Sep 16, 2021
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 and may not be used to satisfy program requirements.
The graduate courses in the MBA itself, which approximate three semesters of work, are divided into two groups, required and elective; 21 credits are in courses required of all students, and 12 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.
Mission: 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.
Delivery: The Master of Business Administration is available in three modes of delivery:
- Main Campus
- Interactive Online
- International Site: Vietnam National University
The interactive online option for the MBA degree program is designed for completion of all courses online. Some courses are offered in the interactive online format and others in the synchronous dual format (see School of Distance Education definitions). The final course(s) may be taken online or on campus in the last summer semester culminating with graduation exercises (usually the first weekend in August).
Dual Degree Option:
This program is also available as a dual degree with Social Work MSW:
Choose 4 courses (numbered 510 and above) from the following acronyms: ACCT, BSAD, FNCE, INFS, MKTG. (MBA/MSW Dual Degree students must choose either SOWK 630 or SOWK 660 .) Students may fulfill elective credits by taking either the Healthcare Administration concentration or the Accounting/Finance concentration.
Healthcare Administration Concentration
The Healthcare Administration concentration prepares students seeking careers in management, clinical management and consulting with the knowledge needed to address the challenges and opportunities within the diverse industry of healthcare. Coursework covers the broad spectrum of health services administration skills, including healthcare management, ethics, finance, and policy. (The courses in this concentration may be taken instead of 4 elective courses.)
The Accounting/Finance concentration is designed to prepare students for management-level careers in the business arena. The concentration focuses on the skills needed to analyze and evaluate the risks and rewards associated with enterprise- and project-level business opportunities and improved decision-making using accounting and finance tools. (The courses in this concentration may be taken instead of 4 elective courses.)
In addition to the general admission requirements under Graduate Academic Policies , note also the requirements listed below.
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 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:
Attain formula score of 1,000 points, calculated by taking the undergraduate cumulative GPA X 200 + GMAT score ≥ 1,000.
Five years of documented and approved related work experience and earned a grade of at least B- in statistics and a grade of at least B- in pre-calculus algebra.
Previously earned an on-campus Andrews University undergraduate business degree with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 and earned a grade of at least B- in statistics and a grade of at least B- in pre-calculus algebra.
Previously earned degree with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3. 25 from a U. S. accredited institution.
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.
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.
The Master of Business Administration degree (both on-campus and interactive online delivery) is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.
Student Learning 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.