This graduate program is designed for those qualified individuals who wish to further their academic credentials in the field of business administration. Full-time students may complete the MBA program in 10 months (4 quarters - 45 quarter credit hours) depending on course load. An additional course in Business Foundations may be required depending upon determination at the time of admission based on previous academic and professional experience. Part-time students may enroll in a minimum of one class per quarter and this option extends the completion time as applicable to course load completed. Admission to this program will occur in each quarter of the year.
In support of the South College mission statement, the mission of the School of Business for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) is to provide a high-quality graduate, online business education that challenges students through curriculum and collaborative interaction. The program’s curriculum focuses on student learning and development of skills that prepare for the demands of the global business environment. The MBA program is designed to provide organizations and non-profits with managers who are able to critically analyze and identify business problems and opportunities. This includes being able to communicate information to influence an organization, integrate decision making across all business functions, and develop effective strategies while understanding the importance of ethical decision making.
Applicants interested in this program are required to meet individually, either in person or via telephone, with an admissions representative and program faculty to discuss the program and all requirements. Applicants must provide a completed South College application for admission and application to the program. Those selected for admission will provide the following:
- Evidence completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in business or closely related discipline approved by the faculty. If undergraduate degree is not in an area approved by the faculty OR have evidence of two years of supervisory experience approved by the faculty, successful completion of BUS 5000 is required;
- Completion of the BUS 5000 Business Foundations course with grade of B or better;
- Evidence of a cumulative 3.0 undergraduate grade point average for admittance OR Evidence of a cumulative 2.50 undergraduate grade point average for conditional admittance.
Students accepted for conditional admittance are permitted to take three courses in the MBA program. If they maintain a 3.0 graduate grade point average in the three courses, they are granted admittance.
Transfer of Credit
No more than three (3) graduate level courses (13.5 hours) will be accepted for transfer credit towards a graduate level School of Business program. To be considered for transfer credit, a course syllabus, an unofficial transcript with the course grade, and a written request must be submitted to the School of Business & Technology Dean. The Dean will evaluate the information to determine course equivalency and make a final determination regarding acceptance of transfer credit for each course. The Dean may determine the request for transfer credit meets the requirements of a Special Topics class. Official credit will be awarded for those approved once the official transcript is received by the Registrar’s office.
The MBA program and concentration option will be completed primarily via an asynchronous online format using the learning management system Canvas in order to provide flexibility and to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. The curriculum is tailored to provide a balance of theoretical, practical, and analytical instruction to prepare students for the unique challenges of management in the 21st century.
An online introduction to the program includes an orientation, a review of students’ roles and responsibilities in an online instructional environment, important information about accessing South College email and Student Portal accounts, and a discussion and review of South College learning resources and student services.
Course materials and assignments emphasize collaboration, critical thinking, research, and student accountability. The program cumulates with a capstone course which provides a unique opportunity for a thorough investigation of a business dilemma, incorporating principles of accounting, finance, marketing, economics, and management concepts and theories.
Graduates completing the program will accomplish the following outcomes:
- Students will be able to demonstrate practical knowledge of the functional areas of business.
- Students will be able to integrate current technology in support of business operations.
- Students will be able to demonstrate highly developed communication skills.
- Students will be able to evaluate strategic objectives that enhance organizational effectiveness and operational performance.
- Students will evaluate complex financial and operational data and information for decision making.
- Students will be able to demonstrate collaboration for effective leadership and decision making.
Academic Standards, Student Progress, and Grading
Upon entering the Master of Business Administration program, students are required to confer with the Dean of the School of Business & Technology to map out their course curriculum and requirements for degree completion. Students are also required to meet each quarter with the Graduate Program Coordinator for an academic progress review and registration approval for the next quarter. If a student voluntarily withdraws from the program, a formal application for reentry is required, and program requirements in effect at that time must be met. The student will be required to meet with the Dean of the School of Business & Technology for approval to reenter the program. Students will only be allowed to be readmitted to the Master of Business Administration program once unless in the case of mitigating circumstances.
