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Master of Business Administration FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the MBA program at Mount Mary University. Courses are offered in an accelerated format (five 8-week terms in a calendar year). Please read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, contact Kristen Roche, Ph.D., MBA Director, at rochek@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3419 or a graduate admission counselor at mmu-gradinfo@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3049.

Admissions Questions

When is the deadline for applications?

Term 1 beginning in August: July 15
Term 2 beginning in October: September 15
Term 3 beginning in January: December 1
Term 4 beginning in March: February 1
Term 5 beginning in June: May 1

What are the prerequisites to the Mount Mary MBA program?

College Algebra (or a comparable course deemed appropriate by the MBA Program Director) is an admission requirements and must be taken prior to enrolling in the Mount Mary MBA. Undergraduate coursework in accounting, finance, and statistics are program prerequisite requirements. These three undergraduate courses are offered in an accelerated format, and do not need to be completed before being admitted to and taking graduate courses. They must only be completed before taking the three advanced graduate level courses in these areas (i.e. BUS 640, BUS 670, and BUS 680).

Why is the GMAT not required for applying to Mount Mary’s MBA program?

Research finds that standardized exams do not directly reflect the ability of potential graduate and adult students. Students are assessed by their undergraduate transcript(s), career goals statement and if necessary, an interview with the MBA program director.

Accelerated Course Format Questions

When does my accelerated course start?

The start date of your course is listed on your class schedule in MyMountMary. If your course begins in August (Term 1) or January (Term 3), it begins before the regular undergraduate semester.

How often do the accelerated courses meet?

Accelerated courses meet in five, eight-week terms each year. Courses meet one night a week on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. The accelerated course content is the same as a traditional 15-week semester course, meaning the time spent in class is reduced, but the material you are expected to learn is not reduced. You are responsible for independent learning outside of the classroom.

Do I need to do anything before an accelerated course starts?

Yes. You must obtain your textbook and the course syllabus prior to the first class. Most of the classes have an assignment due the first night of class or even before the class begins. Syllabi are available about two weeks before the start of the first class. Download a PDF copy in MyMountMary (after logging in, under the Academics tab, click on E-racer, then All My Courses). If the course does not show up on your list of current courses, choose “future courses” from the dropdown menu. Courses do not show up as current until two weeks before the course begins.

How much time will I need to spend on coursework?

The typical rule of thumb is to spend at least four hours on coursework for every 1 credit of class per week. Because Mount Mary MBA courses are three credits, you should expect to devote 12 hours to studying and coursework per week. You are spending less time in the classroom, so more responsibility is put on you to handle the independent study workload.

Will there be group work?

Group work may be part of the course, but it will not comprise the majority of the coursework.

Do I need to attend all classes?

Yes. Condensing the material from a 15-week semester course into 8 weeks requires you to make a strong commitment to attending every class for the entire three hours. If you are unable to attend a class, you must contact the instructor ahead of time, as you are responsible for making up missed work, obtaining class notes and arranging if you will be missing an exam.

The accelerated attendance policy is consistent across the MBA program: If you incur two absences, the instructor, at a minimum, is required to lower your grade one letter grade (e.g. from a B to a BC). If you incur three absences, you will automatically fail the course unless you withdraw from it before the published deadline. Attending classes for half the time can add up to full absences, meaning attending two half classes constitutes one absence.

What is the latest that I can drop a class and not receive an F?

You may drop the course anytime prior to the start of the second class session and it will not appear on your transcript. If you withdraw after the second class has begun, but before the seventh class, you will receive a “W” on your transcript. A student may not withdraw once the seventh class session has begun.

What happens if a class is canceled due to the school closing or instructor illness?

If a class is canceled, the class time must be made up. Your instructor will determine a makeup night or Saturday with the students on the first night of class.

Tuition & Financial Aid Questions

How much is tuition?

View graduate tuition and fees information.

How can I finance my MBA at Mount Mary?

Graduate students are eligible for federal loans. To apply, you will need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, many employers offer tuition reimbursement and students employed at Mount Mary’s corporate partners may receive a 5 percent tuition discount. See more financial aid information.

Other Common Questions

Do I take classes in a cohort?

No, although you likely will develop relationships with other students as you progress through the program. Typically, two or three courses are offered each term. You can enroll in courses in a sequence that fits your needs and preferences. The only exception is the final capstone course, BUS 750, which is offered only in Term 4, beginning in March.

Who are Mount Mary MBA students?

Mount Mary is proud to educate a diverse group of women and men with relevant business experience. Our students are motivated to earn their MBA in order to seek promotion at their current employer, change employers or careers, or better operate their own small business.

Who are the Mount Mary MBA instructors?

Two professors are full-time professors in the School of Business. Many instructors, however, are business professionals who have several years of experiences in their respective teaching fields. All instructors hold masters or doctoral degrees.

What is the average class size?

Classes range from 6 to 18 students, with the average around 12 to 15 students.

How long does it take the average MBA student to graduate?

If a student takes one course per term, he/she will graduate in 12 terms, or about two and a half years. Of course, prerequisite courses lengthen the time to graduation, and taking two courses in one term shortens the time to graduation.

Can I take two courses in one term?

Yes, however given the accelerated nature of the MBA program, this is a challenging option for most students. Students are encouraged to contact the MBA Director before enrolling in two courses per term.

Do you offer blended courses?

While the majority of classes are only offered on campus, a few courses are blended. These courses typically meet on campus three or four times, and the remaining content is taught online.