Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management Information Systems
(MBA-MSMIS Dual Degree Program)
In today’s highly competitive, increasingly technical, and rapidly changing global economy, this dual degree option allows students to better position themselves for sustained competitive advantage upon graduation. The dual program provides students with the management, leadership, and technical skills required for the global marketplace.
MBA-MSMIS Program Mission Statement
The University of Mary Washington’s MBA-MSMIS program provides a distinctive blend of opportunities for learning, scholarship, and professional development to meet the needs of a diverse student population. In this program, the mission is supported by a curriculum that integrates the management and leadership development component’s of our MBA with the technical mastery of our MS in Management Information Systems, preparing our student’s to become successful leaders in high technology environments.
As part of the University’s mission emphasizing “excellence in liberal learning through freedom of inquiry, personal responsibility, and intellectual integrity”, the College of Business admits students on the basis of academic performance, as well as on communication skills, personal character, motivation, and leadership. The goal of the faculty admission committee is to admit students with the greatest potential for success both academically and professionally.
To be admitted to the program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university. Successful applicants ordinarily will have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better. It is important to understand that GPAs are only one factor in determining admissibility. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
A TOEFL score of 570 (230 computer based/88 internet based) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 on the academic exam is required of non-native English speakers.
Applicants must submit:
1. An official application for admission,
2. Official transcripts from each college attended,
3. Official GMAT scores (GRE, MCAT or LSAT may be considered in lieu of GMAT), taken within the last 5 years,
4. Official TOEFL (or ELITS) scores if applicable, taken within the last 2 years,
5. Three letters of recommendation (one should be from an employer or former employer and one should be from a faculty member),
6. A résumé (2 pages maximum),
7. One essay on why you want to pursue an advanced degree. The essay should demonstrate your ability to communicate well and be at least 250 words, but no more than two pages,
8. Two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate professional employment is recommended
Students are admitted for the fall or spring semester.
Application Due Dates:
Fall Admission: June 1
Spring Admission: October 1
Deferred Enrollment. Accepted applicants may ask the College of Business for the option of deferring enrollment for up to two consecutive semesters. Each case is considered on an individual basis. Those who are granted deferred enrollment are subject to rules, regulations, and financial charges in effect when they actually enroll. Students who enroll at another institution before enrolling at the College of Business must reapply for admission. In cases involving military deployment, mobilization, or change in duty assignment, accepted applicants may request to extend the enrollment deferment for longer than two consecutive semesters. Any such requests will considered on an individual basis. A copy of the person’s military orders must be provided to the Office of Admissions to support such a request.
MBA-MSMIS Degree Requirements
Successful completion of all required foundation courses or their equivalents, as well as core courses for the MBA and the MSMIS, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the dual degree. All required course work must be completed within eight years of matriculation into the program.
Foundation Course Waivers
Waiver of foundation courses generally requires that courses used as a basis for the waivers are comparable in content to the MBA-MSMIS foundation courses, were taken within the last 10 years from a regionally-accredited college or university, and were completed with a grade of B or higher. Waivers are not granted solely on the basis of work experience.
A waived foundation course will not require substitution of another MBA-MSMIS course. Credits are not given for waived foundation courses. Depending on the number of foundation courses waived, a student might enter the program required to take only the core courses. Final determination of a waiver is made by the appropriate faculty advisor.
After admission to the MBA-MSMIS program, students cannot submit portfolios for waiver or substitution of foundation courses. If portfolio credits were earned prior to admission to the MBA-MSMIS program and are considered equivalent to foundation course work, the portfolio credit may be recognized. The appropriate faculty advisor has final approval of all portfolio credit for applicability to MBA-MSMIS foundation course work. Portfolio credit is not an option for graduate-level course work in the MBA-MSMIS program.
Ordinarily, a maximum of six graduate credits can be transferred into the MBA-MSMIS program. To be accepted for transfer credit, courses must have been taken from a regionally-accredited institution within the last six years with a minimum grade of B and must directly relate to one of the MBA or MSMIS core courses. Transfer credit is not given for internship or practicum experiences.
Prior to the start of every semester or summer session, new students are expected to participate in an orientation session. This session includes introductions of University staff, relevant University policies and procedures, and computer and library resources.
Requirements for Continuance in the MBA-MSMIS Program
All matriculated MBA-MSMIS students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress in their graduate courses toward completion of the MBA-MSMIS program. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher is required for graduation from the program.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) each 8-week session to remain in good academic standing. Any student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of any session will have the following term to correct the deficiency.
A student who earns three Cs (including C+) or one F in graduate courses in the program will automatically be suspended from the program.
Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one to three semesters should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Academic Rules and Regulations section.
Readmission to the MBA-MSMIS Program
Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters, excluding summer session, must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the eight-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than eight years before the date at which the MBA-MSMIS is awarded may not be used to satisfy the degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at lea
st one month prior to the end of the student’s original eight-year time limit.
A student who has been suspended from the program may apply for readmission after a lapse of three semesters. Applicants for readmission must meet current minimum admission requirements. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed.
MBA-MSMIS Course Requirements (61-91 credits)
Foundation Courses (1-31 credits)
ACCT 201 Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
BPST 314 Business Legal Environment (3 credits)
BPST 316 Statistics for Managers (3 credits)
CIST 299, 305, 401, 406 or equivalent (3 credits)
CIST 304 or equivalent (3 credits)
LRSP 306 Economics for Business (3 credits)
LRSP 311 The Management Process (3 credits)
LRSP 331 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
LRSP 400 Introduction to the MBA Program (1 credit)
LRSP 412 Marketing for Managers (3 credits)
LRSP 433 Production/Operations Management (3 credits)
Notes: (1) MBA students admitted fall 2007 or later must complete all foundation courses before enrolling in MBA courses, with the exception of MBUS 501A and MMIS 500; (2) MSMIS students may complete a maximum of 9 credits in graduate-level Management Information Systems courses (including graduate transfer courses) prior to completion of all required foundation credits toward the MSMIS; and (3) Any student who earns a grade below C in a foundation course taken at the University must retake the course and earn a C or higher.
Core Courses (60 credits)
LRSP 400 Introduction to the MBA Program (1 credit)
MBUS 501A Organization Theory and Design (3 credits)
MBUS 502 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 523 Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
MBUS 525 Visionary Leadership (3 credits)
MBUS 529 Quantitative Business Modeling (3 credits)
MBUS 548 Managerial Economics (3 credits)
MBUS 550 Computer-Based Decision Support Systems (3 credits)
MBUS 595 Strategic Management (3 credits)
MMIS 500 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 505 Information Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
MMIS 515 Information Technology Project Management (3 credits)
MMIS 531 Managing and Leading the Information Technology Workforce (3 credits)
MMIS 532 Enterprise Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 533 Management of Information Technology Outsourcing (3 credits)
MMIS 534 Business Database Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 535 Strategic Management of Information Systems and Innovation (3 credits)
MMIS 540 Computer Information Security (3 credits)
MMIS 590 MIS Research Project (3 credits)
MMIS 591 MIS Externship (3 credits)
Selected course in consultation with faculty advisor (3 credits)