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.
The MBA curriculum has been infused with the application of research as well as computer, quantitative, written and oral communications skills as they relate managerial decision making. To succeed in the MBA program, students need to possess these skills including mathematics up to at least the finite mathematics level prior to starting their studies. Students should expect that courses will require research on topics beyond what is found in assigned texts and materials. Eastern offers computer labs and access to nationwide data banks. MPAcc students also have access to EWU’s John F. Kennedy Library on the Cheney campus, the Spokane Academic Library on the Spokane campus, online library resources and other assistance.
Eastern began offering graduate business programs in 1966 and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) was authorized in 1975. The College of Business and Public Administration in which the MBA is offered is AACSB-International accredited.
Academic Standards–Grade Requirements
MBA students must maintain a GPA ≥3.0 at all times. Students who fall below a 3.0 GPA 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 ≥3.0 level. CBPA'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 ≥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 <B- may count towards the MBA degree. Only two course grades may be <B. Students who have more than two course grades <B 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 <B. The average of the original grade and the grade earned by repeating the course must be ≥B. A course may only be repeated once; to take advantage of the cumulative GPA recalculation in the repeat policy, you must inform Records and Registration that you repeated a course. If the average grade is still <B, 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 CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs and/or MBA Program Specialist. 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 CBPA's 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. An approved 4 credit internship may be used for elective credit. For internship requirements and additional information, contact CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs at 509.828.1248.
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 Competency Exam
The competency exam or exercise is an integrative evaluation that is a requirement for graduation. More information about this requirement will be provided prior to your graduation. Students will be required to pass the competency exam or exercise with a minimum competency score of 375 out of 500 points. Students who do not pass the comprehensive integrative evaluation may retake the evaluation no more than one additional time. Students who do not pass the comprehensive integrative evaluation 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 the comprehensive integrative evaluation (after two attempts) or BADM 603, the MBA degree will not be awarded.
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 to 10 p.m.). Three-fourths of the minimum credits required for the MBA degree (at least 33 credits) must be EWU 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 CBPA's 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's 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's 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) Dual 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 MPA's Program Director at 509.828.1218 and CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs or MBA Program Specialist 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 20 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 AACSB-accredited school. Other course equivalents need to be approved by CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs. Students must meet with CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs or MBA Program Specialist to determine which Foundation courses need to be fulfilled. Students may not register for MBA Core courses or MBA Electives until they have fulfilled the Foundation requirements.
|Foundational Knowledge–for those requiring additional business preparation||Credit Hours|
|or FINC 335||FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT|
|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
|or MKTG 310||PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING|
|BADM 507||MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONS||4|
|or MGMT 326||ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR|
|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 (for students who have had OPSM 330 or equivalent)||4|
|or BADM 508||ESSENTIALS OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT|
|BADM 560||DECISION MAKING AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION||4|
|BADM 590||MBA CAPSTONE||4|
|Required MBA Elective Coursework||16|
Choose 12 credits from one of the following emphases: Accounting, Finance, Global Business, General Business.
Choose 4 credits from an additional MBA approved emphasis.
Note: students may elect to take courses from other graduate programs if these courses help them achieve their objectives and are pre-approved by CBPA's Director of Graduate Programs.
MBA Emphases–instead of selecting one of the above options, students may customize their selection of electives to meet their professional interests and needs.
- 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.