IU Southeast 2004-2006 Master of Business Administration Bulletin
|Master of Business Administration|
Program of Study
Enrolling in M.B.A. Courses
Grades and Grade Point Average
Students' Rights and Responsibilities
Rules Determining Resident and Nonresident Student Status
for Indiana University Fee Purposes
Indiana University Southeast provides a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program for students interested in continuing their postgraduate education in the field of business. Through the program, business professionals increase their breadth of knowledge, their ability to analyze business alternatives more thoroughly, and, ultimately, their opportunities for more challenging, responsible, and productive careers in the business community. Most M.B.A. students work in professional positions and pursue the M.B.A. degree on a part-time basis.
Indiana University Southeast, a campus of Indiana University founded in 1941, has grown in physical size and prominence over the past 50 years. Today, the main campus occupies 180 acres of rolling land in scenic southern Indiana, 10 minutes from downtown Louisville, Kentucky, which has a population approaching a million people.
The IU Southeast School of Business provides a high quality, ethically founded graduate program with a professional orientation designed to serve the citizens and institutions of the region. We encourage and support continuous development by teacher-scholars in building and sharing expertise. We continually strive to provide premier business and economics educational opportunities in a regional campus environment.
Our goal is to provide students the academic resources, opportunities, and support that will enable them to:
The IU Southeast M.B.A. program is accredited by AACSB InternationalThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business administration and accounting.
Accreditation is based on the quality of the program and the qualifications and accomplishments of the IU Southeast business and economics faculty, who have acquired academic credentials from highly respected institutions and possess a wide range of professional management experience. Only one out of four U.S. business schools have earned AACSB accreditation.
Applicants should have earned a bachelor's degree in business or in a nonbusiness field. The Graduate Business Policies Committee, comprised of business faculty members, carefully evaluates all applicants based on three significant factors:
Foundation course work is required to prepare students for the 36 credit hour M.B.A. curriculum. Normally, students with a recent bachelor's degree in business from an AACSB-accredited institution, will have already met most or all of this requirement. Students who have not met the foundation course work requirement can be admitted on a conditional basis if their undergraduate grade point average and Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores are within the acceptable parameters for the program and the Graduate Business Policies Committee approves their admission. Students must complete the foundation course work before beginning M.B.A. course work.
A student once refused admission to the M.B.A. program may submit an appeal for review with any supporting documentation to the Graduate Business Policies Committee within three weeks of the postmark on the admission denial letter. At their next meeting, the committee will render a final and binding admission decision.
All applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), administered by the Educational Testing Service. The GMAT is computer adaptive and tests general aptitude much like the ACT and SAT examinations. The GMAT is offered three weeks per month, six days per week, throughout the year. For more information, contact the IU Southeast Graduate Business Programs Office.
Students whose first language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the IU Southeast M.B.A. program along with their GMAT scores.
Students may consult the Graduate Business Programs director about earning credit for prerequisite undergraduate courses by challenging a course by examination. No credit by examination will be given for courses contained in the 36 credit hour M.B.A. curriculum.
In using challenge examinations, students must:
Students may transfer a maximum of 6 graduate credit hours (with no grades below B) from another AACSB-accredited M.B.A. program to count towards the 36 credit hour M.B.A. curriculum at IU Southeast. Students may request that graduate credit not meeting this criterion be reviewed for transfer approval. The final disposition of all transfer course work is determined by the Graduate Business Policies Committee.
For tuition rates and other fees, please contact the Graduate Business Programs Office.
Undergraduate courses can be substituted as follows:
* Must have achieved a minimum grade of C- in each foundation course. Even though a minimum grade of C- is required for each of the courses listed above, students with higher grades will increase their prospects for admission into the M.B.A. program.
M.B.A. students must perform at least 20 hours of community service in projects such as volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; providing tax assistance for the elderly or disadvantaged; participating in a United Way agency; or serving on a not-for-profit board or advisory council. Activities that serve a narrowly defined population such as being an officer at the local Rotary Club or a church deacon are not appropriate for this requirement. On the other hand, services such as directing or participating in a community cleanup sponsored by the Rotary Club or chairing a church clothing drive for the needy are acceptable projects because they serve a need of the greater community.
The requirement may be completed any time during the academic program, but as early in the program as possible and prior to the last 12 credit hours of course work in the M.B.A. curriculum. Students should submit a written proposal to the Graduate Business Programs Office outlining a plan for satisfying this requirement and containing the following information:
At the conclusion of the community service activity, students must submit to the Graduate Business director a one- to two-page e-mail report describing the student's role in the experience.
The 36 credit hour M.B.A. curriculum emphasizes managerial decision making throughout four phases of course work.
Phase I emphasizes the development and mastery of the fundamental tools of decision making.
Phase II sharpens communication skills and broadens perspectives through topics such as ethics and the environment of business.
Phase III includes advanced courses in the various disciplines of business along with a course that integrates the disciplines through a systemic approach to business decision making.
Phase IV involves strategic management and elective course work.
Students take 30 credit hours of required courses plus 6 credit hours of electives. Core course work will be waived and an elective course substituted when the Graduate Business Policies Committee determines that the candidate has extensive previous course work in the required subject area(s). For example, if a student has an undergraduate degree in accounting, A505 Strategic Cost Management will be waived and an elective substituted in its place.
36 Credit Hours
Required Courses: 30 Credit Hours
Phase I (12 credit hours, 3 credit hours each):
Phase II (6 credit hours, 1.5 credit hours each for B511 and B513; 3 credit hours for B516):
Electives can be taken after completing Phase II.
