Frequently Asked Questions About the Online MBA/MS

Q. Is this program a hybrid of the two degrees?
A. No, it is a dual degree program. When you complete it, you will have two full master’s degrees—a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior.

Q. What is the benefit of earning both degrees at once?
A. You can earn both the MBA and the MS in 96 credit hours, instead of 128, as it would require if you took both programs separately. The business, management, and people skills offered in the MBA/MS are excellent preparation for nearly any business or organizational challenge you may face throughout your career.

Q. Can I still take two concentrations in the MBA portion?
A. Yes, but it will take you slightly longer to complete the degree.

Q. What is the difference between the MBA and the MS in Management and Organizational Behavior portions of the curriculum?
A. The MBA portion mainly covers quantitative business subjects such as accounting, economics, and analytical tools and techniques. The MS portion is more people- and organization-focused, emphasizing strategic thinking, team building, communication and other qualitative skills.

Q. Will having both degrees help me in my current job or in the job marketplace?
A. An MBA is still the “gold standard” of business degrees, widely recognized and respected by employers. At the same time, many employers now realize the value of more people-oriented management and organizational skills offered in the MS program. With both sets of skills, you could potentially have an advantage over other job-seekers or put yourself in a good position for advancement.

Q. Would I have to come to Benedictine’s campus for a residency or special seminars?
A. For the MS portion, you will come to Benedictine’s campus in Lisle, IL, for one weekend to take part in the Lecture Series. Other than that, coursework is entirely online.

Q. What type 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.

An undergraduate major in business is not required, but students with a non-business major in their undergraduate degree may be 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. Can the GMAT requirement be waived?
A. Yes, you may request a GMAT waiver under the following conditions:

  • You already possess an advanced degree.
  • You have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2.
  • If you have a cumulative undergraduate GPA from 2.5 to 3.1, you can request a GMAT waiver by completing our MBA 541, MBA 500, and MGMT 540 courses with a grade of "B" or higher.

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

Q.  How much time should I set aside to spend on the program each week?
A. We recommend planning on spending a minimum of 12 to 15 hours per week per class. Everyone’s study habits are different, however, and you should set aside as much time as you personally need to feel confident about understanding material and completing your assignments.

Ready to get started?  You can apply right away. If you have more questions, call us at (866) 295-3104 to speak with an admissions advisor, or you can request more information.