

Students in the online M.B.A. concentration in Analytics for Managers will take the following Business Administration graduate courses:

  • BA 506 Fundamentals of Business & Communication for M.B.A. Professionals (2 CH)
  • BA 507 Critical Issues for Business Leaders (2 CH)
  • BA 508 Seminar on Career Effectiveness (2 CH)
  • BA 509 Advanced Seminar in Leadership Development (2 CH)
  • BA 510 Managerial Accounting and Control (3 CH)
  • BA 511 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2 CH)
  • BA 522 Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 CH)
  • BA 525 Data Science and Analytics for Managers (3 CH)
  • BA 526 Advanced Analytics and AI for Managers (3 CH)
  • BA 527 Advanced Analytics and Visualization for Managers (3 CH)
  • BA 528 M.B.A. and Analytics Capstone (3 CH)
  • BA 530 Financial Management (3 CH)
  • BA 540 Managerial and Organizational Behavior (3 CH)
  • BA 550 Marketing Management (3 CH)
  • BA 580 International Business (2 CH)
  • BA 598 Business Policies (3 CH)

M.B.A./B.A. Computer Science Concurrent Degrees (Residential)

The College of Business and Analytics in conjunction with the College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics offers a five-year integrated M.B.A./B.A. (Computer Science) Program. Selected students will be admitted to this program directly after high school. These students should take the undergraduate foundation requirements for M.B.A. as their electives while completing their B.A. degree. Their admission to the M.B.A. is guaranteed as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA in the B.A. in Computer Science. However, they will be required to take the GMAT test prior to admission to the M.B.A. Program.

M.B.A./J.D. Concurrent Degrees (Residential)

The College of Business and Analytics and the School of Law, together, offer the M.B.A./J.D. concurrent degree program. The J.D. degree alone requires completion of 90 credit hours of coursework and the M.B.A. degree alone requires completion of 33 credit hours of coursework; however, in the M.B.A./J.D. concurrent degree program the School of Law accepts nine credit hours of business coursework toward meeting the J.D. credit hour requirement and the College of Business and Analytics accepts nine credit hours of law toward meeting the M.B.A. credit hour requirement. The end result is that the concurrent degree program actually entails completion of 81 credit hours of law courses and 24 credit hours of business courses, with an 18 credit hours savings over pursuing both degrees separately.

A student interested in enrolling in the M.B.A./J.D. concurrent degree program must apply both to the graduate program in law (which involves a law school application) and to the graduate program in business (which involves a Graduate School application and an M.B.A. program application) and be accepted by each program. The student may then request permission to pursue the concurrent degree program. This request must be made both to the College of Business and Analytics and the School of Law and should be made prior to commencing the second-year law curriculum.

During the first academic year the student enrolls only in the first-year law curriculum. In any subsequent academic term, the student may enroll for courses either in the School of Law or in the Master of Business Administration program. A student registered for both law and graduate business courses in the same term must enroll for a minimum of 10 credit hours in law, and 12 credit hours in total, in order to meet A.B.A. residence requirements and the academic requirements of the School of Law.

M.B.A./M.S. Professional Media and Media Management Concurrent Degrees (Residential)

The College of Business and Analytics and the College of Arts and Media together offer a concurrent degree program leading to a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Professional Media and Media Management.

Separately, the M.B.A. in the College of Business and Analytics requires completion of 33 credit hours of coursework, and the CAM M.S. in Professional Media and Media Management requires 30 credit hours of coursework. The concurrent degree program entails completion of 21 credit hours of CAM-approved courses and 24 credit hours of CoBA-approved courses, for a total of 45 credit hours. CoBA accepts nine credit hours of CAM approved coursework and CAM accepts nine credit hours of CoBA approved coursework. This is a savings of 18 credit hours over pursuing both degrees separately. The 24 credit hours of required CoBA M.B.A. courses includes all seven core classes (BA 510, BA 522, BA 530, BA 540, BA 550, BA 598, and an International Requirement) and one BA elective course.

Students wishing to be admitted to the concurrent program must apply and be accepted into the M.B.A. program in the College of Business and Analytics, as well as apply and be accepted into the M.S. program in the College of Arts and Media. This initiates the process to pursue the concurrent degrees. Applicants for the concurrent degree program must also earn a satisfactory score on the GMAT or GRE to be admitted to the M.B.A. program. Completion of the CoBA M.B.A. Foundation Areas is also required.

