Overview

Applicants
146
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.32
Years Work Experience
8.5
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
500 - 590
GPA
2.915 - 3.505

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
February 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
30:1
Total Faculty
85

100
Full-time
32
Female
27
Minority


Students Say

The College of Business at Florida State University offers a variety of options to suit the diverse needs of its MBA student body. Students straight out of college and anxious to earn a graduate degree typically find their way to the school's one-year full-time MBA program. Busy professionals can choose between an on-campus part-time program and an online program with "an asynchronous, totally web-based curriculum." The super-ambitious can pursue joint degrees in business and law or business and social work. In all programs, the reasonable tuition ("It's a prestigious school at a great value," writes one student) and "the growing reputation of the business school" are compelling factors in bringing students aboard.

Florida's full-time MBA is a cohort-based lockstep curriculum, with students remaining in the same work group throughout the twelve-month program. Students in the program may concentrate in finance or marketing and supply chain management, or they may earn a general MBA. Part-time students complete the same core courses and study with the same professors as do their full-time counterparts; however, they are not divided into cohorts and they cannot pursue a concentration. The online MBA can be completed in its entirety remotely. Again, students complete the same core courses with the same professors as do other FSU MBAs. The online MBA allows for concentrations in real estate and analysis or hospital administration. Students may also complete a general MBA.

FSU faculty members receive strong grades overall. Students tell us, "The professors in the business department are amazing. They are very congenial and well-spoken. They are helpful at all times. Most teachers are older and contain a strong sense of experience. They know how to teach a class that is entertaining, interactive, and fun." Some warn that "there are quite a few professors here with heavy accents that may take a little concentration to understand," but even they concede that "their willingness to help you outside the classroom and brilliance far outweigh this drawback." Teachers also "do a very good job of keeping class interesting by incorporating technology, group assignments, etc."


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$58,346
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
58%

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

4%
Other
3%
Finance/Accounting
2%
General Management
1%
Marketing
1%
Operations/Logistics
1%
Consulting

Graduates Employed by Region

100%
South

Students Say

Because FSU's MBA program is small and largely part time, the school does not main- tain a separate career services office for graduate students in business. It does, however, sponsor an MBA Internship Program in which "carefully structured project work" allows both students and employers to "realize the benefits of this program." The school also offers coaching and career-related resources in order to help students plan their job search and marketing of their skills. The school hosts semi-annual MBA Networking Night events and on-campus and videoconference interviews. It also provides students access to a host of job-posting resources. Students report, "Our career center is great about creating internship opportunities. However, as far as full-time positions after grad- uation, the focus is more on undergrads. There are few recruiters [who] come specifically for MBAs." In the plus column, "networking seems to be one of the biggest strengths of Florida State. Through the College of Business, my sorority, and all the amazing staff, the opportunities are endless."

Employers most likely to hire FSU MBAs include BB&T, CSX, Harris, JP Morgan, Protiviti, and Wachovia Bank.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 4% $44,500 $50,166 $62,000 $44,000
Finance / Accounting 3% $62,000 $66,000 $76,000 $60,000
General Management 2% $68,500 $68,500 $68,500 $68,500
Consulting 1% $54,000 $54,000 $54,000 $54,000
Marketing / Sales 1% $52,000 $52,000 $52,000 $52,000
Operations / Logistics 1% $58,000 $58,000 $58,000 $58,000

Prominent Alumni

John Thiel
Head of U.S. Wealth Management for Merrill Lynch

Cinny Murray
Brand President of Chico’s

Judy Schmeling
COO & CFO of HSN, Inc.

Todd Combs
Investment Manager for Berkshire Hathaway

John Culver
Group President of Starbucks Coffee China & Asia Pacific

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$21,000

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$5,700

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
34%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$11,544
Tuition (Out-State)
$26,698

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$11,178
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$11,178
Academic Expenses
$800

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
250
Part Time
83%

In State
100.0%
Out of State
0.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
1

Demographics

18.00%
Minorities
2.00%
International

34% female
66% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Full-timers at FSU basically get to extend their college years by one, albeit with a heavier workload. Students tell us: "Life is relaxed and challenging. We have a lot of work but ample time to complete it. Everyone wants to have a good time, but it's about priorities. If you go to class, you will succeed." Campus life offers "the perfect balance of challeng- ing schoolwork, amazing social groups, and fun nightlife," and "the School of Dance and Music puts on (sometimes free) performances for the community. FSU energizes Tallahassee," a city that is "a great place to be" although "it is a small town and can get boring quick." One student suggests "picking up a hobby that you can do around town in all the parks and woods—Frisbee, mountain biking, kayaking, football, whatever— just stay involved in a physical activity."

Part-time students engage mostly in class and study groups. One observes: "It's nice being able to see the same people semester after semester. That gives us all a sense of warmth when we get into new classes. Life here is pretty busy, people running around trying to get things done on time...not much different from in the real world." Part-timers regard themselves as "more adaptable and friendly" than their full-time peers, whom they regard as "still a bit immature."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Jennifer Clark
Director of Graduate Programs

Address
Graduate Programs
College of Business, FSU
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1110
United States

Phone
850-644-6458

Fax
850-644-0588

Email
gradprograms@business.fsu.edu


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