The Dean of the School of Business & Technology will review each student’s scholastic achievement record at the end of each quarter. The academic standards that must be met by each student are outlined in the Academic Participation section. If a student fails to meet academic standards, the Dean will meet with the student in question. Depending on the nature of the academic deficiency, the Dean will determine the status of the student’s academic standing, which may include probation or dismissal from the program. The Categories of Academic Standing are:
Good Standing: Status of a student who has met course requirements in a satisfactory manner and has demonstrated good professional behavior.
Probation: Status of a student whose performance in the program has fallen below the minimum stated standards, or who has exhibited unacceptable professional behavior.
Dismissal: Action whereby a student will be dismissed from the Master of Business Administration program due to failure to adhere to academic standards. Dismissal will occur after review of the student’s academic or professional deficiency by the Dean of the School of Business & Technology.
Professional Behavior: For the purposes of this policy, unacceptable professional behavior shall be defined as inappropriate interpersonal communications (either written or verbal) directed towards South College faculty, staff, or fellow students, or actions and demeanor deemed inappropriate by the Dean of the School of Business & Technology.
The causes of and consequences for receiving a Warning, Probation, or Dismissal are:
A student will be placed on probation if his/her cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.00.
A student with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 at the end of any quarter will receive notification from the Dean of the School of Business & Technology that he/she is on Probation. If the student fails to raise his/her cumulative GPA to a 3.00 at the end of the next quarter, he/she will be dismissed from the Master of Business Administration program. If the student raises his/her cumulative GPA to a 3.00 or higher at the end of the next quarter, he/she will be removed from Probation. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00 a second time, he/she will be dismissed from the Master of Business Administration program.
Action whereby a student will be dismissed from the Master of Business Administration program due to failure to adhere to academic and program requirements.
- A student has a cumulative GPA of less than 3.00 at the end of any quarter and then fails to raise his/her cumulative GPA to a 3.00 or higher at the end of the next quarter;
- A student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 for a second time;
- A student’s professional conduct violates the performance standards set forth in the South College Academic Honor Code, the South College Standards of Student Conduct, or for unprofessional behavior or criminal activity;
South College reserves the right to dismiss at any time a student who, in its judgment, is undesirable and whose continued enrollment is detrimental to him/herself or his/her fellow students or whose presence is disruptive to the learning environment, or the orderly operation of the College.
Following dismissal, a student may appeal the dismissal by providing the Dean of the School of Business & Technology a written letter of appeal. The appeal will be considered by the associated School of Business Technology and the Dean. If the appeal is approved, the student will be allowed to return to the program for the designed period in a probationary status. All stipulations of the approved appeal must be met in order for the student to be returned to Good Standing. Failure to meet appeal stipulations will result in program dismissal.
In order for a student to graduate from the Master of Business Administration program, the student must be in a good academic and professional standing, have had satisfactory progress in all quarters of the academic program, and satisfactorily complete the following:
- Successfully complete the required quarter credit hours of academic course work.
- Evidence a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above for the required coursework.
- Achieve a letter grade of “C” or better in all academic courses.
- Complete all required South College and Program documents in preparation for graduation.
- Honor all professional and financial obligations to South College.
South College reserves the right, and the student, by the act of matriculation, concedes to give South College the right to require withdrawal at any time the college deems it necessary to safeguard the standards of scholarship, conduct, and compliance with regulations, or for such other reasons deemed appropriate by South College as set forth in the South College Student Handbook and/or the South College Catalog.
South College provides computer and Internet access to staff, faculty, and students while on-campus. Online students are required to secure their own access in their personal environments. Developing computer skills is critical to the success of students in the program and in practice. Though not a requirement for admission, students are expected to possess computer skills prior to matriculation. Please see the South College website for information regarding minimum computer requirements.
The Master of Business Administration program (including Concentration courses) are offered Online.