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Individuals who pursue the MBA program at Indiana State University will receive quality, rigorous coaching ingrained in current industry trends and best practices to prepare for a career as a manager or business professional in an ever-changing global environment. The program will emphasize both theory as well as practice to develop tomorrow’s leaders with skills in problem solving, strategic thinking, and the management of organizational change.

Learning Goals

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use business problem solving techniques.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply business knowledge consistent with contemporary best practices.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of global business practices.


Business education is deeply rooted in Indiana State University’s history.  As early as 1918, the Commerce Department offered business courses in advanced bookkeeping, beginning and advanced shorthand, and advanced typewriting.  The first undergraduate degrees with majors in commerce were awarded in 1920 and a program in business administration was introduced in 1952.  Over the years, the department experienced several name changes with the School of Business being formally established in 1964.  The name was updated in 2004 to the College of Business and again in 2009 to the Scott College of Business thanks to a generous naming gift from Don and Susan Scott.

Important milestones in the Scott MBA program history:


The first MBA degree is awarded.


Full accreditation is granted to the MBA program from AACSB


The MBA program is recognized by the Princeton Review in their publication of Best Business Schools. It has since appeared in every edition.


The first cohort of the Professional MBA program begins in Plainfield, Indiana.


Faculty from the Scott College of Business and Bayh College of Education collaborate to offer the MBA in Education Leadership.


The Online MBA program begins.