Ancell School of Business : Graduate Programs

MBA Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Who teaches the MBA courses?


The instructors are full-time faculty members in the Ancell School of Business who have earned appropriate terminal degrees and who are also active consultants, members of boards of directors, expert witnesses, or former corporate or business executives.

Occasionally a course is taught by an adjunct instructor having an outstanding background and work experience, usually as an executive or upper-level manager in a well-regarded business or organization.

To see a full listing of our Ancell instructors, please visit the catalog.


Q:  How many students per class?


Most MBA courses have fewer than 20 students, which promotes classroom interactions, allows for exercises and activities, and provides for access to the faculty.  There are no large lecture hall classes in this program.


Q:  When are MBA courses scheduled?


Our program easily accommodates both part and full time students with courses scheduled during evening hours and on occasional Saturday’s. Courses are mainly offered in fall and spring, but several are offered during the summer and winter intersession.


Q:  How quickly can the MBA program be completed?


Working Professionals (Part-time): Students can take one or two courses in the fall, spring, summer and intersession, completing the degree in as little as two years.

Full-time Students: For students able to make a full-time commitment including summer and intersession, the program can be completed in 12-14 months depending on required prerequisites.

Our scheduling also meets the needs of Accounting graduates who are completing Connecticut’s 150 credit hour requirement prior to joining accounting firms.

Typically, students complete their MBA degree in 1 ½ – 4 years.


Q:  Is the MBA program accredited?


Western’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB),

Western’s M.B.A. program focuses on preparing students for managerial positions and leadership roles in contemporary organizations. Students acquire vital knowledge about business and organizational functions and activities. Students are challenged to think strategically and to hone skills needed to succeed in competitive environments.

Furthermore, all WCSU programs are licensed and reviewed by the State of Connecticut.


Q:  Where and what hours do MBA classes meet?


All MBA classes meet in the Classroom building on our convenient Westside Campus (off Exit 4 of I-84).  The adjoining Westside Campus Center provides dining and other amenities, including a coffee bar. Some courses may be offered in online or hybrid formats and occasionally at 8 p.m. or on weekends.

Most MBA classes meet for 2 ½ hours one evening each week (Monday through Thursday) for 15 or 16 weeks:


    • 5:25 to 7:55 PM for the majority of the courses, and


    • 8:00 to 10:30 PM for the remaining courses.


Most Summer MBA classes meet three evenings per week for five (5) weeks during May-June or July.


Compressed courses (5 full days in one week, for example) and online courses are occasionally offered during the January and May intersessions.


Q:  Is there an exception to the Graduate Management Admissions Test requirement?


Yes, you may receive a GMAT or GRE waiver if you have significant 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 3.0, or take two MBA 3 S.H. program courses as a non-matriculated student in one semester, and receive an average grade of 3.67 or better. Contact M.B.A. Coordinator for details on this process.


Q:  What is the minimum grade point average and the minimum GMAT score required for admission to the MBA program?


There is no minimum GPA or minimum GMAT score.  We construct an admissions score by combining your total GMAT score and your total undergraduate GPA based on all courses at all schools you attended.

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

The higher your GPA, the lower the GMAT score you need.  The lower your GPA, the higher the GMAT score you need.  You can discuss your particular case with the MBA Coordinator.


Q:  Can I transfer graduate credits into the MBA program?


Yes, graduate courses taken at other schools may be transferable to WCSU’s MBA program.  The limit on transfer credits is twelve.  Please see our graduate admission requirements. You should meet with the MBA Coordinator to discuss your situation.


Q:  Who is the main contact or Coordinator of the MBA program?

Dr. Dan Weltmann, WSCB Rm. 251
Phone (office): (203) 837-8182


Please feel free to call or email MBA Coordinator or visit the MBA catalog webpage if you have any further questions or concerns.