Admission & Selection
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is intended for working adults who wish to advance in their careers. The MBA program is designed to enhance general management abilities and provides an opportunity to further develop functional business skills. Our general management graduate curriculum consists of "hybrid courses" that combine traditional classroom instruction with online educational tools.
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or be in the final stage of completing the undergraduate degree. The minimum required for admission is a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, admission consideration may be based on a GPA calculated based on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work. The average undergraduate GPA for successful applicants is 3.4.
Completion of a course in college algebra or equivalent is required to enroll in MBA courses. Basic computer competency is also required.
To earn the MBA degree, candidates must complete all MBA program courses with a grade of "C" or higher. In addition, the overall program GPA must be 3.0 or higher. An elective course in which a grade lower than C is earned may be repeated or another elective may be taken in its place. Failure to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, or 2 consecutive course sessions where a grade lower than B- has been earned, will result in academic probation in accordance with departmental policies.
Credit Hour Requirements
The MBA degree ordinarily requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate work for persons with a recent undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited business school. Individuals with business undergraduate degrees from non-AACSB-accredited schools may be required to complete additional foundations course work contingent on departmental analysis of their undergraduate transcripts. For persons with a non-business undergraduate degree, the program typically requires 54 semester hours, although this may be reduced somewhat based on previous course work.
Major Field Exemption
Students with business-related undergraduate degrees are exempted from the required MBA course in their major field of study (e.g. accounting, finance, economics, information systems, marketing, management, supply chain management, human resources) and will take an additional elective MBA course in its place.
The MBA Program Office must approve each MBA student's program of study. The program of study will show all courses necessary to meet the degree requirements. A formal program of study will be filed when a student is accepted into the MBA program.
Qualified students may take up to two MAcc (Master of Accounting) or MTax (Master of Taxation) courses as MBA electives, counting six credit hours toward their MBA elective requirements. MBA students may also use up to two courses in the WSU Master of Health Administration program, counting six credit hours toward their MBA elective requirements.
Transfer Credits/ Residency Requirements
The minimum residency requirements for the Goddard School MBA Program is two-thirds of the required number of credit hours for undergraduate business majors (the 36-hour track) and for non-business majors (the 54-hour track). Students who have completed business-related graduate course work at another AACSB-accredited institution may apply for transfer of graduate credits to satisfy their Goddard School MBA program of study. The number of transfer credits, however, must not exceed the minimum residency requirements for the 36-hour or 54-hour program tracks (see above). All transfers are subject to program approval. The transfer of graduate credits from non-AACSB-accredited institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Time to Degree Completion
MBA students have a maximum of six calendar years to complete their degree completion requirements, starting from the first semester during which the student has registered for and begun taking classes. Students who exceed this requirement may submit a letter of appeal to the MBA Program Director to request that this requirement be waived. Students who fail to enroll in MBA courses for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission to the program.
In addition to the program prerequisites specified above, the primary criteria in determining eligibility for admission to the Goddard School MBA Program are: previous academic achievement, performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record examination (GRE), and other factors such as work experience and career progression. The ideal applicant will present a strong overall previous academic record, strong letters of recommendation, and an above average total GMAT/GRE score, including high achievement on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing assessments.
Applicants must submit a completed application form and current resume, as well as transcripts from every institution of higher education attended. Letters of recommendation from appropriate professional and/or academic references are also required. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis. The MBA program will have limited enrollment. Any applicant who is admitted while other courses or programs are still in process of completion is admitted conditionally.
Additional Admission Requirements for International Students
All international students and any applicant educated outside the U.S. must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those whose native language is not English, or whose language of instruction for their undergraduate degree was not English, will be required to submit proof of English language competency. This may consist of one of the following:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - applicants may have an official score report sent to the MBA Office which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based), or 79-80 (internet-based) has been earned.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - applicants may have an official score report sent to the MBA Office which is not more than two years old and on which a minimum score of 6.5 has been earned.
- Completion of a program for learning English as a second language at a regionally-accredited, U.S. institution of higher learning, such as English as a Second Language (ESL), or the Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program at Weber State University.