The Graduate School of Business
ADVANCED STUDY OF BUSINESS IN A CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENT
The Graduate School of Business currently offers master degree programs in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy (MAcc), and International Master of Business Administration (IMBA). Two other degree programs are jointly offered with the M. Christopher White School of Divinity (MDiv/MBA) and the School of Nursing (MSN/MBA). In addition, the Graduate School of Business offers an MBA Plus Certificate Program. The Graduate School of Business requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credits for an MBA or IMBA degree and 30 semester hours for a MAcc degree. The programs are specifically structured to accommodate the needs of working professionals - people who are seeking new ways to remain competitive in the changing environment of business and accounting. Each face-to-face class meets only one evening a week for an entire semester and two evenings a week during the summer sessions. Many courses are offered online.
The MBA Program is offered on the main campus in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The MBA Program is also offered in Statesville, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Spartanburg, South Carolina. The MAcc and IMBA programs are currently offered at the main campus, Charlotte, and Statesville centers. In addition, the MBA, IMBA, and MAcc degree programs, as well as the MBA Plus Certificate program, are offered entirely online.
The Godbold School of Business provides undergraduate and graduate professional training within the scope of a Christian-based, liberal arts university,building on the skills in learning and critical thinking that the liberal arts foster.
The Godbold School of Business functions to support the mission of Gardner-Webb University by providing both graduate and undergraduate professional training in the business disciplines to a diverse student population. It enhances the scope of the university by applying the learning and analytical skills fostered by the liberal arts and the moral and ethical values of the Christian faith to the practice of business activities in the domestic and world-wide arenas. It also encourages both its faculty and its students to pursue life-long learning, to value service to God and humanity, and to build character in students.
“FOR GOD AND HUMANITY THROUGH BUSINESS”
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The overall goals and objectives for the Graduate Business Programs are to prepare students for the business world who are:
- Able to adapt themselves ethically in advanced professional careers in business, government, and other areas of human endeavor where organizational, managerial, and analytical skills beyond those traditionally provided by undergraduate programs are vital for success.
- Able to respond to change in a dynamic, global marketplace.
- Able to become productive citizens within their respective communities. The Graduate School of Business attempts to meet the above goals and objectives by offering Master of Business Administration, International Master of Business Administration, and Master of Accountancy degrees.
Members of the Graduate Business Faculty hold doctoral degrees from major universities throughout the country and world. They have varied business experiences and bring to the classroom a mixture of practical and theoretical experience and training. The faculty is committed to providing a program of study which clearly gives its participants an advantage when competing with others in today's business climate.
Classes are generally small at Gardner-Webb University and faculty members are accessible. Professors' priorities are given to teaching and serving the program's participants. Professors also engage in consulting and research activities; these pursuits are then used in the classroom to make lectures up-todate and meaningful. This environment of personal attention and dedication to teaching distinguishes the programs from other universities.
GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY AND FREE ENTERPRISE
The University has been supported greatly over the years by Baptist churches, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and men and women who gave their time and resources to provide students with an excellent Christian learning environment. Some of these supporters were successful business people who shared in Gardner-Webb University's commitment to the teaching of love and appreciation for the American free enterprise system. Many other small and large business entrepreneurs have made financial contributions that have enriched the University's campus community and enhanced its course offerings.
The graduate and undergraduate business programs provide opportunities for students to understand and experience the free market system. Student business organizations, on-campus seminars, and executive lectures help prepare students for successful business careers.
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) majors are required to participate in a foreign study program offered through the Graduate School of Business. Other majors in the Graduate School of Business are encouraged to participate. Several programs are offered every year, over time including the major continents of the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. This program provides the individual with practical international educational experience regarding culture, customs, language, and the impact of international business. It is a unique educational opportunity for enrichment of the participants.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (GSB)/EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATION
The GSB/Executive Association is an organization of current Graduate School of Business students, alumni and business executives united to provide network services to its members, and further develop and enhance the partnership between the University and the business community. The association is a self-supporting, not for profit organization, committed to meeting the needs of its members, the University and industry. The association objectives are:
- To provide social and professional activities for its members.
