2002 - 2003 Graduate Business Programs
Objectives | Graduate Policies
Master of Business Administration
Director: David M Spann
Graduate Coordinator: Phuong Presson
Master of Business Administration in Technology Management
Director: Kelvin Willoughby
Accelerated MBA Program for Westminster Undergraduate Students
Graduate Business Certificates:
Information Resource Management
Human Resource Management
Graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are designed
to develop present and future managers who can deal creatively and effectively
with organizational problems within an increasingly complex environment.
Graduate students have an opportunity to broaden personal perspectives
and sharpen management skills without interrupting their professional
careers. Core requirements of programs are not directed at specialization
in one area of business; instead, programs develop cross-functional frameworks
that stress balance in using diagnostic, conceptual, human, and technical
managerial skills to achieve effective leadership.
In support of the college mission statement to integrate liberal education
within career and professional programs, graduate programs are designed
in part to help managers develop:
- the capacity to think abstractly and creatively about organizations
and their goals.
- the ability to interpret their environment pragmatically.
- the ability to develop analytical skills in the face of imperfect
- the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- the ability to develop strong interpersonal decision making and conflict
- the strength of character to recognize and take into account the ethical
implications of their actions.
- an understanding of their global environment.
- the ability to incorporate effective team building and to project
Graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are fully
accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
(ACBSP), an international business school accrediting organization, and
the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Fulfilling Program Requirements
Students must complete all required courses as determined by their program.
On occasion, and only with the approval of the MBA Program Director, a
student may take a higher-level course within a specific subject area
based on professional experience and prior business education.
Electives should be used by students to gain experience in areas specific
to the student's long-term career goals. MBA students may take electives
in either the MBA program (courses designated as MBA), or in the technology
management program (MBATM).
Students are assigned the catalog year in which they are accepted into
the program. Students can complete the requirements of the program at
a self-determined pace; however, the program must be completed within
six (6) years. Students who do not complete their program requirements
within the six (6) year time frame, but continue to satisfactorily progress,
are moved up to the next catalog year.
Students who do not take classes for two (2) consecutive semesters are
deactivated. Students in this situation must apply for readmission and
reenter the program under the current catalog year that they are readmitted.
Academic Probation and Suspension Policy
Students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of
at least 3.0. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below
a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students placed on academic
probation must earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 the
next semester in which they enroll. Probationary students who fail to
earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 that semester will
be suspended from their program.
Probationary students whose semester grade point average is 3.0 or higher
but whose cumulative grade point average still remains below 3.0 will
continue on academic probation. Probationary students whose cumulative
grade point average reaches 3.0 or higher will be returned to good academic
standing. To qualify for graduation, students must earn a cumulative grade
point average of 3.0 or higher.
Probationary students are required to meet with the Program Director
prior to enrolling for the upcoming semester.
Appeals for Readmission
Suspended students may petition the Graduate Admissions Review Committee
for readmission at any time prior to the beginning of the semester in
which they wish to enroll; however, unless extenuating circumstances exist,
suspended students are required to remain out of the college for at least
one semester before appealing for readmission. Students who feel extenuating
circumstances contributed to their failure to meet minimum grade point
requirements may choose to appeal for readmission immediately following
To appeal for readmission, students must submit a letter to the Graduate
Admissions Review Committee (Office of Admissions) giving evidence that
supports the request for readmission. Petitioning students will be notified
of the Review Committee meeting and will be given the opportunity to present
their cases in person. Decisions of the Graduate Admissions Review Committee
are final. Students readmitted through the appeals procedure are placed
on continued probation and must meet the minimum 3.0 grade point average
requirement that semester.
Students who have been out of the college for more than two semesters
must also submit an application for readmission to the Admissions Office.
Students readmitted after more than two semesters will be required to
meet program requirements for the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.
Candidates for graduation must apply to the Registrar's Office two regular
semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Candidates
are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after
applying for graduation.
To be eligible for a master's degree or graduate certificate, students
must satisfy the following conditions:
- meet all credit hour and other course requirements;
- maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above;
- must be enrolled at Westminster College during the semester in which
they wish to graduate;
- maintain good academic standing.
Note: A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all graduate courses
except for MBA 651, MBATM 628, MBATM 629 where a grade of B is the minimum
acceptable grade. Failure to meet these standards will result in probation
and/or suspension. Students must take all graduate course work, including
survey courses, for letter grades.
The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation
requirements rests with the individual.
The faculty in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business has developed
the following academic standards to support its mission and goals. They
are presented here to help the student understand his/her responsibilities
as a student in the program.
- Assignments are due at the date and time set by the instructor. Alternative
arrangements for examinations and assignments are allowed only when
arrangements have been made with the instructor prior to the scheduled
date and time. Students facing unforeseen circumstances that may interfere
with timely submission of assignments or taking of exams bear the full
responsibility for contacting the instructor and making arrangements.
- Attendance is crucial to the successful completion of a course. Missing
scheduled class time may result in a reduction of the student's grade.
ANY anticipated absence should be communicated to the instructor prior
to the missed date. Students are responsible for making all arrangements
to make up for missed classes.
- Given the compacted nature of courses meeting in the weekend format,
missing even one session greatly impairs the student's ability to successfully
complete the course. Students should attempt to anticipate whether or
not they are able to attend all weekend sessions before registering
for a weekend course.
- Students are expected to contribute to discussions and case studies
in the classroom. To maximize contributions, students should always
come to class prepared and ready to discuss relevant material.
- The grade received in a course is based on the criteria set in the
syllabus and the student's contributions in terms of course criteria.
Students should always be familiar with course requirements and assignment/test
due dates to avoid problems.
- According to the Westminster College Academic Catalog, the grade of
incomplete is a "temporary mark given for course work of acceptable
quality which students, through no fault of their own, are unable to
complete; it is not given for unacceptable work." Grades of incomplete
are not given for any other reason.
- According to the Westminster College Academic Catalog, grade changes
"are only made in the case of instructor error." To avoid
grade problems, students should be familiar with all assignment expectations.
- Students should be careful in writing assignments to ensure originality.
Writing and analysis must always be original for each course. If there
are ever questions, the instructor should be consulted.
- Students should always be respectful of instructors and classmates.
- The program should most importantly be fun, intellectually challenging,
and enjoyable. Students should push themselves, using every opportunity
to participate and learn, and get the most from the Westminster experience.