Online MBA Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How and when do I get started?
A. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Request more information or contact an Admissions Advisor at (866) 295-3104 for enrollment information.

Q. How many sessions a year do you offer?
A. The MBA program offers six sessions per year to allow you the greatest flexibility and convenience. Request information or contact an Admissions Advisor at (866) 295-3104 for the next session date.

Q. What kind of educational background is required for admission?
A. You must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to 2.9 will be considered for conditional admission based on other aspects of their admissions file.

Benedictine's online MBA does not require an undergraduate major in business, but students with a non-business major in their undergraduate degree are required to complete foundation courses. Based upon your prior academic preparation, some of the foundation courses may be waived. Contact an Admissions Advisor at (866) 295-3104 to ask about your specific requirements.

Q. Is a thesis required?
A. No, Benedictine's online MBA program does not require a thesis. A culminating capstone experience is provided.

Q. Can the GMAT requirement be waived?
A. Yes. Applicants to the online MBA program can request a GMAT waiver under the following conditions:

  • Applicants already possess an advanced degree.
  • Applicants have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2.
  • Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA from 2.5 to 3.1 can request a GMAT waiver by completing our MBA 520 and MBA 541 courses with a grade of "B" or higher.

All GMAT waiver requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Q. How many total credits are required?
A. The full online MBA program consists of 64 credit-hours (16 courses). Concentration courses make up 12 credit-hours (3 courses) of the total. A dual concentration adds an additional 12 credit-hours.

Students with an educational background in business may be eligible to waive up to four foundation courses (16 credit-hours). Students with professional certifications (such as PMP or CPA) can apply to waive courses with content that is specific to that certification. Professional certification waivers are reviewed on a case-by -case basis.

For answers to your questions regarding specific requirements, contact an Admissions Advisor at (866) 295-3104.

Q. How many courses do I take per academic term?
A. Students can select from our traditional or accelerated track. The traditional track consists of taking one course each academic term and is a comfortable workload for most students with full-time jobs. For those interested in earning their degree at a faster pace, we offer an accelerated track, which enables students to take two courses at a time and potentially finish the entire program in as little as one year. Students are not locked into a track and may vary their course load throughout the duration of the program.

Q. How much time should I plan to spend on the program each week?
A. The academic experience varies by student; however, we recommend that students plan to spend 10-12 hours per week for each course they take.

Q. Which foundation courses are eligible for waivers based on equivalent coursework?
A. Online MBA students can apply for waivers in the following foundation courses: MBA 530, MBA 541, MBA 510, MBA 500, and MBA 539. Foundation course waivers require at least one undergraduate course in the same topic area with a grade of "A" or one equivalent graduate course with a grade of "B" or higher. A grade of "B" at the undergraduate level will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Additional documentation may be required.

Q. Can I transfer additional coursework beyond the foundation courses?
A. Online MBA students can apply for waivers in the following Managerial Process Courses: MBA 601, MBA 611, MBA 651, MBA 661, MBA 630, MBA 683 and MBA 671. Managerial Process courses require one equivalent graduate or two comparable upper division (i.e. sophomore, junior and senior level) undergraduate courses in the same topic area, completed with a "B" or higher.

Students may request to transfer or substitute courses for a maximum number of 32 quarter hours, or 16 total hours at the undergraduate level.

Q. Is advising available for all students?
A. Yes. Each student receives a customized Curriculum Planner for the online MBA program and can schedule a telephone appointment to speak with an advisor whenever assistance is needed.

If you have additional questions, please request more information or call (866) 295-3104 to speak with an Admissions Advisor.