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What is an MBA?

The MBA, or Master of Business Administration, is a graduate management degree. The MBA at Southeast Missouri State University has nine options: General Management, Accounting, International Business, Health Administration, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Sport Management, Industrial Management and Environmental Management.

What is AACSB Accreditation?

AACSB accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration and accounting. Accreditation is a process of voluntary, nongovernmental review of educational institutions and programs. Specialized agencies award accreditation for professional programs and academic units in particular fields of study. As a specialized agency, AACSB grants accreditation for undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting programs. Institutional accreditation reviews entire colleges and universities.  The accreditation is recognized world-wide.

Why would I get an MBA after my career is already begun?

As managers progress within organizations, the technical expertise that helped them to obtain their first jobs often becomes less important, and their abilities to organize the work of others and to help decide what course of action the organization should take become more valuable. As the environment of an organization becomes more complex, there is an increased demand for mangers with the skills, understanding, courage, and energy to tackle the difficult demands facing organizations of all kinds. The MBA program also provides the opportunity to meet continuing education requirements while earning an advanced degree.

Realistically, what will the degree do for me?

MBA programs not only help their students to develop skills that are highly valued by many employers, but they also present a theoretical context for solving many business problems. The program will also provide additional technical skills and knowledge for professionals.

What kind of work can I do with an MBA?

While the majority of MBAs enter business, they do not necessarily work for large corporations. Many are employed by for-profit and non-for-profit organizations, small companies, or work as consultants. A few of the MBA students enter Ph.D. programs in business.

Are top-ranked MBA Programs the only ones worth considering?

No. Ranking is at best a shorthand method for evaluating quality. The methodology used for ranking schools is not always made clear, even though this methodology invariably affects how schools are ranked. Furthermore, a uniform ranking scheme often ends up comparing apples with oranges, not taking into account the tremendous variety of MBA programs. It is important to choose an MBA program on the basis of how it fits your needs. With a good match, the qualities of the student characteristics of a particular business program, bringing out the best in the student and aiding him/her in developing individual potential.

Do I need an undergraduate business degree to enroll in an MBA program?

No. Most graduate management programs want their MBA classes to be as diverse as possible. When students have different education backgrounds, all may contribute and all benefit. For this reason, applicants with a wide range of undergraduate majors are admitted. In some programs, fewer than 25 percent of the MBA students have undergraduate degree in business. Students with majors in a non-business area will likely take a number of prerequisite classes so they will be prepared to succeed in the MBA classes.

Students with a bachelor's degree in business or an undergraduate degree with a business minor from an AACSB accredited institution are considered to have met the course prerequisites for this program. For all other students, individual academic and professional experience will determine potential prerequisites needed for the MBA program. A resume will need to accompany your application for professional experience to be considered. Please contact the Graduate Business office at or 573-651-5116 to determine whether any further preparation and or concurrent coursework is required for you to be successful in the MBA program.

*Proficiency in these areas can be proven through a CLEP exam. Credit will not be given for these courses with a passing grade on the exam, but score will be taken as proof of course knowledge.

What if I can only go part-time?

Part-time programs can offer distinct advantages. Part-time students are able to broaden their career options without interrupting their earning capabilities. The cost of tuition, books, and materials may be stretched over a longer period of time in a part-time program. Many part-time students receive partial or full academic funding from their employers.

How long does it take to get an MBA?

It can take from one to two years or longer, depending on whether you choose a full-time or part-time program.

What is the GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test is required for Admission into the MBA Program at Southeast Missouri State University. The GMAT measures language, quantitative and writing skills. It consists of multiple-choice questions of the verbal and quantitative assessments and two short essays for the analytical writing assessment. This test is administered in nine sections over a period of four hours. Two GMAT publications, The Official Guide for GMAT Review and The Official Software for GMAT Review, discuss the format of the test and describe the skills measured by each section. They also contain actual GMAT questions from previously administered exams to help one prepare for the real test. You can also search for more information concerning testing centers and requirements. Testing Services on campus also offers the test; call (573) 651-2836.

