Graduate Business Programs

Master of Accountancy
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration in Technology Management
Accelerated Master of Business Administration Program for Westminster Undergraduate Students
Graduate Business Certificates
  Accounting Financial Planning
  Business Economics International Business
  Entrepreneurship Marketing
  Finance  

Admission to Graduate Business Programs

See pages 28, 31 in the Graduate Admission to the College section for admission requirements.

Graduate Policies

Fulfilling Program Requirements

Students must complete all required courses as determined by their program. On occasion, and only with the approval of the Graduate Faculty Chair, 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. Graduate business students may take electives in either the MBA program (courses designated as MBA), or in the MBA in Technology Management program (courses designated as MTECH).

Academic Progress

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 years. Students who do not complete their program requirements within the six year time frame, but continue to make satisfactory progress, are moved up to the next catalog year.

Students who do not take classes for two consecutive semesters are deactivated. Students in this situation must apply for readmission and reenter the program under the current catalog year in which they are readmitted.

Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

See page 60 in Grading and Academic Standards for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.

Appeals for Readmission

See page 61 in Grading and Academic Standards for information on appeals for readmission.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in September and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. 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.
  • Be enrolled at Westminster College during the semester in which they wish to graduate.
  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Earn a grade of C or higher in all graduate courses.

Note: A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all graduate courses. Students must take all graduate coursework for letter grades. Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree or certificate requirements.

The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the student.

Academic Standards

The faculty of 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. According to the Westminster College Academic Catalog, the grade of incomplete is a “temporary mark given for coursework 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Students should always be respectful of instructors and classmates.
  10. 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.
  11. Plagiarism is a serious offense in academic and business settings. Plagiarism is a violation of the college’s academic policy. For further information on Academic Honesty, please see page 61 of the academic catalog.