Admission into the MBA program is open to all persons holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and who have completed the prerequisite courses. Applicants should also have significant professional work experience, preferably at least two years in a position of leadership. Applicant files will be reviewed by the chair of the Business Department, or a designee of the chair, to evaluate each applicantâ€™s work experience. Additionally, each applicant must be able to demonstrate potential success through:
- completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT),
- a score of at least 600 (250 computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, in situations where English is not the first language.
Applicants with undergraduate coursework equivalent to that included in the Thomas More College B.B.A may enter into graduate coursework upon acceptance into the program. For those who do not meet the foregoing, an adequate level of proficiency must be shown in the following areas: Economics, Accounting, Finance, Calculus and Statistics. Applicants lacking any of these prerequisites must remove the deficiency. Economics and accounting must be removed prior to beginning any graduate course work. Finance, calculus and statistics must be removed before beginning the applicable/corresponding graduate course. Applicants should discuss the various options for completing these courses with an academic advisor from the Department of Business Administration M.B.A. program.
All applications will be reviewed by the Director of the Center for Adult and Professional Education and the Chairperson of the Department of Business Administration. The following criteria will be used to assess the admission status of each applicant.
- Unconditional Admit: Two or more years of professional work experience and an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4 point scale and a GMAT score in the 30th percentile or above.
- Conditional Admit - Level 1:
* applicant who falls short of either the GPA or GMAT criteria will still qualify for unconditional admission with a score of 1000 or more using the following formula: (200 x GPA) + GMAT score.
- Between one and two years of professional work experience and a score of 1000 or more using the following formula: (200 x GPA) + GMAT score; OR
- Two or more years of professional experience and a score of between 900 and 1000 using the following formula: (200 x GPA) + GMAT score.
The admission condition for any applicant falling into this category is: The student must achieve a cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.2 through the first three courses in the curriculum. Failure to do so may result in the student being withdrawn from the program. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review this studentâ€™s file to determine their ability to continue in the program. Successful completion of the first three courses with a 3.2 GPA or better will result in the lifting of the condition to admission.
- Less than 2 years of professional work experience and a score of less than 1000 using the following formula: (200 x GPA) + GMAT score; OR
- A formula score of less than 900 regardless of work experience; OR
- Less than 1 year of relevant work experience regardless of formula score.
The Graduate Admissions Committee will review an applicantâ€™s file looking for evidence that the applicant will benefit from the program and that he or she will be able to contribute sufficiently to group learning activities (study group and cohort), which are integral components of the MBA program. Careful preparation of the following elements are suggested:
- An essay addressed to Graduate Admissions Committee that articulates why G.A.C. should consider the applicant for admission despite not meeting the outlined admission requirement. The applicant must submit a written narrative of no less than two pages and no more than 4 pages as to why the applicant believes he or she can be successful in an accelerated, graduate program. The Committee is looking for evidence that will justify waiving one or more admission requirements.
- Two letters of Recommendation from supervisors, former faculty, and other persons who can speak to the applicantâ€™s workplace competence, academic ability, character, work ethic, leadership ability, etc. Letters from sources such as family friends, peers, co-workers, direct reports are not recommended. A recommendation form for soliciting the necessary information will be provided by the Department of Business.
- Applicants may also request an interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee to further present their case/argument.
The Graduate Admissions Committee, after reviewing the applicants file, will make one of the following determinations: Conditional Acceptance, Denial of Acceptance, or Withholding a decision pending further information.
Any applicant granted conditional acceptance by the Graduate Admissions Committee may be required to do any or all of the following:
- Complete up to the first 5 classes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better.
- Complete any or all of the program prerequisites with a B or better prior to beginning graduate level coursework. The format for the prerequisite coursework may vary.
- The Graduate Admissions Committee may suggest that an applicant retake the GMAT in an attempt to strengthen their admissions file. The Graduate Admissions Committee may further recommend that an applicant complete the outstanding pre-requisites and/or a GMAT prep course prior to retaking the exam.
- Meet with the Graduate Admissions Committee for a personal interview.
Any applicant who is admitted conditionally, and who fails to meet the conditions of admission, will have their file reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to determine if the applicant is permitted to continue in the program. Any applicant who meets the conditions of admission will have the conditions lifted, and be permitted to proceed in the program subject to the guidelines faced by all program participants.
Graduation is a special day. It is a single moment
in time designed to focus on your accomplishment.
To graduate with an MBA degree from the Thomas More College, you must meet the following requirements:
- A cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 in overall course work
- Complete the 48 semester hour MBA core
- Payment of all tuition and fees
- Completion of ETS testing. This is a comprehensive test comprised of multiple choice questions. A minimum score is required. The test is used exclusively by the college to assess learning outcomes and overall program effectiveness.