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Master of Business Administration

Admissions

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Master of Business Administration

Address:
1160 McDermott Drive
West Chester, PA 19380


Phone: 610-436-2608
Fax: 610-436-2439
Email: mba@wcupa.edu

Admissions

The Master of Business Administration accepts applications at any time of the year. Applications are processed year-round. We offer GMAT waivers for qualified students. If you do not meet the requirements for full admission we do offer provisional admission programs. We highly recommend that you contact the Graduate Business Office first - before you apply to any of our programs. We can help guide you through the process. Click here for a printable summary of the program and application process.

A complete application to the Master of Business Administration program consists of the following items:

  1. All official undergraduate transcripts, and any official graduate transcripts;
  2. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores (unless a waiver is granted by the Graduate Director);
  3. A detailed, professional essay that addresses the applicant's career plans, and the applicant's professional or academic background in the Prerequisite Knowledge Areas of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Quantitative Business Analysis;
  4. A current resume; and
  5. Three letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a professional supervisor or colleague. The program will accept a professor's recommendation in lieu of a professional recommendation for traditional students without work experience.

 

Admission Requirements

Full Admission

Successful full admission applicants meet the following criteria. Admissions decisions are made after reviewing the totality of the applicant’s file.

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree or above in any major/field from an accredited institution; and
  2. Earn a GMAT minimum overall score (or GRE equivalent) of 460 or above within 5 years prior to the date of application. GMAT/GRE waivers are granted at the discretion of the Graduate Director based on prior academic performance and experience; and     
  3. Earn an admissions score ((Cumulative GPA from highest degree earned x 200) + GMAT Score) of 1100 or above;
  4. Have at least two years of professional work experience;
  5. Prove competency in the Prerequisite Knowledge Areas of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Quantitative Business Analysis. Competency is demonstrated at the discretion of the Graduate Director by prior coursework with a C grade or above in the Prerequisite Knowledge areas, by third party certifications, or by experience.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission is available to applicants at the discretion of the Graduate Director after reviewing the totality of the applicant’s file.  

  1. Substantially, but not fully, meet the Prerequisite Knowledge Area requirements;
  2. Have a strong business background but do not meet the admissions score for full admission; or
  3. Do not meet the professional work experience requirement but have demonstrated through the other elements of their application the potential for successful completion of the program.     

 

GMAT Requirements

We accept both GMAT and GRE scores, although the GMAT is preferred. If you need to complete the GMAT or GRE, we strongly suggest taking the Graduate Exam Prep Course offered by Continuing Professional Education at West Chester University. The prep course provides training that will help to raise your score. You do not need to be a West Chester University student to take the prep course.

GMAT/GRE Waivers

GMAT/GRE waivers are possible under certain circumstances.  All waivers are granted at the discretion of the Graduate Director.   The totality of your file is examined and waivers are not guaranteed.    Examples of possible waivers are listed below. Other waivers are available in certain circumstances.

Candidates with a bachelor's business degree from an AACSB or ACBSP school:

  • You hold a bachelor's degree from an AACSB or ACBSP school; and
  • You earned, at least, a 3.00 GPA for your highest degree earned.

Candidates with experience and an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college:

  • You hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college (including WCU); and
  • You possess a minimum of 5 years professional/managerial business experience; and
  • You earned, at least, a 3.3 GPA for your highest degree earned.

Candidates with a West Chester University undergraduate degree and less than 5 years’ experience:

  • You hold an undergraduate degree from West Chester University; and
  • You earned a B grade or above (not B-) in at least one Accounting, Economics (not ECO 200), Finance, Marketing, Management, and Quantitative Business Analysis course (6 courses total); and
  • You earned, at least, a 3.3 GPA for your highest degree earned.

Candidates who have passed the C.P.A. exam, or hold a valid C.F.A., C.I.M.A. or C.F.P. designation:

  • You have successfully completed all sections of a C.P.A. exam; or
  • You hold a valid C.F.A., C.I.M.A. or C.F.P. designation; and
  • You earned, at least, a 3.00 GPA for your highest degree earned.

Candidates with any graduate degree from an accredited institution:

  • You hold an earned graduate degree (not a certificate) from an accredited institution; and
  • You earned, at least, a 3.00 GPA for your highest degree earned.

Prerequisite Knowledge Areas

Successful applicants must demonstrate that they possess a foundational body of knowledge sufficient for them to begin the MBA and Certificate programs.   The Prerequisite Knowledge Areas are:

  • Accounting (ACC)
  • Economics (ECO)
  • Finance (FIN)
  • Marketing (MKT)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA)

Competency in each of the Prerequisite Knowledge Area Requirements is demonstrated at the discretion of the Graduate Director or by prior coursework with a C grade or above in the Prerequisite Knowledge areas, by third party certifications, or by experience.   There are five different ways to demonstrate competency (listed below).   The totality of your file is examined and waivers are not guaranteed.  

1.            Earned Degree from an AACSB Accredited Program.   You may submit documentation proving that you graduated from an AACSB accredited program.   For instance, if you graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in Management you have demonstrated by virtue of your degree from that AACSB accredited program that you have met the Prerequisite Knowledge Area Requirements.

2.            Significant Experience:   You may submit documentation proving your competency in any of the Prerequisite Knowledge Area Requirements by virtue of your significant professional experience. 

3.            Undergraduate or Graduate Coursework:  You may complete subject-specific course work with a C grade or better (either undergraduate or graduate courses).   

4.           Bridge Programs.    Many institutions provide “bridge” programs that provide training in business fundamentals for students who do not have a strong business background.  Most of these programs are affordable and may be completed in a few months.    If you complete one of these bridge programs you have demonstrated that you have met the Prerequisite Knowledge Area Requirements.     These bridge programs can save you time and tuition dollars compared to the alternative of taking traditional subject-specific course work over several semesters.    In some cases it may result in a waiver of your GMAT requirement, too.

There are a variety of other options available for you to prove that you have met the Prerequisite Knowledge Area Requirements. Please contact the Graduate Business Office directly for details.

Transfers

We accept transfer students from other accredited MBA programs. If you are admitted to and have performed well in your existing MBA program, we may transfer some or all of your existing credits to West Chester’s MBA.

We also have many options available to existing MBA students to waive other admissions requirements because you already have demonstrated MBA admissions level competencies.

We evaluate each applicant’s application and transfer credit request individually. Therefore acceptance in the program or of your transfer credits are not guaranteed.

Please contact the Graduate Business Office directly for details.

What if I am Not Ready?

Don’t worry – we can advise you on the best steps to take to prepare for your MBA.   Every situation is different, and we likely have solutions available for you.  

Please contact the Graduate Business Office directly for details.