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Master of Business Administration Policies

To be considered for admission into the MBA Program, the student must submit the following:

  1. Application with essay
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  3. A current resume

In order to be admitted to the program, the student must have:

  1. Graduated from an accredited four-year college or university, GPA 3.0 or higher
  2. Undergraduate courses in accounting, economics, finance and statistics*

Students seeking admission into the MBA program may be admitted on a regular or conditional basis. The MBA admissions committee will review the student’s educational background and work experience to determine the student’s admission status based on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Quality of the student’s academic record and educational background
  3. *Undergraduate courses in accounting, economics, finance and statistics. If a student does not have prior classroom experience in these areas, students may be asked to take an academic leveling program course(s) as a prerequisite.
  4. The nature and extent of the student’s work experience
  5. Involvement in community activities

Regularly admitted students are students who the admissions committee determines have the preparation to successfully complete the program.

Some applicants whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted to the program conditionally and permitted to enroll in a maximum of four courses (12 credits). Upon completion of the four courses and fulfillment of any specified conditions, the student’s record and admission criteria will be reviewed to determine the student’s potential for successfully completing the program. After approval, the student will be permitted to complete the MBA Program according to an individualized program of study developed in conjunction with his or her advisor.

International Student Admission Requirements:

  • Application, essay, current resume, two letters of reference
  • Transcripts translated into English by WES, World Education Services, of all academic educational work
  • TOEFL score for non-English speaking country – minimum score requirement is 80
  • Statement of financial support from certified financial institution. Statement must show adequate funds to pay tuition, fees, books, supplies, travel expenses and living expenses.
  • Copy of passport and visa
  • Admissions interview


Since the MBA curriculum concentrates on the areas of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and statistics, a strong background in these areas, either through previous coursework or relevant business experience, is strongly recommended. If the program director or student feels that he or she is not adequately prepared in these areas, the Peregrine academic leveling courses are recommended.

Graduate Non-Degree Student

In certain circumstances, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Programs in Business Administration, students may be permitted to enroll in a maximum of two courses (6 credits) without completing the regular application process.

Financial Aid

Financial aid information may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. Student loans are available to students taking a minimum of six semester hours. For the purposes of the MBA Program, a full-time student is considered to be anyone enrolled in a minimum of nine semester hours. For additional Financial Aid information, see the introductory Graduate and Professional Studies section.

Degree Requirements

  1. 30 semester hours of business administration. All students must take Master of Business Administration 505, 506, 507, 515, 525, 535, and 599; with nine additional hours elected from the various areas of concentration. (See below)
  2. Candidates must complete 24 semester hours at Waynesburg University.
  3. Students must achieve a 3.00 GPA in order to graduate from the program. The receipt of a letter grade of C or lower will automatically be reviewed by the Director of Graduate Programs in Business Administration.
  4. All students must begin the MBA Program within one year of notification of admission. Anyone who does not meet this deadline will be removed from the files and will have to reapply to proceed.
  5. Requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree must be completed within seven (7) years from the registration of the first MBA class.
  6. Deactivation will occur if no registration activity is recorded one year after the last semester of enrollment. Anyone removed for this reason must reapply to continue in the program.


The grading scale for the MBA Program is available in the Program Guide and Course Syllabi.

Courses Repeated

A student may take any course for credit if he or she has met the prerequisites for the course and has not already taken the course and received a grade of B or better. When a course is repeated, both the first grade received and the grade earned in the repeated course remain a part of the permanent record; however, only the highest grade is used in computing the academic quotient. Additional credit is not given in cases where the original grade of the course repeated was C. A student who wishes to repeat a course must have the written permission of the Director of Graduate Programs in Business Administration.


