Requirements, Provisional, Conditional, Transfer and Substitutions
The D. W. Johnston School of Business is now enrolling students for the Master of Business Administration degree program for January, 2016.
To receive consideration for admission to the MBA Program, the required admissions materials must be on file in the Office of Academic Affairs prior to the following dates:
- August 1 for Fall enrollment;
- November 1 for Spring enrollment;
- April 1 for Summer enrollment.
Evaluation for admission to the MBA program is based upon the following requirements. Each individual applicant is responsible for any payments and fees associated with these items. The Provost informs individual applicants of provisional, conditional, or full admission to the MBA Program.
- A completed Graduate Application Form.
- Payment of the $50.00 application fee. Checks should be made payable to Martin Methodist College.
- A letter of intent explaining the reasons the applicant wants to enter the MBA program. The individual applicant should discuss their previous managerial or work experience in the letter of intent. Waivers from MBA admissions requirements are not granted for work or managerial experience.
- Official transcripts for ALL previous undergraduate and graduate course work. This must include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or equivalent preparation acquired in another country. Transcripts issued outside the United States must be evaluated by the World Education Services at http://wes.org.
- At least three (3) letters of recommendation in support of the individual’s application, from a faculty member, manager, colleague, or another person who can speak to the applicant’s capacity and potential as an MBA candidate and a manager. Letters should be submitted directly to the Office of Academic Affairs.
- An interview with the MBA Admissions Committee, consisting of the MBA Director and other full time faculty in the MBA program. The applicant will be contacted to schedule this interview.
- For an applicant whose first language is other than English, a minimum TOEFL score of 550. See http://www.ets.org/toefl for information about the TOEFL exam. Upon acceptance to the MBA program and arrival on campus, international applicants will be interviewed by a representative of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program to review of the applicant’s speaking and listening skills during academic discourse in English.
- GMAT total score or GRE score equivalent as converted by the ETS GRE comparison tool for business schools. Test scores must be within 5 years of the applicant’s Graduate Application Form submission. Each applicant is responsible for registering and scheduling for these exam(s). See http://mba.com for information about the GMAT, and http://gre.com for information about the GRE.
- Note: An applicant who holds a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university in a field related to business or management or who has the equivalent preparation acquired in another country may file a written request for a waiver from the GMAT or GRE standardized exam requirement. The official transcripts for the graduate degree, as well as a written description of the program of study, must be submitted with the request. The applicant’s request and materials will be reviewed by the MBA Program Director and the MBA Admissions Committee. Transcripts for international degrees must be evaluated by World Education Services.
Applicants who have not submitted all of the official documentation required for full admission by the admission deadline for the MBA program may, at the recommendation of the MBA Program Director, the MBA Admissions Committee, and the Provost, receive provisional admission to the MBA program. Provisional admission includes such circumstances as:
- The undergraduate institution’s not having officially posted the awarding of the baccalaureate degree;
- The Office of Academic Affairs’ not having received the applicant’s official standardized test scores;
- A missing letter of recommendation.
Applicants admitted provisionally for missing documentation must submit all missing documentation by the end of the first month of study, or they will be removed from the MBA program. Financial aid is not available for provisional admissions.
Applicants who meet any of the following conditions may be offered conditional admission to enroll in 6 graduate hours (including BUS 525 Business Research Methods) in the MBA program, at the recommendation of the MBA Program Director, the MBA Admissions Committee, and the Provost.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or below;
- An GPA of 3.0 or below on their last 60 undergraduate semester hours;
- A GMAT total score of 490 or below;
- A GMAT quantitative score of 33 or below;
- A GMAT verbal score of 21 or below; or
- Any GRE total, quantitative, or verbal exam result that, when converted by the ETS GRE comparison tool to its GMAT equivalent, is equivalent or below the respective GMAT score criterion listed above.
After successful completion of 6 graduate semester hours (including BUS 525 Business Research Methods) with final grades of B or higher as a conditionally admitted graduate candidate, the individual may file a written request with the Provost to review the application for full admission to the graduate program. The request will be forwarded to the MBA Program Director for consideration by the MBA Admission Committee. Graduate credits earned while a conditionally admitted candidate holds conditional status may count towards the graduate degree program.
Applicants who receive conditional admission to the MBA program must earn a final grade of B or higher in BUS 525 Business Research Methods before their conditional admission status can be changed to full admission status.
Applicants who receive conditional admission to the MBA program may be required to satisfactorily complete additional preparatory course work before continuing in the MBA degree program.
An MBA candidate may transfer up to six (6) graduate semester credits from another regionally accredited university, depending upon review and recommendation from the Graduate Council. The candidate must include course descriptions and course syllabi with any transfer request, and may also be asked to provide examples of the work in any course for which transfer credit is requested. The Provost will make the decision on transfer requests.
Graduate Course Substitutions
Graduate students may substitute a graduate course from the College or another regionally accredited institution for an MBA program requirement. The full-time professor who teaches the equivalent course may make a recommendation regarding the substitution request, or may refer the substitution request to the Graduate Council. If there is no full-time faculty member for the equivalent course, the substitution request will be forwarded to the Graduate Council for a recommendation. The Provost will make the decision on graduate course substitution requests.