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4 ABOUT THE USF MUMA COLLEGE OF BUSINESS The ninth largest university in America, the University of South Florida is a global research university dedicated to student success. The USF Muma College of Business, one of its largest colleges, boasts a nationally ranked MBA program, one of the nation s best accounting schools, a top-ranked entrepreneurship center, world-class research faculty, and a comprehensive portfolio of business-education programs. We do more than simply disseminate information: we create intellectual capital and produce graduates who are ready for today s workplace and trained to be forerunners in tomorrow s workplace. In short, we equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to take leadership positions in business and society. We train students across all disciplines to analyze and interpret data to make sound business decisions. There is so much data available that can be used to explain what is happening today and to make educated guesses about what might happen tomorrow. But this information is only useful when it can be understood. Our dual emphasis on analytics and creativity means that Muma MBAs not only understand the data but can use it to make sound predictions and explain what it means to the bottom line. Our location in the midst of a vibrant, business-centric major market provides rich opportunities to integrate real-world experiences into classroom learning as large and small companies offer internships and jobs, speakers, and service-learning projects. This means our students participate in case competitions and networking opportunities impossible at many other business schools. We collaborate with international firms such as Tech Data, Infosys, Nielsen, and Zimmerman Advertising in alliances to find solutions to business challenges. We attract top employers who recognize the potential of our students. Our graduates hold leadership positions at respected corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Walt Disney World, Graybar, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and FedEx. The business community seeks our students first and foremost because of their exposure to real-world business situations. This solidifies our reputation as the region s leading source of new talent.
5 In 2014, the University of South Florida College of Business received the single largest individual gift in its history. The college was renamed the USF Muma College of Business, recognizing Pam and Les Muma s gift, which helps poise the college to join the top echelon of business schools in America.
7 WHAT WE OFFER The Muma MBA helps students develop analytical skills and creative abilities while promoting collaboration with experienced and diverse classmates. Students learn from world-class faculty as well as guest speakers and industry leaders who bring classroom lessons to life with case studies and discussions about real-world application. CUSTOMIZED AREAS OF STUDY We know that the reasons for pursuing your MBA are varied and, as a result, we don t follow a one size fits all approach. You choose your electives according to your career aspirations. We offer specializations in: Analytics & Business Intelligence Compliance, Risk & Anti-Money Laundering Creativity and Innovation Digital Marketing Entrepreneurship Finance Healthcare Management International Business Leadership Concepts & Organization Theory Management Information Systems Marketing Strategy Project and Process Management Sustainable Business MBA CONCENTRATIONS USF also offers two MBA programs with concentrations in specific disciplines. Students may opt to pursue a dualdegree MBA-MS in Sport & Entertainment Management that includes residencies and special learning opportunities in a two-year cohort based program. Alternatively, those seeking careers in supply chain management may earn a MBA with a concentration in this discipline. EXPANDED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGING EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Team collaborations are part of your learning experience at USF that help hone your leadership skills in real life situations. Most courses require collaboration with a team of students in order to do research, analyze case studies, and deliver presentations. The capstone course is Integrated Business Applications, involving an in-depth consulting project for a live company in strategy, marketing and finance with actionable recommendations. Additionally, we offer courses in leadership and invite C-level executive speakers with respected and proven leadership skills to share their best practices. Muma MBAs learn from well-credentialed faculty as well as industry leaders.
8 JESSICA DELEANIDES MBA CLASS OF 2015 HUMAN RESOURCES TEAM LEADER TARGET USF is connected with so many companies and is an invaluable resource. They have given me direct access to employers.
