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Fort Hays State University


Campus: Hays, Kansas

Type: Public

Accreditation: AACSB

Base Program Cost: $13,600

Per Credit Hour: $400

Minimum Credit Hours: 34

GMAT Required: Yes

Minimum Time Commitment: 18 months

Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives, Finance, Health Care Management, Health and Human Performance/Sports Management, Human Resource Management (HRM), Information Assurance, International Business, Leadership Studies, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality Management

On Campus Requirements: No

School Site: Online MBA Overview | Tuition, Financial Aid


Fort Hays State University (FHSU) has been involved in distance learning for 30 years. Based out of Hays, Kansas, the MBA program has been fully online since 2007. Currently, there are 70 students in the online MBA program; FHSU has more than 8,000 online students overall.


Fort Hays State University’s business school is under candidacy to become accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction given to only about 5 percent of the world’s business schools.


Fort Hays State University offers MBA specializations in the following fields:

  • Finance
  • General MBA Studies
  • Health Care Management
  • Health and Human Performance / Sports Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Assurance
  • International Business
  • Leadership Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management

The Fort Hays online MBA is a 34-46 hour program, depending on the number of business foundations courses a student without a business undergraduate degree may need. Students can take these foundation classes alongside their MBA course work. Because of rolling admissions, students can join the program whenever they are ready and can adjust the number of credits they take each semester. Students taking classes at full-time status can complete the program in 18 months.


Graduate-level applicants must include the following items for admissions consideration:

  • Application (which can be completed online)
  • $35 domestic application fee or $50 international application fee
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • A personal letter/statement or resume

In addition to these items, students must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.50 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012 school year, tuition for the online MBA program was $400 per credit hour or a base program cost of $13,600. FHSU participates in a variety of student loan programs from federal and private sources that must be repaid. Federal loan programs are options for U.S. citizens and legal residents. Private education loan programs are options for all applicants, including international students. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Financial Aid Data forms are required to determine eligibility.

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