School of Business & Economics

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application deadline?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, however, priority is given to applications received by specified deadlines. For the January 2020 cohort, priority is given to applications received by December 1, 2019; applications for international students are required by September 1, 2019.

Will my graduate credit from other institutions transfer?

In general, no.

How much will the program cost?

Total estimated tuition cost for in-state students is approximately $13,500. This estimated total does not include the cost of books or fees.

Do I have to take the GMAT?

No. The GMAT is not required at this time. Our admissions process balances past academic performance (as demonstrated by the undergraduate GPA), fit with individual life and career goals as described in an application essay, and an assessment of past performance and future potential to be provided in recommendations from key individuals, one of which must be from a recent employer.

Is an undergraduate degree in business required?

The IU East Master of Science in Management is designed for individuals who performed well academically in a wide range of degrees at the undergraduate level. A degree in business is not required. Individual assessment will be used to determine any additional academic preparation needed.

How does the MSM differ from an MBA?

The M.S.M. has a generalist focus on developing the knowledge, values, and skills that support practicing and emerging managers in performing leadership roles in managing people, resources, and technology.

Can I give you my transcripts?

We must have “official” transcripts—the unbroken seal of the institution’s registrar is essential if you hand deliver transcripts. Opened transcripts will not be accepted.

Is there a minimum GPA that must be maintained while in the program?

Students who maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 will be considered in good standing.

What type of schedule should I anticipate?

See the schedule page for the dates and times each cohort will meet for the entire 15-month program.

Is there any online work?

Yes, although face-to-face sessions will predominate, both individual and group online work will be utilized.

What is a cohort model?

A cohort program is one where all students take the same set of courses each semester. This allows for more integrative learning and also more time for networking and developing collegial relationships. The group starts and finishes the program together.

What happens if I have to miss class?

Because the program is a cohort program and the schedule is published in advance, this should be less of an issue. If you can see that there will be problems attending all of the sessions, you may want to think about waiting for another cohort to start. If you anticipate this will be an issue, please address this with the graduate program director prior to starting the program.

Is financial aid available?

Contact the Financial Aid office to discuss options available to you. They can be reached at 765-973-8206 or toll free 800-959-EAST
Fax: 765-973-8288 or email

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