GMAT Waiver Extended to Winter 2021-22

The College of Business at Louisiana Tech University will temporarily waive the GMAT and/or GRE requirement for applications to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) programs for the Winter 2021-22 quarter for applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2. 

The decision was made to extend the waiver through the Winter to further support prospective students who are navigating admissions and enrollment processes in the midst of the global pandemic in addition to the closure of some academic testing sites. 

If you do not meet the minimum 3.2 undergraduate GPA requirement, we encourage you to take the GMAT as soon as possible. You can find more information about testing availability at You may also consider entering Louisiana Tech’s MBA program through the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

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Master of Business Administration

For those who are ready to pursue the next level of education, the College of Business offers five MBA delivery methods geared to fit the various needs of each and every business student, regardless of what point they are at in their career path—whether you’re fresh from your undergraduate degree and ready for the next step, or you’ve been in the field for some time already.

We offer programs tailored to fit your career goals, from the traditional MBA to an executive-level program and online classes for those who prefer to pursue their education at their own pace. Take a look below to get better acquainted with what each program’s course load entails.

“The MBA program equipped me with opportunities to deepen the knowledge base I had already established with my undergraduate degree. The case studies and projects allowed me to apply theoretical ideas to real-world issues, enabling me to develop highly sought-after skills necessary to succeed in the 21st-century workforce.”

Nick Oliver, '17

Financial Analyst, Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP)

Traditional MBA

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offers an educational experience in business and management at the graduate level, and is designed to provide breadth in exposure to the basic business disciplines and to facilitate the integration and application of knowledge of the various disciplines to the management of innovation. It is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental degree program offered by the Graduate Division and the academic departments of the College of Business. Ethical concerns and international issues are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Click below to view the curriculum for the Traditional MBA, as well as information on application requirements and foundation courses.

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MBA Concentrations

For students looking to specialize in a certain field of business, the College of Business offers five concentrations for the traditional MBA.

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Professional Online MBA

This Professional MBA is offered online and makes learning convenient for those who cannot attend a consistent class schedule. We know return on investment is one of the biggest factors when selecting a graduate program, so we’re proud that our program was recently ranked No. 1 for Best Value for Online MBA by Online MBA Today. You will receive a masters degree from a highly regarded, nationally ranked, Tier 1 research institution at a competitive price. The curriculum for Professional Online MBA mirrors the Traditional MBA. Please keep in mind that we do not offer any of our four concentrations in this online format. Every effort is made to offer courses on the following schedule (please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for official schedule):

FALL //  ACCT 505: Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
FALL //  CIS 510: Information Resource Management  
WINTER //  FINC 515: Financial Management 
WINTER //  MKTG 530: Marketing Management
SPRING //  MGMT 571: Organizational Behavior
SPRING //  ECON 510: Managerial Economics
SPRING //  BUSN 501: Global Perspective in Management
WINTER/SUMMER //  MGMT 595: Strategic Management (Capstone)
ONCE PER QUARTER //  Elective (two required)

Click below to view the curriculum and application requirements.

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Hybrid MBA

In our Hybrid MBA program, students have the opportunity to interact with professors and foster personal, mentoring relationships, while also having the flexibility of virtual classes that are accessible from anywhere. This approach allows students to earn their degree in a program that suits their schedules with the benefit of engaging, collaborative relationships that are the hallmark of the Louisiana Tech experience. The Hybrid format is a 24-month, 36-hour MBA program with concentrated coursework in Computer Information Systems and Information Assurance. All in-person classes take place at Louisiana Tech’s Academic Success Center in the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Hybrid MBA Coursework
Online Courses:
ACCT 505: Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
FINC 515: Financial Management
CIS 510: Information Resource Management
MKTG 530: Marketing Management
MGMT 571: Organizational Behavior
ECON 510: Managerial Economics
BUSN 501: Global Perspectives in Management
MGMT 595: Strategic Management (Capstone)

Live Courses:
CIS 521: Principles of Information Assurance
Take any 3 of the following 4 courses:
CIS 522: Incident Response and Computer Forensics
CIS 523: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
CIS 524: Information Systems Assurance Risk Analysis
CIS 525: Principles of Cryptography

