Contact: Claude Leveque
Phone: (770) 420-4622
Web address: http://coles.kennesaw.edu/graduate/mba/
The Georgia WebMBA offers qualified and highly motivated students the opportunity to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree online through a consortium of six University System of Georgia institutions. The Coles College of Business and the other Georgia WebMBA participant school and colleges are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (http://www.aacsb.edu).
The Georgia WebMBA is a professional degree providing a broad base of general business knowledge that prepares graduates for middle- and upper-level management positions. The program seeks to develop in its students an understanding of managerial behavior and decision-making within the economic, social, and political environments of business operations. Students will have the opportunity to improve their communication and leadership abilities, their analytical and decision-making skills, and their effectiveness at developing working relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors, and external constituents. The Georgia WebMBA program is cohort-based meaning that students who begin the program at the same time constitute a cohort. Each cohort progresses through the program together taking the same courses in the same sequence.
Georgia WebMBA admission is competitive with a limited cohort. Successful candidates typically have undergraduate grades and GMAT scores well above the general requirements noted below.
Two three-semester-hour Georgia WebMBA courses are offered in each of the five consecutive 14-week semesters. Students must complete ten prescribed graduate business courses for a total of 30 credit hours plus a program orientation. Every course is not offered each semester, so students should take courses in sequence, two courses per cohort, to complete the degree in five semesters. Course offerings will be announced at the Georgia WebMBA student orientation. (See the “Mandatory Orientation” section below for details.) For course descriptions, visit http://www.webmbaonline.org.
While extenuating career or life events may require a student to work closely with the program director to make any necessary adjustments, most students complete all 10 courses in five sequential semesters.
General Requirements for Admission to the Georgia WebMBA
Admission to the MBA program is granted to those persons showing high promise of success in graduate business study. Applicants’ portfolios are reviewed as a part of a competitive process based on the following components:
- Professional Experience
- Academic Background
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
*International applicants have additional requirements; see Graduate Admission section of this catalog.
The program allows, but does not encourage, a maximum of six semester hours from an AACSB accredited graduate institution. The transfer of credit for course work completed at another institution will be approved only under the following conditions:
- The course was completed at an institution accredited by AACSB at the time of transfer.
- A minimum grade of “B” was received in the course.
- The course was restricted to graduate students only.
- The content of the course corresponds to that of a course required or permitted in the student’s program at Kennesaw State University.
- The credit to be considered for transfer will not be more than six years old at the time the student enters Kennesaw State University.
Students must submit a request for consideration of transfer credit to the program director during their first semester at KSU. The request must indicate the specific course(s) for which transfer credit is sought. An official transcript from the institution at which the course was taken and a course description from the catalog the year the course was taken must be submitted. A course outline may also be required.
KSU Course Substitutions
The six-hour transfer-credit limit includes courses earned at KSU and courses completed at another institution. The KSU program director will advise on and have final authority on any requests to use KSU courses as substitutions for required Georgia WebMBA courses. While remaining flexible to work and life changes, the director typically encourages students to take the prescribed Georgia WebMBA courses to preserve the integrity of the overall learning experience.
Students are required to attend a two-day orientation. Any admitted student who does not attend is disqualified from continuing in the program. The orientation focuses on team building, program expectations, interaction with faculty and administrators, and hands-on learning with WebCT, the distance learning technology platform used in the program. New students also have the chance to interact with students from other program cohorts A second non-credit residential meeting, held concurrently with the orientation, is required for each student team. It consists of one day on which seasoned student teams or team representatives present special topics and demonstrate learned knowledge and skills and best practices.
Expectations for satisfactory graduate level student performance are detailed in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.
Petition to Graduate
Each Georgia WebMBA student must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completing program requirements. The student must contact the program director of the school to which they were admitted and request a petition to graduate.
Admission Criteria for Non-Degree Students
The program does not admit non-degree seeking students.
Readmission to the Georgia WebMBA
Any graduate student who has a break in attendance of six semesters or more must apply for readmission to the Georgia WebMBA program. Students applying for readmission must meet all admissions criteria in place at the time of readmission and they must re-enter at the lock-step point in the program where they stopped attending previously. For details on readmitting, see Readmission to Graduate Study in the Graduate Admission section of this catalog.
Program of Study
The Georgia Web Master of Business Administration program is made up of foundation, orientation residency and core courses. All students must satisfy the 3 foundation requirements and the Orientation Residency, and complete the 30 credit hours of prescribed core MBA courses.
Foundation Requirements (3)
Satisfied by completing the foundation modules below by completing undergraduate course(s) with a grade of “C” or higher in the course below or the KSU equivalents:
- Accounting Foundation or Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting (ACCT 2100 and ACCT 2200)
- Finance Foundation or Financial Principles (FIN 3100)
- Statistics and Math Foundations or Inferential Statistics and Algebra (ECON 2300 and MATH 1101)