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Michael J. Coles College of Business – Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State MBA Program Structure

The Kennesaw State MBA program at the Coles College of Business is built to be a fast and flexible learning experience. Most courses meet once a week. The program gives students the ability to choose evening or weekend sessions. Most courses that are offered at Kennesaw campus are Monday through Thursday, starting at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Classes offered at the Galleria location are Monday through Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. The new Sandy Springs location offers classes at Monday and Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.


The Kennesaw State MBA program centers around eight required classes consisting of seven core courses and one capstone. In addition to the core classes students must complete four electives, one of which must have an international context. Classes meet in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

The core courses cover accounting insights for managers, resource allocation and decision analysis, business finance, managing the value chain, managing and leading work behavior, strategic marketing and strategic management.

If a student’s undergraduate degree is not in business, then they may be required to take prerequisite courses in accounting, finance and statistics.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 70 (tie)

Class Profile

The most recent Coles MBA cohort had accepted 235 students across all of its MBA programs, with 188 in the part-time program.

The average age of students in the Coles part-time MBA program is 37. Students joined the program with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.23. Domestic students had an average GMAT score of 551, while international entrants scored around 660. The overall GMAT average was 576.

Students of minority status represent about 37 percent of the current class. About 44 percent of the class identifies as female, while nearly 56 percent identify as male.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Currently, tuition rates for this MBA program are $346 per credit for in-state students and $1,249 per credit for out of state students. At 36 total credits, Georgia residents will pay around $12,450 for the whole program, while out of state students will pay nearly $44,970. Additional fees may apply.

Coles students have access to the Office of Student Financial Aid. This tool helps student by outlining the application process and providing detailed information to help answer questions.


To apply to the Kennesaw State MBA program, applicants must submit an online application form, a copy of their professional résumé, official copies of any transcripts from previous colleges and their GMAT test scores. Applicants must pay a non-refundable $60 admission fee.

An evaluative interview is not required but may be requested by the MBA Admissions Committee.

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