Business Administration, M.B.A.

Admission Requirements

Full Admission

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website:

Applicants must submit a copy of their resume, and must either have:

  1. An undergraduate degree in business from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate coursework.
  2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate university work, and, in addition to the resume, two letters of recommendation. Applicant may also submit additional documents such as statement of purpose, test scores, etc.
  3. Have successfully completed the undergraduate prerequisite business courses with a 3.0 or higher.
  4. Have a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Conditional Admission

Conditional Admission can be granted for one term if the applicant meets all program requirements for admission except they have not officially graduated with their bachelor’s degree. Once the degree is granted the applicant would need to resubmit their official transcripts for full admission.

Note: Applicants may be asked to submit additional material if needed before an admission decision is made. Generally, more students apply to the M.B.A. program than are accepted each year; therefore, the selection process is competitive.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website:

A student required to take undergraduate prerequisite business courses may not take a 600-level course without the approval of the GSM Academic Advisor.

Program Requirements

Plan of Study

The student and his/her advisor shall prepare a Plan of Study which must be approved during the semester in which the student initially enrolls. A plan should be appropriate to meet the needs of the student in his/her chosen field. It shall include the specific courses the student is expected to complete; and shall also list all other requirements of the program or school. Courses listed on the Plan of Study shall be those judged appropriate by the faculty. Subsequent requests for changes in the plan must be formally approved by the M.B.A. Director or the Academic Advisor. Any deviation from the final Plan of Study and/or discrepancy between it and the student’s official transcript will delay graduation. Any Plan of Study that was approved may become void if a student is inactive for one year (unless on an official leave of absence).

Grade Point Average Requirement

A student must have a 3.0 overall GPA in all program coursework, with no more than two C’s in his or her 36 hours of Functional Studies courses. In addition, the student must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all courses completed after admission to the degree program, along with any previous Marshall University coursework to be counted toward the current degree. This standard must be met for the student to graduate. If the student falls below these standards, then that student shall be placed on academic probation and will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Course Enrollment Policy

In order to take any 600-level course in the College of Business, students must be enrolled in a graduate program in the college. On an exception basis, a student not enrolled in an LCOB graduate program may take only one 600- level course with the written approval of the Academic Advisor or the MBA Director. Cooperative programs with other departments must by approved by the MBA Director. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain this approval before attempting to register. Additionally, the student must meet the specific course prerequisites. Students who violate this policy will be administratively withdrawn.

Course Requirements

All students are required to complete 36 hours of M.B.A. Functional Studies courses and 0-12 hours of undergraduate prerequisite business courses, as determined by the M.B.A. Director and/or the GSM Academic Advisor. The 36-hour M.B.A. courses must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 (B or better) with no more than 2 C’s. In addition, each candidate must pass a comprehensive assessment, which normally is a required written term paper within the final, integrated capstone course, MGT 699 Strategic Management, “Business Policy and Strategy.”

Plan of Study

Undergraduate Foundation Courses
Intro Financial Accounting(CT)
Principles Microeconomics
Principles of Finance
Business Quantitative Methods
M.B.A. Functional Studies Courses
MGT 601Quant Methods-Business3
ACC 613Profit Planning & Control3
FIN 620Financial Management3
MGT 672Organizational Behavior3
MKT 682Adv Marketing Management3
MIS 678Management Infor Systems3
ECN 630Managerial Economics3
MGT 674Prod/Operation Management3
MGT 699Strategic Management3
Select three elective courses9
Total Credit Hours36

Areas of Emphasis

Students who choose to take two elective courses in either Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Management, Health Care Administration, Military Management, Human Resource Management or Sports Business in addition to the functional studies courses can receive an area of emphasis in that functional area. Active military personnel electing to transfer 9 credit hours from the accepted military schools/courses in addition to the functional studies courses can receive an area of emphasis in military management.