Master 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
  • GMAT or GRE required.
  • Waivers for the GMAT/GRE requirement may be considered if the applicant has:
    • Five (5) or more years of full-time, post-baccalaureate work experience with demonstrated career advancement consistent with the demands of the MBA program;
    • A completed post-graduate degree (e.g., MD, JD, PhD, other earned Master’s degrees); or
    • Professional Certification (e.g. , CPA, CFA, CEBS, etc.).

Required forms and documents:

  1. Completed application for admission. You can find the application online at admissions. umw.edu/graduate.
  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 core course 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.

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+ 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 (36 credits)

Required Core Courses (30 credits) — All courses are 3 credits

GBUS 501 Foundations of Accounting and Quantitative Analysis
GBUS 502 Foundations of Global Marketing and Management
GBUS 503 Foundations of Financial Economics
GBUS 521 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
GBUS 523 Marketing Strategy
GBUS 525 Management Information Systems
GBUS 526 Quantitative Business Modeling
GBUS 527 Accounting for Decision Making and Control
GBUS 528 Financial Management
GBUS 529 Strategic Management

Electives (6 credits)

Six (6) additional credits chosen from any other 500-level GBUS or MMIS course.