M.B.A./M.S. Agribusiness Economics Concurrent Degrees (Residential)

The College of Business and Analytics and the School of Agricultural Sciences offer a concurrent degree program leading to both the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Agribusiness Economics (ABE).

The M.B.A. degree requires completion of 33 credit hours of coursework; the M.S. ABE requires the completion of 30 credit hours of coursework. In the concurrent M.B.A./M.S. degree program, the College of Business and Analytics accepts six credit hours of ABE approved coursework, and ABE accepts six credit hours of College of Business and Analytics approved coursework. The end result is that the concurrent degree program entails completion of 27 credit hours of College of Business and Analytics approved courses and 24 credit hours of ABE approved courses, for a total of 51 credit hours. This is a savings of 12 credit hours over pursuing both degrees separately outside of the M.B.A./M.S. concurrent degree program.

Students interested in enrolling in the M.B.A./M.S. concurrent degree program must apply to both the graduate program in the College of Business and Analytics and the graduate program in ABE. The student must be accepted by both programs. This initiates the process to pursue the concurrent degrees.

Students enrolled only in the M.B.A. in the College of Business and Analytics or the M.S. ABE may request admission into the other program and approval to pursue the concurrent degree program. Admission to the concurrent degree program must be done at least one semester before the last semester of registration at SIU.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration program is designed to prepare individuals for faculty research and teaching positions in academic institutions and for high-level administrative or staff positions in business, government, and other organizations. Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy in business administration degree must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of business and administration and high potential to undertake significant research.

Learning Goals

In March 2020, the College considered input from faculty, students, and employers in adopting the following as the student learning goals for the doctoral program in business administration:

  1. Students will have sufficient mastery of the content knowledge to act as a Subject Matter Expert of, and contribute to, their specific area’s body of knowledge.
  2. Students will possess strong teaching skills to facilitate student learning in their area(s) of knowledge.
  3. Students will possess a mastery of research skills to contribute to the body of knowledge in their area of expertise.
  4. Students will be participants in contributing their time to the service of their academic community at the College, University, national, or global levels.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, students must have completed a master’s degree or its equivalent. A grade point average in all graduate level work of 3.5 (A = 4.0) is preferred, but not less than 3.0 is permitted for admission.

In certain instances admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program directly from the baccalaureate degree is permitted. To be considered for this admission route, students must have demonstrated promise of success in the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program through outstanding achievement at the undergraduate level (minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale) and superior performance in both the verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Management Admission Test (minimum GMAT score of 600).

Applicants with exceptional research potential or outstanding academic preparation may have the option to enter the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program after at least one semester as an M.B.A/M.Acc. student at SIU.

To apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program, each applicant is required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (of the Educational Testing Service) and have an official report of these scores sent to SIU. The applicant needs to complete and submit a Graduate School application and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program application. The application process is entirely online and is located at gradschool.siu.edu/apply. Official transcripts can be sent to: Graduate Programs, College of Business and Analytics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901-4625. Email: gradprograms@business.siu.edu.

This program requires a nonrefundable $65 application fee that must be paid electronically with the online application for Admission to Graduate Study in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Business and Administration.

Degree Requirements

Students in the program must complete course work in certain foundation areas. A student who has completed successfully the requirements for the M.B.A. degree from an AACSB International accredited graduate business program will have met the foundation requirements. A student with a M.Acc. degree from an AACSB International accredited program will be expected to take some courses outside the accounting area, to be determined by the student’s advisory committee. All other students will either complete the following courses or demonstrate proficiency based on prior academic work:

  • BA 410: Financial Accounting Concepts (3 CH)
  • BA 426: Managerial Economics (3 CH)
  • MATH 140: Short Course in Calculus (4 CH)
  • QUAN 506: Inferential Statistics (4 CH)
  • and 5 courses from any three of the following 4 areas:
    • BA 430, BA 510, BA 530
    • BA 450, BA 550, BA 598
    • BA 540, BA 598
    • BA 560

In addition, the student must demonstrate proficiency in computer programming.

The student must complete a prescribed program of doctoral coursework beyond the foundation work. A minimum of 60 credit hours is required: 12–18 credit hours in the major field; six–12 credit hours in a support field; six–12 credit hours of research tools; and 24 credit hours of dissertation credit. Additional credit hours may be required as prescribed by the student’s program advisory committee (PAC). Students on CoBA assistantships must teach at least three-six credit hours during their program with the appropriate student/teacher evaluations. The assistantship student’s PAC determines whether sufficient proficiency has been attained before being admitted to candidacy, and an evaluation listing must be inserted into the student’s permanent file and signed by the Ph.D. Director.

