MBA Introduction

  • Affordable and Flexible

    Complete your MBA on your schedule. Our MBA program allows you the flexibility to schedule classes in the format that best suits your learning needs. Scholarships are available for military personnel.

  • Limited or No Business Classes? Not To Worry

    Take only one six-hour leveling course to put you on track for your MBA your way.

  • What's next?

    Dillard College of Business Administration: Online or in the classroom.

  • Accredited

    DCOBA is AACSB International accredited. Less than one-third of U.S. business schools and only 5 percent worldwide meet AACSB accreditation standards.

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An MBA with a Mission

The Dillard College of Business Administration Master of Business Administration prepares individuals for professional career opportunities in today’s dynamic, challenging, and complex world of global business. The MBA program equips its graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to achieve their professional business goals and objectives. The MBA degree is especially valuable for individuals who want to advance their careers through leadership opportunities within a broad range of organizations.

To attain its mission, the graduate faculty within the Dillard College of Business Administration believes that the MBA Program must lead to the achievement of the following objectives. Each graduate student, in pursuing an MBA degree at MSU, will

  1. Exhibit the characteristics of leadership
  2. Be able to conduct themselves professionally in global environments
  3. Produce creative responses to business situations
  4. Integrate knowledge across business disciplines
  5. Communicate at professional level

The MBA is a thirty-three hour (twenty-four hours for required courses and nine hours for electives), non-thesis program that is generally completed in one to two years. The required courses include cost analysis, applied statistics, managerial economics, finance, IT management, organizational behavior, marketing and a capstone course in business strategy.

Is Your MBA Important?

Your MBA puts you ahead!  MBA graduates earn invaluable professional experience. During your MBA, you will not only review and study business theories and practices, but will learn how to recognize and investigate today’s real world opportunities and threats. Further, you will identify creative and viable actions to capitalize on today’s world conditions. Students use case studies, take part in industry applications, and learn from business professionals. These in-course experiences will easily translate to years of experience which can lead to organizational success and rapid career advancement.   

The Dillard College MBA is Flexible

The core MBA courses are offered twice a year-once in a face-to-face (on campus) format and once entirely on line. It’s your choice how you want to take the classes. Many classes are offered using a hybrid or flipped classroom format and more elective courses are coming online. Students can complete their MBA without stepping on campus. This is a great option for those who may be transferred or reassigned at some point in their graduate program. No hours will be lost!

The MBA is Affordable

Total instate tuition and fees for your MBA are projected to be $11,075 and out-of-state tuition and fees are projected to be $13,219!  A degree earned completely online costs around $12,500. This is one of the most affordable MBAs in the nation. For more information on tuition and fee calculation please see the University’s Tuition and Fee Calculator.

If You Don’t Have a Business Degree

Your non-business degree is not an obstacle! A six-hour online leveling course (BUAD 5006) covers the necessary professional business core concepts. The course is offered online every semester.

What about Prerequisites?

Applicants with undergraduate business degrees in most cases have already completed the required common business knowledge core.

Two Concentrations are Available

Accounting - The MBA with an Accounting concentration prepares graduates for a broad range of career options and advancement opportunities as well as provides them with the optimal required 150-hour educational preparation for the CPA Exam. The popularity of the MBA degree indicates that new Accounting professionals will receive the greatest respect from other business.

Energy Management - You will learn:  the worldwide dynamics of supply and demand that drive the price of energy, how the oil and gas industry works, the key processes of finding, drilling for, and producing oil and gas, how to evaluate whether or not to drill a well, and how to raise the funds needed to discover and drill. The Energy Management Concentration courses are:  Energy Management, Energy Accounting and Law, and Energy Industry Finance. To learn more read about the Energy Management Concentration.

Dillard Has the Right People

The Graduate Faculty of the Dillard College is among the very best. Graduate faculty are all doctoral qualified from schools such as Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Washington, the University of Houston, Pennsylvania State University, Georgia State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Kennesaw State University. The Graduate faculty have decades of industry experience from IBM, Johnson Controls, Procter & Gamble, Exxon/Mobile, Gulf, United States Air Force, U.S. Department of Commerce Small Business Development Centers, General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, and Saint-Gobain Vetrotex.

We Have the Right Accreditation

The Dillard College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International. AACSB ensures the highest quality standard in business education to prepare the next generation of business leaders. Only one-in-three business schools in the US and one-in-twenty international schools have AACSB accreditation.

Scholarships and Support is Available

The Graduate School has graduate merit scholarships and graduate assistantships. Both are awarded on a competitive basis. International students and out-of-state students may be granted waivers and pay in-state tuition. We have scholarships available for military personnel as well.

It’s Easy to Apply!

If you have decided it is time to apply then please submit your application. You will submit your official college transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores. If you have a prior graduate degree or, are a member of Beta Gamma Sigma you may be exempt from taking the GMAT or GRE.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application. Feel free to contact us at or at 940-397-4625. If you are an international student you may have unique questions which should be directed to the Office of International Services (940-397-4344).