The Master of Business Administration Program

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Monte Shadwick, Director

MBA Course Descriptions

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is a graduate business degree program for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who aspire to responsible positions in management. The curriculum provides the broad base of knowledge needed by managers competing in a dynamic, global environment.

Admission Categories

Full Standing

Full Standing is reserved for students who are seeking the M.B.A. degree and for those who meet the following criteria:

         -     Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, and completion of the required undergraduate leveling courses.
         -     Applicant interview with Director of M.B.A. program.
         -     Application
         -     Student must meet one of the following criteria:
                 -   Have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 (4.0 scale).
                 -   Submit a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be evaluated with the overall undergraduate GPA.
                 -   Have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) after completing nine graduate hours.

Provisional Standing

Provisional standing pertains to students who are seeking the M.B.A. degree who do not meet the requirements of “Full Standing”. When students admitted to the M.B.A. Program on a “Provisional” basis fulfill the requirements for “Full Standing”, the M.B.A. Director will upgrade their status.

Seniors who are enrolled as undergraduate students and are within 12 hours of completing their undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 for their last 60 hours, may apply for admission to the M.B.A. program. If they are accepted on a “Provisional” basis, they may enroll in 500 or 600 level courses for graduate credit if they have completed the appropriate undergraduate foundation courses. Courses numbered at the five or six hundred level may not be taken for undergraduate credit.

The maximum number of combined undergraduate and graduate hours in which a senior may enroll during the semester is 15 (7 during the summer term). The maximum number of graduate hours during the semester is 9 (3 during the summer term). The total number of graduate hours in which a senior may enroll before completing the baccalaureate degree is 12. Undergraduate and graduate hours may not be combined for financial aid purposes or for computing tuition cost.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer credit from another accredited graduate school, if such hours are compatible with the program at Kansas Wesleyan University. Transfer hours must meet the academic time limit requirement of six years.

Only courses in which students have received a grade of “Pass/Satisfactory” or a grade of “B” or higher will count toward graduation.  The M.B.A. Director will advise students whether or not the hours will count towards graduation. Students may appeal the Director’s decision to the Graduate Council. No more than six hours of transfer graduate hours will be counted toward a degree.

Students are required to complete at least 24 graduate hours from KWU. Any exception to this policy requires a favorable vote of the Graduate Council. No more than 6 hours of experiential or transfer graduate hours will be counted toward a degree.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are expected to make satisfactory progress in completing their degree by maintaining a Graduate GPA of at least 3.0 with no grade lower than a “C”. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on probation who do not earn at least 3.0 the next semester will be academically dismissed. Students who earn at least 3.0 during the semester on probation, but whose cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 will continue on probation for one more semester. If the cumulative graduate GPA is still below 3.0 after this semester, they will be academically dismissed. Students who are dismissed may reapply the following semester by writing a letter to the Director of the M.B.A. program indicating a commitment to complete the degree.

Students may repeat a course in which they received a grade of “C” or less. A course may be repeated only once and only the last grade will be used to compute the student’s GPA. However, both grades will be recorded on their transcript. Students on probation should consider repeating courses in which they received a low grade.

Course Load

Students who are employed should consider taking no more than nine hours a semester. Students taking six or more hours per semester will be considered full-time students. Students must get written approval of the Director of M.B.A. program, before they will be permitted to enroll in more than nine hours a semester. Students on probation will not be permitted to take more than nine hours a semester.

Double Credit

Courses used to satisfy graduate degree requirements may not be used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements.

Time Limit

The M.B.A. must be completed within six years after completing the first course for graduate credit, exclusive of active duty in the armed forces of the United States. Exceptions may be made upon appeal to the Graduate Council.

Students who maintain continuous enrollment in the fall and spring semesters may graduate by meeting the requirements in effect at the time of their first enrollment for graduate credit or any subsequent catalog. Other students must meet the catalog requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment or any subsequent catalog. The ending date of the catalog selected must not be more than six years old at the time of completion of the degree. Portions from different catalogs may not be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students having more than six hours remaining in their program may not participate in graduation ceremonies.

Academic Integrity

The Master of Business Administration Program upholds the University’s Policy on Academic Integrity. All members of the graduate program will uphold high intellectual and ethical standards.

Any violation of the University’s Policy on Academic Integrity may result in one or more actions:

                 -  Fail work, fail examinations
                 -  Fail graduate course
                 -  Dismissal from the M.B.A. Program and the University for one semester
                 -  Dismissal from the M.B.A. Program indefinitely

The graduate student has the right to an appeal of these penalties. The appeal process is outlined under the University’s Appeal Process on Academic Dishonesty Penalties, pg. 38.