Phase III (9 credit hours, 3 credit hours each):
Phase IV (3 credit hours, 1 course):
ELECTIVES (6 credit hours):
To complete the 36 credit hours required for the M.B.A. degree in two to four years, students usually take 6 credit hours during both the fall and spring semesters and 3 credit hours during each of the two summer sessions. Students who wish to exceed a normal course load must receive approval from the Graduate Business Policies Committee.
Normally, students complete degree requirements within no more than six years from the time they begin M.B.A. course work. In special circumstances, a student may be given permission to extend study to a seventh year, but additional curriculum and degree requirements may be added. The M.B.A. program must be completed within seven years.
Candidates for the Master of Business Administration degree must fulfill the following requirements:
Any student who has been unconditionally admitted to the IU Southeast M.B.A. program can enroll in M.B.A. courses contingent upon successful completion of all prerequisites.
Students who have not been admitted to the M.B.A. program, on the other hand, must request permission from the Graduate Business Policies Committee in order to enroll. The Graduate Business Policies Committee will make a final and binding decision. These students must
(1) prove graduate school status and (2) complete 20 credit hours of foundation course work required for all M.B.A. students. They are given the lowest priority ranking if class size is an issue.
Permission to enroll in an IU Southeast M.B.A. course does not constitute admission to the program. Students from other graduate programs must obtain permission from the Graduate Business Policies Committee to enroll in M.B.A. courses each registration period.
Auditing is not permitted for courses in the M.B.A. curriculum.
M.B.A. students who have registered for classes and who have received a Schedule Confirmation/Account Statement may adjust their class schedules during the drop/add period at the beginning of each semester. This procedure is outlined in the Schedule of Classes, distributed each semester, and on the IU Southeast Web site at www.ius.edu.
Consult the director of graduate business programs to determine how course changes affect academic progress.
Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from a course as outlined in this bulletin. Unofficial withdrawal results in an automatic grade of F. To change their class schedules, students must complete a Drop/Add form available in the Graduate Business Programs Office or the Office of the Registrar, where it will be dated and processed the same day. The director of graduate business programs assists students in revising their class schedule.
No grade is recorded on the transcript when students withdraw during the first week of classes. A grade of W (withdrawal) is recorded automatically when students officially withdraw before the end of the tenth week of a semester or the fourth week of a six-week summer session.
The 1.5 credit hour coursesB511 Business Communications and B513 International Environmental Analysisare split into seven-week sessions during the fourteen-week fall and spring semesters and into three-week sessions during the summer sessions. In such cases, students must officially withdraw before the fourth week of the seven-week course and the first week of a summer course.
Students who withdraw during the first four weeks of the fall and spring semesters, or the first two weeks of a summer session, may request a refund from the Office of the Registrar at the time of withdrawal. Refunds are dispensed within six weeks. Consult the fee schedule section of the IU Southeast Schedule of Classes or the Web site at www.ius.edu for additional information.
A student's grade point average is computed by dividing the sum of all grade points earned (the credit hours earned in each course, multiplied by the numerical equivalent of the grade) by the sum of the credit hours attempted. The numerical equivalents of letter grades are as follows:
The grade of I (incomplete) will be recorded for students who, after having satisfactorily completed the major portion of a course, must withdraw because of circumstances beyond their control. Students then have up to 12 months to complete the balance of the course, as agreed upon by the student and the instructor. If students fail to meet the requirements and the instructor does not otherwise act to remove the I within 12 months, the registrar will notify both the student and the instructor that the grade of I will be changed to an F. Note that the grade of I is not offered simply to exempt students from paying tuition for a repeated course.
Because students are required to earn a minimum grade of C in all of the courses in the 36 credit hour M.B.A. curriculum, they may sometimes need to repeat a course in order to raise an insufficient grade to the required level. Whether a student MUST repeat a course or chooses to repeat a course, ALL grades received in M.B.A. courses will be included in the composite grade point average. Other conditions that apply to the repetition of courses include:
To be in good standing, students must earn no grade below a C (2.0) in any M.B.A. course and accumulate a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all M.B.A. course work completed. (Only grades earned in the IU Southeast M.B.A. program are considered when determining a student's academic standing in the M.B.A. program.)
If their overall GPA falls below 3.0, students are notified by letter that they are on academic probation. They will then be limited to enrollment in a maximum of 3 credit hours per semester. M.B.A. classes taken by a student on probation must be taught by full-time, resident IU Southeast faculty. Whether a student is allowed to continue in the program is based upon the following conditions:
IU Southeast M.B.A. students have access to the following services through the campus and the M.B.A. program.
"To encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students of business administration, to promote the advancement of education in the art and science of business, and to foster integrity in the conduct of business operation," the faculty elect outstanding graduate business students into Beta Gamma Sigma.
It is important that students understand their rights and responsibilities in the M.B.A. program.
Copies of the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, which went into effect in the fall of 1990, are available from the Office of Student Affairs. It is the students' responsibility to acquaint themselves with the regulations in this document, which covers such issues as academic dishonesty, grievance procedures, discrimination, and overall conduct.
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It is each student's responsibility to apply for graduation when nearing completion of the M.B.A. program. Applications must be filed in the Graduate Business Programs Office by October 1 for May graduation, March 1 for August graduation, and June 1 for December graduation. This allows the Graduate Business Programs staff to verify academic records and ensure graduation requirements have been met.
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