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Frequently Asked Questions

We are delighted that you have questions about our WKU MBA program! We have organized frequently asked questions (FAQs) into 3 topic areas: admission, program, and financial considerations.

Yes. A GMAT waiver is available to an applicant who meets one of the following criteria: (1) completed a Doctorate Degree OR (2) passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam OR (3) earned an undergraduate degree in business from an AACSB accredited university with a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale (beginning Fall 2017) OR (4) in some cases significant professional experience can qualify.

The GMAT is the only test constructed for the single purpose of predicting the best MBA students. Every accredited program in the U.S. uses the GMAT as far as we know. All applicants for law school take the LSAT; all applicants for medical school take the MCAT, and all applicants for accredited MBA programs take the GMAT. The GMAT is basically a verbal and comprehension ability test as well as a test of quantitative skills. It is not a knowledge test over business disciplines like finance and marketing.

You can register to take the GMAT and also download some test preparation materials at http://www.gmat.com.

Applicants who have a business degree from an AACSB accredited business program need no added preparation and can start directly into MBA classes.

Applicants who do not have a business degree must be evaluated on an individual basis to see whether they have the preparation needed in each of these 7 specified content areas:

  1. Accounting I (Financial) AND II (Managerial)
  2. Economics I (Micro) AND II (Macro)
  3. Business Statistics
  4. Principles of Finance
  5. Principles of Management
  6. Principles of Marketing
  7. Computer Information Systems (business emphasis)

Applicants can demonstrate competency in these foundation areas in a combination of ways.

  1. Substantial work experience demonstrating mastery of a content area can be considered as preparation in some areas.
  2. Completing the "MBA Foundation Modules." This can be used to satisfy all foundation requirements. These modules are on-demand and can be completed at your own pace. They also cost much less than all the college courses. You can contact us to learn more about these preparation modules at mba@wku.edu.
  3. Other courses as outlined by the MBA Director.

Yes. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.75. When there are more applicants than seats in our programs we will always pick the most qualified students. This means that having a minimum score on any of the requirements does not assure admission.

We have rolling admissions for our program. Classes start each eight weeks of the fall/spring semester. You may also start in the summer.

We will accept up to 6 hours of graduate level courses. If these courses are graduate level business courses, they must be from an AACSB accredited institution. If in a non-business program (but related to business) graduate course electives may be accepted from an appropriately accredited institution.

Yes. Our program allows you to pursue your MBA on your timeline for professional goals. You may finish in 1 year or up to 5 years as you choose.

It depends upon whether you are enrolled in our ESLI program.  If you are an ESLI student you do not currently have to take the TOEFL exam but instead must complete the ESLI program.

If you are an international student and not in the ESLI program you must score a minimum of 550 on the written TOEFL OR a minimum of 213 on the computerized TOEFL OR a minimum of 79 on the Internet TOEFL OR a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS.

Yes. Both our business program AND our accounting program are accredited. Only 3 universities in the state of Ky have such accreditation. We are accredited by AACSB International. This accreditation is only for the top business and accounting programs. AACSB accreditation assures qualified faculty, solid academics, and resources for excellent business and accounting programs. Only the top 15% of business programs earn AACSB accreditation. We are proud to be one of them.

A large percentage of colleges are only accredited by a regional arm of the Department of Education. WKU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS and other regional arms of the Dept. of Education accredit entire institutions including junior colleges. These regional accreditation units fulfill an important purpose overall but do not accredit business programs separately. This means that regional accreditation does not tell a perspective student much about the schools' business program. The result is that there are very many colleges with this "overall" regional accreditation who have business programs that fail to meet the rigorous standards of AACSB. We recommend that you consider only business programs who are AACSB accredited.

Your diploma will not be labeled as "online." All graduates will receive the same WKU MBA diploma.

There is one MBA program – two course modalities. Only the concentrations may be different. So, you are graduating from a fully accredited (AACSB) program, the WKU MBA program. We believe we do an excellent job of facilitating your learning in every course modality.


We have one program – with two modalities. Students CAN move between them. We are about learning in the FLOW of LIFE!

YES. You will be able to choose your concentrations. We do have 7 core course requirements. Learn more about our curriculum here.

Yes, we offer four concentrations:

  • Business Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Six Sigma/Lean Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Students must maintain an overall MBA GPA of 3.0 during their entire program.

For tuition and fees information, please visit the Bursar's website.

Yes. The MBA office works with the The Graduate School to identify a limited number of full-time students who might qualify for a graduate assistantship (GA).

Applications can be found at the Graduate School website. GAs are appointed for one academic year (or one semester with possible renewal). The most common full GAs stipend as of August 2016 is about $10,000 for the one academic year. Continuation of the assistantship is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward the degree, maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, completing graduate courses at the full-time student rate, and proper fulfillment of duties.In addition, a limited amount of tuition "waivers" are available only to graduate assistants. Tuition waivers are based on available funds and are awarded competitively.

We do not offer any through the MBA office. For financial aid, please visit WKU's Student Financial Aid office.

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement that can be helpful in paying all or part of your tuition. Check with your employer to see what might be available to you.



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