The traditional M.B.A. serves primarily working professionals with academic and professional backgrounds in a wide variety of areas. It is a generalist business degree, designed to position individuals with technical or functional expertise to advance to managerial and leadership roles within their areas of expertise and organizations. No particular undergraduate major is required, and accelerated pre-M.B.A. courses provide the necessary foundation for students with non-business academic backgrounds. Students may begin any semester and may progress at a pace that allows them to fulfill their professional and personal obligations in addition to their degree.
Full-Time Integrated M.B.A.
The full-time integrated M.B.A. (FIMBA) program is cohort based and begins each June. The lock-step curriculum is enhanced by professional development and culminates the following summer semester. No, or little, work experience is required for the FIMBA program. A comprehensive paid fellowship with one of several local partner corporations is required for full admission, and the Seidman College connects qualified students to its corporate partners. All undergraduate majors are considered for admission to the FIMBA program, although students without business majors will need additional preparation before beginning the cohort program. It can be more challenging for some majors to secure the required fellowship. The work experience associated with the fellowship bridges the employment gap and helps students defray the program's cost. The cohort model enables Seidman faculty members to provide the curriculum in a unique integrated format. Study abroad and in Washington, D.C. are integral components.
The M.S.A. program offers students who are interested in becoming specialists an intensive, concentrated learning experience that explores the essential aspects of accounting and permits an in-depth exploration in areas of special interest. This specialized accounting degree is designed for students pursuing careers in public, industry, and not-for-profit accounting. The program is available to students with any undergraduate major, although the curriculum will vary depending on the students' previous business and accounting course work. The program may be pursued part time or full time, and students may begin their studies any semester. Students completing the M.S.A. meet the academic requirements for Michigan CPA licensure.
The M.S.T. program is designed for students who are interested in becoming tax specialists. It is an intensive, concentrated learning experience that explores the essential aspects of taxation and permits an in-depth investigation in areas of special interest. The program is specialized, practical, and intensely client focused. Students examine the substantive tax law and enhance their analytical and research skills, enabling them to analyze a tax problem, identify relevant issues, and arrive at the appropriate conclusion or course of action. It is open to students with any undergraduate major, although students without business or law backgrounds need significant preparation before beginning the graduate tax curriculum.
Students wishing to complement their graduate business degrees with depth of study in a particular area may take electives in the area of their choice, or they may complete a series of prescribed electives to have an official emphasis noted on their transcripts. Students in the traditional M.B.A. may complete defined electives in finance, health sector management, international business, management of technology, or sustainable enterprise for official emphases. In each case, the emphasis will add one or three courses to the M.B.A. curriculum.
Interested M.S.A. students may complement their degrees with emphases in finance or taxation. For students with non-accounting undergraduate majors, an official emphasis will increase the length of their programs by four courses. Students with undergraduate degrees in accounting may complete an emphasis within the 33 credit hours required of the M.S.A. degree.
The Seidman College of Business partners with MSU Law to offer dual program options. The J.D./ M.B.A., J.D./M.S.A., and J.D./M.S.T. are available to students wishing both degrees and who earn admission to both the relevant Seidman graduate program and to MSU Law. In each case, students may transfer up to 12 credits of law courses to the Seidman program and up to 12 credits of business, accounting, or tax courses to MSU Law to complete the respective dual program.
Why a Seidman Graduate Program
Individuals seeking a graduate business degree are invited to meet with the graduate programs staff at the L. William Seidman Center on Grand Valley's downtown Grand Rapids campus to discuss career interests, professional objectives, and program plans.