MASTER IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA) PROGRAM AND POLICIES

Four business-critical themes are central to Curry College’s Master in Business Administration (MBA). The unique framework for the model of business excellence integrates:

  1. Leadership and Ethics

  2.  Strategic Planning

  3. Decision-Making Tools

  4.  Problem Solving

Prerequisites:

The Common Body of Background Knowledge

Prerequisite courses are an important foundation of the MBA curriculum. Because this unique degree accepts students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds, the prerequisite courses ensure a common ‘language’ of business. Through their professional achievements, students may have achieved a minimum level of background knowledge in some areas of business. However, all students must have completed coursework in the seminal disciplines of economics, accounting, and statistics.

Therefore, students must complete the following courses in preparation for their graduate program:

  • Principles of Economics – Micro or Macro

  • Financial Accounting or Accounting 1 & 2

  • Statistics

MBA Course Transfer Policy

At the discretion of the MBA Director, up to two courses may be considered for transfer into the program. Transfer credit will only be awarded for courses taken in a Master of Business Administration program. Students must have received a grade of “B” or better. Courses from graduate programs other than an MBA program are not transferable. Once a student is matriculated at Curry College, no transfer credit will be allowed. To have coursework reviewed for transfer credit, students must submit all original syllabi and transcripts. All decisions are final. Because Curry’s MBA is cohort-based, it is important that courses are taken in sequence with the entire group to help develop teamwork and group process skills.

Cohort Enrollment Policy

Curry College’s MBA is a two-year cohort program with classes held one evening during the week. The academic year is comprised of three semesters made up of two, 8-week terms each semester. Students enroll in two consecutive 8-week courses each semester– Fall Semester (Term I and Term II); Spring Semester (Term III and Term IV); and Summer Semester (Term I and Term II). All courses are delivered in a “hybrid” format. Each Milton course typically meets in the physical classroom five of the eight weeks and online for the other three weeks. The Plymouth campus is a “50/50 hybrid” format and meets four weeks online and four weeks in the physical classroom. Students entering the Curry MBA commit to continuous enrollment in a cohort format. As a cohort, students complete the 12 courses in the Program by taking six courses each year for two years. Program pedagogy is designed for optimal learning through the cohort experience. Therefore, once enrolled, changing cohorts is not an option, except for extraordinary reasons. Extraordinary reasons, for example, are documented health or family emergencies. Students will not be allowed to delay their program or shift cohorts for issues such as management of their reimbursement funds or short-term work-related pressures. Students who request to delay continuous enrollment in their cohort must make a formal request in writing to the Director of the MBA Program. The request must include documentation of the ‘extraordinary’ reason for changing the cohort sequence. The Director and/or the Assistant Vice President may request further information. Decisions are made by the Director of the MBA Program, with final approval or rejection by the Assistant Vice President of Continuing and Graduate Studies or designee. All decisions are final.

Grades and Academic Standing

The minimum passing grade in each course is a B-. A grade of C+ or lower in any course is cause for academic review and necessitates repeating the course. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing.

Academic review will take place if the GPA falls below a 3.0 or for an individual course grade of less than a B-. Students must also maintain a satisfactory rate of progress measured by cumulative attempted credits. A student is making satisfactory progress when at least 67% of attempted credits have been completed with a passing grade. The complete Graduate Academic Standing policy can be found in the Graduate Studies Policies section of this Catalog.

Capstone Scheduling Policy

Students must take the “capstone module” – MBA 7600 and MBA 7610 – at the end of their MBA program. Students must complete all other required coursework prior to entering this module.

Capstone Travel: Many of the Capstone projects include an opportunity to travel in study of the topic and client business- related activities. The costs related to travel area not included in the tuition and are optional. Details of previous Capstone travel, costs and benefits will be discussed during orientation and throughout the first 10 courses of the program.

Students who, for extraordinary reasons, must cycle out of the program for a term or semester may have to join another cohort to complete their capstone module, if they have not been able to complete all required prerequisite coursework.

Curry College has a rich history as being a “School of Elocution” including leadership from the first Chancellor, Alexander Graham Bell. Throughout the program, students are required and encouraged to develop excellent presentation skills working with the instructors in the Curry College Speaking Center. All video and other artifacts of presentations and course work are the property of the school and may be used for the advancement of the College.

Required Curriculum and Course Sequence

The unique format of Curry College’s MBA Program pairs a theory-based with an application-based course each semester. Six eight-week courses are offered over three semesters per year (Fall I and II, Spring I and II, Summer I and II). Students take two courses consecutively each semester. In the summer, courses meet for 7 weeks.

 

Credits

First Semester

MBA 6000 Human Resource Management for Competitive Advantage

3

MBA 6010 Business Law and Corporate Governance

3

Second Semester

MBA 6400 Management of Information and Technology

3

MBA 6300 Strategic Managerial Economics

3

Third Semester

MBA 6200 Managerial Accounting

3

MBA 6210 Strategic Financial Management

3

Fourth Semester

MBA 6320 International Business

3

MBA 6410 Strategic Marketing

3

Fifth Semester

MBA 6510 Supply Chain Management and Operations Analysis

3

MBA 6500 Strategic Process and Planning

3

Sixth Semester

MBA 7600 Strategic Consulting Project: Capstone Foundation

3

MBA 7610 Strategic Consulting Project: Capstone Recommendations

3

Total Required Credits

36

Throughout the MBA Program, students are exposed to a variety of teaching and learning strategies including: lecture, discussion, case analysis, problem-solving, group- and team-building exercises, guest lecturers, computer simulations, and e-learning.

5 Year BA/MBA Program

This BA/MBA laddered degree program enables students to earn two degrees, their Bachelor of Arts (BA) and their Master in Business Administration (MBA), within five years. All incoming first year students who show interest have the opportunity to be closely advised semester to semester to meet program entry requirements their junior year when they are eligible to enter the program. Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA or better at the end of their junior year to begin taking MBA courses in the summer following their junior year. There is no standardized test (GRE, GMAT) requirement. Students earn their BA degree at the end of Year 4 and complete their MBA in Year 5. Students in the program will pay the alumni tuition rate (20% reduction) for their graduate credits during the two summers and the fifth year. The four MBA courses taken during year four (Fall and Spring) will be charged as part of the regular tuition load of 18 credits for each semester. This laddered degree program shortens the time to degree and lowers the overall price of the combined degrees. All student undergraduate majors are welcome.