Overview

Applicants
72
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.56
Years Work Experience
2
Average Age
24

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
450 - 640
GPA
3.16 - 4.00

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
June 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
15

87
Full-time
20
Female
13
Part-time


Students Say

Efficiency is the name of the game at the Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. This school’s AACSB accredited accelerated MBA program is just “ten months from start to finish,” cramming a full MBA curriculum into less than a year of coursework. Not surprisingly, the result is an “intense course load,” tons of homework, and a “fastpaced, invigorating environment.” A current student admits, “I’m lucky if I get more than a couple of hours on the weekends to go grocery shopping. This place will get you in and out in a hurry, but you certainly won’t have time for anything else while you’re doing it.” At the same time, the breakneck format affords students a number of important benefits. In particular, it’s a great deal: Here, students only leave the workforce for a year and tuition is “significantly lower” than at a traditional two-year program. In addition, for students who plan to take the CPA exam, NAU offers the opportunity to complete their accounting courses and earn an MBA in just two years. A popular choice, “over half the program is enrolled in the MBA-ACC offering, while the other half navigates the traditional MBA.” On that note, accounting classes get top marks, while students say “the management and finance courses add value and the principles learned will be handy going forward.”

Despite the program’s rigor, the Franke College of Business is a surprisingly cooperative and down-to-earth place. Throughout the business school, “the environment is one of learning and collaboration where the majority of teachers are interested in helping students achieve success.” With few exceptions, “the teachers are extremely approachable,” and, due to the limited graduate enrollment, “the small class sizes means we receive more individual attention from professors.” Teamwork is encouraged across the curriculum, which builds soft skills while also helping to ease the stress of coursework. A student agrees, “The academic experience at NAU is demanding and high-pressured, although the group nature of a lot of our work allows students to use their best skills when contributing within this environment.” Like the faculty, “the school’s administration goes that extra mile” to assist students, and it truly works “to make the MBA program as stress-free as possible.” The school generally runs smoothly and the curriculum is well-designed; however, some students tell us, “There does not appear to be a lot of communication between the professors” when it comes to planning and evaluating courses.


Concentrations

Accounting
Leadership/Management

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability

Description

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$54,957
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
93%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
92%
School Facilitiated
7%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

82%
Finance/Accounting
18%
General Management

Graduates Employed by Region

93%
Southwest
4%
Mid-Atlantic
4%
West

Students Say

The ten month program allows students to enter the workforce sooner. In some cases, students don’t even need to look for a new job after graduation. A current student explains, “I left my job to be in this program, but given that I will be applying back with them within a year, I don’t need to go through the same hiring process.” For those students looking for a new position, the Career Development Office provides undergrad- uate and graduate students with various career and professional development programs. Through the Career Development Center, employers recruit students for entry-level and full-time positions, as well as for internships. Companies that recently participated in one of the Career Development Office’s recruiting events include Vanguard, Equity Methods, McGladrey, Grant Thornton, PFSweb, CliftonLarsonAllen, Target, Lohman Company, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, Eide Bailly, and Ernst & Young. Still, students feel the MBA would improve with the addition of “more job placement opportunities.” In particular, students would like to see more recruiting companies from Phoenix and other big cities.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 82% $53,000 $51,991 $34,000 $57,000
General Management 18% $65,000 $68,600 $36,000 $100,000

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
94%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
59%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$10,970
Tuition (Out-State)
$24,056
Fees (In-State)
$7,000
Fees (Out-State)
$7,000

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$0
Tuition (Out-State)
$0
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Academic Expenses
$1,500

Student Body Profile

Total Full-Time Enrollment
26
Part Time
0%

In State
66.0%
Out of State
34.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
1

Demographics

8.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
8.00%
International

50% female
50% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Located in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, NAU offers “outstanding” facilities, a professional atmosphere, and a scenic backdrop. The W.A. Franke College of Business building is LEED-certified. All classrooms “overlook a green retention area” where stu- dents can be seen “playing Frisbee, sitting and reading under the perimeter trees, or just relaxing.” In addition, students have access to a “great MBA lounge that offers students a place to complete course work as well as eat lunch and socialize.” “Most students are laid-back and easygoing” with their classmates, though “hardworking” and competitive in the classroom. A younger crowd, many MBA candidates are “recent graduates with no actual work experience,” though you’ll also meet some mid-career professionals in class.

While the atmosphere is laid-back, MBA students are definitely busy. One admits, “Honestly, in a ten-month accelerated program, I haven’t much of an opportunity to have much of a life outside of school.” When they want to relax, there are plenty of “out- door activities” in the surrounding area, from local hikes and skiing, to the nearby Grand Canyon. On campus, the larger university also offers social, recreational, and cultural events. MBA students can be as involved in the school as they’d like; “some students take full advantage of everything NAU has to offer, while others do not.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Jordan Linder
MBA Coordinator

Address
MBA Program Office
P.O. Box 15066
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5066
United States

Phone
928-523-7342

Fax
928-523-7996

Email
fcb-gradprog@nau.edu


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