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Master in Business Administration


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

At the Gordon Ford College, we take pride in preparing our students for productive and rewarding careers in a wide variety of business and nonprofit organizations. Students are not only exposed to the latest theories and technologies of all the business disciplines, but they learn how to actually apply them to the competitive advantage of the organization. Many Ford College students work on actual business issues under the guidance of experienced professors, most of whom have significant business experience themselves. It is the unique combination of classroom and real-life application that makes the Gordon Ford College of Business so different than other business schools.

Program Accreditation

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The Online MBA is taught through the Gordon Ford College of Business which is a top business school with dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting programs.

The Online MBA option, WKU Connect, can be a part-time or full-time program allowing working students to take up to 3-12 hours per semester.

The admission process for the MBA program at Western Kentucky University involves the following steps and requirements*:

  1. Completion of graduate application form, a current resume with two references listed, submission of an official undergraduate degree transcript from each university attended and an official copy of a GMAT score taken within the last five years.
  2. Applicants seeking admission must meet the following criteria: Minimum undergraduate overall grade point average(GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, a minimum overall GMAT score of 500, and a written GMAT score of 3.5.
    • Trial for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester for applicants with a 3.5 GPA or higher with a business degree from a AACSB accredited school can waive the GMAT requirement.
    • GRE scores can be substituted for the GMAT Requirement
  3. Applicants who have limited prior academic background in basic business are required to demonstrate proficiency in eight major areas by:
    • Successfully completing one or more preparatory courses as specified by the MBA Director, OR
    • Successfully completing BA 502 MBA Foundation Modules, OR
    • Successfully completing one or more core area proficiency exams( fees required).

*These minimum requirements establish eligibility for admission, but do not guarantee acceptance

Applications must be completed online on the Graduate School website under the Prospective Students Tab (wku.edu/graduate/prospective_students). Please submit all other admission materials to the Office of Graduate Studies via email (graduate.school@wku.edu) or mail to the below address:

Office of Graduate Studies,
Western Kentucky University,
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
Bowling Green KY 42101-1010 

Please Note: International students have a somewhat different application since international admissions require additional coordination and interpretation of materials which are often in a foreign language. Admission deadlines are also earlier for this reason


Application Deadlines:

Fall Application Deadline (applies to Full-time, Professional, and Online options):

Domestic students, March 15*

International Students: March 1

Spring Application Deadline (applies only to the Online MBA option):

Domestic students, October 15*

International students, October 1

We cannot process your application until you have furnished ALL of the information above required for admission to MBA option you have selected. This includes your official GMAT scores and transcripts.

*We have flexibility in Online admissions due to the nature of the course offerings. Feel free to contact our office anytime about Online seat availability if the above deadlines have passed.


Application Forms

Domestic (US) Students: Fill out the Online Admission Application.

International Students: International students have a different application process due to international student admissions requiring additional coordination and interpretation of materials which are often in a foreign language. Admission deadlines are also earlier for this reason. Visit the Graduate School website for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and language information.

Students pursuing an MBA are required to complete 33 hours of business courses to complete the degree.

Courses needed to complete the degree (in addition to admission requirements) include:

  • BA 510 – Organizational Theory
  • BA 511 – Applied Microeconomic Theory
  • BA 512 – Problem Solving, Data Modeling & Managerial Decisions
  • BA 513 – Information Technology & Strategy
  • BA 515 – Managerial Accounting Concepts & Applications
  • BA 517 – Advanced Marketing
  • BA 519 – Advanced Managerial Finance
  • BA 580 – Contemporary Issues in Business
  • BA 590 – Strategic Business Concepts & Applications
  • BA – Elective
  • BA – Elective

Students are required to complete two contemporary issues courses, or may substitute a three-hour elective. Electives may be chosen from BA 592, 560, 551, 552, or other 500 level business courses. Up to 6 hours of approved graduate level courses may be transferred into the program with the approval of the MBA office. If these courses are graduate level business courses, they must be from an AACSB accredited institution. If job-related, graduate level course electives other than business may be accepted from a regionally accredited institution.


Recommended Sequence of Courses

BA 590 must be taken in the final semester.

Please note: Certain courses may offered on a rotating basis, so please plan your program of study carefully. Contact April Schleig, the academic advisor for the program for additional information on course offerings at april.schleig@wku.edu.

General Eligibility

Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress atwku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.


Eligibility for On Demand

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.


Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

Gordon Ford College of Business

MBA Office
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11056
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1056

Phone: (270) 745-5458
Email: mba@wku.edu
Website: wku.edu/business


WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 


The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate 

For more information about the program, fill out the form below.



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 Last Modified 9/26/18