It is expected that all doctoral coursework will be completed at SIU. In exceptional cases, the PAC may consider petitions to accept credit, not to exceed six credit hours, for doctoral coursework done at other institutions.

In addition to the retention policy of the Graduate School, for the Doctor of Philosophy in business administration degree program five credit hours of C or three credits of D or F in any graduate level course will result in automatic dismissal from the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program without any rights of appeal.

Advisement

For each student a program advisory committee (PAC) is constituted and approved according to procedures described in the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program policies and procedures document of the College of Business and Analytics. The PAC is responsible for developing and approving a program of study for the student which meets all requirements of the Graduate School and the Doctor of Philosophy in business administration degree program. The specific program is designed in terms of the individual student’s career objectives.

Comprehensive Examinations

The comprehensive examination is designed to determine the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge within the discipline. A minimum of two years of study (48 credit hours) beyond the baccalaureate must be completed before the student is permitted to sit for the comprehensive examination, and the student must be in the last semester of all scheduled coursework.

The comprehensive examination has a written and oral portion. After successful completion of the written segment, the student will sit for the oral portion of the comprehensive examination. Students who pass the oral portion will be recommended for candidacy when the residency and research tool requirements have been met. Students who fail the comprehensive examination, or any part thereof, may petition to retake the examination or any part thereof.

Specific conditions may be stipulated before the student can sit for the examination a second time. Those who fail the comprehensive examination a second time will be dismissed from the program.

Dissertation

Upon admission to candidacy, a dissertation committee is constituted and approved according to procedures described in the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program policies and procedures document of the college. The student will prepare a written proposal and submit it to the dissertation committee and make an oral presentation of the dissertation proposal. On acceptance of the written and oral presentation of the dissertation proposal by the dissertation committee, the student will proceed with further work on the dissertation topic. The dissertation committee will monitor the student’s progress in completing the dissertation. A final oral examination will be administered by the dissertation committee and will cover the subject of the dissertation and other matters related to the discipline. Upon successful completion of the final oral examination, the candidate will be recommended for the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree.

Certificate in Analytics for Managers

Managers increasingly are expected to consider large amounts of data to make faster and better decisions. Analytics is a technical tool that can be used to process all these data to find solutions. This post-baccalaureate certificate allows practicing executives, managers, and those on the managerial track, to understand their organization in terms of analytics, to make the best use of their organization’s analytics function, and to apply analytical models back into their organization. This is not a deeply technical program because few managers will need the highly technical skills of data scientists. But, rather, this is a program that will introduce managers to the latest advances in analytics and artificial intelligence so they can make more efficient and effective data-based decisions.

Students must complete 18 credit hours of coursework in Foundation of Analytics, Information Systems, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Visualization, and the Analytics Capstone course.

Other Graduate Degrees Offered by the College of Business and Analytics

The college also offers the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) degree. In addition, jointly with the School of Law, the College of Business and Analytics offers the J.D./M.Acc. concurrent degree program. The reader is referred to the accountancy section of this catalog for details regarding the M.Acc. and J.D./M.Acc. programs. Additional information regarding the M.Acc. degree program may be obtained by contacting the School of Accountancy in the College of Business and Analytics. 

Tuition and Fees

Differential Tuition

The College of Business and Analytics has a differential tuition surcharge of 15 percent of applicable tuition for graduate College of Business and Analytics majors. The differential tuition surcharge will be assessed at the in-state tuition rate and will be capped at 15 credit hours per semester.

Online Program Tuition

The College of Business and Analytics has a flat tuition rate of $854 per credit hour for students in the online M.B.A. programs. This tuition covers the cost of textbooks and software that are required by the online program and courses. Further, students under this tuition rate are not charged for the out-of-state tuition differential, the College of Business and Analytics Technology Fee, the CoBA Differential Tuition Surcharge, university imposed credit-hour based fees, or university imposed semester-based fees that would otherwise apply to residential or off-campus students at SIU.

Additional Information: M.B.A. or Ph.D.

Additional information regarding the M.B.A. degree program or Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree program may be obtained by contacting:

Graduate Programs
College of Business and Analytics
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Rehn Hall 133, Carbondale, IL  62901-4625
Email: gradprograms@siu.edu
Email: onlineapp@business.siu.edu
Website: business.siu.edu