9 NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES AND EMPLOYER INFORMATION SESSIONS Networking with classmates and employers is a very important part of your MBA experience. You will develop your professional network as you go through your courses, learning alongside students with work experience and a variety of backgrounds. Beyond the classroom, the Graduate Business Association and other student organizations offer several opportunities for social interaction, such as football tailgates or watch parties, or pizza gatherings before classes. The GBA arranges company tours for graduate students, as well as other social gathering that can enhance your networking skills. To help you advance your career, the college hosts two Corporate Connections events annually, networking events that are exclusively for graduate students and allow you to interact with corporate recruiters. Companies such as Tech Data, Coca-Cola, Tribridge, Bank of America, and Northwestern Mutual participate in these networking programs. We also host employer information sessions throughout the semester, bringing in hiring managers from large and small companies to talk about the skills needed to land a job with that firm and the opportunities available to USF Muma graduates. These information sessions, which are usually smaller and more intimate, provide opportunities for MBA students to ask questions, and connect with employers. MENTORSHIP Muma MBA students have an opportunity to request placement with an alumni mentor. A mentor might provide tips on how to balance your new work-life-study obligations or discuss potential career paths you might take when you graduate. Mentors help expand your professional network and provide access to networking opportunities in the field. CASE COMPETITIONS These marathon competitions tests collegiate teams abilities to quickly read and understand a case, research the company in question, and prepare and present a strategic plan for the company all in less than 24 hours! USF is the host for the annual Florida Intercollegiate Case Competition, which includes teams from Florida International University, Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of Miami, Rollins College, Florida Atlantic University, and, of course, USF. Teams of graduate students - each representing their university - are asked to make recommendations regarding the future direction of a nationally or internationally known corporation whose identity is not revealed until the kickoff time.
10 CAREER FAIRS On a university-level, USF Career Services hosts a career fair each semester, drawing representatives from national and local companies to campus. Companies participating in the Career Fair include Bank of America Capital One Coca-Cola Enterprises Citigroup Connectwise Enterprise Rent A Car Ernst & Young FIS Geico Grant Thornton Graybar Electric Grow Financial Jabil Kforce Levin Financial Merrill Lynch Nielsen Northwestern Mutual PepsiCo PricewaterhouseCoopers Raymond James Tech Data T. Rowe Price TQL Travelers Tribridge USAA...and many more. CAREER ADVANCEMENT ASSISTANCE We know that most people choose to pursue an MBA to advance their careers or change professions. We help make this easier by providing a myriad of services to help you. Professional staff are always available to provide feedback on your résumé and help you prepare cover letters as you apply for jobs. We offer professional development programs throughout the year, too, including workshops that focus on how to land an interview, business etiquette, and selling yourself to a potential employer. A short list of companies hiring USF Muma MBAs in the last three years includes Adventist Health System, AT&T, Capital One, Catalina Marketing, Citigroup, Clear Channel, Cott Beverages, Deloitte, DTCC, Ernst & Young, Geico, General Dynamics, Gerdau Steel, Goldman Sachs, Jabil. JPMorgan, KPMG, Marine Max, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Moffitt Cancer & Research Center, Morgan Stanley, Nielsen, Novo Nordisk, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Publix, SunTrust, Tech Data, Tribridge, and Verizon.
11 PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE Students who actively engage in the variety of career opportunities offered find themselves choosing between job offers at the conclusion of the program.
12 SUNNY BOKHARI MBA CLASS OF 2012 SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST GOLDMAN SACHS The program s multi-cultural learning has been an asset I have leveraged over the past two years in my current role at Goldman Sachs in New York City.
13 EMBRACING A GLOBAL APPROACH We live in a global market and international issues affect all segments of business. The Muma MBA curriculum takes an international approach as faculty include international business models and case studies as part of the classroom discussion. Additionally, we foster relationships promoting international faculty and student exchanges. We host many international students and bring in scholars from all over the world, ensuring diverse viewpoints are part of the conversation. This global approach extends to study abroad opportunities. USF offers study abroad experiences for graduate students shorter experiences for working adults as well as semester-long opportunities for those who are able to spend more time overseas. These powerful educational experiences help students understand how business differs from nation to nation and helps them learn how to adapt and succeed in a changing business world. Summer semester possibilities include trips to China alongside USF Executive MBA students or a multi-country program in Europe. Students may participate in programs that allow them to study at international summer business schools such as Exeter University in England. Other options include a USF program in London, a global internship opportunity in Prague, or a business management program in Wales. For those who want to spent an entire semester overseas, USF offers exchange programs for graduate students, allowing you to study at select colleges, taking electives that count toward your MBA and paying USF tuition rates.
