May 20, 2019  

Business Administration MBA

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Chan Shun Hall
269-471-3339; FAX: 269-471-6158

Graduate Faculty
Jerry Chi, Graduate Programs Director, Professor of Management
William Greenley, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
Alan Kirkpatrick, Associate Professor of Finance
Ben Maguad, Professor of Management
Liz Muhlenbeck, Adventist Health System Associate Professor of Management
Kimberly Pichot, Associate Professor of Marketing
LeRoy Ruhupatty, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Lucile Sabas, Associate Professor of Economics
Carmelita Troy, Associate Professor of Accounting
Jacquelyn Warwick, J.N. Andrews Professor of Marketing

Program Description


The mission of the Professional MBA program is to prepare students from many cultural backgrounds for responsible positions in domestic and international business, in government, and in not-for-profit organizations. The program emphasizes the integration of business principles with Christian principles and philosophy to prepare students for leadership roles which require clear and critical thinking, wise judgment, effective communication, integrity in all actions, and recognition of opportunities for service.

Professional MBA

With the appropriate business background, the Professional MBA at Andrews University can be completed in three semesters. However, the MBA is also designed for students with any bachelor’s degree. Students who enter the program without prior coursework in business will take a two-year (5-semester) degree program, which will include prerequisites.  Prerequisites in the common body of knowledge are required to bring the student up to the minimum expectations of our graduate faculty. These courses provide an introduction to the broad field of business administration.

The graduate courses in the MBA itself, which approximate three semesters of work, are divided into two groups, required and elective; 24 credits are in courses required of all students, and 9 credits are in elective courses. These advanced courses emphasize the understanding of administrative processes in resolving problems faced by business executives.  These courses also help the student view the business enterprise as an integrated unit operating in a complex economic, political, and social system.

Only courses numbered above 500 may be used to meet MBA requirements.  A maximum of 6 credits in approved courses may be taken off-campus or in another school of the university.

Total Credits: 33

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements under Graduate Academic Policies , note also the requirements listed below.

Prerequisite Courses

These prerequisite courses may be waived for students with appropriate undergraduate course work from an accredited institution. If the prerequisite courses are more than five years old or the grades earned are below C, students may be required to repeat these courses.

Such courses must be taken by the time the student has completed no more than 50% of his/her course work for the master’s degree. The following six courses constitute the prerequisites for the MBA degree:

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The GMAT admission requirements must be met for regular admission status.  The student may not enroll for any graduate-level business credits (courses assigned as 515 or above) before the GMAT requirement is met. If the student chooses to waive the GMAT based on number 2 below, this must be done within the first semester of the MBA program.

Admission GMAT requirements can be obtained by ONE of the following:

  1. Attain formula score of 1,000 points, calculated by taking the undergraduate cumulative GPA X 200 + GMAT score ≥ 1,000.
  1. Five years of documented and approved related work experience and earned a grade of at least of B- in statistics and a grade of at least B- in pre-calculus algebra.
  1. On-campus Andrews University undergraduate business students with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 and earned a grade of at least a B- in statistics and a grade of at least B- in pre-calculus algebra.
  1. GPA ≥ 3. 25 from a U. S. accredited institution.

Professional Resume

All applicants must submit a separate, attached copy of their complete professional resume with their application. Completing the “Professional History” section within the application will not be considered sufficient for acceptance to School of Business Administration graduate programs.

Maintaining Academic Standing

All graduate students are expected to maintain a 3.00 GPA in all graduate courses that apply to the degree requirements.

No grade of D or F (or U) may be used to satisfy degree requirements; however, these grades are included when computing the cumulative GPA and, if they occur in courses normally meeting degree requirements, the degree GPA.

Students admitted under provisional status (due to lack of prerequisites, GMAT, etc.) must make regular progress toward achieving regular enrollment status and toward completion of their selected graduate degree. If insufficient progress is made, provisional status will be revoked after four enrolled semesters.

Regular admission status must be met no later than the semester before the last semester in which the student expects to enroll, prior to graduation.

Program Accreditation

The Master of Business Administration is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.

Program Objectives

Program Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in each of the functional areas of business.
  • Students will be able to integrate the core business concepts and the use of effective management skills.
  • Students will be able to apply professional communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their technological, quantitative and computer skills in analyzing and resolving business problems.
  • Students will be able to articulate a manager’s ethical and diversity responsibilities with a Christian viewpoint to its stakeholders.

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