Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I start the MBA program?
Students typically start in August and January, but it is possible to begin with terms starting in October, February, May, or June.
How long does it take to complete the degree?
The MBA program can be completed in two years if students take one class per term during each of the two annual summer terms, Summer I and Summer II. The MBA program can be completed in one year if the student chooses to take two classes per term.
Is there an online MBA degree option?
Students have the option to earn their MBA online.
How long before starting the program should I apply?
It is recommended that you start the process 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the desired term. Generally, the most time intensive part of the application process is receiving transcripts from all colleges or universities you attended. Please allow up to three weeks for USM to receive the transcripts from the time you submit your request. You must also fill out an application form. Additionally, if you need financial aid, allow 2-4 weeks for that process to be completed. You also need to order your books online, and complete the pre-assignment before the first night of classes. It is recommended that you start the process 4-6 weeks prior to the start of your desired term.
If I didn’t allow 4-6 weeks to complete the application process, can I still start the program?
It depends. It is possible to be conditionally admitted or to get enrolled in the next term, but you may not qualify for financial aid. If you are paying the tuition yourself or if you receive tuition reimbursement from your employer and they have no restrictions about your “student status” (be sure to verify their policy with them), then you get in the class. Otherwise, we recommend that you talk to us to see if there is another way to meet the transcript requirement temporarily, until the certified transcript arrives.
It has been more than 10 years since I last went to school. Do you think that I can still do the work?
If you could do it then, we would expect that you can still do it now. However, it is possible that your study skills may have deteriorated a bit since you were last in college. So, at least in the beginning, it might be necessary for you to devote more time than you used to for class preparation, projects, and homework. While the last minute is frequently a strong motivator, the depth and complexity of graduate level assignments and the nature of group work reduces the effectiveness of undergraduate procrastination.
My GPA from college was not very good. Can I still be admitted to this program?
If your GPA is 2.75 or higher, you are eligible to be admitted as a regular student. If your GPA is a 2.0 through 2.74, then you may be admitted as a student on probation status. Consultation with the associate director of the MBA program and the approval of the chairman of the business department is required. Removal of the probationary status requires that you receive at least a B in your first two three-hour classes.
I understand the cost per credit hour, but how do I get my books and how much are they going to cost?
Generally, books cost $100-$150 per class. The university has arranged for you to order your books through our online bookstore. You can then proceed to select your class electronically (make sure that the letters after the course number are exact matches) and proceed to the checkout. Students say that it generally takes two or three days to receive the books. MBS Direct will buy back most textbooks at the end of the semester and provide a return shipping label to send the books back.
Once I have been accepted, what do I need to do next?
Call and arrange to meet with your academic advisor to select appropriate classes
Visit the Overland Park Campus to complete a registration form and work with the admissions counselor on your financial aid
Order your books from mbsDirect.net
Obtain and complete your pre-assignment from eSpire on our website
Come to class on the appropriate night.
What is a pre-assignment?
Since most classes are delivered on an accelerated 8-week basis, it is necessary to come to the first class prepared to participate in the discussion, having read and completed the designated chapters, problems, or other assignments.
Who can I talk to about the specifics of the MBA program?
Associate Director of Business Programs, Overland Park Campus
Monday & Thursday (913) 345-8288
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday (913) 758-4390