May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, MBA (evening)

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Program Description

The Coles Evening MBA (EvMBA) (Kennesaw, Galleria, and City Springs Complex) is a professional degree providing a broad base of general business knowledge along with several market-based, business-related concentrations. The MBA Program is designed to prepare graduates for middle and upper-level management positions. The program seeks to develop in its students an understanding of managerial behavior and decision-making within the economic, social, and political environments of business operations. Students are empowered with the tools to improve their communication and leadership abilities, increase quantitative and qualitative analytical expertise and upgrade decision-making skills. MBA students also develop effective teaming relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors, and external constituents.

This program is a part of the Michael J. Coles College of Business  .


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Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation Policies

Admissions Requirements

The following are requirements in addition to the general Admissions  requirements.  

Our MBA applicants come from diverse educational, demographic, and work experience backgrounds, and all possess a commitment to developing their business knowledge, leadership, and professional skills. 

Admission to the KSU MBA program is based on a competitive evaluation of pooled applicants using the following criteria:

  • Applicants must, by the time of anticipated enrollment, possess a bachelor’s degree (in any field) from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent in the case of those with an international education background.
  • Nature and total years of full-time professional experience as indicated by an updated resume included with application
  • Academic achievement as demonstrated on official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Additional information may be requested to better assess the candidate’s preparedness to enter the programs.  For example, the KSU MBA programs do not generally require standardized tests for admissions consideration, however, if a candidate’s combination of undergraduate GPA and professional work experience do not adequately indicate the candidate can successfully complete the program, the department may ask candidates to take the GMAT or GRE exam in order for the admissions committee to more fully assess their admissibility to the programs.  If at any point before beginning KSU MBA or WebMBA classes an applicant or admitted student submits an official GMAT or GRE score to KSU, the submitted GMAT or GRE score may be used for consideration or reconsideration of an admissions decision.

*International applicants have additional requirements; see Graduate Admissions  section of this catalog.

Accounting Concentration Additional Requirements

Candidates interested in the Accounting Concentration should contact the MBA Admissions/Advising Coordinator prior to submitting their application to the EvMBA Program to discuss the additional requirements for the accounting concentration. In addition to the qualifications for admission into the EvMBA Program, students seeking admission into the accounting concentration will need to satisfy additional accounting requirements, which may be satisfied by:

Having earned an Accounting BBA from a regionally accredited school of business or accounting:


Having successfully completed coursework (with a grade of C or better) from a regionally accredited program in the following topics:

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Individual Taxation
  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Auditing and Assurance

Submission of transcripts are required for verification, please consult with program director for additional information.

Foundation Requirements

Students can satisfy the foundation requirements for the MBA program in one of the following two manners:

  • By completing the appropriate prerequisite modules in the areas of Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Corporate Finance, and Statistics. 
  • By completing the following undergraduate courses (or their KSU equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better:
    • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2101)
    • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 2102)
    • Principles of Finance (FIN 3100)
    • Business Statistics (ECON 2300)


Admissions Requirements for Unique Cases

The Coles MBA (Kennesaw, Galleria and, City Springs Complex) does not admit non-degree seeking students.

Transfer Credits

A student may transfer a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate courses provided the transfer hours are made prior to the last 27 hours of course work. The transfer of credit for course work completed at another institution will be approved only under the following conditions:

  • The course was completed at an institution accredited by AACSB at the time of instruction;
  • A minimum grade of “B” was received in the course;
  • The course was restricted to graduate students only;
  • The content of the course corresponds to that of a course required or permitted in the student’s program at Kennesaw State University;
  • The credit to be considered for transfer will not be more than six years old at the time the student enters KSU.

A request for consideration of transfer credit must be submitted to the MBA program director by the student concerned during the first semester of residence here. The request must indicate the specific course(s) for which transfer credit is sought. A copy of the other institution’s transcript and a course description from the catalog must be submitted. A course outline may also be required.

Graduation Requirements

Each MBA student must petition to graduate one semester prior to completing program requirements. The MBA Program office should be contacted to petition to graduate. For more information about Graduation please see the section of Academic Policies: 5.0 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS & GRADUATION   


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Program Course Requirements

The Master of Business Administration program in Kennesaw, Galleria and at the City Springs Complex, is made up of foundation, core, concentration requirements and elective courses. All students must satisfy the 4 foundation requirements, complete the 15 credit hours of prescribed core MBA courses, all courses required of the students’ chosen concentration and all hours of MBA electives required by the chosen concentration (for a total of 36 credit hours).

Core Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

All MBA candidates are required to complete 15 credit hours of core classes plus their individual concentration requirements

Concentration (21 Credit Hours)

All candidates for the MBA degree complete 7 concentration required courses (21 credit hours)

General MBA Concentration

MBA General Management Concentration candidates must complete ACCT 7000, ECON 7010, FIN 7020, MKTG 7030, MGT 7040, MGT 7050, IS 7090 plus 2 concentration requirements/electives before enrolling in MGT 7999 (capstone)

Concentration Electives

Choose 3 courses (9 credit hours) from the 7000 or 8000 level MBA courses (i.e., ACCT,BLAW, ECON, FIN, FIS, GBA, IS, MGT, MKTG). One graduate level course (3 credit hours) maybe taken outside of the College of Business with the permission of the Program Director.Only 2 courses (6 credit hours) may be a Special Projects Course (GBA 8950 - 3 credit hours, repeatable twice.)

Finance Concentration

MBA Finance Concentration candidates must complete ACCT 7000, ECON 7010, FIN 7020, MKTG 7030, MGT 7040, MGT 7050, IS 7090 plus 2 concentration requirements/electives before enrolling in MGT 7999 (Capstone).

Program Total (36 Credit Hours)