Professional Development Workshops

In addition to the foundation courses, Professional MBA students are required to participate in the Professional Development Program (PDP) to round out your business education. Prior to graduation Professional MBA candidates will need to attend a least two PDP workshops from a wide variety of workshops offered throughout the year. Each workshop lasts a half a day and be offered on Saturdays. Recent topics include: Negotiations, Global Leadership, Effective Networking, Business Etiquette, Social Media Marketing, Persuasive Presentations, and Managing with Influence.

Global Trip

Students who enter the Professional MBA Program as of autumn (October) 2013 will be required to participate in the course “Doing Business in World Regions” which includes a trip abroad. The additional international requirement will provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in business culture in one of four continents including Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and develop a global mindset and outlook. The objective of this requirement is to expand the participant’s vision of how business operates worldwide by offering the opportunity to travel abroad for an executive level 10 day global immersion trip and improve their understanding of the significance of the visiting countries’ impact on American business, culture and the world economy firsthand, creating a global and responsible mindset.

Good Academic Standing

The Professional MBA Program employs the letter grade system. A plus (+) or minus (-) attached to any final letter grade increases or decreases the point value of the grade. A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) at the end of each quarter to remain in good standing in the program. A student who fails to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 will be placed on academic probation for one quarter and will be required to achieve a 3.0 average by the end of the probationary period to remain in good standing. Probation will be continued after a probationary period only if the student is making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Probationary students not making satisfactory progress towards achieving a cumulative 3.0 grade point average after an initial period probation will be dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must complete all coursework for the degree within five years of matriculation. Extensions may be granted but only in special circumstances. 
  • Completion of all program requirements 
  • If a student has earned an incomplete (I) in a course, there will be a deadline assigned by when the assignments/coursework must be completed for the (I) to be removed.  When the grade is recorded the (I) will convert to a letter grade. 
  • The Graduation Candidacy Form must be completed by the student so that the appropriate offices are notified of the students’ intention to graduate. A graduation processing fee will be assessed whether or not the student decides to walk at the ceremony. Updated contact information is essential since the diploma will be mailed to the student’s residence listed on the form. 
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