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Admissions

Priority Deadlines are June 30 for Fall admission and December 30 for Spring admission.

Submission of a completed admission packet prior to the priority deadline guarantees an admission decision before the start of classes for that semester. The good news is we can usually process a completed packet within 1 week of receipt and we offer rolling admissions throughout the year with classes starting five times a year (click on the links below for relevant dates).

  • Term I (Fall 2018) – August 21 – October 10
  • Term II (Fall 2018) – October 17 – December 14
  • Term III (Spring 2019) – January 14 – March 6

Fayetteville State University is committed to offering a flexible and affordable MBA education. To that end, we have designed our admission requirements to work for you:

  • All Students: Affordable application fee and available staff to help you through the process.
  • MBA Program: Option to enter into Professional Development status first to give you time to build GPA and GMAT score before transitioning to Degree Seeking status.
  • Graduate Certificate: Simplified admission requirements to maximize your opportunities.
  • Three-Two: Use your undergraduate senior year at FSU to dual-count as your first year in the MBA program!
  • Online and International Students: Additional information to help you navigate the process.
  • Military & Veterans: the Special portion of Community page dedicated to explaining the process to access your military benefits to further your career.

The following information will help you learn more about the requirements of the program, the cost of the program, paying for the program, and special options for military and veterans. The apply button will take you to the MBA online application page.

Admission Requirements

MBA Degree

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Minimum GMAT (or  GRE predicted GMAT ) score of 400; or a GMAT waiver (view pop-up on waiver policy)

What if I don’t meet these requirements?

You may apply for either Degree Seeking or Professional Development status. If you apply for Professional Development status, you can enroll in up to 12 credit hours (4 classes), which may be used to meet the GPA requirement and attain a GMAT waiver. These credit hours apply to your MBA program once you enter Degree Seeking status.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Online Application
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee of $40 on that site
  • Send official (sealed) transcripts from each college or university you have attended (view pop-up for mailing address)
  • Send official test scores from the  GMAT  (FSU code 4RG-7x-23) or  GRE  (FSU code 7275).
  • Submit recommendation letters through the online application process.  Recommenders should be people who are qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate success.
  • Test of English-as-a-Foreign-Language ( TOEFL ) for students whose native language is not English.

What if I’m an international student? The processes are similar, but additional information on various steps is as follows:

  • Review the  Admissions for International Students page here .
  • Test of English-as-a-Foreign-Language ( TOEFL ) for students whose native language is not English.
  • Complete the International Student Application and Financial Certification.
  • Additional information on International Education at FSU can be found  at this page here .

Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or higher for Business Graduate Certificate
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher for all other Graduate Certificates

How to Apply:

  • Complete the online application via Online Application
  • Pay the application fee online
  • Send official (sealed) transcripts from each college or university you have attended

Three-Two Program

FSU Undergraduate students majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics and Finance in the School of Business and Economics may apply for admission to the MBA program during their junior year. Qualified applicants may enroll in up to six credit hours of graduate-level courses during each semester of their senior year, and then complete the remaining MBA courses in only one additional year beyond the undergraduate degree. Requirements for admission into the Three-Two Program are based on current MBA policy with the exception of completion of a baccalaureate degree. Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • GPA for the last 60 hours = 3.0 or better (200 x GPA) + (GMAT Score) = 1000 or better
  • Note: The  GRE predicted score for GMAT  may be used in the above formula

GMAT Waiver Policy

Applicants that fit one or more of the following criteria may be considered for a GMAT waiver:

  • Superior academic performance in a regionally accredited undergraduate institution with a GPA of 3.6 or higher
  • Demonstration of 10 years of progressive professional advancement experience, with a significant record of accomplishments, which may include earning credentials such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • US Military Service
  • Nine or more credit hours in an AACSB-accredited graduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • A completed graduate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent)

GMAT waivers are not guaranteed and must be granted by the FSU MBA Admissions Committee. Interested applicants should submit a written GMAT waiver request to the MBA Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will review such requests on a case-by-case basis. Meeting minimum requirements for consideration does not guarantee approval.

Tuition Cost

We understand that as a busy professional, your time is precious and you can only afford to invest in a program that will invest in you by offering great value at an affordable price. At FSU, we are pleased to offer the #1 MBA online in NC ranked in value.

Tuition at FSU

With the  most affordable MBA program in the UNC system , you pay only a fraction of the cost of other UNC schools while still enjoying full AACSB accreditation and the ability to take courses from other campuses through UNC Online. Learn more about our program’s unbeatable costs, including financial aid and special options for military and veterans.

