Masters of Business Administration

MBA Program Mission Statement

The University of Mary Washington’s MBA program provides a distinctive blend of opportunities for learning, scholarship, and professional development to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Our mission is supported by a graduate curriculum, based on ethical decision-making, critical thinking, research design and data analysis, technological proficiency, communication expertise, and national and global business perspectives. It is designed to produce creative leaders. The program is facilitated by a faculty with extensive business experience and academic credentials, committed to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship contributing to knowledge in their disciplines, and service to the regional business community.

Admission Requirements for the MBA Program

  • Earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Successful applicants typically have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for undergraduate course work. We may calculate the GPA of your last 60 credit hours if your cumulative GPA is below a 3.0.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GMAT score of 400 (or equivalent GRE scores).

Required forms and documents:

  1. Completed application for admission. You can find the application online at admissions. umw.edu/graduate or you can call the Office of Admission (Stafford Campus) at 540/286-8030 to request a mailed copy.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  3. Official GMAT or GRE scores taken within the last five years.
  4. Résumé outlining work experience and education.
  5. Demonstration of English competency if English is not your native language. Any of the following is acceptable:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a minimum score of 88 on the Internet-based test or a 570 paper-based score. toefl.org.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — a minimum score of 6.5 on the academic exam, ielts.org.
    • Certificate of completion from the ELS Language Centers (ELS) Intensive English Program by completing Level 112.
  6. If applicable, the International Student Application Supplement found at umw.edu/admission.

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 Degree Requirements

Successful completion of all required foundation courses or their equivalents, core courses, and elective courses with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required to meet degree requirements. All required course work must be completed within six years of matriculation into the program.

Prerequisite Course Waivers

Some incoming students may require additional prerequisite course work. The prerequisite course component is designed to provide the essential business knowledge and skills required for successful completion of the MBA program. The undergraduate prerequisite courses provide a non-business undergraduate student with a knowledge base comparable to that of a student with an undergraduate business degree. Some of the prerequisite courses may be waived through a variety of means:

• Completion of comparable course work from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or higher.

• Successfully passing an examination addressing the course content. A prerequisite course may be challenged by exam only one time, as follows:

– CLEP or DANTES Exam or
– Faculty-developed exam, administered at the discretion of MBA faculty. This option is not available for some prerequisite courses.

It is the responsibility of the MBA applicant to demonstrate why and how a prerequisite course should be waived.

Transfer Courses

Ordinarily, a maximum of six graduate credits can be transferred into the MBA 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 program courses. Transfer credit is not given for internship or practicum experiences.

Requirements for Continuance in the MBA Program

All matriculated MBA students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress in their graduate courses toward completion of the MBA 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) in 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 session to correct the deficiency.

A student who earns three Cs (including C+, C, or 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 “Admission and Enrollment” section.

Readmission to the MBA 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 six-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than six years before the date at which the MBA 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 Associate Dean for Faculty for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original six-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 Course Requirements (33-48 credits)

 Prerequisite Courses (0-15 credits) — All courses are 3 credits

LRSP 201 Accounting for Managers or BUAD 132 or equivalent
LRSP 316 Quantitative Methods and Statistics Modules or MATH 200 or equivalent
LRPS 344 Financial Management or BUAD 381 or equivalent
LRSP 308 Management and Marketing Modules or (BUAD 300 or equivalent and BUAD 310 or equivalent)
LRSP 306 Economics for Business or ECON 201/202 or equivalent

Any student who earns a grade below a C in one of the prerequisite courses above taken at the University must retake the course and earn a C or higher.

NOTE: Students may complete a maximum of 9 credits in graduate-level courses (including a maximum of six graduate transfer credits) prior to completion of all required prerequisite credits.  These graduate-level courses include MBUS 516, MBUS 517, MBUS 524, MBUS 526, MBUS 537, MBUS 558, MMIS 500, MMIS 531, MMIS 532, MMIS 540, MMIS 555 AND MMIS 570.

Required Core Courses (24 credits) – All courses are 3 credits

MBUS 502 Financial Decision Making for Managers
MBUS 523 Marketing Strategy
MBUS 525 Visionary Leadership
MBUS 548 Managerial Economics
MBUS 549 Quantitative Modeling and Supply Chain Management
MBUS 559 Accounting for Decision Making and Control
MBUS 595 Strategic Management
MMIS 500 Management Information Systems

Concentration (9 credits) – All courses are 3 credits

Organization and Human Resource Development Concentration (9 credits, selected from the following courses)

MBUS 516 Project Management
MBUS 521 Human Resource Management and Development
MBUS 524 Learning Organizations and Knowledge Management
MBUS 526 Organizational Change and Transformation

Project Management Concentration (9 credits, selected from the following courses)

MBUS 516 Project Management
MBUS 537 Contracting for Managers
MBUS 539 Project Evaluation
MBUS 546 Ricks Management for Project Managers

Information Assurance and Security Concentration (9 credits, selected from the following courses)

MMIS 540 Computer Information Security
MMIS 541 Network Security and Cryptography
MMIS 542 Security Policy, Planning and Assurance
MMIS 543 Computer Forensics

Management Information Systems Concentration (9 credits, selected from the following courses)

MMIS 505 Information Systems Analysis and Design
MMIS 532 Enterprise Information Systems
MMIS 540 Computer Information Security
MMIS 555 Knowledge Management Systems