Where can I take the GMAT test in the local area?

The GMAT test is given in the Testing Services Office at Southeast Missouri State University. There are limited test dates available, so plan ahead. You may sign up for the GMAT test at any location at You can find alternative test sites there also, if you are not located in the Cape Girardeau, MO area. 

The GMAT may be available online, so please check their website for more information.

Is Undergraduate Business Study required to do well on the GMAT?

The GMAT does not test knowledge in specific subjects, but instead measures general verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. Undergraduate study in business, or the lack of it, will not affect the test-taker's GMAT score. There are websites available to help prepare for the GMAT. and offer tips and a downloadable practice test.

How do I apply for admission to the MBA program?

Simply fill out the application form and mail it to the Graduate Office, Southeast Missouri State University, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA, or do it online at: Be sure to note the processing fee and the semester deadlines listed on the back of the application. Upon meeting the requirements for admission, you will receive a letter of acceptance. If you do not meet the requirements, a letter will be sent explaining the situation and the steps that might be taken for possible admittance at a later date.

What purpose does the Statement of Accounting and Class Schedule serve?

The Statement of Accounting and Class Schedule serves as a billing statement and also lists your class schedule and room/board information as of the statement date. Students may enroll in the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) and apply for a parking permit by completing the applicable sections of the form.If your Statement of Account shows an amount due, payment must be received by the indicated date, or your class schedule and room/board contract will be CANCELLED. Payment may be made by mail or in person at the Cashier's Office. For your convenience, the University accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

Where do I apply for a Parking Permit and when will I have it issued?

You will find the application form for parking permits on the back of your Statement of Accounting and Class Schedule or the application form can be obtained from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) located north to the Kent Library on Normal Street.A parking permit will be issued only after receipt of full payment or the first installment payment (The amount shown on your Statement of Account) plus the applicable permit fee and the parking form. "Preferred" parking permits will be issued on a "first-come-first-served" basis. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will mail parking permits only after verification of payment and application information has been completed.

What about textbooks?

All graduate textbooks can be purchased at the Southeast Missouri State Bookstore, located on the first floor of the University Center.

Where do I obtain my Student ID Card?

Student Identification cards can be made at the Help Desk in the University Center. Your first card is free; if lost, there is a $15 fee for replacement. If the card is damaged, the replacement is free if turned in.Students can also charge their books on their cards at Southeast Bookstore. Students will be allowed to charge a maximum of $250 a day. Minimum charge is $15 with a semester maximum of $500 at Southeast Bookstore. Students will need their ID and a second form of identification (driver's license, social security card or credit card). This is for the student's protection should their ID get stolen or lost. All returns must be accompanied by a receipt. No credits will be given without the receipt. Charged purchases will appear on the student's monthly statement, with receipt number and amount purchased. If you have any questions please call the Southeast Bookstore at (573) 651-5465.Student ID's can also be used for free admission to football, baseball, basketball games and other sporting and special events campus-wide. Also the ID can be used in vending machines after cash has been deposited into the ID.

Is a personal e-mail address required and how do I get an on-campus e-mail address?

All MBA students are required to obtain a a Southeast email address. This makes communication with student easier and more efficient. From our experience on-campus e-mail addresses are necessary. Just simply call the MBA Office at (573) 651-5116 and let us know the address or e-mail us at If you do not know your Southeast address, you can stop by Computer Services located in the basement floor of Memorial Hall. There is no charge for the service. If you have any questions, please call the MBA Office.

How does Career Planning and Placement work?

By appointment, Career Services offers free of charge: career advising, average salary projections, outlooks for employment opportunities, resume/cover letter critiquing, career testing and interpretation, and mock interviews. They also hold job fairs and on-campus interviews, which are also free of charge upon registration. For a fee, students can receive current job opening listings from the center. Please call theCareerLinkages office at (573) 651-2583 for more information.


Dempster Hall 248
MBA Program
One University Plaza, MS 5890
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701