Executive MBA

The 30-hour Executive MBA curriculum is specifically designed for students who already have management experience and thus relies heavily on integrating each individual’s experience to enhance the overall learning for all of the students. Structured to provide minimal disruption to your busy work schedule and personal life, students pursuing the Executive MBA degree meet for classes every other weekend (Friday evenings and all-day on Saturday) in our Shreveport-Bossier classroom. Summers off allow students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

Application Information
In addition to filling out Louisiana Tech’s online application, applicants should send a current resume and letter of intent via email to The GMAT is NOT required for acceptance into the Executive MBA program. 

Update for Fall 2021 Cohort
Our immersive weekend format relies on vibrant, in-person classroom discussion and active engagement. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the uncertainty brought about by the Delta variant, and the unique nature of the Executive MBA program, we feel it is only responsible to delay the start of our Fall 2021 cohort until the Spring. We do so with your safety in mind and to ensure our program provides the superior learning experience and outcomes for which it was designed. We are disappointed that we must make the decision to postpone the start of the program at this time, but look forward to gathering safely in the Spring Quarter, which will begin in March 2022. 

MGMT 540 Principled Business Leadership
BUSN 500 Critical Thinking
ACCT 505 Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
FINC 515 Financial Management
MKTG 530 Marketing Management
CIS 510 Information Resource Management
MGMT 571 Organizational Behavior
ECON 510 Managerial Economics
BUSN 501 Global Perspectives in Management
MGMT 595 Administrative Policy

Our program is competitively priced at $26,000, which includes books, tuition, and meals (dinner, breakfast, lunch).

Concurrent Enrollment Program

Current Louisiana Tech undergraduates who have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 may be allowed to register for graduate credit if they meet the following criteria. Students must:

  1. Written approval of Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Bill McCumber. For those applying for concurrent enrollment in the MAcc program, written approval must also be obtained from the MAcc Program Advisor Dr. Bill Stammerjohan.
  2. Provide a minimum of two letters of reference along with a graduate application and application fee ($40).
  3. Lack no more than 30 semester hours to complete baccalaureate degree requirements.
  4. Earn no more than 12 graduate credit hours while completing baccalaureate requirements.
  5. Understand that courses taken for graduate credit cannot be used to satisfy undergraduate requirements.
  6. Retain the undergraduate status until he/she is awarded the baccalaureate degree.
  7. Maintain a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 while in the concurrent program.

Students admitted to the concurrent program are expected to enroll in graduate level courses. Students seeking admission to a Master’s program (other than the one they were originally accepted to for concurrent enrollment) must meet the same admission requirements as other applicants. GMAT scores will be waived for students admitted to the Concurrent Enrollment Program provided they continue to pursue the degree for which they were initially admitted and maintain all other conditions to retain graduate status. Learn more.

Fast Track Courses

In order to pursue an MBA at Louisiana Tech, students must complete foundation course requirements, covering a broad array of subjects that prepare students for graduate work in business administration. Students with undergraduate degrees in business will most likely have completed these courses in their undergraduate studies. For those without undergraduate degrees in business, there are two ways to satisfy these requirements. First, a student can complete the 15 hours of credit by enrolling in our five undergraduate foundation courses. Second, we have an online Fast-Track option consisting of four, self-paced, pass/fail foundation courses. Students register for these courses over a regular 10-week quarter, however many find that they can complete these courses in less time. Transcripts are evaluated to determine which foundation courses are required. Note these courses can be taken concurrently with some MBA-level courses.

Please contact Kassi Speaks in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research to enroll in the Fast Track courses. 

Already have an undergraduate degree in an area other than business? You may be able to earn a Post-Graduate Business Foundations Certificate through the Fast Track courses. 


For more information on the program and admissions requirements, contact:

Dr. Bill McCumber
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
(318) 257-4528

College of Business Graduate Programs Office 
(318) 257-4528

Mailing Address:
College of Business
502 W. Texas Ave.
P.O. Box 10318
Ruston, LA 71272

Helpful Links:
Louisiana Tech Graduate School Homepage
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International Student Office