- Provide networking capabilities for its members, including employment opportunities.
- Invite nationally and world renowned speakers to the campus.
- Promote a positive image of Gardner-Webb worldwide and increase public awareness.
- Maintain a strategic planning process that is conducive to addressing the current and future needs of the program; to meeting changing academic and business requirements.
- Develop stronger relationships with the business community.
- Provide availability of resources for consulting or problem resolution.
Students enrolled in a graduate program at Gardner-Webb University are typically working professionals. Therefore, programs are carefully designed to accommodate their needs, especially as they relate to work schedules. Graduate students have representation on the Graduate Council and are entitled to attend campus events, receive campus publications, and request services which are offered to students at Gardner-Webb. Services offered include guidance and counseling, placement services, and the mail delivery of textbooks from the Campus Shop to students. Graduate students are invited to participate in campus life to the maximum extent of their desire and interest.
Admission to the University's Graduate School of Business program is selective. An admission decision is based on a balanced appraisal of the applicant's total academic and professional record, his/her Graduate Management Admissions Test score or Graduate Record Examinations score, and overall excellence. While the Admissions Committee looks for responsible academic performance and excellence on test scores as evidence of the applicant's ability to do well in graduate study, it also looks for qualities of personal development which are relevant to career success. Extra-curricular involvement and leadership in college, useful assignments in military service, or substantial work experience will strengthen the application.
Persons wishing to apply for admission to the Graduate School of Business Programs should request application materials from the Office of Graduate Admissions, or additional information can be found on the Graduate School of Business Admissions website http://www.gardner-webb.edu/gsb. No single criterion will be decisive, but each item will be considered in relation to the applicant's total qualifications. Gardner-Webb University seeks to enroll students from a variety of economic, occupational, racial, social, religious, and geographic backgrounds. To apply for initial admission to a graduate business program, the applicant should complete the following:
- Submit an application form to the Office of Graduate Admissions along with a $40 nonrefundable processing fee.
- Submit a detailed resume of professional experience.
- Arrange for an official transcript of all previous academic work beyond high school to be sent directly from each institution attended. The Privacy Act requires that each student request in writing that transcripts be released and sent to Admissions. Photocopies might help to expedite the admission process, but full admission will not be granted until original documents have been filed.
- Have three evaluators mail confidential recommendation forms (downloadable from the website) directly to Graduate School of Business Admissions: (1) current or past professor, (2) current or past supervisor, (3) academic or business professional, or any combination thereof.
- Arrange for submission of an official report of graduate admissions test scores. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is preferred, but the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is acceptable (See GMAT and GRE section for details). Photocopies might help to expedite the admission process, but full admission will not be granted until original documents have been filed.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ REQUIREMENTS
International students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to Gardner-Webb University's Graduate School of Business. In addition to the standard application procedure several additional steps must be taken.
- TOEFL - A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 500 must be submitted for a paper-based test, or Minimum 173 for computer-based, or minimum 61 for internet-based. Required for international students only if English is not first language.
- WES - (Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials) Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must first be submitted to World Education Services, Inc. for a course-by-course evaluation before being mailed to the Director of Admissions.
- PASSPORT - International students must provide to the office of admissions a copy of their passport as part of their admission material. ONLY international applicants planning to immigrate to the U.S.A. need to submit the following documentation in addition to items listed above:
- VISA - International student must provide to the office of admissions a copy of their current Visa status as part of their admission material. Acceptable Visas eligible to study at GWU graduate business programs include: F1 student visa and H1B work/employment visa. Permanent Residents need to supply a copy of their permanent residency card.