14 POWERED BY ANALYTICS, DRIVEN BY CREATIVITY The term data analytics may seem numerical and cold on its surface, but it can take many human forms in business: A boss going on a reality TV show to find out what her employees really think of corporate. A sports team figuring out how much its fans are willing to pay for prime tickets. FedEx deciding to deliver on Mother s Day so moms can receive flowers, but not on most Sundays. Businesses have mountains of data that can tell them what is happening now and to make educated guesses about what might happen tomorrow but this information is only useful when it can be understood. Not everyone can look at that data and make a connection to the profit and loss statements. Although creativity is considered an innate skill, research has shown creativity can and should be cultivated in the classroom. While creativity transcends traditional ideas to create new forms, methods, and interpretations, analytics are utilized to describe, predict, and improve business performance. These two competencies provide our students with a competitive advantage. Because creativity and analytics often function together, the result is a data driven process yielding the discovery of meaningful data patterns. Philosophically, we believe business graduates demonstrating competencies in producing original, and worthwhile creative ideas will be highly recruited by many different industries. USF graduates combining creativity, analytical skills, and competencies with statistics and predictive modeling will have a distinct advantage when it comes to their future careers. OUR COMMITMENT All courses in the USF Muma MBA program will emphasize creativity and analytics. Each professor has committed to emphasize creativity and analytics in their specific courses so Muma MBAs can not only understand data but analyze it and use it to make sound predictions. Muma MBAs will be able to think creatively and use data to make recommendations that positively impact businesses -- and will be able to explain what it means to the bottom line.
15 CREATIVE, FAST-TRACK SCHEDULING Most USF business students continue in their professional careers while completing the MBA program. We have designed our fast-track semesters so that you can get through the program more quickly. In a traditional MBA program, it takes 16 weeks of class in order to complete one three-credit-hour course. The USF MBA program offers alternative scheduling, including 12-week, eight-week, four-week, and one-week courses. This course design allows students to complete extra classes in a year, shortening the time it takes to earn the degree considerably. THE MUMA MBA SCHEDULE Typical MBA program semester 16 weeks - 3 credit hours earned Fast-track semester 12 weeks - 3 credit hours earned 8-week course 2 credit hours earned 4-week course 3 credit hours 8-week course 2 credit hours earned
17 WORLD-CLASS FACULTY Students at USF s Muma College of Business benefit from the powerful combination of advanced academic credentials and practical business experience. Our faculty conduct research and examine issues that can transform business or the way businesses operate. They make a significant contribution to the advancement of our culture and they bring that knowledge into the classroom. The vibrant research community at the USF Muma College of Business flourishes because its faculty explore topics that have an impact on current and future business practices. The research produced by faculty, often aided by students, informs business and government leaders. A few faculty members are profiled below. ANOL BHATTACHERJEE From , Anol Bhattacherjee was one of the top ten researchers in the world in information systems, based on publications in the top two journals in the discipline. His 2001 MIS Quarterly paper, cited 2,500 times, is credited with creating a new stream of research on technology continuance. Bhattacherjee holds PhD and MBA degrees from the University of Houston, and MS and BS degrees from Indian Institute of Technology. He had prior faculty appointments at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado at Denver. DIPAYAN BISWAS Dip Biswas conducts research in areas such as behavioral decision theory and interactive marketing. He is an expert in sensory marketing and how the senses impact behavior, judgment, decision making and purchase decisions. Several of his projects focus on consumption related to food, beverages, and fragrances. He has a special interest in the challenges faced by brands in crisis. Biswas earned a PhD degree in marketing from the University of California, Irvine, and an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. DANIEL BRADLEY Daniel Bradley is the Bank of America Professor of Finance at the University of South Florida. He teaches the capstone MBA course, Integrated Business Applications, a graduate investment analysis course and a PhD-level empirical finance course. He received the Emerging Scholar Research Award, College of Business and Behavioral Sciences. He holds a PhD from the University of Kentucky and earned a BA and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. Bradley was granted the CFA designation in 1998.
