Master of Business Administration        

James Donegan, Graduate Coordinator, WS 139 Phone: (203) 837-9035
Lorraine DiLeo, Department Secretary, WS 249 Phone: (203) 837-8341
Fax: (203) 837-8527

NOTE: The MBA program’s curriculum is in a period of transition, and during the Fall 2015 semester it is expected to be overhauled. Please contact the Division of Graduate Studies for current status.

Accounting Faculty   J. Donegan (M.B.A. Coordinator); M. Ganon; T. Monks; D. Moser; G. Skiba.
Finance Faculty C. Huang; L. Vo; A. Wong.
Management Faculty P. Assenza; S. Bazan; E. Buccini; M. Chuang; M. Dugal; L.Forbes; F. Tesch
Management Information Systems E. Collar; J. Flynn; R. Montague; P. Nugent; M. Wright; T. Yoon.
Marketing J. Cronin; R. Drozdenko; X. Han; K. Koza; B Oumlil.
Division of Justice and Law Administration T. Dwyer; M. Foley; K. C. Jordan; G. Kain (M.S.J.A. Coordinator); K. Marino; A. Markert; C. Mullaney; F. Muska; D. Sharma.

Program Overview and Mission

Western’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is designed with the working professional in mind.  Students are able to continue working while taking one to three courses each fall, spring, and summer semester.  Graduate classes meet Monday through Thursday evenings each week at 5:25 or 8 p.m.  One or two courses may be scheduled on Saturdays.  Small classes, usually fewer than 25 students, encourage interaction and collegiality among the students.

Western’s M.B.A. program focuses on preparing students for managerial positions in  today’s competitive environments and organizations. Students gain a fundamental knowledge of business and organizational functions and activities, as well as an exposure to strategic thinking and management.

Learning Goals and Objectives

         Content Skills – Working knowledge of external/internal environment on organizations

LEARNING GOAL 1:  ASB graduates will be able to integrate knowledge from a variety of business disciplines in order to better understand markets, organizations and individuals.

LEARNING GOAL 2:  ASB graduates will have an understanding of various ethical/sustainability perspectives and how they apply to business.

LEARNING GOAL 3:  ASB graduates will have an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of operating in a global business environment.

Essential Skills- Development of skills necessary to contribute to the organization

LEARNING GOAL 4:  ASB graduates will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills.

LEARNING GOAL 5:  ASB graduates will be proficient in information acquisition and information usage.

LEARNING GOAL 5:  ASB graduates will be able to address complex business problems in novel ways, including the ability to reason and think analytically.

LEARNING GOAL 6:  ASB graduates will be able to demonstrate effective leadership and team building skills.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.B.A. program must submit the following materials:

  • a completed application for graduate study
  • an official transcript from each college or university previously attended, including all undergraduate and graduate courses, grades, and degrees
  • an official copy of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores.   GMAT/GRE scores must be from no more than five years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required for non-native English speakers with limited exposure to English.
  • two letters of recommendation, preferably from employers or former professors
  • a current resume or curriculum vita
  • Recommended is a statement why the applicant desires to pursue an M.B.A. at WCSU.

Admission to the M.B.A. program is based on the information in the above items; no admission decision can be made until all of the required materials are in the applicant’s file in the Division of Graduate Studies Office. Previous academic achievements, GMAT/GRE test scores, recommendations, and work experience are important factors.

Admission Formula

In general, admission to the M.B.A. will be determined using the following M.B.A. Admission Formula Score:  (Undergraduate GPA x 200) + GMAT score > 1,050

GMAT/GRE Exam Waivers

If you have significant (10+ years) professional business and management experience, recognized professional certification (CPS, CFA, CMA, CIA, CFP), past graduate degree (master’s or higher), or a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3, you may be eligible for an alternative application process and your exam requirement may be waived.  Contact MBA Coordinator for details on this process.

Degree Requirements

The M.B.A. degree will be conferred upon the matriculated M.B.A. graduate student who has

  • completed cluster of prerequisite course modules (minus waived modules)
  • completed  54 graduate credits (minus waived and transferred credits) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 B or better
  • completed the program within an eight-year period
  • filed the application for the degree with the Division of Graduate Studies Office by December 1 for the May commencement, February 1 for an August conferral, or
    October 1 for a January conferral

Waiver of Courses

The number of courses required for the M.B.A. degree may be reduced by waiver of some or all of the core/prerequisite cluster courses (a maximum of 24 semester hours). These waivers are based on the applicant’s undergraduate business degree transcript completed business courses with satisfactory grades of B or better, or relevant graduate courses with satisfactory grades of B or better.

Transfer of Courses

Up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred to the M.B.A. program for equivalent courses completed elsewhere. To be considered for transfer, the courses must have been completed with a grade of B or better in the six years prior to enrollment in Western’s M.B.A. program.

Substitution of Courses

Course substitutions may be allowed within the M.B.A. program to accommodate special considerations. Please see the M.B.A. Coordinator.

Courses in Residence

A minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the M.B.A. program must be completed at WCSU.

Course Restrictions                                                                     

For a complete list of prerequisites, co-requisites, and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog or contact the M.B.A. coordinator.

Master of Business Administration

Core/Prerequisite Cluster
 (courses may be waived)  24 SH
ACC 504 Financial Accounting Concepts 3 SH
FIN 502 Economic Analysis for Managers 3 SH
FIN 505 Managerial Finance 3 SH
FIN 545 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making 3 SH
JLA 511 The Legal Environment of Business 3 SH
MGT 501 Organizational Behavior 3 SH
MGT 510 Management of Operations 3 SH
MKT 509 Fundamentals of Marketing Management 3 SH


Required M.B.A. Courses –    (courses cannot be waived) 21 SH
ACC 507 Strategic Cost Management 3 SH
FIN 560 Analysis of Financial and Investment Decisions 3 SH
MGT 506 Strategic Management 3 SH
MGT 521 Strategic Integration of Operations 3 SH
MIS 516 Information Analysis 3 SH
MKT 534 Strategic Marketing Management 3 SH
MKT 539 Effective Managerial Communication   3 SH


(chosen in consultation with M.B.A. coordinator)     9 SH
Total Semester Hours for M.B.A. Program:   54 SH


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