- Documents to Support Sponsor Financial Responsibility - Provide a copy of the most recent Bank Statement and one of the following: Recent tax return OR copies of the last three pay stubs.
- I-20 Request Form - International applicant will need to complete this form and submit with other required documents before an I-20 can be issued. Once received, the I-20 will enable the student to apply for a visa with the embassy.
- International Student Transfer form (if coming from another U.S. institution, a copy of I-94 and I-20 are required)
International student forms such as the I-20 Request Form and the International Student Transform Form, may by found online at www.gardnerwebb.edu/gsb.
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION FOR ALL MAJORS
An undergraduate business degree is not required for admission to the graduate business programs, but specific course material is required. The School of Business offers 500-level prerequisite courses (or Foundation Courses) each semester for students with prerequisite deficiencies. These courses earn undergraduate credit and will not count towards the graduate GPA. Students who have already taken the prerequisites must demonstrate mastery of the material normally taught in the following prerequisite courses either by offering a transcript demonstrating that the course has been completed with a grade of “C” or better, or through a waiver by successfully passing an exam:
MBA AND IMBA PREREQUISITES:
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In addition to the above prerequisites, the MAcc Program requires:
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All students must meet the above prerequisite requirements to take courses in the MBA, IMBA, and MAcc programs or have the approval of the Director of Business Graduate Programs. Students who have not completed these requirements may be given applicant status and after satisfactorily completing business prerequisite deficiencies at Gardner-Webb University or elsewhere may be granted full admission. The Graduate School of Business offers fast-track foundations to meet the MBA and IMBA prerequisites. See Foundation (Prerequisite) Courses for MBA, IMBA, and MAcc section below for details.
GMAT OR GRE
Students are required to take a graduate admissions test in order to be admitted to graduate business studies. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is preferred, but the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is acceptable. A GMAT or GRE score can be used for evaluation only if the test has been taken within the last five years. Students must request GMAT or GRE scores to be sent directly to Gardner-Webb University by the testing agency. Applications for taking the GMAT or GRE may be obtained from the websites for the tests. Specific testing locations and additional information for the GMAT may be found on the web site at http://www.mba.com. Specific testing locations and additional information for the GRE may be found on the website at http://www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=gre. There is not a minimum requirement for the GMAT or GRE scores. The GMAT or GRE score in combination with the GPA (or GPA of the last 64 credit hours) are accepted as general minimum criteria for admission to the Graduate Business Programs based on the following Quantitative Acceptance Index (QAI) formula:
QAI = [GMAT+(200XGPA) > 950].
If the applicant submits the GRE score, we will use the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools available at:
LOW-SCORE GMAT OR GRE APPEAL
If the QAI is less than the minimum for the applicable graduate admissions test, the student can appeal to an Admissions Committee of the Graduate School of Business (ACGSB) faculty for admission based on some other strong indication of success in the program, since admission is based on an indication that the student will succeed in the graduate program.
TYPES OF ENROLLMENT STATUS
Enrollment for graduate study in business is granted in the following categories.
An applicant who meets all of the formal requirements for admission to the MBA, MAcc or IMBA degree program is granted full admission. These requirements are listed in the Application Procedure section, and, among other things, include the following specific requirements:
- Graduate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a bachelor's degree;
- Complete undergraduate course prerequisites or equivalents with a “C” or better. Persons who have not completed this requirement may be given “applicant admission,” and after satisfactorily completing the required courses at Gardner-Webb University or elsewhere may be granted full admission (see Course of Instruction section);
- Present a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for MBA, IMBA or MAcc Program on all undergraduate course work completed or the last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work attempted;
- Original transcripts;
- Detailed resume of professional experience;
- Three confidential letters of recommendation on official Gardner-Webb graduate admissions forms;
- A satisfactory GMAT or GRE score according to the Quantitative Acceptance Index (QAI) formula.