18 BEI DONG Bei Dong designed the graduate accounting course that she teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA program so that students of all levels and experience can master the ins and outs of the complicated field. Her interactive courses foster discussion about contemporary accounting issues while cultivating critical thinking skills. Dong earned an undergraduate degree in finance from the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, an MS in finance from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a PhD in accounting from Michigan State University. ROSANN COLLINS Rosann Collins has taught at USF for 20 years and credits the students with keeping her here. Collins teaches at all levels but says she enjoys the masters students in particular, noting that the working professionals bring a wealth of experience and a rich global perspective to the classroom. Professionals relate well to the learning-by-doing focus of Collins classes. Her research efforts in global impacts of information systems and software development are well supported and integrated into her teaching. She has taught global systems in India, Singapore, France and Peru. ERWIN DANEELS A world-renowned authority on innovation and technology commercialization, Erwin Daneels publishes extensively in scholarly journals and his research has been cited more than 4,000 times. Daneels examines the growth and renewal of corporations in the face of changing technological environments. He won a National Science Foundation grant to conduct a large-scale study of product innovation and growth in public U.S. firms. Daneels earned an MBA from the University of Ghent in Belgium, an MS from the University of California, Davis, and a PhD from Penn State University. DONNA DAVIS Donna Davis is an associate professor of marketing and the co-director of USF s new Center for Supply Chain Management and Sustainability. Her research has been published in the leading supply chain management journals. She holds a PhD and MBA from the University of Tennessee, and a bachelor s degree in management from Maryville College. Before joining USF, Davis held the Georgie G. Snyder Professorship and was coordinator of the Global Supply Chain Management Program at Texas Tech University. She has received numerous teaching awards.
19 GRANDON GILL Grandon Gill is passionate about using technology as a teaching tool and has studied distance learning, strategy and practice, alternative course designs, and tools for course development and delivery, all under the general heading of informing science. He holds an AB (cum laude) from Harvard College and an MBA (high distinction) and DBA from Harvard Business School. Before joining USF s faculty, Gill taught at Florida Atlantic University. He was previously a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a nuclear trained submarine officer. SHARON HANNA-WEST Active in growth management and sustainability issues, Sharon Hanna-West studies sustainable business solutions to respond to the challenges posed by climate change, with a goal of making them affordable and profitable. Hanna- West earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, where she focused on environmental law. She later founded a corporation engaged in international trade. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on business sustainability, ethics, and environmentally friendly business practices. TIMOTHY HEATH An expert on persuasion in product judgments and purchase decisions, Timothy Heath s research addresses issues such as branding, advertising, and innovation and has been published in the field s best journals. Heath teaches courses in consumer behavior, creativity, new product development, and marketing management and is an industry consultant on topics such as consumer decision making and deceptive advertising. Heath has served on the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh, Miami University, and HEC Paris. He served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame. DELROY HUNTER Delroy Hunter teaches graduate courses in investments, international finance, and empirical methods. His research, which focuses on international finance, investments, and empirical asset pricing, has been published in top journals and has been included in SSRN s top 10 most frequently downloaded papers in different subfields. Hunter earned a PhD from the University of Warwick, U.K., an MA from the University of Florida, and a BSc from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Prior to joining USF in 2001, he taught at Bentley University and the University of the West Indies.
