Admission Requirements

Admission will be granted to candidates who meet basic qualifications and show high promise for success in the program and the business community. These are the four basic qualifications that apply to all degree candidates seeking admission:

  1. A baccalaureate degree with acceptable grades from an accredited University. The minimum standard for undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) is 2.50. However, applicants with a GPA lower than 2.50 may be accepted if their GMAT results are high enough to counterbalance the lower GPA.
  2. Undergraduate coursework covering basic concepts and terminology in the following areas:
    1. Quantitative methods, including mathematics, differential calculus, and statistics.
    2. Business subject matter, including managerial accounting, marketing, corporate finance, management, business law, and economics.
  3. A satisfactory score (460) on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT formerly the Admission Test for Graduate Study in Business - ATGSB). A low GMAT score may be counterbalanced by a high undergraduate GPA.

Prospective MBA students not admitted for failure to meet any of the above standards may appeal in writing to the MBA Program director. The decision of the director will be final.

Application for Admission

Applications must be completed and submitted before the start of the term for which the student is seeking admission. In making application for admission to Franciscan University of Steubenville as an MBA degree candidate, the student must be available for a personal interview and submit the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. All college or university transcripts sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the issuing institution.
  3. A résumé and three letters of recommendation.
  4. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) scores.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants whose first language or country’s official language is not English.

Admission and Enrollment Status

Probationary Admission

The student may be admitted either to the prerequisite, core, or a combination prerequisite/core program on probation. Probationary status will last a minimum of one term (at least six credit hours), and will be removed if the student attains a grade average of B (3.00) or better for the courses taken during the probationary term.

Regular Admission

Admission to the MBA prerequisite courses:

Students meeting admission requirements for the prerequisite portion of the program are notified of their status by mail. The letter granting the student admission to the MBA prerequisite courses states the specific prerequisites that will be required of the student.

Transfer Credit

Students who wish to transfer graduate course credit to Franciscan University of Steubenville’s MBA Program may be permitted to do so up to a total of nine credits. However, these transfer credits will be accepted only after the student has successfully completed a minimum of six credits with at least a B in each course in the Core Program. Following the completion of six credit hours of graduate courses at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the faculty will review the transfer of credits request and will notify the student of a decision.

Graduate-level elective courses taken at other regionally accredited institutions may be transferred for elective credit in the MBA Program, regardless of whether the elective is taught in the MBA or not.