Applicants who show potential for graduate study but do not meet the criteria for Full Admission may be admitted for up to 6 hours of graduate work under Provisional status. Deficiencies may include low graduate admission test scores, or low undergraduate grade point average. All students must complete the GMAT or GRE test to be considered for Provisional Admission. No student may be admitted to a degree program who has a grade point average lower than 2.25 on all college work attempted or on the last 64 hours of work attempted. The Admission Committee strives to take a holistic view of the applicant in order to determine the likelihood for success in the graduate business programs. The Admission Committee of the Graduate School of Business may grant Provisional status based on the following:
- QAI-GMAT between 750-949 or a QAI-GRE using the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent, or
- Acceptable GPA and proof of significant years of experience or substantive managerial/leadership experience that may be evidenced through resumé review, employer recommendations, personal interviews, or telephone interviews.
A student admitted with provisional status must meet any condition attached to his/her admission before being granted full admission. The Admissions Committee may elect to place additional application requirements on the student, including submission of a written essay, taking extra prerequisite classes, among others.
A student admitted with provisional status may be granted permission to register for no more than six graduate credit hours. The student's progress will be monitored and the student may be granted full admission status if all other requirements for admission are met and the student receives an “A” or “B” in both courses. If a “C” is made, the student may be given one opportunity to repeat the course with the “C” grade. If the student does not make an “A” or “B” on the second attempt, the student will be barred from continuation in any of the programs. Credit earned will be considered graduate level work but may not be counted toward any of the degree programs at Gardner-Webb University until the student meets admissions criteria after all credentials are assessed, or until the student has full admission. Students must have full admission in order to register for graduate course work beyond six-credit hours, and must submit all supporting documentation.
An applicant with undergraduate course prerequisite deficiencies may be granted “Applicant Status” and permission to register for undergraduate business course prerequisites from any of the programs prior to the completion of the admission procedure. Gardner-Webb University generally offers undergraduate courses encompassing Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Statistics, and Management Science at various times throughout the year. An individual having prerequisite deficiencies may not enroll in any of the program's graduate courses until all deficiencies have been removed.
The table below presents the requirements for Full Admission, Provisional Status, or Applicant Status. Applicants will be considered under any one of the following criteria:
|Requirement or Condition||Full Admission||Provisional Status||Applicant Status|
|1. GMAT score exceeds 500|
|2. QAI-GMAT* ≥ 950|
|3. QAI-GMAT* between 750-949|
4. Acceptable undergraduate GPA from an accredited school and two or more years of relevant professional experience as determined by Admission Committee of the Graduate School of Business (see Provisional Admission)
|5. Students will be granted Applicant status due to undergraduate course prerequisite deficiencies. A student having prerequisite deficiencies may not enroll in any of the graduate program's courses until all deficiencies have been removed or the student has been granted Provisional or Full Status.|
*QAI-GMAT = [GMAT+(200XGPA)] or for GRE use the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent.
A student entering any of the programs to take courses for professional or career enhancement as a non-degree seeking student is granted special admission. Although students may earn as many credit hours as is desired to fulfill their professional or personal goals, a maximum of six semester hours of credit may be earned as a Special Student and applied toward any of the degree programs at Gardner-Webb University.
Transient status is assigned to an applicant from another recognized graduate institution who desires enrollment at Gardner-Webb University to take courses for transfer to the institution in which he or she is enrolled as a degree candidate. A transient student must submit an application for admission and a letter that indicates good standing from the director or dean of the MBA, IMBA, or MAcc program in which he or she is currently enrolled.
