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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business Administration

2004 Business Building
1301 Lover’s Lane
Manhattan, KS. 66506

Graduate faculty:

Marne Arthaud-Day, Ph.D., Indiana University.
James Bloodgood, Ph.D., University of South Carolina.
Bongsug Chae, Ph.D., Texas A&M University.
Michael Chilton, Ph.D., University of Arkansas.
Chairat Chuwonganant, Ph.D., University of Memphis.
Dan Deines, Ph.D., University of Nebraska.
Ike Ehie, Ph.D., University of Missouri at Rolla.
Dann Fisher, Ph.D., University of Missouri.
Kevin P. Gwinner, Ph.D., Arizona State University.
Eric Higgins, Ph.D., Florida State University.
Swinder Janda, Ph.D., University of Arkansas.
Stacy Kovar, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University.
Mark Linville, Ph.D., University of Washington.
Dawne Martin, Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Roger McHaney, Ph.D., University of Arkansas.
Peter Mudrack, Ph.D., University of Toronto.
Brian P. Niehoff, Ph.D., Indiana University.
Richard L. Ott, Ph.D., Texas Technical University.
J. Bruce Prince, Ph.D., University of Southern California.
Chwen Sheu, Ph.D., The Ohio State University.
Jaebeom Suh, Ph.D., University of Alabama.
Diane Swanson, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.
Esther Swilley, Ph.D., Florida State University.
William Turnley, Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

Mission statement

The mission of the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University is excellence in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge consistent with the needs of students, business, faculty and society.


To accomplish our mission, we strive for quality in our intellectual contributions, teaching and service activities.

  1. Intellectual contributions include basic and applied scholarship and instructional development. These activities support and foster continuous improvement in teaching and hence are inseparable from it. The College, therefore, places major and approximately equal emphasis on intellectual contributions and teaching, while providing sufficient flexibility to accommodate the unique objectives of individual departments. Service receives relatively minor emphasis.
  2. Within the area of intellectual contributions, we seek a balance between basis scholarship, applied scholarship and instructional development, while again providing sufficient flexibility to accommodate the unique objectives of each department. These contributions address both domestic and global market environments and are disseminated in the classroom, scholarly and applied journals, professional conferences, books and continuing education courses.
  3. Quality teaching goes beyond merely emphasizing a body of knowledge. We help students develop a sense of values; an appreciation of the diversity of their world; an ability to work with others and to communicate effectively; the skill to solve complex and ambiguous problems and a belief in lifelong learning.
  4. To maintain the high quality of our degree programs, we continuously review and improve them in accordance with the principles above.


Kansas State University’s College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The International Association of Management Education is an international organization that requires that its members maintain high educational standards. The AACSB is recognized as the sole accrediting agency for baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in business administration by the U.S. Office of Education and the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation. Members of the organization have established high standards for the professional achievement of the faculty, their teaching effectiveness and research productivity, proper balance in the curriculum, and effective student job placement. AACSB-accredited programs meet the rigorous standards of quality set by the organization. Only 25 percent of the approximately 1,300 Colleges of Business Administration in the United States are accredited by the AACSB. The Department of Accounting became the first in Kansas to receive accreditation by the AACSB for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Approximately 50 graduate accounting programs are accredited in the United States, which places the master of accountancy program among the top in the nation.

Application requirements

A complete application file must be received in the College of Business Administration Graduate Studies Office before the deadlines indicated below in order to be considered for admission. Requests for financial aid applications (assistantships, scholarships, and/or fellowships) should be communicated directly to the Director of Graduate Studies using the above address and telephone number or the email address below. The following items constitute a complete application:

  • completed Application for Admission to Graduate School (Online application is preferred.)
  • non-refundable application fee (Online fee payment is preferred.)
  • official record of your GMAT score sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). (GMAT waiver is considered for an applicant who demonstrates a high level of academic performance, analytical skill, and ability of academic success.)
  • two official copies of your transcript(s) from all universities attended
  • three letters of recommendation from former professors or employers (Reference Form for Graduate Study preferred)
  • one page Statement of Objectives in pursuing the program
  • official record of your TOEFL score sent directly from ETS (for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • completed Affidavit of Financial Support [PDF] dated within nine months of desired entry date (for international applicants only) Note: Substitute documentation other than the Affidavit cannot be accepted

Students are admitted to the MBA program only at the start of the Fall semester. The completed application deadline is March 1.


Many graduate teaching and research assistantships are available each year. Assistantships vary between two-tenths and four-tenths time (40-hour per week basis) for the nine-month academic year. The amount of such stipends is reviewed annually. Some assistantships also carry a partial tuition waiver. A student on a four-tenths time appointment may not carry more than 12 credit hours per semester.

In recent years, graduate assistants have performed research with professors, advised undergraduate students, proctored exams, and assisted in the college’s computer laboratory. An applicant interested in obtaining an assistantship should request an application form from the Director of Graduate Studies. When possible, all assistantship positions will be granted immediately following the application deadlines.

For specific information about graduate assistantships, fellowships, or College of Business Administration scholarships, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.


Concurrent Degree

B.S. in Computer Science and Master of Business Administration  

Dual Degree

Master of Business Administration and MS in Hospitality Administration  
Master of Business Administration and MS in Hospitality Administration  



Master of Business Administration

Master of Science

Graduate Certificate


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