Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The Master of Business Administration is an advanced professional degree in business administration emphasizing quantitative and qualitative skills necessary for leadership in today’s organizational environment. It prepares students for management positions in business firms, government agencies and not-for-profit entities. Organizations need leaders who can work well in group situations, appreciate the value of diversity, foster creativity and innovation, create an entrepreneurial spirit and provide practical solutions to real-world problems. Managers today are faced with complex global problems and a rapidly changing business environment, so they must have an appreciation for lifelong learning. The MBA at Eastern Washington University is designed to equip graduates with required skills, knowledge and abilities to flourish in a complex organizational environment.
Eastern began offering graduate business programs in 1966 and the Master of Public Administration (MBA) was authorized in 1975. The College of Business and Public Administration in which the MBA is offered is AACSB-International accredited.
To be admitted to the MBA, applicants must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited college or university. Applicant qualifications are assessed through the quality of performance in prior academic programs, as well as general aptitude measured by the GMAT* or GRE*. Other factors in the decision making process include work experience and a statement of intent. Admissions will be considered only after all of the following documents have been received from the applicant.
- the Application for Graduate Program Admission;
- one copy of official transcripts for all collegiate work completed, from which a last 90-credit GPA of at least a 3.0 can be calculated;**
- official GMAT* score of at least 450 or the GRE* equivalent;
- $50 MBA application fee and $75 graduate application fee;
- statement of intent demonstrating level of knowledge and intellectual maturity appropriate to the MBA;
- current resume; and
- other information which may be required at the discretion of the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs that may include an admissions interview, letters of reference, and an essay demonstrating critical thinking skills.
* The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned an undergraduate business degree 1. with a cumulative or last 90-credit GPA ≥3.5 from an AACSB-accredited business school or 2. or ≥3.0 GPA from an AACSB-accredited business school and five or more years of professional work experience. Waivers are determined by the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs.
** Eastern alumni do not need to submit an EWU transcript.
For international students, additional requirements apply. International students must demonstrate English language competency with a minimum score of 92 TOEFL iBT, 580 paper-based TOEFL, or 7.0 IELTS. Permission to take MBA Foundation (pre-requisite business courses) requires a score of at least 71 iBT, 525 paper-based TOEFL, or 6.0 IELTS.
Submit all application materials directly to:
Graduate Studies Office
Eastern Washington University
206 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004-2444
MBA Program Admission Exception Policy
The MBA Program admission exception policy is an alternative admission process. The CBPA Director of Graduate Programs will consider applications from students requesting an exception to the minimum admissions criteria of an application GPA of at least ≥3.0 and GMAT score of at least a 450 (or GRE equivalent). To be considered for an exception, students must possess an index score (GPA x 200 + GMAT) of at least 1050 and submit both a letter of appeal and current resume. Letters of appeal should include why you want to earn an MBA, why you are capable of successfully completing the degree and what the MBA Program should know about your qualifications. CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs reviews applications throughout the year.
Application deadlines by quarter are as follows:
September 1 for fall;
December 15 for winter;
March 1 for spring;
June 1 for summer.
Applicants are advised of admissions decisions by letter from the Graduate Studies Office. Newly admitted students (and most applicants) meet with CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs and/or Program Coordinator prior to starting the program.
Mathematics and Communications Skills Required
The MBA program requires that students have competency in terms of quantitative skills, computer skills, and written and oral communication skills. Students lacking these skills should acquire them before applying to the program. Courses in finite mathematics, computer literacy, and oral and written communications are necessary preparation for the MBA program. Courses in differential calculus are highly recommended.
Computers and Research
The MBA curriculum has been infused with the application of computer technology in managerial decision making. Also, MBA students should expect that courses require research into course topics beyond what is found in assigned course texts. MBA students have access to computer labs, the John F. Kennedy Library on the Cheney campus, SAC Academic Library on the Spokane campus and online library resources.
MBA students must maintain a GPA ≥3.0 at all times. Students who fall below a 3.0 are notified by the Graduate Studies Office that they are on probation. These graduate students will be allowed one quarter's study to restore their cumulative GPA to at least the 3.0 level. CPBA's Director of Graduate Programs, in consultation with CBPA's department chairs, may extend this probationary period by one quarter when it is deemed that such an extension is warranted by special circumstances; students who are unable to restore their cumulative GPA to at least a 3.0 in this additional quarter of probation will be terminated from the program. Students who are dismissed for academic reasons may submit a written appeal to the MBA Program in writing to CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs. With readmission granted through appeal, students must maintain these same academic standards; however, if they again fall below these standards, they will be dismissed and no further remedy will be available to them. Students who are not recommended for continuation must wait one year to reapply for admission to Graduate Studies. In the event that a student is dismissed from the program twice as a result of academic standards violations, readmission will not be permitted.