With approval, a maximum of six semester hours may be accepted from a regionally accredited MBA, IMBA or MAcc program toward the fulfillment of requirements for the MBA, IMBA or MAcc degree at Gardner-Webb University. Credit will not be given for courses taken more than six calendar years before applying for admission to graduate study. Only courses with a grade of “B” or “A” will be considered for transfer and must be substantially parallel to Gardner-Webb University courses. Credit will not be given for courses taken to obtain another master's degree. Students currently enrolled in any of the programs at Gardner-Webb University must have prior written approval to take courses from another institution for transfer credit. Courses accepted in transfer admission are recorded as credit only. Grades are recorded on a transfer evaluation form, but no grade points or grade point averages are computed. The grade point average used for administering policy and for graduation is computed on academic credit earned at Gardner-Webb University. The Registrar interprets the transfer policy and certifies students for graduation. The primary purpose of the transfer credits policy is to grant incoming students credit for work previously completed. Students are expected to take the appropriate courses offered by Gardner-Webb University once they enter the program. Permission may be granted to take courses offered by other institutions when the appropriate course is not offered by Gardner-Webb University or when it is more convenient for the University to approve a course for transfer than to offer the course by special arrangement.
Strong undergraduate students at Gardner-Webb University may be permitted, under special circumstances, to register for graduate courses with the permission of the Dean, Associate Dean, or Director of Graduate Studies in Business. Graduate-level courses may not be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. A student seeking to transfer courses must fill out the Request for Transfer of Credit Form available at http://www.gardner-webb.edu/academics/departments/godbold/gsb/resources/index.html
GENERAL ACADEMIC INFORMATION
FOR GENERAL ACADEMIC INFORMATION SUCH AS:
- Course Registration, Late Registration, Dropping, Adding, and Withdrawing from courses, Medical Withdrawal.
- Academic Load and Advising
- Challenge Examination Policy
- Library Information
- NOEL program for the Disabled
- University Writing Center
- Attendance Policy
- Grades and Reports
- Academic Renewal Policy
- Transcripts and Student Access to Educational Records
Check the Academic information Section of this Catalog.
MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA- GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
A student must have an average of 3.0 overall GPA to be awarded the M.B.A., IMBA, and MAcc degrees, as well as the MBA-Plus Certificate. When the GPA falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation. The program graduate faculty makes the decision on the stipulations that will apply to the probation status.
If the student does not attain a 3.0 overall GPA by failing to meet the stipulations, the student will be suspended from the program. The student may reapply after one year.
A student on academic probation who earns an “I” grade will be suspended until the “I” is replaced by a regular grade, at which time other probation and suspension rules will be applied.
Any admitted student receiving a grade of @F in a graduate business course will be suspended from the business program in which the grade was received. The student may reapply to that program after one year. Dual degree-seeking students who receive an @F in a course that applies to both programs will be suspended from both programs. The School of Business graduate faculty makes the decision on whether to readmit, and, if readmitted, the stipulations that will apply. If readmitted, the student must repeat at Gardner-Webb the course in which he or she received the @F, making at least a B. The course must be repeated the first time it is offered at the student’s site or online after the student’s return. Only the higher grade will be counted in computing the student’s grade point average, although the @F grade will remain on the student’s official transcript. In calculating the hours to meet the degree requirements, only the hours earned from the repeated course will be included.
Any admitted student receiving a grade of F in a graduate business course will be suspended from the program in which the grade was received. The student may reapply to that program after one year. Dual degree-seeking students who receive an F in a course that applies to both programs will be suspended from both programs. The School of Business graduate faculty makes the decision on whether to readmit, and, if readmitted, the stipulations that will apply. If readmitted, the student must repeat at Gardner-Webb the course in which he or she received the F, making at least a B. The course must be repeated the first time it is offered at the student’s site or online after the student’s return. Both the failing grade and the grade earned by repeating the course will appear on the transcript and both will be used to calculate the student's grade point average. However, only the hours earned from the repeated course will be included in the calculation of hours to meet the degree requirements.
REPEATING @F OR F COURSES
No more than one @F or F grade may be repeated. If a student makes more than one @F or F grade, the student will be dismissed from the Graduate School of Business.
