A. Program Overview
Underwood University’s MBA program is designed to enable our diverse student body to advance in their careers by developing professional leadership, and strategic and creative thinking skills, while taking into account the ever-changing global business environment. Students enrolled in this program learn to critically analyze information to solve high-level problems and master new business practices, theories and competencies.
This Master of Business Administration degree program is a 48 credit-hour program (9 hours foundational, 27 hours of MBA core, and 12 hours of electives) designed to give students the knowledge, skills and decision-making ability to accelerate their careers in the fields of business or management. The program culminates in a capstone, which incorporates the knowledge attained in the classroom applied to a real-life business experience.
B. Program Objective
Upon completion of the program, our MBA graduates are competent in the following:
- Leadership and Teamwork – exercise appropriate leadership, value diverse perspectives and skills, and work collaboratively to accomplish organizational goals in a changing environment.
- Entrepreneurial Thinking and Acting – create, identify, assess, shape, and act on opportunities in a variety of contexts and organizations.
- Social, Environmental, and Economic Responsibility – make decisions based on an awareness of relevant stakeholders, ethical considerations, and an attempt to create and sustain social, environmental, and economic value.
- Functional Depth with Integrative Ability – deep functional knowledge and multiple functional skills and perspectives concurrently to shape comprehensive responses to business challenges and opportunities.
- Managing in a Global Environment – recognize and evaluate global opportunities while incorporating cultural context and complexities associated with managing in a global environment.
Our program incorporates critical career-building tools throughout the curriculum. Therefore, every course, special program and resource focuses on helping students acquire the professional tools they need to advance their careers now and in the future.
C. Admissions Requirement
Admission to the MBA program is granted to those persons showing high promise of success in graduate business study. Applicants’ portfolios are reviewed as a part of a competitive process based on the following components:
- Professional Experience: minimum of three years of work-experience
- Academic Background
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): 500 or above
(GMAT Waiver Option: undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, eight(8) years or more professional experience – must be reviewed by admission committee)
- Letter of Recommendation: minimum two (2)
*International applicants have additional requirements; see Admission Policies and Procedures section of UU catalog.
D. Transfer Credit
A student may transfer a maximum of fifteen (15) credit hours of graduate courses. Special hardship cases, such as job transfers, will be decided on an individual basis by the program director. The transfer of credit for coursework completed at another institution will be approved only under the following conditions:
- The course was completed at an accredited institution at the time of transfer
- A minimum grade of “B” was received in the course
- The course was restricted to graduate students only
- The content of the course corresponds to that of a course required or permitted in the student’s program at Underwood University
- The credit to be considered for transfer will not be more than six years old at the time the student enters UU
A request for consideration of transfer credit must be submitted to the MBA program director by the student concerned during the first semester of residence. The request must indicate the specific course(s) for which transfer credit is sought. A copy of the other institution’s transcript and a course description from the catalog must be submitted. A course outline may also be required.
E. Petition to Graduate
Each MBA student must petition to graduate one semester prior to completing program requirements. The MBA Program office should be contacted to petition to graduate.
F. Admission Criteria for Non-Degree Student
UU MBA does not admit non-degree seeking students.
G. Course Requirements
Students are required to complete a minimum of 48 credits (9 hours of foundational, 27 hours of MBA core, and 12 hours of electives) with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA to complete their MBA program.66