MBA - Master of Business Administration

Admission to the MBA program is granted to students who show high promise of success in postgraduate business study and who hold bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions.

Previous academic training in business is not required for admission to the MBA program. Students may have backgrounds in such diverse fields as engineering, liberal arts, education and health related areas. The specific content of a student’s previous education is less important than the evidence that the student has sound scholarship, strong personal motivation, and the ability to develop the skills necessary to assume positions of leadership.

Admissions decisions are based on the following:

  1. Graduate Management Admission Test/Graduate Record Examination (GMAT/GRE) scores — overall score and component (i.e., verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) scores are evaluated. The GMAT/GRE must have been taken within the last six years;1
  2. Personal Goals essay that clearly articulates the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission (500 words maximum);
  3. Two reference forms completed by faculty, employer or suitable referee;
  4. Current resume (career-based work experience is desirable but not required); and
  5. International students are required to have a minimum score of 570 (paper-based), or 88 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or an overall band score of 7.0 on the IELTS, or a score of 65 on the PTE-Academic.

Final admission of qualified applicants may be based on space available in the MBA program.

Applications for degree admission are reviewed twice a year, in the fall and spring. Deadlines for submitting applications to the Graduate School are July 1 for consideration for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. International applicants living outside the United States must submit their applications by April 1 for fall admission consideration and August 1 for spring admission consideration. Applicants who apply after these deadlines are considered in the order in which their completed application materials are received.

Advanced Standing

Students with strong backgrounds in business administration may be granted advanced standing in the MBA program through equivalent credit for background preparatory courses for which a minimum grade of C was received in an undergraduate or graduate program. Most students entitled to such credit hold bachelor’s degrees in business administration from accredited institutions.

Students may be granted equivalent credit for any or all of the preparatory courses, depending on the depth of their undergraduate or previous graduate preparation. The MBA program may consist of as few as 36 credit hours for students who have no deficiencies in prerequisites and who receive equivalent credit for all of the background fundamentals.

Students Not Receiving Advanced Standing

Students with bachelor’s degrees in non­business fields usually will not have backgrounds warranting the granting of advanced standing through equivalency credit. There are some exceptions. Some students, for example, may have had enough coursework in economics or statistics to be granted credit for these courses. Determination regarding equivalency credit will be made following admission to the program. A minimum grade of C (2.000) or better is required for the prerequisites MATH 144 and ECON 231.

MEM to MBA Program

Students completing the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program at WSU may be allowed to use up to 12 credit hours (four courses) in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at WSU if they pursue it (i.e., double-counting 12 credit hours between two programs).  The 12 credit hours will be completed by the student as a requirement for the MEM program and should be taken from the required courses in the MBA curriculum. The main objective of making this change is to provide the opportunity to students to pursue dual degrees (MEM and MBA) and structure the curriculum so that both programs can be completed within a reasonable time frame.  The double counting rule will allow students to complete both programs by taking 60 credit hours of coursework.  The MEM program must be completed before any courses can be applied to the MBA program.

General MBA Course Requirements

Prerequisites 1
Business Calculus
Introductory Business Statistics
Preparatory Courses 2
Fundamentals of Accounting
Fundamentals of Finance
Marketing Basics
Management Basics
Analysis of Economic Theory
Required Courses
ACCT 801Managerial Accounting3
BLAW 810Law and Ethics for Business3
DS 850Operations Management3
ECON 804Managerial Economics (taken within first two semesters of admission)3
FIN 850Managerial Finance3
IB 836International Business and Competitiveness3
MBA 799Professional Development/360 (taken in the first year of the program)0
MKT 803Marketing Analysis (taken within first two semesters of admission)3
or MGMT 803 Business Decision Making and Analysis
MGMT 862Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 885Advanced Strategic Management (taken during last semester)3
MKT 801Marketing Management3
MIS 874Management Information Systems3
Select an elective at the 700-800 level only3
Total Credit Hours36


  1. All incoming MBA students must attend an orientation session, which includes an introduction to the philosophy of graduate business education, development of networking skills, discussions about the history of the Barton School and the MBA program, and an overview of success strategies for MBA students. Only after completion of the orientation is a student considered for full standing in the MBA program.
  2. A candidate’s individual plan of study must be approved by the director and submitted to the Graduate School for final approval. This plan must be filed within a month of the completion of 12 credit hours of graduate work.
  3. All candidates must complete 36 credit hours of 800-level courses including:
    ACCT 801Managerial Accounting3
    DS 850Operations Management3
    ECON 804Managerial Economics3
    FIN 850Managerial Finance3
    MGMT 803Business Decision Making and Analysis3
    or MKT 803 Marketing Analysis
    MGMT 862Organizational Behavior3
    MGMT 885Advanced Strategic Management3
    MKT 801Marketing Management3
    MIS 874Management Information Systems3
    IB 836International Business and Competitiveness3
    BLAW 810Law and Ethics for Business3
    And 3 credit hours of electives which must be at the 700–800 level3
    Total Credit Hours36
  4. In addition to the coursework requirements, all students are required to complete MBA 799 Professional Development/360 in their first year of the MBA program.