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Harmon College of Business Administration
Ward Edwards 1624, University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093 USA

Phone: 1-660-543-8617
Fax: 1-660-543-8350

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 Program Overview   study in america

Virtual Tour The Harmon College of Business, located at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) offers graduate students three diverse master's programs from which to choose. All three prepare graduates for challenging and rewarding professional lives in various business industries.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA program is a professional interdisciplinary degree that is offered through the co-operation of five departments at the Harmon College of Business. The program prepares students to assume positions of leadership and responsibility. Concentrations in accountancy, finance, computer information systems or marketing allow students the flexibility to pursue advanced study in their business area of interest.

Master of Arts in Accountancy (MA in Accountancy)

The MA in Accountancy program provides graduate exposure to the traditional areas of accounting (financial accounting, managerial accounting, income tax and auditing) through a general accounting core. An accounting specialization within the MA degree also allows advanced study in specific areas such as tax, financial planning, systems/auditing or controllership. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Missouri.

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

The MSIT degree is a unique program that focuses on technological innovations and challenges in the 21st century. Recent graduates from the MSIT program work in organizations such as Boeing, Sprint, Microsoft, IBM, Computer Associates, Wal-Mart, DST Systems, Edward Jones, and many other Fortune 500 companies. Areas of specialization in the program include Software Engineering, e-commerce/Internet Technologies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

 Highlights   study in america

  • Within the MBA, MSIT and MA in Accountancy programs, students may concentrate on a specific area of interest beyond the core set of required courses.
  • Harmon College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
  • UCM is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

 Student Profile   study in america

# of Full-time Students: 150
# of Applications per year: 100
# Accepted per year: 40
# Enrolled per year: 35
Average GMAT Score: 495
Average Age: 27.3 years
% Men/Women: 55% / 45%
Work Experience (avg yrs): n/a
Class Sizes: 20

 Distribution by Undergraduate Degrees   study in america

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 Location at a Glance   study in america

City Population: 18,000
Cost of Living: low
Climate Range: 20°F to 100°F
Campus Setting: rural

 University at a Glance   study in america

Year Founded: 1871
Total Enrollment: 11,000
Graduate Enrollment: 2,000
Students in Residence: 9,800

 University & Location   study in america

With 150 career-building programs of study, a beautiful residential campus and a welcoming hometown, UCM is the school of choice for over 11,063 graduate and undergraduate students. Founded as a teacher's college in 1871, UCM has maintained a commitment to imparting knowledge to those who are eager to learn.

UCM prides itself in transforming students into lifelong learners, who are dedicated to service and possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed and lead in the region, state, nation and world. UCM offers a comprehensive array of bachelor's programs and selected master's and doctoral programs that build upon historical strengths and a state-wide mission to contribute positively to community.

UCM's sprawling campus located in the heart of downtown Warrensburg, Missouri, is home to many centres and institutes that contribute to student development and community learning. Some of these culture-rich initiatives include the Center for Religious Studies, the National Police Institute and the Missouri Safety Center.

 International Student Support   study in america

The university's International Center handles the applications, orientation, English instruction and immigration issues of the nearly 400 international students from 60 different countries attending UCM. In addition, the center also offers special programs that introduce Missouri families to international students, encourage friendships and broaden knowledge of other cultures. The associated International Student Organization (ISO) at UCM also contributes to international student integration by organizing many fun events each semester for local and international students.

 Admissions Criteria & Procedures   study in america

Admission to a graduate program at UCM is a two-part process. First, students must be admitted to the Graduate School, and if they are successfully admitted, their application is then forwarded to the department program of their choice. That department then makes a recommendation on admitting the student to the degree program.

Students applying to the MBA program must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and a minimum score of 400 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). In addition to achieving the minimum scores, students must achieve an admission score of at least 1000 based on the formula undergraduate GPA X 200 + GMAT Score. For students graduating with a degree in business from an institution accredited by AACSB International with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above, the GMAT requirement is waived.

Students applying to the MSIT program are granted entrance on the basis of their academic aptitude and potential, which is evaluated through academic record, work experience and test scores. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5, and a minimum GRE score of 1000 (verbal + quantitative) or a GMAT score of 500. Exception may be granted, on a case-by-case basis, for candidates who have extensive professional experience in the field. These students should submit a resume for review.

Students applying to the MA in Accountancy program must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and a minimum score of 400 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). In addition to achieving the minimum scores, students must achieve an admission score of at least 1000 based on the formula undergraduate GPA X 200 + GMAT Score.

Students applying for any of the three graduate programs at UCM's Harmon College of Business must have a bachelor's degree. Prerequisite degrees must be from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by UCM.

Applicants must submit an online application form, a $30 non-refundable application fee and arrange for official transcripts from all colleges or universities they have attended to be sent to the Graduate School. Students may also print a hard copy of the Graduate Application for Admission and mail it to the Graduate School. All application materials should be received by the Graduate School at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to register.

International applicants must submit a signed application for admission and a non-refundable $50 application fee, payable to UCM. Priority deadlines for the receipt of all admission materials are fall semester: May 1, spring semester: October 1 and summer semester: April 1. Applications received after these deadlines will automatically be processed for the following semester. International applicants must also submit official academic records from all secondary and postsecondary schools attended, whether or not a degree, certificate or diploma was earned. Applicants are also responsible for submitting a declaration of financial status and their TOEFL test score.