20 WOLFGANG JANK Wolfgang Jank is interested in using ideas from statistics and data mining to solve problems in electronic commerce, marketing, information systems, and operations management. He co-initiated a new research area, statistical challenges in ecommerce, and a workshop series on the topic. He received the Best Information Systems Publication award in Jank earned a PhD from the University of Florida and a master s degree from the Technical University of Aachen (Germany). He previously served on the faculty at the University of Maryland s Smith School of Business. JOHN JERMIER John Jermier teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, corporate environmentalism and environmental policy, and the measurement of organizational effectiveness. His research is focused on sustainability, the greening of organizations, and trends in green energy/technology, including a large study of waste reduction and culture change in the U.S. Air Force funded by the federal government. Jermier earned a PhD, MBA, and MA from The Ohio State University and a BS from the University of Wisconsin PAUL SOLOMON An expert in focus group research, market surveys, and strategic planning for a variety of industries, Paul Solomon has worked with firms such as BayCare Hospital System, Johnson & Johnson, and Sears. Solomon holds a PhD from Arizona State University and two degrees from the University of Denver. He previously served as associate dean of graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also served as director of research for a mid-sized advertising agency and owned/operated a marketing research firm. JAMES STOCK Jim Stock s contributions to the logistics and supply chain professions have been described by his colleagues as legendary and global and extend across a variety of venues. As a teacher, textbook author, researcher, and scholar he has left an indelible mark on the profession. Stock is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including multiple outstanding teaching and professor awards. He received the Armitage Medal and Eccles Medal from SOLE The International Society of Logistics, in recognition of his contributions to the logistics discipline.
21 Alan Hevner was named an AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, receiving the honor as a result of his substantive research in the fields of computer sciences, design science research, and database systems. ALAN HEVNER USF MUMA FACULTY, AAAS FELLOW
22 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The Muma MBA program mixes several types of learning: teamwork, class discussion, presentations, case analyses, and experience. We seek competitive candidates who would fit well in this multi-faceted learning environment to become part of the USF Muma MBA community. The admissions committee bases its decision on the strength of the application as a whole. Current students have an average of five years of professional working experience, as well as an excellent academic record. Outstanding qualities in one area may compensate for a weakness in another. The admission committee will consider prior college-level academic performance, GMAT (preferred) or GRE scores, professional work experience, community or volunteer service, and any other information that might help convince the committee that the applicant is a good fit for this program. TEST SCORES: For the most recent classes, the GMAT average has been around 560. We strongly recommend that you prepare well before taking the GMAT. UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE: Applicants must hold a degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution in the United States or from a recognized institution in a foreign country, but MBA students come from a myriad of backgrounds. They hold undergraduate degrees from a variety of areas, such as business, psychology, communications, medicine, education, engineering, arts, or architecture. Students work in fields as varied as sales, education, military, manufacturing, healthcare, marketing, technology, the arts, banking, or professional sports. Strong candidates earned at least a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours. In our most recent MBA classes, the average undergraduate GPA was 3.3. LANGUAGE ABILITY: International applicants from non English-speaking countries must also meet minimum TOEFL scores.
23 USF s MBA was a key component of my transition from lead software engineer to a leadership role in marketing. STEPHEN GOLDBERG MBA CLASS OF 2012 DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AT&T U-VERSE TV
24 When I went back and got my MBA, I was a pretty hard-core technologist and to some degree still am I love technology as you can probably tell. But the most important thing that happened to me was to get a solid business perspective that helped me have a seat at the executive table. ROBERT CARTER MBA CLASS OF 1990 CO-CEO AND CIO FEDEX
25 APPLICATION PROCESS Submit the following: 1. Online graduate application ($30 application fee) 2. Official transcripts (mail directly to the Muma College of Business Office of Graduate Studies 3. Supporting documents(submitted through the online application site) Updated professional resume Statement of purpose Unofficial GMAT scores (for preliminary decision) Two letters of recommendation (mailed directly to the college and using the USF Muma recommendation form found online at mba.usf.edu) 4. Official GMAT scores sent directly from Pearson VUE Part-time code: VP9-M4-80 Full-time code: VP9-M4-97 International students may have additional admission requirements. All foreign transcripts requies a course-by-course evaluation from a foreign transcript evaluation service. Visit mba.usf.edu for more information. APPLICATION DEADLINES Fall Semester Start Deadlines July 1 Domestic students July 1 International students in the U.S. who do not need an initial I-20 Feb. 1 International students outside the U.S. Spring Semester Start Deadlines Nov. 1 Domestic students Oct. 1 International students in the U.S. who do not need an initial I-20 July 1 International students outside the U.S.
