Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the MBA Program accredited?
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Yes, the MBA Program is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

Q: Is full-time student status available?
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Yes, but the MBA Program is designed with the working professional in mind, and most students are part-time, taking one or two courses per semester. Housing and other services are not available for graduate students. Students wishing to be "full time" (3 courses/semester) must fully understand the practical limitations (such as course offerings) that may exist.

Q: How long do I have to complete the MBA Program?
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All requirements must be satisfied within seven calendar years from acceptance into the program.

Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?
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It depends on your undergraduate background. The minimum requirement is 12 courses (36 credits) at the graduate level, but preparatory course work (Foundation Courses) may be required if you lack undergraduate courses in certain areas. Part-time students typically take from three to four years, but it is possible to complete the program in just over two years. The full-time program takes 14 months to complete.

Q: How do I apply for the MBA Program?
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You can apply online here. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records, a current resume, a personal statement and three letters of recommendation are also required.

Q: Is the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) required for admission?
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The GMAT is not required for admission to the MBA program.

Q: What Grade Point Average is needed to be accepted into the MBA Program?
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An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is normally required. The GPA is considered along with 3 recommendations, a personal statement, and a resume for work experience.

Q: May I take a class without applying for admission into the program?
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Yes, you may take up to two (2) courses as a Special Non-Matriculating student. You will need to meet with the MBA Director with a copy of your undergraduate transcript to determine your status.

Q: Can I receive credit for undergraduate business courses?
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Yes, the Foundation Courses requirements will be waived when comparable undergraduate courses were taken with grades of B- or better. These subject areas cover Accounting (2), Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Quantitative Methods, Statistics, and Strategy . Students may take a CLEP or Challenge exam to waive these requirements.

Q: How many credits can I transfer from another MBA Program?
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You are allowed to transfer up to 2 courses (6 credits), taken either prior to (or after) admission to the Assumption MBA program. Courses taken after admission require the prior approval of the MBA Program Director. Such courses must be taken within seven (7) years of the anticipated Assumption graduation date.

Q: What is the tuition fee per course?
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$1,935 for a 3-credit course and $1,290 for a 2-credit course ($645 per credit), effective Summer I 2016. There is a registration fee of $30 per semester. See other fees or the Graduate School Catalog for complete financial information.

Q: Is Financial Aid available?
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Yes, Federal Stafford Student Loans and Extended Payment Plans are available. Learn more here, or contact the Financial Aid Office at (508) 767-7158 for loan information.

Q: When do classes meet?
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The typical 3-credit course meets one evening per week (Monday through Thursday) over a 14 or 15 week semester. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and run for 2.5 hours, typically with a break in the middle. Summer Session and foundation classes meet twice a week. Most classes are blended with a combination of face-to-face sessions and online assignments. Some classes are offered online.

Q: How many semesters are run each year?
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Four: Fall and Spring semesters run 14-15 weeks, and two 6-week sessions in the Summer (Summer I and II).

Q: When are Foundation Courses and Functional Core courses offered?
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Foundation courses and all Functional Core courses are offered every semester. See Class Schedule and Courses Offered.

Q: How frequently are electives offered?
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The schedule for elective offerings is planned one semester ahead (e.g., the Fall is planned in the Spring). Current MBA classes are surveyed to determine interest, and final scheduling depends upon faculty availability. Electives are typically rotated over a two- to three-year cycle.

Q: What courses are offered during the Summer Sessions?
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Any course may be offered during summer sessions .

Q: Who is available to answer my questions?
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An initial interview will help you determine what steps you need to take. Contact Shelley Walsh, MBA Student Services Coordinator at (508) 767-7426 or via e-mail at shwalsh@assumption.edu.