Contact Person: Edward W. Younkins, Ph.D., C.P.A., C.M.A., C.M. Director, Graduate Business Programs
The focus of Wheeling Jesuit University’s MBA program is “leadership.” The program offers opportunity to gain or enhance the knowledge and skills essential to effective leadership in organizations, from start-ups and small enterprises to large corporations. The program examines, from a general management perspective, the function and interrelationships of the various elements of a typical business organization, from product or service development to marketing and finance, from human resources and strategic planning to customer service, from accounting to quality assurance. It explores the internal and external forces which strengthen and limit businesses and the ethical implications of organizational behavior.
The ultimate objective of the program is to help students develop the capacity to make and implement successful leadership decisions in an increasingly complex and fast-changing business environment.
With its weekday evening classes, the program enables both part-time study for students who are currently employed and full-time study for those able to defer or to take time off from their careers.
The faculty includes full-time professors and executives and professionals from the area. All use various techniques to challenge students and enhance their understanding of the subject matter, including case studies, seminars, written and oral reports, group projects and discussions, as well as lectures. Guest lecturers provide insight into current issues in the business areas under discussion.
The program has graduated more than 700students since its inception in 1978. MBA alumni have achieved leadership positions in a broad spectrum of business and other organizations, providing a network of considerable value to new graduates.
The Russell E. Younkins medal is awarded each year at commencement to the MBA student with the highest grade point average.
Admission to the MBA program is open to qualified graduates of colleges or universities accredited by a regional or general accrediting agency, or comparable agency in another country.
The program is not limited to those with undergraduate degrees in business. Qualified candidates from other academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
General admission requirements include:
An undergraduate GPA of 2.80.
Foundation Courses - Basic Tools (Required but Waivable)
MBA 496 Analytical Methods for Business Decision-Making MBA 497 Accounting and Financial Concepts MBA 498 Economics Concepts MBA 499 Management and Marketing Concept
Core Requirements - Common Body of Knowledge (All Required)
MBA 500 Organizational Behavior MBA 502 Marketing Management MBA 503 The Ethical Environment of Business MBA 505 Quantitative Business Analysis MBA 506 Managerial Economics MBA 508 Management of Financial Resources MBA 510 Accounting for Management Control MBA 512 Operations Management MBA 520 Managerial Policy and Strategy (requires completion of 75% of 500 level courses) MBA 525 Leadership Skills
Electives - Student's Choice (Only Two Required) - Electives offered will depend on faculty and student preferences.
Any or all courses with a 400 number may be waived if the student has taken an equivalent course at the undergraduate or graduate level. In addition, any of the basic foundation courses may be waived by examination. There is a non-refundable fee charged for each waiver examination taken. The Graduate Business Admissions and Petitions Committee will review an individual's undergraduate (and graduate) transcript(s) when he/she is accepted into the program. The student will be informed by letter which foundation courses (if any) were waived and an outline of his/her course of study will be included.
The conditions for waiving a specific course are as follows:
MBA 49 Analytical Methods for Business Decision-Making - successful completion of a statistics course
MBA 497 Accounting and Financial Concepts - successful completion of a two-semester Principles of Accounting course
MBA 498 Economics Concepts - successful completion of a two-semester Principles of Economics course
MBA 499 Management & Marketing Concepts - successful completion of both a Principles of Management course and a Principles of Marketing course
A minimum grade of "C" denotes successful completion for any undergraduate course an individual wants to use to waive a foundation course; a minimum of "B" is necessary in a graduate level course. The student may elect to take any foundation course he/she feels would be beneficial even if the requirement has been met. This is frequently done when there is an extended time between the student's successful completion of the undergraduate course in question and beginning the MBA program.
The core of the program plus electives amounts to 36 hours of course work. A minimum of 24 of these hours at the 500 level (8 courses) must be completed at Wheeling Jesuit University. Thus, up to 12 hours (4 courses) may be eligible for transfer credit. Such credit is available only for graduate-level courses and only when the quality and comparability of the work meets with the approval of the Graduate Business Admissions and Petitions Committee and the MBA director. (Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses with grades below "B.") One course in the program, MBA 520-Managerial Policy and Strategy, is not normally transferable.
Academic administrative policies permit grants of transfer credit for earned master and doctoral degrees. In many instances, a student may be granted as many as 9 hours of credit (3 courses) for work done in law, social work, educational administration, engineering, etc. The prior advanced degree is considered to provide a concentration and thus makes up all or a portion of the elective hours required in the program. The MBA will serve to give valuable management background via core courses and any remaining elective courses.
A student who feels that he or she has substantial prior background in a particular area may submit a request to the Graduate Business Admissions and Petitions Committee to substitute a course or courses. After favorable evaluation of the student's prior experience, permission may be granted to substitute a more advanced course, as long as the advanced course has as a prerequisite the substituted course.
The equivalency privilege, if granted, does not reduce the total credit requirement. It does, however, provide the opportunity for the student to explore in greater depth particular areas of interest by course substitution.
The equivalency privilege may not be applied to MBA 520-Managerial Policy and Strategy, which is the capstone course of the program.
The foundation course requirements should be completed in the initial portion of the student's program of study. Prerequisite course requirements listed in the course descriptions must be followed. Courses in a functional area such as Marketing Management or Management of Financial Resources should be completed prior to more advanced work in the functional area. Any student who feels well-prepared in a particular area may, with permission, substitute a more advanced course in the same area. The course in Managerial Policy and Strategy should be taken in the last year of study, ideally the last semester, to provide a means of integrating the various areas of course work.
Each foundation-level and core-level course will be offered at least one time each year, barring exceptional circumstances. At least two elective courses will be offered each semester. Courses offered during the two summer sessions are determined by a survey of the needs of the students and faculty interests.
Foundation, core and elective course offerings are based on survey of student needs and faculty interests.
Three courses per semester (9 credit hours) constitute a full-time load for graduate students. Two courses per semester (6 credit hours) constitutes a half-time load for graduate students (fall and spring). This applies as well to summer sessions I and II (inclusive).