A student who receives nine hours of C grades will be suspended from the graduate business program in which the grades were received. The student may reapply to that program after one year. The School of Business graduate faculty makes the decision on whether to readmit and, if readmitted, the stipulations that will apply. If readmitted, the student must repeat at Gardner-Webb the course in which he or she received the C, making at least a B. A student may repeat once any business graduate course in which a C grade was earned; the second grade will count for GPA purposes but will not replace the initial C grade. Only one of the courses will count toward degree requirements. If the student earns only a total of 9 semester hours of C in different graduate programs, the program faculty may stipulate not to suspend the student and to allow continued work, on probation status, until the 3.0 is reached.
A student may receive no more than one suspension and have the opportunity to be readmitted. A second suspension results in academic dismissal from the program in which the suspension was received. Dual degree-seeking students who are dismissed from the graduate business program may continue to pursue their degree in the other program.
REPEATING PASSED COURSES
If a student decides that his/her mastery of a previously passed graduate business course will be improved by retaking the course, he or she may do so. All grades received for each course retaken will appear separately on the transcript in addition to the original grade, and will be used to calculate the student's grade point average. Only the hours earned from the repeated course will be included in the calculation of hours to meet the degree requirements.
TRANSFER COURSES WHILE ON SUSPENSION OR PROBATION
A student may not take courses for transfer credit from another institution while on suspension or probation.
A student who experiences a problem concerning a grade or any other aspect of a course, including issues relating to but not limited to academic dishonesty, should:
- Discuss the matter with the professor.
- If the problem is not resolved, the student should go next to the Director of Graduate Business Programs. In some instances, the Director may take the matter to the Graduate School of Business Committee (GSBC). The GSBC consists of the Director of Graduate Business Programs, who serves as chair, and two Graduate School of Business faculty members.
- If the issue is not resolved by the Director (or GSBC), the case will be taken to the Associate Dean or Dean, who will hear only those parties involved and make a decision in the case.
- Finally, if the student is not satisfied with the decision regarding his or her academic matter, the case will be referred to the Chair of the Graduate Council.
To initiate an appeal, the dissatisfied party should complete the Appeal Form and address it to the Director of Graduate Business Programs. If the student and/or the professor are asked to appear before the committee, he or she at that time may bring a representative from within the University to act as counsel. The deadline for an academic dishonesty appeal is seven days after the date of the decision being appealed. The Deadline for an academic dishonesty appeal is seven days after the date of the decision being appealed. Grade appeals must be completed on or before the last day of the following semester. Deadline for all other types of academic appeals is eighteen months after the date of the decision being appealed.
The Appeal Form is available on the Graduate School of Business website.
ACADEMIC HONESTY AND PERSONAL INTEGRITY
It is presupposed that all persons enrolling in the School of Business, at whatever level of admission, will exemplify a high level of Christian commitment as well as a high degree of academic and personal integrity. It is expected that this commitment will be reflected in personal relationships, academic performance, and conduct inside and outside of the classroom. A student's continuing enrollment may become the subject of a formal review if any of the above expectations are not being fulfilled. A member of the administrative staff, faculty member, or student may request a formal review and action by the Dean or Associate Dean of the Godbold School of Business. Upon the conclusion of the formal review, the Dean or Associate Dean may take action, which may include but is not limited to probation, suspension, or counseling. If any party to the review, including the student, faculty member, or administrator, is not satisfied with the decision of the Dean or Associate Dean, he or she may request a hearing by the Appeals Committee, whose decision is final.
(See Academic Honesty section of this catalog.)
READMISSION OF FORMER STUDENTS
Any student who does not register for three consecutive terms (the two summer sessions count as one term) must apply for readmission before resuming graduate work. The Graduate Business office keeps inactive files for a year after which students applying for readmission must submit all new application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, GMAT score and interview. The student will be notified by the Graduate Business office of his/her new status. No application fee is charged for readmission.
Students have a time limit of six calendar years to complete their degree from the beginning of the term in which they are initially accepted.