Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

How long does it take to complete the graduate degree?

The length of time required to complete the Master of Business Administration degree depends on whether a student is full time or part time and how the student performs in classes. A full time student taking the minimum course load of 9 graduate credit hours could possibly complete the Master's degree in approximately 5 semesters (21 months) if the student registers for classes during the summer semester. A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours (thesis option) or 36 graduate credit hours (non-thesis option) are required to complete the degree.


Are assistantships and/orfinancial aidavailable for students working on a degree in this area?

The Master of Business Administration degree program has a limited number of graduate assistantships available. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are available for every academic semester of the year. Other aid may be available depending on your financial status. Visit (website) to learn what is available.


How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

Students must apply for graduate assistantships through Southeastern's Human Resources web site. All employment, including graduate assistantships, must be completed online. The site is searchable for particular positions, e.g., graduate assistantships.


What is the amount of a graduate assistantship?

Assistantships for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants begin at $9,000 for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students receiving an assistantship also receive a tuition waiver; this includes non-resident fees for students who are not legal residents of Louisiana. The financial package for a Louisiana resident student receiving an assistantship for fall and spring semester including a tuition waiver is valued just over $13,000.


What is required of a student receiving a graduate assistantship?

Job responsibilities and tasks are different depending on which type of graduate assistantship, i.e., TA, or RA, a student receives. All students on graduate assistantships are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and must register for a minimum full course load of graduate credit hours, which is 9 hours per fall and spring semester. Students receiving a graduate assistantship in the summer are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and register for6 graduate credit hours of course work.


How do I know this degree is for me?

Helpful qualities for MBA majors include:

* An analytical mind
* An ability to quickly assess large amounts of information and data
* Leadership skills
* Self-confidence and motivation
* Sound business judgment
* Determination
* Good decision-making skills
* Good communication skills
* An ability to select the best course of action when facing many different factors
* Have the ability to work successfully with others
* Be a logical thinker who likes to solve problems
* Have good computer skills

What are the employment opportunities for a person with a graduate degree in this area?

* Manufacturing firms
* Small and mid-size businesses
* Hospital and health care industry
* Service firms
* Financial institutions and banks
* Hospitality organizations
* Government agencies
* Retailing and distribution
* Wholesalers
* Non-profit institutions
* Sales firms


What salary range can be expected with this graduate degree?

Starting salaries vary widely by experience, practice setting, region, and state. Approximate salary ranges include the following, but are frequently changing: Accounting, $35,000 - $48,000; Business administration/management, $30,000 - $41,600; Hospitality services management, $23,001 - $33,000; Human resources, $30,000 - $42,000; Logistics/material management, $35,000 - $43,300; Management information systems, $35,000 - $47,500; Marketing/marketing management, $30,000 - $38,000.