 Expenses & Financial Assistance   study in america

UCM's current tuition rates for on-campus graduate students are $245.80 per credit hour for Missouri residents and $491.60 per credit hour for non-residents. The UCM Office of Student Financial Services can assist graduate students who need financial assistance to help pay their educational and living expenses while attending university.

To qualify for federal aid, students must be admitted to a UCM masters or education specialist degree program, and they must submit a 2009/2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1, 2009. Graduate students are also eligible to qualify for Federal Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans and Work-Study employment. Full-time enrollment is required for a graduate student to receive a Perkins Loan and Work-Study employment assistance. Half-time enrollment is required to receive Stafford Loan assistance.

Scholarships available to the Harmon College of Business graduate students include the ARAMARK Facilities Service MBA Scholarship, three Lucas Sterne and Albert G. Spaeth Scholarships, the Harmon College of Business Administration Graduate Scholarship, two Adrian and Margaret Harmon Business Graduate Scholarships, the William G (Jerry) & Margaret Douglas Tally Scholarship, and the Charles G. and Laura Keynon Kuhn Distinguished Entrepreneurial Scholarship. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2009. Students may apply for more than one scholarship, but they may receive only one at a time. The same reference letters and transcripts may be used for multiple scholarship applications.

Graduate students can also apply for assistantships that provide opportunities for professional development, a stipend and scholarship to help defray the costs of tuition and living. The assistantships available to graduate students exist in five of the university's sectors: administration, lab work, research, student affairs and teaching. To qualify, students must have a baccalaureate degree, a completed graduate school application, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.70 and a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (if applicable).

The Stateline Grant Program allows students living in participating Kansas counties (Doniphan, Atchison, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, Miami, Linn, Bourbon, Crawford and Cherokee) to pay in-state fees. In addition, the Graduate Non-Resident Scholarship covers the non-resident graduate fees for eligible students who earned their bachelor's degrees and earned at least 60 undergraduate hours at UCM. For more information and the application form, please refer to UCM's scholarships webpage at

UCM graduate students can also apply for research funding awards, such as the Willard North Research Awards for Graduate Students and the Graduate Student Research Awards. There are additional federal and foundation research grant opportunities listed in the university's Office of Sponsored Programs - on the web at

 Career Placement & Opportunities   study in america

The Harmon College of Business Administration has many resources available to students who are interested in beginning their business careers while still attending classes. The university's Center for Business Internships, Center for Economic Education, Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies & Development, and Small Business Technology & Development Center serve the needs of students, entrepreneurs, small business owners, economics teachers and citizens of the State of Missouri. These centers also serve to bridge the gap between academic study and business practice.

Through the Center for Business Internships (CBI), students have the opportunity to participate in fulfilling internship positions. CBI matches students with companies in the Fortune 500, local businesses, international corporations, and state and federal government posts. Students can also pursue international internships in Mexico, France and The Netherlands. CBI works exclusively with business majors and minors to help them secure the internships that best fit their long-term career goals while still earning college credit and a salary.

UCM's Office of Career Services helps place new graduates into the industry and position of their choice. Graduates have begun successful careers as accountants, finance specialists, entrepreneurs, human resource managers, network specialists, sales managers and supply chain managers. Employers prize Harmon College grads for their superior knowledge, skills and work ethic.

 Admissions at a Glance   study in america

Minimum GMAT: 400
Minimum GPA: 2.50
Minimum TOEFL: 550 - paper exam, 213 - computer based exam
Application Fee:
$30; $50 for international students
Application Deadline:
3 weeks prior to semester of enrollment

 Employment Profile   study in america

# of Recruiters on Campus: 30
Graduates Employed:
Within 90 days: n/a
Within 6 months:
Within 1 year:
Average Starting Salary: n/a

 % of Students in Management Levels   study in america

Upper Middle:

 Employment by Field   study in america

Accounting 35
Finance 15
Information Systems 30
Marketing 15
General Management 5

 Annual Expenses (in US$)   study in america

In-State Tuition: $6,200
Out-of-State Tuition: $9,600
International Tuition: $9,600
Books & Materials: $1,000
Health Insurance: $790
Private: $5,000
Homestay: n/a
Residence: $6,320

 International Student Profile   study in america

# students in program 40
% enrolled 27 per cent

 Countries of Origin:   study in america

Many countries are represented in the program. The largest international concentrations of students are from India and China.

 Faculty Profile   study in america

# of Faculty: 50
% of Faculty with Doctoral Degree: 82 per cent

 Program Facts   study in america

Year Program Founded: 1971
Length of Program: 1.25 years
Degrees: Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Accountancy, Master of Science in Information Technology
Program Entry: Fall or spring semester
Study Options: assistantship; co-op/work internship; distance education; fast-track; international exchanges; part-time

 Concentrations:   study in america

The MBA program offers concentrations in accountancy, computer information systems, finance and marketing.

The MA in Accountancy program offers concentrations in tax, financial planning, systems/auditing and controllership.

The MSIT program offers concentrations in software engineering, e-commerce/Internet technologies and geographic information systems (GIS).

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