Jun 25, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalogue 
    
2014-2015 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Business Administration, M.B.A.


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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Vincent Howe

The Cameron School of Business offers two programs (Option 1: Professional Part-time MBA program and Option 2: International MBA program) of study leading to a Master of Business Administration degree for qualified holders of a bachelor‘s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The overall objective of both programs is the development of the broadly educated professional manager who is prepared to meet the demands and the changing needs in the global environment.

Specific Objectives


  • Both programs use integrated learning methodology that parallels business practice for: preparation in the core functions of business including accountancy, economics, finance, marketing, business regulation and legal environment, information systems, organizational behavior, and production and operations management.
  • Development of certain analytical and quantitative skills applicable to effective business decision-making.
  • Formation of thought about current and future challenges facing business leaders with emphasis on communications, teamwork, organizational change, information technology, total quality, the international dimension of business, technological innovation, social responsibility and ethics.

Admission Requirements


Option 1: Professional Part-time MBA


Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in business administration are required to submit the following to the Graduate School (option 1):

  1. An application for graduate admission.
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  3. Official scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants with seven or more years of progressive managerial experience may request a GRE or GMAT waiver. Contact the program coordinator for details.
  4. Three online recommendations including one from an employer or supervisor who can comment on the applicant’s work experience and potential for successful completion of a master’s program.
  5. The student must satisfy a minimal mathematics requirement in calculus.  This requirement may be satisfied by completing MAT 151, its equivalent, or by passing the Advanced Placement Test (AP) in calculus. 
  6. Pre-requisites for professional MBA program are:  calculus, statistics and an undergraduate degree in business or calculus, statistics and the following business courses; principles of management; principles of marketing; principles of accounting; microeconomics, information systems and technology and corporate finance.  These courses may be taken at UNCW through the Business Foundations Certificate program, or the undergraduate equivalent at any regionally accredited University.
  7. Applicant’s resume and cover letter.
  8. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

A strong overall academic average, the GMAT or GRE score and at least two years of appropriate full-time work experience are minimum requirements for consideration for graduate admission. Students must have an undergraduate degree in business administration or have completed the CSB Business Foundations Certificate.  However, admission decisions are based upon several factors, and if other indicators of success are evident, individuals who fall below the established criteria in one of the areas may be considered for admission.

Option 2: International MBA (36 total hours)


International Business School Alliance Partner Schools (IBSA): Hochschule Bremen, University of Hertfordshire (London), Universitat de Valencia, Institute of Business Studies (Moscow), Novancia (Paris), and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Malaysia).

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in business administration are required to submit the following to the Graduate School (option 2):

  1. An application for graduate admission.
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate) showing completion of an undergraduate degree in business and/or economics.
  3. Official scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. A minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL iBT test or 6.5 on IELTS test (7.0 to be eligible for a teaching assistantship). Required for non-native English speakers only (unless applicant earned their baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution). Scores are good for two years from the date the test is administered.
  5. Three online recommendations including one from an employer or supervisor who can comment on the applicant’s work experience and potential for successful completion of a master’s program. Professional work experience is preferred.
  6. Applicant’s resume and cover letter.
  7. IMBA Statement of Interest uploaded into graduate application.
  8. International applicants must complete international student forms and provide proof of financial support.
  9. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

A strong overall academic average and a strong GMAT or GRE score are minimum requirements for consideration for graduate admission. However, admission decisions are based upon several factors, and if other indicators of success are evident, individuals who fall below the established criteria in one of the areas may be considered for admission. 

Degree Requirements


Option 1: Professional Part-time MBA (38 total hours)


  1. Thirty-eight semester credit hours of approved graduate credit must be satisfactorily completed for the degree. Classes begin in the fall and continue throughout the year (with appropriate breaks) until completion 21 months later. Students withdrawing from the program may not re-enter until the same time one year later. 
  2. Each student –must successfully complete an extensive written case analysis in MBA 556  and successfully pass an oral competency requirement through their presentation in MBA 557  or complete a series of focused electives, MBA 533 .
  3. Each student must complete the approved course of study within five years of the date of first registration for graduate study.

Option 2: International MBA


  1. Thirty-six semester credit hours of approved graduate credit must be satisfactorily completed for the degree. Classes begin in the fall Semester at any IBSA partner school for core courses, continue in the Spring for specialization courses at a different partner school and culminate in the summer/early fall with the completion of a thesis or practicum. Program length is 12 months.
  2. The student must complete one semester, core or specialization, at UNCW. The other semester must be completed at non-USA IBSA partner school (see listing above).
  3. Each student must successful complete a thesis or practicum and must successfully pass an oral competency requirement in defending their thesis or practicum in IMB 599 . A thesis manuscript must be submitted to the Graduate School.
  4. Each student must complete the approved course of study within five years of the date of first registration for graduate study.

Grading Policies


During the first 12 months of the Option 1: Professional Part-time MBA program, the Learning Alliance Project work will count towards your grade in applicable courses. Otherwise, Graduate School grading policies are adhered to.

Other Policies


All other policies adhered to by the Graduate School are withstanding in both MBA programs.

Course Requirements for the Master of Business Administration Degree


Option 1: Professional Part-time MBA


All MBA students in Option 1: Professional Part-time MBA will be required to take the following program in the lockstep sequence:

A. Core Requirements (12 semester hours)

The following courses comprise the core of knowledge essential to an understanding of modern business and managerial practice

B. Professional Competence and Integrative Applications (20 semester hours)

In addition to the core requirements, the following courses develop depth and breadth of knowledge and provide analytical skills for practical application. 

C. Practicum or Focused Electives (six semester hours)

Candidates will strengthen their knowledge and sharpen their skills in particular areas by taking courses in an elective area or complete a practicum project.

Option 2: International MBA


All MBA students in Option 2: International MBA, will be required to complete the following degree components: International Core (A), Specialization (B) and Thesis (C)

B. Finance Specialization Requirements (12 semester hours): Semester Two

C. Thesis or Extensive Written Case Analysis (12 semester hours)

Option 1:

Option 2:

Note

Components International Core (A) or Specialization (B) can be completed at a IBSA Partner School. The International Core Requirements (A) are offered at all IBSA partners. Students must study in two different countries. The Specialization Requirements vary by IBSA school (see below) and each student is allowed to select their specialization:

International Business School Alliance Members Member School Area of Specialization

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences
University of Hertfordshire
Universitat de Valencia
Institute of Business Studies, Moscow
Novancia, Paris
Univesiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), Malaysia                    

International Finance & Investments
International Logistics & Supply Chain
Global Human Resource Management
International Marketing
Management in Emerging Economies
International Business Development & Consulting
Global Islamic Finance

 

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