Oklahoma State University Review

By Henry R. Steele - October 16, 2017
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Oklahoma State University is a public college that was established in 1890. It is currently ranked as the #156th best national university according to US News and World Report. The Spears School of Business offers master’s programs in business, accounting, economics, finance, HR, management information systems and non-profit management.

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Oklahoma State University is highly for starting salary vs debt

One of the most important questions to ask when considering an MBA program is whether the end result in terms of salary is worth the cost. According to a recent survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAT) of 15,000 recent college alumni, 92% of respondents said that they were satisfied with their decision to go to MBA school.

But the financial value of the MBA you earn varies a great deal. At many schools, the average student loan burden is high relative to the graduate’s starting salary. But at some schools, the starting salaries for graduates is much more than their debt.

Oklahoma State University is ranked as one of the top schools in the country in terms of starting salary vs MBA debt load.

According to the 2017 survey by US news, the starting salary for MBA graduates in 2016 was $60,910. Their total average MBA student debt was only $18,728. This was good for the 6th spot out of 10.

So if you attend Oklahoma State for business school, you should be confident that you will earn a relatively high salary compared to your debt.

In state tuition for MBA program is very affordable

The tuition per credit hour for the MBA programs in state is very reasonable at only $474 per credit hour. The entire program is 42 credit hours, so in state residents should be able to complete the program in terms of tuition cost for under $20,000. Other fees and costs may apply.

For out of state residents, the cost per credit hour is still a reasonable $580.

Oklahoma State University MBA program is ranked #29 by US News

US News and World Report is one of the most respected publications for ranking MBA programs. If your program is ranked high in that magazine, you know that the program is probably of high quality, at least in the methodology that US News uses. The program currently is ranked #29 in the US.

Variety of school-based scholarships are available for MBA student

According to the program website, there are many school-based scholarships available for MBA students specifically. These scholarships run from $500 up to $5000, and there are some scholarships with no set limit.

Getting scholarships can help to keep your college loan costs under control, which is a huge help once you are in the working world after graduation.

The Spears School of Business is accredited by the AACSB

The Spears School of Business is fully accredited by AACSB International, or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB currently is the oldest and most respected accreditation body in the world for business education programs. If your MBA program and business school are accredited by the AACSB, you can be highly confident that you are earning a quality business degree. It is sure to be recognized as a legitimate credential by any employer in the business world..

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GMAT or GRE scores are required

This university still requires that GMAT or GRE scores be submitted to be considered for admission to the MBA program. There are many MBA programs today that do not require that you submit standardized test scores. This MBA program still requires them if you want to be admitted to most of their business programs, including MBA.

The program website also states that unless the applicant is a doctor, dentist or veterinarian, all others must submit standardized test scores.

Not every MBA concentration is offered online

Not all of the MBA concentrations are available to online students. Some of the specialties only are available to students who take the full time or part time MBA at the Stillwater or Tulsa campus.

The MBA concentrations that are available to online students are:

  • Business sustainability
  • Data science
  • Energy business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global marketing
  • HR
  • Information assurance
  • Marketing analytics
  • Nonprofit management

Faculty credentials and training are low ranked

One of the ranking indicators that US News and World Report includes is faculty credentials and training rank. This indicates the general quality of the professors teaching the MBA program.

The current rank for OSU faculty credentials and training is only #134. This indicates that the faculty are not as highly regarded as at other programs. However, the professors are ranked a healthy 79 out of 100 af far as their training and credentials for teaching remotely.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1890
  • University type: Public
  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Application fee: $40
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Stillwater, Tulsa, OK
  • Student-faculty ratio: 20:1

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $474 per credit hour in state; $580 per credit hour out of state

Business Degrees

  • Online, part time and full time MBA

MBA Specializations

Class Profile

  • 52% men at the entire university
  • 0 GPA is the minimum requirement to be considered for MBA admission
  • Average GMAT score is 553
  • 92% of students who apply to MBA program are accepted
  • 73 months of average work experience for new MBA students

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 3% of students from this university graduate on time, which is about average
  • Freshmen retention rate is 81%, which is good

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 156
  • Online MBA: 29
  • Top public schools: 80
  • High school counselor rankings: 128
Henry R. Steele
Henry R. Steele
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Henry is Managing Editor of BusinessStudent.com. He is a seasoned business professional who regularly consults with local business's throughout Southern California. Henry pursued his undergrad in Business and Economics at the University of San Diego and gained valuable life changing experience through a unique internship upon graduation.Follow on Twitter.com

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