No course grade of below a 2.5 may count towards the MBA degree. Only two course grades may be below a 3.0. Students who have more than two course grades of below a 3.0 are subject to dismissal from the program and will be notified of such action by Graduate Studies. Students who are dismissed for academic reasons may submit a written appeal to the MBA Program in writing to CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs. Students may be allowed to repeat up to two courses in which they earn a grade of below a 3.0. The average of the original grade and the grade earned by repeating the course must be at least a 3.0. A course may only be repeated once. If the average grade is still less than a 3.0, no further remedy is available and the average grade counts.
Students are expected to successfully complete courses for which they register. Thus, the record of students with more than two W (withdrawal) or X (incomplete) course grades will be reviewed by CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs, with termination from the program as a possible consequence subsequent to consultation with CBPA's department chairs.
Additional notes: Entering MBA students are provided academic standards information during the orientation process. Other graduate academic requirements are set forth in the Graduate Studies Academic Policies section of this catalog. All CBPA academic standards, policies, and procedures are subject to compliance with the University's current academic standards and appeals process.
Entering students meet with the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs and/or Program Coordinator. A recommended program of study compatible with each student's goals and interests and MBA program requirements will be provided and discussed.
MBA courses are reserved exclusively for MBA students and other graduate students who have met all course prerequisites or have permission from the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs.
Practical Business Experience
MBA graduates should have practical work experience. The majority of MBA students are working professionals who meet this expectation upon entry into the program. Students with limited professional experience should include an MBA internship in their program of study. Up to four credits of an approved internship may be used for elective credit. For internship requirements and additional information, contact the Program Coordinator or CBPA Director of Graduate Programs.
Advancement to Degree Candidacy, Graduation Application, Graduation GPA, and Other Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures
Refer to the Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures section of this catalog for graduate student requirements that must be met for an MBA degree to be granted.
MBA Comprehensive Exam
The comprehensive exam or exercise is an integrative evaluation that is a component of the MBA Capstone BADM 590. Students are required to pass this requirement to pass this course. More information about this requirement is provided in the BADM 590 course syllabus.
Oral Examination Requirement
Students electing to complete the Thesis BADM 600 or Research Report BADM 601 present and defend the results of their research to an Oral Examination Committee chaired by their thesis or research project program advisor, with a second member from the College of Business and Public Administration, and a faculty member from an area outside of their discipline whom is selected by the Graduate Studies Office. Students must schedule their oral examination at a time that is mutually convenient for the three committee members.
Course Schedules and Time Limits
MBA courses traditionally meet once a week from 6: to 9:40 p.m. at EWU Spokane (Summer courses traditionally start at 5:30 p.m.). Three-fourths of the minimum credits required for the MBA degree (at least 36 credits) must be Eastern Washington University resident credits. The remaining courses may consist of Eastern extension credits or approved residence or extension credits from other accredited institutions, provided that they are pre-approved by the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs.
The MBA program must be completed within six years after the first applicable advanced course (i.e., MBA/not pre-MBA course) has been taken. The minimum time for degree completion for a full-time student is one year (four quarters). Most courses are 4 credits. The maximum allowable load is 16 credits a quarter. MBA students working full-time usually carry no more than 8 credits (two courses) a quarter.
Visiting Graduate Students
Visiting graduate students may enroll in MBA courses on a space-available basis, provided they meet the prerequisites and have provided the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs with official documentation from their home institution that they are graduate students in good standing and that these courses will be accepted by their home institution in transfer as part of their degree program. This documentation should be in a letter signed by a home institution official and addressed to the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs. To be cleared to register and have courses recorded on an EWU transcript, visiting students must submit a Graduate Non-degree Seeking Application to the Graduate Studies Office at least 10 business days before the start of the term of intended enrollment.
MBA/Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program
The dual MBA/MPA program combines the requisite supervisory and administrative education for career advancement in either the public or private sectors and bridges the regulatory and supplier aspects of business and government relationships. Dual degree students are admitted through the Graduate Studies Office and by both the MBA and the MPA programs. Admitted students must have satisfied the undergraduate background (prerequisite) course requirements of both programs at the time of entry or soon after. Students interested in the specific requirements of this dual degree program must contact the MPA program director at 509.828.1239 or CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs or Coordinator at 509.828.1232 in advance of consideration for admission.
