Master of Business Administration        

Linda Forbes, Graduate Coordinator     WS 143    Phone (cell): (203) 313-1837
  Phone (office): (203) 837-3256


Accounting Faculty   J. Donegan; M. Ganon; X. Jiang; B. Kim; T. Monks; G. Rotondo; G. Skiba.
Finance Faculty C. Huang; W. Lin; L. Vo; A. Wong.
Management Faculty P. Assenza; S. Bazan; E. Buccini; K. Burnard; M. Chuang; M. Dugal; L.Forbes.
Management Information Systems E. Collar; J. Flynn; R. Montague; P. Nugent; T. Yoon.
Marketing J. Cronin; R. Drozdenko; X. Han; K. Koza; B Oumlil.
Division of Justice and Law Administration M. Alizadeh; W. DeFeo; T. Dwyer; K. C. Jordan; G. Kain (M.S.J.A. Coordinator); K. Marino; A. Markert; C. Mullaney; 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 four 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.

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

1.   COMMUNICATION: Students will be able to communicate effectively.

  • Learning Outcome 1 (written): Students will demonstrate the ability to write professionally.
  • Learning Outcome 2 (oral): Students will demonstrate the ability to deliver professional oral presentations.

2.   LEADERSHIP AND TEAMS:  Students will demonstrate leadership and team membership behavior.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students will apply leadership competencies to organizational problems.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students will apply team concepts to organizational problems.

3.  CRITICAL THINKING/ETHICS:  MBA graduates will demonstrate strong critical thinking and sensitivity to ethical issues.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate an appropriate level of critical thinking skills consistent with a mid-level manager position.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students will exhibit sensitivity in ethical decision-making.

4.  CRITICAL FUNCTION/GLOBAL:  Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge from a variety of business disciplines.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate the important functional area of business.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of global business issues.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.B.A. program must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Old Main, Rm. 101:

  • 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
  • two letters of recommendation, preferably from employers or former professors
  • a current resume or curriculum vita
  • a meeting with the program coordinator
  • Recommended is a statement why the applicant desires to pursue an M.B.A. at WCSU.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required for non-native English speakers with limited exposure to English.
  • 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.

Admission to the M.B.A. program is based on the information in the above items and the meeting with the program coordinator; no admission decision can be made until all of the required materials are in the applicant’s file in the Office of Graduate Admissions. Previous academic achievements, GMAT/GRE test scores, recommendations, and work experience are important factors. If you are admitted to the program you will be required to submit proof of immunization before you can register for courses. For more information go to for Connecticut State University Immunization Requirements and Connecticut State University Student Health Services Form. 

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 3.0, or take 2 MBA Program courses as a non-matriculated student, in one semester, and received a grade of B or better in each course 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 prerequisite courses (minus waived)
  • completed  37 graduate credits (minus waived and transferred credits) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 B or better
  • completed the program within an six-year period
  • filed the application for the degree with the Office of Graduate Admissions 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 prerequisite courses (a maximum of 7 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. 

Graduate Student Success Manual Ancell Leads

This manual, targeted to our Ancell graduate students, provides information about student life here at WCSU, and on the Westside campus. The goal is to ease the transition of graduate students to the program at the Ancell School of Business (ASB).

Master of Business Administration

Prerequisite Cluster
 (courses may be waived)  7 SH
ACC 501 Introduction to Financial Statements 1 SH
ACC 502 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 1 SH
FIN 504 Introduction to Business Statistics 1 SH
FIN 508 Introduction to Economics and Finance 1 SH
MGT 504 Essentials of  Operations Management 1 SH
MGT 505 Essentials of Organizational Behavior 1 SH
MIS 512 Essentials of Management Information Systems 1 SH


Required M.B.A. Courses –    (courses cannot be waived) 27 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
MGT 530 Leadership 3 SH
MIS 516 Information Analysis 3 SH
MKT 534 Strategic Marketing Management 3 SH
MKT 539 Effective Managerial Communication   3 SH
MKT 592 International Business Strategy 3 SH


(chosen in consultation with M.B.A. coordinator)     3 SH
Total Semester Hours for M.B.A. Program:   37 SH

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