Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Available on Campus, Online or in a Hybrid Format

Our nationally-ranked Master of Business Administration program in Samford University’s Brock School of Business is designed to prepare successful managers and leaders to excel in a competitive global business environment. Core business functions are taught with a focus on problem solving and practical application in the workplace, allowing you to instantly apply what you learn to your career.

At Brock School of Business, we encourage you to customize your education to meet your career goals. Our classes are offered on campus in the evenings or online, giving you flexibility to meet your personal and professional obligations while advancing your career. Concentrations are available in entrepreneurship, finance and marketing and a we also offer a number of joint degree options.

Objectives and Curriculum

Graduates of the M.B.A program will possess an understanding of the following:

  • Cross Disciplinary Competence: integrating business processes across functional areas in order to make holistic, timely and informed decisions.
  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making: generating and synthesizing information to make and implement timely and informed decisions.
  • Effective Communication: improving abilities to communicate ideas, analyses, plans, and evaluations to individuals and groups.
  • Corporate and Social Responsibility: building the capacity and inclination to make decisions based on comprehensive values and to take actions that demonstrate an awareness of and an attempt to serve all stakeholders.
  • Teamwork: recognizing the importance of effective teamwork, valuing diverse perspectives and skills, and assuming a variety of roles to accomplish team objectives.

The curriculum requirement for the MBA ranges from 36-45 credits depending on previous academic experiences. To complete a concentration as a part of the degree, students will take 39-48 credits. Students must have a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA at the Brock School of Business to graduate or add a concentration.

For more information about the graduate courses and electives offered at the Brock School of Business, please visit the Brock School of Business section of the Samford University Catalog.

MBA Curriculum

Admission

Brock School of Business welcomes applications from students and professionals with solid academic abilities and managerial potential.

Academic ability is evaluated on the basis of undergraduate and graduate academic records, a competitive score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and academic recognition. Managerial potential is evaluated on the basis of work experience and professional recognition. Work experience is preferred, but not required. Involvement in continuing education and extracurricular, community and church activities are considered as part of the admission process.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, meaning admission decisions are made as applications are completed. You will be informed of the admission decision by email. Once you are admitted to the program, you will have an individual advising and orientation session with a graduate program advisor to review program information and policies as well as to determine your individual course plan of study.

Application Deadlines

Fall (August start date): August 1
Spring (January start date): December 1
Summer (May start date): May 1

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.B.A. program you must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Score at least 480 on the GMAT or an equivalent score on the GRE (use this tool to interpret the GRE in the context of the GMAT)
  • International applicants also must score at least a 90 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Admission Process

For an application to be considered complete, we must receive all of the following*:

  • Online application for admission: Please be sure to list your personal e-mail address on the application.
  • $35 Application Fee: This non-refundable fee is payable by credit card and is waived for Samford alumni, and current Samford students, faculty or staff.
  • Official GMAT or GRE Scores: Applicants should request for GMAT or GRE scores to be sent to Brock School of Business from the testing agency. The GMAT codes are: M7Z-ZR-69 for full-time and M7Z-ZR-94 for part-time. The GRE code is 0393. You may contact Elizabeth Gambrell to see if you qualify for the GMAT/GRE waiver.
  • Official Transcript(s) from all higher education institutions attended: Transcripts are considered official only when they bear the issuing institution’s seal and arrive with the seal intact. Transcripts can be sent electronically to gradbusi@samford.edu or by mail. A transcript evaluation from a NACES approved evaluation agency is required for applicants with a degree from a non-U.S. institution. WES is the recommended evaluation agency.
  • Professional Resume: You will attach this to the online application.

*International Applicants should visit the International Applicants page for additional requirements.

To check the status of application items, you may login to your application account and view the list of application items received.

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Tuition

Tuition for in-state and out-of-state students is $813 per credit hour. Tuition may be paid online or at the Bursar’s Office and it must be paid by the first day of each semester/term. Policies and methods for tuition and fee payment can be found in the Samford University catalog and the Financial Services website.

There are no graduate assistantships available.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available to applicants who earn a 550 or higher on the GMAT or GRE equivalent. Scholarships range from $500-$900 per course for up to six courses per academic year. Applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship in the application review process, and recipients are notified prior to enrolling in the program.

Financial Aid

A financial assistance program administered by the Office of Financial Aid has been established to aid students in attending Samford University.

Most graduate students are eligible to receive the Federal Stafford Loan. Lending institutions make these loans directly to the students. The application process begins with certification of the application by the Office of Financial Aid. Application forms should be processed through the Office of Financial Aid at least 10 weeks before registration.

To learn more about financial aid options, please visit the Office of Financial Aid or call 205-726-2905.