2014 – 2015
Office of Graduate Studies
McKelvie Hall, 102 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Revised March 2014
1160 McDermott Drive
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Dr. Christ, M.B.A. Director
West Chester University offers an M.B.A. program which is
Students have full access to all University resources.
The University’s M.B.A. program seeks motivated individuals with diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated quality performance as an undergraduate.
The West Chester University M.B.A. program is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an international accrediting agency for quality business management programs.
The evening M.B.A. program is designed for a wide range of participants who share a desire for professional growth and career advancement. Students have diverse backgrounds representing a wide variety of baccalaureate degrees, work experiences, and career goals. The evening M.B.A. is a hybrid learning program that uses a combination of in-class and online meetings. Classes meet for seven weeks.
The M.B.A. program offers an online option for students seeking to complete their degree through distance education. All courses in the M.B.A. program can be taken online except for MKT 699 (Residency Seminar), which must be taken on campus. The online M.B.A. follows the same curriculum and term structure as the evening M.B.A. program. Online M.B.A. courses are primarily taught asynchronously with students being required to meet certain learning, assessment, and other requirements within a stated time period. However, certain elements of some courses may require that students be accessible online at a specific date and time. Additionally, some courses may require students to submit to proctored assessments.
Students are permitted to take courses in both the evening and the online options. However, preference for course enrollment is given to students who have indicated they are pursuing their M.B.A. through a specific option.
Course titles and descriptions under Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, and Marketing.
Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or with equivalent preparation acquired in another country are eligible to apply for admission to a graduate program. Evaluation for admission to the M.B.A. program is based on the following requirements.
A significant portion of the criteria used to evaluate applicants for admission to the M.B.A. program is based on the following:
In general, admission to the WCU M.B.A. will be determined using the following M.B.A. admissions formula score:
(GPA x 200) + GMAT score > 1100
In addition to the criteria noted above, the formula score can be affected to a lesser degree by other factors including professional work experience, quality of previous educational experience, and additional indicators of success. Additionally, students are expected to score in the 20th percentile or higher on the GMAT for both the verbal and quantitative portions of the test. The M.B.A. program also will accept scores for the ETS Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for tests taken after August 2011. Candidates submitting the GRE are expected to score in the 20th percentile or higher on both the verbal and quantitative portions of the test. Additionally, candidates submitting the GRE must meet the equivalent of a 450 GMAT score. The comparison of the GRE total score to the GMAT total score will be, in part, determined using a GMAT comparison tool accessible through the ETS website (www.ets.org).
Applicants possessing a formula score less than 1100 but greater or equal to 1000 may also be considered for admission to the University's M.B.A. program through the M.B.A. pre-qualifier program. Students following this route must meet all requirements of the M.B.A. pre-qualifier program before being admitted into the M.B.A. program. To be considered for admission through the M.B.A. pre-qualifier program, applicants must
Applicants must submit all official undergraduate transcripts demonstrating quality performance at the undergraduate level; appropriate scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT); an essay on career plans; a current resume; and two letters of recommendation. Registration for M.B.A. courses must be approved by the M.B.A. director.
For degree candidacy approval, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in all M.B.A. courses, be fully matriculated, and have completed all foundation courses.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all M.B.A. courses and a 3.0 GPA in concentration courses.
The graduate business certificate consists of the M.B.A. program’s six foundation-level courses: ACC 500, BLA 501, ECO 500, FIN 500, MGT 500, MKT 501.
The graduate business certificate is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for the graduate business certificate.
Students who successfully complete the graduate business certificate may apply to the M.B.A. program; however, these applicants must still meet the requirements for admission to the M.B.A. Grades from courses in the graduate business certificate may be used to assess students’ previous GPA as part of the M.B.A. admission evaluation.
Students may use previous course work to satisfy requirements for one course within the graduate business certificate.
The course work must match the requirements for the course and have been taken within the last six years from the time application is made for the certificate program.
Dr. Fuller, Chairperson (610-436-3460)
Faculty listing and course descriptions for the Department of Accounting.
Dr. Kara, Chairperson (610-436-3460)
Faculty listing and course descriptions for the Department of Economics and Finance.
Dr. Snow, Chairperson (610-436-2361)
Faculty listing and course descriptions for the Department of Management.
Dr. Gault, Chairperson (610-436-3135)
Faculty listing and course descriptions for the Department of Marketing.