MBA Program - FAQ
Is UCM accredited by AACSB International?
Yes. Choosing an AACSB-accredited institution should be important to you. Here's why. Accreditation by AACSB International indicates the business school's programs, faculty and funding are regularly reviewed and that processes are in place to continually evaluate and make improvements to the academic programs. It represents a standard of quality.
There are but 13 institutions in Missouri that are AACSB-accredited in Business. UCM is also accredited in Accounting.
How many credit hours are required?
The MBA degree requires completion of 33 semester hours (eleven, three-hour courses) of graduate study, including the MBA core (18 hours), a selected concentration (9 to 12 hours) and elective requirements (3 to 6 hours).
What specializations are available for the MBA program?
Students can choose one of the following concentrations:
- Information Systems
- Sports Business
What admission criteria are considered?
You must have
- an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university,
- an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above,
- a GMAT or predicted GMAT score of 400 or better, depending upon your GPA
See Admission Requirements, for more details.
International students must also
- demonstrate English proficiency (native English speaker, TOEFL or IETLS)
- demonstrate sufficient financial support
- submit non-U.S. transcripts to World Education Services
- meet other requirements specified by International Admissions
What is the application fee?
For domestic applicants it is $30. For international applicants it is $75.
Can I submit a GRE score in place of the GMAT?
Yes. Students can take the GRE instead of the GMAT. A predicted GMAT score, based upon GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores, can be used in place of a GMAT score in meeting requirements.
Do I need to take prerequisite courses?
You might. We want to make sure you have the background necessary to be successful in the MBA program. Students who obtained a non-business, undergraduate degree need to complete twelve hours of prerequisites. If your undergraduate degree is in business, you may have already taken the four, three-hour courses:
- ACCT 2101, Principles of Financial Accounting
- FIN 2801, Business Statistics I
- FIN 3801, Business Statistics II
- FIN 3850, Principles of Finance
In addition to the twelve hours of undergraduate credit listed above, candidates need to be familiar with Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
Do the prerequisite courses have to be taken at UCM?
No. Equivalent courses from other regionally-accredited colleges and universities are accepted. You can check course equivalencies for the prerequisites. Courses may also be accepted based upon a review by the MBA Program Director in consultation with faculty. After acceptance to the program, please contact the MBA Program Director and submit a syllabus of the course to be reviewed.
Are the prerequisite courses required for admission to the MBA program.
No. You may be admitted to the MBA program and then take needed preprequisites; however, you will not be allowed to take any of the six, core courses without completing the prerequisites. Rare exceptions are made in consultation with the MBA Program Director and course instructors. Other courses may require the prerequisites, as well.
How long does it take to complete the MBA?
It can take as little as 16 months! Full-time students who have all the prerequisites are able to complete the graduate course requirements in three, full semesters and a summer term: fall, spring, summer and fall.
Do I have to be a full-time student?
No. You can take less than nine hours a semester, but you should plan to take at least six hours per term each of three semesters to complete the core course sequence.
Can I start the MBA in the spring semester?
Yes. The core-course prerequisites do force a fall-spring-fall sequence; however, if you need to take prerequisite courses and/or do not wish to be a full-time student, spring is a great time to begin.
What will be the tuition for one year?
The MBA at UCM is an outstanding value, especially for an AACSB-accredited institution. For information about graduate tuition and fees, please use our graduate cost calculator.
Are the MBA classes offered during the day?
All the MBA core and most concentration required classes are offered at night, from 6-8:45 p.m. on the main campus in Warrensburg. The elective courses (three or six credit hours) may be offered during the day, at night or online.
Do you offer an online MBA?
At this time, UCM does not. Most of the courses are delivered face-to-face in Warrensburg. One course may be offered online, depending upon the semester. BLAW 5700 is a hybrid course offered in the summer.
What is Warrensburg like?
The 'Burg is a great college town approaching a population of 20,000 with Whiteman Air Force Base just down the road. There are plenty of things to do in Warrensburg, but when your entertainment and shopping preferences extend beyond those offered here, the Kansas City area is an easy 45 to 60 minute drive.
How do I get more information?