Lewis College of Business
Specialized Business Graduate Degrees at Marshall University
Congratulations, Upcoming Graduate!
Take the next step to advance your career. Stand out from the Herd!
As someone who is already familiar with Marshall, you already know what it takes to move your education forward. Now you can achieve even more and take your degree to the next level with a master's degree in business from MU.
Earn a degree that matches your ambition. Our graduate business programs help you get where you want to be, whether it's promoted at a Fortune 500 company, improving operations at a non-profit organization, becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business, preparing to become a CPA, managing a human resource office, or being an administrator in health care.
More than a decade of research conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the global non-profit council of business schools and creator of the GMAT exam, reveals two truths – business school graduates with a master degree are highly employable and credit their degrees for the opportunity to advance in their careers.
Top 10 Reasons to get your Graduate Degree in Business
- Make more money: According to the US Census Bureau, a person with a Master’s degree will make, on average, $200 more a week than their coworkers with bachelor’s degrees. This adds up to $800 more a month, or $9,600 more a year. Multiply this by approximately 40 years of work, and you could stand to make almost $400,000 more than your average co-worker.
- Better job title: In today’s day and age, image means everything. If you have a strong image, with an “MBA” or “MS” after your name, you put yourself in a better position to get the jobs and salary you want and feel you deserve.
- Research: Working towards a graduate degree will afford you the chance to do research, which will help to establish you as an expert in your field.
- Extra career mobility: When you earn an advanced degree, your job prospects broaden because you are now considered qualified to be a manager. If you are unhappy with your current entry-level position, a Master’s or other advanced degrees could be your ticket to management.
- New career connections: When you return to school as a graduate student, either full-time or part-time, you will interact with teachers and other students who have connections in the work world, in your area of work. Chances are, your teacher was once in your line of work, so by becoming friends with your professor and working hard in your professor’s class, you can use school as a networking opportunity.
- New skill set: An advanced degree provides you advanced training. Advanced training leads to stronger skills, which leads to better work, which leads to a better job. Enough said.
- Strengthen old skills: Should you choose to return to school for a master’s degree in your current field of work, taking advanced classes will also reinforce and strengthen the skills you have already started to hone in your job.
- Career change possibilities: A graduate degree can also be used as a way to change careers or to reverse your career direction. While you may be required to take a few undergraduate courses to meet the entrance requirements for a graduate degree in a different field than your undergraduate course of study, the courses are usually minimal and it is possible to gain entrance to a new field.
- Proven work ethic: A graduate degree now says what a bachelor’s degree said 40 years ago: “I’m willing to go the extra mile.” Everyone has a bachelor’s degree today, so going above and beyond the necessary shows your potential or current employer that you are willing to do the work to move your career, and therefore the company, forward.
- Learn from the best: Lastly, you should return to graduate school because you enjoy learning, you enjoy the subject, and you enjoy challenging yourself. It is an opportunity to learn from qualified business professors and seasoned business professionals.
We offer four exciting degree options and a certificate program to take your career to the next level:
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Area of Emphasis:
- Healthcare Administration
- Human Resource Management
- General MBA (for students who choose not to specialize and take electives from each area)
Master of Science in Accountancy
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Master of Science in Human Resource Management
Business Management Foundations Certificate Program
Join our close-knit, collaborative community!
- A graduate program with individualized attention from an Associate Director of Graduate Programs to guide you through each step of the journey.
- A Director of Stakeholder Engagement dedicated to supporting your job search and career success.
- Access to an alumni network of nearly 100,000.
- Grow your network by participating in one of the LCOB's 10 business student organizations or in one of Marshall University's 230+ student organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have online courses?
We have several courses available online and we will be adding more. In the near future, all MBA courses will be available on campus and online.
Do I need a specific undergraduate degree to apply?
No. In fact, we add value to non-business majors by teaching them the language of business. So you can be trained in science, math, technology, engineering, any of the social sciences or liberal arts. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and are multi-talented. This foundation is composed of graduate-level courses which are designed to provide accelerated coverage of the business knowledge base necessary for students to benefit most.
Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score?
Neither the GMAT or the GRE are required for admission.
What is the deadline?
The application deadline for Spring 2018 is December 1, 2017.
What are supporting documents are required for admission?
Your official transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and resume are all required for admission.
How will I know if my application is complete?
Once you start your online application, you can log in at any time to check the status of your application. Interfolio will provide you key information about which parts of your application are incomplete. We can’t review your application until it is complete. For instance, if requested recommendation letters haven’t been received, we cannot begin evaluating your file.
When will I know the outcome of my application?
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Feel free to contact us and inquire about the status of your application a couple weeks after it is complete.
How long does it take to complete a business graduate degree?
On average, full-time students complete their degree in two years. Part-time students complete the program within 3 ½ to 4 years. Depending on the number of courses you are able to take each term, you may be able to finish in less time or it may take you longer.