26 Earning an MBA from USF gave me the confidence to become a leader in my profession and to build a successful career. TYLER FRERIKS BALL MBA CLASS OF 2011 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE THE FOOD GROUP
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28 A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN USF is a global research university dedicated to student success. Our nationally-ranked MBA program prides itself on providing our students with world-class research faculty and the flexibility to meet the needs of working professionals. We measure ourselves against the best business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Less than one-half of one percent of business schools worldwide are dually accredited, as the USF Muma College of Business is, in business and accounting. Our alumni hold leadership positions at respected firms such as Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Walt Disney World, Nielsen, Amazon, and FedEx. Whether you are considering an MBA to advance your career or to achieve a personal objective, I encourage you to learn more about USF s MBA program. We can help you reach your goals. Moez Limayem Dean, USF Muma College of Business
29 CURRICULUM BUSINESS FOUNDATION COURSES (16 credit hours) Business majors who have completed a degree within the past seven years from an AACSB/regionally accredited institution may be eligible to bypass foundation courses. Business Decision Making (4 total credit hours) MAN 6147 (2 credit hours) Leadership/ Management Concepts ISM 6021 (2 credit hours) Management Information Systems Market Orientation (5 total credit hours) MAR 6815 (2 credit hours) ECO 6005 (3 credit hours) Marketing Management Introduction to Economic Concepts for Managers Business Measurement (7 total credit hours) ACG 6026 (3 credit hours) Accounting Concepts for Managers FIN 6406 (2 credit hours) Financial Management QMB 6305 (2 credit hours) Managerial Decision Analysis REQUIRED COURSES (17 credit hours) GEB 6445 (2 credit hours) Social, Ethical, Legal Systems GEB 6215 (2 credit hours) Communication Skills for Managers FIN 6466 (2 credit hours) Financial Analysis MAN 6726 (2 credit hours) Strategic Business Analysis MAN 6055 (2 credit hours) Organizational Behavior QMB 6603 (2 credit hours) Operations Management/Quality Enhancement GEB 6226 (1 credit hour) Leadership Speaker Series GEB 6895 (4 credit hours) Integrated Business Applications ELECTIVES (15-18 credit hours) Students may select courses from any of the business disciplines to round out their professional and personal goals. Electives are offered in the following areas: Analytics & Business Intelligence Compliance, Risk & Anti-Money Laundering Creativity and Innovation Digital Marketing Entrepreneurship Finance Healthcare Management International Business Leadership Concepts & Organization Theory Management Information Systems Marketing Strategy Project and Process Management Sustainable Business
30 TUITION & FEES MBA Tuition Per Credit Hour Resident Non-Resident $ $ Professional Development Fee All new MBA students are assessed a $100 non-refundable professional development fee. This fee secures the student s place in the entering class. Additionally, these fees support the activities of the Graduate Business Association, help provide equipment and supplies for student use, and cover special seminars and networking events, subscriptions, guest speakers, refreshments, orientation, handbook, and occasional receptions and meals. The fee is in addition to the $35 Comprehensive New Graduate Student Fee assessed by the university. Annual increases of 15% are standard. Fees are subject to change without notice. There will also be associated costs of learning materials, software, and textbooks which can range from $100-$300 per course. Financial Aid A limited number of scholarships and graduate assistantships are available each year to full-time MBA students. Assistantships provide part-time (20 hours per week) employment in various academic departments. Duties may include research, teaching and administration. Graduate Assistant hiring decisions are made by individual departments. Scholarship applications will automatically be sent to qualified candidates and recipients are required to attend the annual scholarship luncheon. For other sources of financial assistance, please visit the USF Financial Aid website at usf.edu/finaid. Please note that financial aid is limited. Both domestic and international students should plan on financially supporting themselves throughout the program.