- Academic Achievement:
a. Grades: Students working toward the MBA degree shall complete 36 semester credit hours by taking coursework in each of the core curriculum sections specified below. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) to meet MBA degree requirements. See the section on Grading on page 31 of this Catalogue for policies related to grade changes.
b. Courses and Concentrations: The 36-credit hour requirement consists of nine 3-credit courses listed below as Core Courses for 27-credit hours and a Concentration consisting of at least 9-credits. The Core Courses will be contextualized to the international locale in which the MBA program is offered and will focus on the key elements for managing businesses in that place in today's environment. In certain locales, at the discretion of the BGU Dean, Alternative Learning Experiences and other BGU courses may be substituted for specified Core Courses to allow the students to focus on the most appropriate business learning experience for their context. See the MBA Program Outline for specifics.
2. Request for Candidacy (Graduation)
Students who have completed approximately three quarters of their degree program (generally 30 credits toward their degree) may apply for candidacy, i.e. graduation track status. The AAC will make the final decision as to whether the student qualifies for candidacy and will be admitted into the final stages of the degree program. Each Request for Candidacy will include the following procedures:
a. The prospective candidate will have fulfilled all entrance deficiencies and other conditions stipulated at the time of admission into the program;
b. The prospective candidate will have demonstrated a capacity for graduate level studies, indicated by the quality of written materials submitted in conjunction with his or her coursework;
c. The prospective candidate will submit a Request for Candidacy form to the Office of the Registrar;
d. The student will have satisfactorily completed the ETS Major Field Test [4MBA] or other outcomes assessment tool used by the BGU to determine if the student has mastered the requisite skills from the MBA program; and
e. Requests for Candidacy must be received and approved not later than February 15th each year for students planning to graduate that year. Later applications may be submitted, but the student will not be assured of any right to graduate in that year.