All MBA courses except MBA 597 and MBA 598 will follow the current Waynesburg University Catalog, which states:

The mark I, is given if the work of the course is satisfactory but not completed, and may be removed by completing the unfinished work. Under no consideration, however, is the mark, I, given to a student whose work has been below the passing grade C. Such student is given the grade F. Incompletes are not given except in the case of extenuating circumstances (such as serious illness or death in the family). The student is responsible for fi ling a Request for Incomplete Grade form available through the Office of the Registrar. Incompletes must be made up in the first eight weeks of the term following the one in which the work reported incomplete is taken. An incomplete not made up will be changed to F.

BUS 597 has guidelines for incompletes as follows:

A student enrolled in MBA 597 or MBA 598, Individual Study, may, because of the nature of his or her study, be unable to complete all work in a semester or within the normal “incomplete” period. Therefore, for an incomplete in this class, an I grade will be carried by the Registrar for a period of one (1) calendar year from the date of registration. After this time period has expired, the Registrar will change the incomplete to an F.

Academic Progression

All graduate students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher with no more than one grade of C or lower to be eligible to receive a Master’s Degree from Waynesburg University.

To remain in good standing and progress through the curriculum:

  • All courses during the graduate curriculum must be completed with a grade of C or higher; one C permissible.
  • A student may receive no more than one grade of C or lower during the curriculum.
  • A student may repeat a course only once.
  • The student’s cumulative GPA must be at 3.00.

If the student receives a grade of C or lower, a letter of warning will be sent to remind the student of the academic progression policy and standards. Students’ academic performance will be reviewed at the end of each 8-week session.

If the student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.00, the student will be placed on probation, and must raise the GPA to 3.00 or higher by the completion of the next 6 credits.

A graduate student will be dismissed from the program if any of the following occur:

  • The student receives more than one grade of C or lower.
  • The student is unable to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher after completing the next 6 credits following a warning.
  • The student is unable to successfully complete a course with a grade of B or higher after repeating the course one time.

Notification of Academic Status

Waynesburg University makes every effort to notify students of their academic status. A certified letter is mailed to each graduate student placed on suspension. Since communication by mail may be delayed or misdirected, it is the responsibility of every student to obtain this information. Non-receipt of a letter by a suspended student will not be considered grounds for claiming eligibility to enroll for a subsequent semester.

Additional note

All other policies and procedures outlined by the current Waynesburg University Academic Catalog will be adhered to by the MBA program. For Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) – see the introductory Graduate and Professional Studies pages in this Academic Catalog and the Student Program Guide.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credit is granted in a manner consistent with University policy. Each course is individually reviewed by the Registrar in consultation with Director of Graduate Programs in Business and/or members of related University disciplines for judgment concerning transfer of credits. When transfer credit is evaluated, only those courses that fulfill the degree requirements for the MBA degree will apply.

Waynesburg University will accept a maximum of nine credit hours with grades of B- or above in transfer. The credits must have been earned within seven years of application to the program.


Students wishing to withdraw voluntarily from the program must make an appointment to discuss the matter with the Director of the MBA program and then write a letter verifying the withdrawal. The date of the receipt of the letter becomes the official date of withdrawal from the program. Students must also follow the University policy regarding withdrawal from the University. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal from the program.


An MBA student will be dismissed from the program if the student receives more than one grade of C or lower, is unable to successfully complete a course with a grade of B or higher after repeating the course one time, or is unable to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher following completion of the next six credits after being placed on probation.


Students who withdraw from the MBA program must apply for readmission in a matter consistent with University policy. Students who have been admitted and then withdraw from the MBA program must show evidence of a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher at the time of leaving the program, and must submit a written letter to the MBA Program Director requesting reinstatement. Students who do not enroll in a course for one calendar year will be placed on inactive status, and must request reactivation in writing to the Director of the MBA Program to return to active status.

Graduation Requirements

Students are eligible for graduation with a Master of Business Administration degree upon completion of all business and University requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. All credits for each concentration must be completed within 7 years from initial program enrollment. Students must complete at least 27 credits at Waynesburg University.