For admissions and applications requirements, visit the admissions overview page.
- Program Prerequisite
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or be in the final stage of completing the undergraduate degree. If proof of completion of the bachelor’s degree has not been received prior to the start of an admitted student’s first semester in the MBA Program, they will not be allowed to start classes in the program until an official transcript with the posted bachelor’s degree has been received by the MBA Program office. 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 3.5.
Completion of a course in college algebra or equivalent is required to enroll in MBA courses. Basic computer competency is also required.
- Grade Requirements
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 after two consecutive semesters, 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.
- Non-MBA Electives
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 can complete our degrees in as short as about one year to up to six calendar years, 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.
- Admission Requirements
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, potential for leadership, work experience, and other factors such as career progression.
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
In addition to the online MBA application, international applicants will need to complete additional materials in order to comply with university and United States INS regulations. For a checklist of additional items required, please contact the International Student and Scholar Center at 801-626-6853, or go to https://weber.edu/SIS/Internationaladmissions.html.
International applicants are required to furnish proof that they have earned the equivalent to a US bachelor's degree for college/university course work completed outside of the United States. To do this you will need to send an original copy of your undergraduate transcript to a Foreign Credentials Evaluation company and request both a degree and course-by-course transcript evaluation. An official copy of the evaluation report must be sent to the MBA Program office, so that this information can be added to your MBA application. Please go to http://weber.edu/SIS/Foreign_Credentials.html for a list of credential evaluation companies accepted by WSU.
International applicants seeking resident tuition rates must have GPAs exceeding the average for resident applicants. Consult with the MBA admissions director for additional details.
International applicants must be able to comprehend and speak English fluently, as well as read and write English competently. Candidates from non-English-speaking countries are required to establish proof of English language competency unless they received their bachelor's degree from a university in which the language of instruction was English. 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.