Apr 21, 2019  
2010-2011 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    
2010-2011 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programs


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The MBA program is designed for individuals who wish to advance their careers or for those students who want to begin a career in business.  The program employs a collaborative, team-based approach to learning.  Within Endicott’s cohort model, groups of students progress through their programs of study together, learning from and supporting one another.

Program Goals
The MBA program seeks to:
•    Provide knowledge for managing effectively in a dynamic, global environment;
•    Develop problem-solving and communication skills;
•    Enhance leadership skills and inspire commitment to ethically sound business practices; and
•    Foster cross-cultural understanding and demonstrate its relevance in today’s business environment.

Program Delivery
Program requirements for the MBA may be completed using various options:
•    Full-time, daytime study through an academic year
•    Part-time, evening courses offered over 24 months
•    Online/on-campus option offered over 24 months

MBA Online
Endicott offers an MBA program completely online over an 18–21 month period. A hybrid version is also offered in a combination of Saturday classes and online instruction.
 
Program Options
The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers the MBA degree in three different options:
•    The MBA for the Experienced Professional. This option is a part-time program for working professionals. The classes are offered once a week from 6–10 pm. The program, comprised of 42 credits, takes approximately 20–22 months to complete.
•    The MBA for the Early Career Professional. This option is a part-time program for those who have recently entered the work force. Classes are offered twice a week from 5–8 pm. The program consists of 45 credits and takes approximately 20–22 months to complete.
•    The Full Time MBA. This option is a one-year, daytime full-time course of study designed for those who have just completed a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (non-business majors may be provisionally accepted subject to additional pre-requisite coursework). This is a 60-credit program, though up to 24 credits maybe waived if the student can demonstrate completion of prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

All MBA options utilize the cohort learning model whereby a group of students enter the program together, progress through as a cohesive group, and complete the program at the same time. Peer exchange and practical application are central themes of all options Faculty who have extensive experience in business and management infuse the classroom with a dynamic, hands-on approach to real world problem solving. The global environment, the technological environment, and the ethical dimensions of managerial decisions pervade the MBA program.

MBA Admission Requirements
•    An interview with Program Director and/or Vice President of the Van Loan School;
•    Completed application with $50.00 application fee;
•    A current resume;
•    Two letters of recommendation – one from applicant’s immediate supervisor;
•    Official transcript with a preferable GPA of 3.0;
•    Essay of 250–500 words on motivations for graduate study and career goals;
•   GMAT Test; preferable score of 50th percentile or higher (GMAT codes:  full- time MBA Program is MX5-DT-21 and part-time MBA Program is MX5-DT-91);
•    TOEFL if applicable; 79 is minimum score for iBT; 550 for pen and paper test.

International Applicants
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. An international applicant is required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree.  Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English.  Applicants must verify the translations by including the original document and a notarized copy of the original.  Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the degree by an external agency.  All transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. In addition to the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), international applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction.  Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

Transfer Credits
A maximum of six (6) credits may be transferred into a student’s MBA course of study if the student has successfully completed applicable graduate coursework within the last five (5) years from an accredited institution. An official transcript and course descriptions must be furnished.

Evaluation
All of the courses in the curriculum employ some combination of the following assignments:
•   Individual oral presentation;
•   Group oral presentation;
•   Individual written project; and/or
•   Group written projects.

The philosophy of the program is that traditional “tests” are less relevant to MBA study. To foster deeper management and business understanding, projects, cases, examples, and illustrations are used as a way to examine and learn. There are no multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank type of examinations.

Distinguished Leaders Symposium
The Distinguished Leaders Symposium is an integrative activity in the curriculum. MBA students and faculty convene in a community event to listen to and interact with a leading local business person who addresses the group. The Distinguished Leaders Symposium links theory and practice, informed and framed by an outside business leader. The Symposium is designed to expose students to a variety of perspectives as well as to stimulate application of the MBA curriculum. It is also a rich networking opportunity.

Corporate Advisory Panel
The Corporate Advisory Panel is a core group of business leaders who convene on campus quarterly in an effort to enhance the programs’ links to the business community, and vice versa. The Panel is a forum for the business leaders’ input on the issues, challenges, and trends managers are experiencing in the business community. This partnership between the private sector business community and advanced management education is a critical underlying philosophy of the Endicott MBA program.

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