Tuition & Fees

Detailed information about FSU costs can be found at the  bursar’s site here .

For the full, two-year program of 36 credit hours and four semesters, the total tuition and fees are estimated below based on the 2017-2018 costs. Please note this has been estimated for your convenience. This estimate also assumes that you will not need student medical insurance (~$2,200 per year).The actual amount may vary depending on how many class you take, whether you do any additional courses, how many semesters you take to finish the program and any other financial actions as processed by the bursar’s office.

Main Campus, In-person

  • In-state: $12,127.94
  • Out-of-state: $34,258.76

Distance and Online Education

  • In-state: $7,813.08
  • Out-of-state: $18,401.40

Financial Aid

We understand that affording your education is a top priority. FSU features the lowest cost of any MBA degree in the UNC system, yet still ranks #3 in overall quality.

There are a few ways that you can more easily afford the [email protected]:

  • Internships: A limited number of paid internships are available for qualified students. The internships are provided by local organizations and are designated for students with demonstrated academic excellence.
  • Graduate Assistantships: Graduate assistantships are available to MBA students. Qualified students will receive up to $3,000 for an academic year in exchange for a tutorial, research, and other related services.
  • Loans: Graduate students are entitled to apply for Guaranteed Student Loans (GSL), Perkins Loans, and the State Employees’ Credit Union’s Student Loan. Visit our Community page for more information on scholarships and financial aid.
  • Employer Assistance: Many employers offer full or partial reimbursement for employees to continue their education. Check with yours today!
  • Military Benefits: Visit our community page to learn more about financing your education as a military service member or relative.
  • Federal Direct Loans: U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet basic federal requirements may be eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per academic year. To qualify, you must complete  the FAFSA .

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Best Online MBA Program

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Business Administration (MBA)

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Our distance education program offers a flexible, affordable way for busy professionals to pursue their academic goals. With industry-best software tools, live lectures and fully recorded lectures, you are always connected to the outstanding business community here at Fayetteville State University.


Mike Laheta

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Fayetteville State University offered me the flexibility to earn an award winning MBA degree without having to put my current career on hold.

The best value in the world-class UNC system

With the  most affordable MBA program in the UNC system , you pay only a fraction of the cost of other UNC schools while still enjoying full AACSB accreditation and the ability to take courses from other campuses through  UNC Online .

Learn more about our program’s unbeatable costs, including financial aid and special options for military and veterans .

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MBA Concentrations

Business
The general Masters of Business Administration degree is perfect for those wanting a broad knowledge of the field, flexibility in choosing an eclectic mix of courses or preparing for doctoral studies.

Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
The MBA concentration in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics will provide you with profound knowledge of the business analysis techniques. In newly established SAP lab you will learn to apply those techniques to the real world problem and connect with SAP customers. Among the other highlights of this concentration is the SAS Joint Certificate from SAS Institute that you will receive upon completion of all required classes.  

Entrepreneurship
The MBA in Entrepreneurship is designed to give students the opportunity to develop innovative business plans and solutions and equip them with the tools to do so for their current business ventures.

Finance
For those focusing specifically on financial related fields, the MBA in Finance offers a comprehensive study of financial theory, mathematics, quantitative finance, investments, markets, financial reporting and analysis, and  valuation . The program may also help students prepare for professional certifications such as CPA or CFP.

Healthcare Management
Our MBA in Healthcare Management is an especially popular concentration, given North Carolina’s unique access to a variety of world-class healthcare providers, including  UNC ,  Duke ,  Fayetteville VA , and the local  Cape Fear Valley  health systems.

International Business
For those wishing to conduct business overseas, or advance their careers in an increasingly multi-cultural, international market, the MBA in International Business offers an excellent, practical option, with the possibility to travel overseas.

Marketing
The MBA in Marketing provides learners with hands-on, real-world projects to increase their communication and promotional business skillsets. The CBE has an especially close relationship with other organizations on campus that operate in IT and cyber, which will help you gain the edge in an increasingly digital, marketing world.

Management
Gain the skills you need to improve your current leadership role or to climb the corporate ladder with the MBA in Management.

Project Management
Our MBA in Project Management is a newer offering that is already making an impact in the field; we were recently named #5 in online project management for our exceptional quality and affordability. Students will be prepared to become part of the vibrant PM community, such as by pursuing a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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