MBA Program Structure and Coursework
Students with no formal education in business administration may need to complete up to 32 credits of Foundation coursework. The specific courses and the resulting required credit hours are determined by an assessment of each student’s educational background and professional experience. Students can take pre-requisite courses at EWU or another accredited college or university. Other course equivalents need to be approved by the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs. Students must meet with the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs or Program Coordinator to determine which Foundation courses need to be fulfilled. Students may not register for MBA Core courses until they have fulfilled these requirements:
|Foundational Knowledge (for those requiring additional business preparation)||Credit Hours|
|ACCT 261||BUSINESS LAW||4|
|BADM 500||ECONOMIC ANALYSIS||4|
|or ECON 200|
& ECON 201
| INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS|
and INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS
|BADM 503||QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN BUSINESS||4|
|or DSCI 245|
& DSCI 346
| DATA ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS|
and ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS
|BADM 505||ESSENTIALS OF ACCOUNTING||4|
|or ACCT 251|
& ACCT 252
| PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING|
and PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
|BADM 541||MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS (or acceptable score on GMAT or GRE-Verbal or TOEFL)||4|
|or CMST 568||INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES|
|or ENGL 568||TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION: PRACTICE, THEORY AND PEDAGOGY|
|FINC 335||FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT||4|
|MGMT 326||ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR||4|
|MKTG 310||PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING||4|
|OPSM 330||OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT||4|
|Required Core Coursework|
|BADM 520||DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING||4|
|BADM 530||CORPORATE FINANCE||4|
|BADM 540||MARKETING MANAGEMENT||4|
|BADM 552||LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS||4|
|BADM 555||STRATEGIC OPERATIONS||4|
|BADM 560||DECISION MAKING AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION||4|
|BADM 590||MBA CAPSTONE||4|
|In addition to the above required courses all students must choose from the following options:||20|
|Option I - Elective Coursework|
|Students choosing this option will be required to take twenty (20) credits of MBA elective courses. Students may elect to take courses from other graduate programs if these courses help them achieve their objectives and are preapproved by the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs. Students in this option will be required to enroll in and pass BADM 590. Students who do not pass the BADM 590 may retake it no more than one additional time. Students who do not pass BADM 590 either the first or second time may subsequently elect to enroll in BADM 603 Final Project, which will increase the number of credits required to graduate by 2 credits (50 total). Students will be charged for the extra 2 credits. If students fail to pass either BADM 590 (after two attempts) or BADM 603, the MBA degree will not be awarded.|
|Option II - Research Report|
|The student conducts a research project and prepares a written report under the direction of a committee of faculty teaching graduate courses. The student can earn a minimum of four and a maximum of eight credits depending upon the extent and depth of research involved. If students elect to conduct a four (4) credit research report, they will select sixteen (16) credits of elective coursework (in consultation with their advisor) from approved elective courses as outlined under Option I. Likewise, if students elect to conduct an eight (8) credit research report, they will select twelve (12) credits of elective coursework. Students choosing Option II must have permission of the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs and must pass an oral examination.|
|Option III- Thesis|
|This option allows the student to write a thesis under the direction of a committee of faculty teaching graduate courses. The student can earn a minimum of 4 credits and maximum of 8 credits depending upon the extent and depth of research involved. If students elect to write a 4 credit thesis, they will select 16 credits of elective coursework (in consultation with their advisor) from approved elective courses as outlined under Option I. Likewise, if the students elect to write an eight (8) credit thesis, the will select 12 credits of elective coursework. Students choosing Option III must have permission of the CBPA Director of Graduate Programs and must pass an oral examination.|
MBA Concentration Options
We currently offer MBA concentrations in Accounting, Finance, and Global Business and Economics. Instead of selecting one of these options, students may customize their selection of electives to meet their professional interests and needs.
Student Learning Outcomes—students will
- apply appropriate technical and quantitative skills related to business;
- demonstrate competency in both written and oral business communication skills;
- incorporate ethical and global considerations into business activities;
- provide leadership and facilitate positive interpersonal business relationships;
- use relevant theories, concepts, perspectives and facts to analyze business and economic issues and solve related problems.