Oct 23, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business (MBA)


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Purdue University Fort Wayne
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Richard T. Doermer School Of Business  

Melissa L. Gruys, Ph.D. - Dean
Carolyn Fabian Stumph, Ph.D., Director of MBA Program and Continuing Lecturer in Economics
260-481-6495 ~ Fax: 260-481-6879
Neff Hall 360D - 260-481-6498
e-mail: stumphc@pfw.edu


Introduction

Information about MBA programs can be found at: https://www.pfw.edu/mba/

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed to prepare qualified students and working professionals for positions of responsibility as managers and leaders who are capable of making effective and ethical business decisions in an ever-changing global environment. Upon completion of the MBA degree, students will:

  • Conduct innovative problem solving
  • Transcend functional boundaries
  • Make complex, short-term decisions
  • Engage in strategic decision making
  • Solve managerial problems
  • Effectively utilize information technology
  • Build organizational environments
  • Develop a sense of professional and social responsibility 

The Doermer School of Businss and the MBA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Busness-International or AACSB. It is the longest serving global association dedicated to advancing management education worldwide. It provides internationally-recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. Currently, it accredits 740 of the best business schools across 50 countries and territories; that is less than 10 percent of the world’s business schools. The Doermer School of Business at Purdue University Fort Wayne is the only AACSB accredited business school in northeast Indiana.

The faculty who teach in the graduate program have earned doctoral degrees from a broad range of distinguished universities and bring a wealth of experience through their scholarly research and consulting in the business community.

Program Delivery

During regular semesters, the MBA+ graduate business classes are offered Monday through Thursday evenings and occasionally on Friday evenings. This provides MBA+ students with an opportunity to earn a nationally accredited professional business degree with minimal disruption to their careers. Classes typically meet one evening per week (6-8:45 p.m.) on weekdays. Courses may be offered in one of three formats: face-to-face, hybrid, or online. Each summer, a selection of core classes will be offered in either a hybrid or online format. These courses are offered to add flexibility to the program.

During regular quarters, Professional MBA (PMBA) graduate business classes are offered on Saturday. This provides MBA students with an opportunity to earn a nationally accredited professional business degree with minimal disruption to their careers. During the quarters, classes typically meet Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Courses in the Professional MBA program will be offered either as hybrid or online.  

General Requirements to complete an MBA Degree

The MBA+ requires 36 credit hours with a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

The PMBA requires 33 credit hours with a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

Six credit hours in electives may be taken in other graduate studies programs on campus. These courses must contain significant business content and be approved by the MBA Director.

All students have four years from the start of their program to complete their degree.  

Program Requirements

 

Admissions Qualifications for the Purdue Fort Wayne Doermer School of Business MBA

As the only AACSB-accredited business school in the region, Purdue Fort Wayne seeks to recruit top applicants.  The Doermer School strives to enroll a student body with a variety of skills and backgrounds that will work together to foster personal and professional growth in a dynamic learning environment. 

We conduct a holistic review of each application.  Our admissions office considers an applicant’s academic record, employment experience, recommendations, and test scores. We are especially interested in evidence of strong academic performance and a brief, clear statement of purpose.

For our Professional MBA program, we require the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three or more years of progressively responsible, professional work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official transcripts from universities or colleges attended
  • Candidate statement
  • Quantitative Assessment Test (in-house diagnostic test conducted at time of interview)
  • Interview with MBA Director

For our MBA+ program, we require the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university        
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official transcripts from universities or colleges attended
  • Candidate statement
  • GMAT, GRE or approved GMAT waiver
  • Interview with MBA Director

For international applicants, in addition to the above, we require proof of English proficiency through one of the following:

 Test of English as a Foreign Language

  1.  TOEFL iBT Overall Score Required:  80

With the following minimum section requirements:

                                    Reading:    19

                                    Listening:  14

                                    Speaking:  18

                                    Writing:    18

   2. TOEFL Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported

With the following minimum section requirements:

                                    Reading:    19

                                    Listening:  14

    Writing:     18

  3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Minimum overall score required (Academic Module):  6.5

With the following section requirements:

 Reading:    6.5

                                 Listening:  6.0

                                 Speaking:  6.0

                                 Writing:    5.5

 4.  The Graduate School will consider applicants who have (a) enrolled at one of the following intensive English programs and (b) satisfied the exit requirements established for the program as having met the Graduate School’s English proficiency requirement:

 

  • Purdue University Calumet English Language Program (ELP) Exit Requirement:  achieve a minimum 80% (Level 4 examination) and pass an Exit Test (consisting of speaking and writing components).

     

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Program for Intensive English (PIE) Exit Requirement:  pass all classes with grades of at least B (82%), and pass the PIE Proficiency Exit Test at the Level 7 level.

     

  • For Purdue Fort Wayne applicants only, the Graduate School will consider applicants who have enrolled in ELS Language Center’s English for Academic Purposes program and who have passed ELS Level 112 as having met the Graduate School’s weeks of intensive study using curricular materials written at the native speaker level (approximately 360 hours of classroom instruction in speaking, listening, reading, writing); completion of an extensive research paper using standard research protocols in a monitored setting; Passing of the Michigan English Language Institute College English Test (MELICET) and Listening Comprehension Test (LCT) standards; passing of speaking evaluations; passing of writing evaluation.  These results must be certified, in writing, by ELS Language Center to the Fort Wayne graduate office before applicants using this method of establishing English proficiency may be admitted to the Graduate School.

         These results must be certified, in writing, by the intensive English program faculty to the Office of Graduate Admissions at West Lafayette or the equivalent office at the regional campuses before the applicants using this method of establishing English proficiency may be admitted to the Graduate School.

         (Note: ELS is available at the Fort Wayne campus only.)

 Conditions of Continued Enrollment

Applicants may be enrolled with conditions specified for continued enrollment at the discretion of the director and/or MBA Policy Committee. Specific requirements of continued enrollment will be addressed in the applicant’s letter of admission. 

 

To remain in good standing, all MBA students (PMBA or MBA+) must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or above as a condition of continued enrollment.

 

 

Program of Study


The MBA+ program requires the completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours. There are four classifications of courses in the program:

Group 1-Orientation


Orientation is mandatory. It provides an avenue for students to begin to get to know their classmates. It also provides information about campus resources.

Group 2-Business Essentials: (Credits 4)


Business Foundations Courses consist of short introductory business modules. These courses may be waived if the student has had current undergraduate classes in the subject area. These are primarily for those who have non-business undergraduate majors. 

Group 4-Concentration/General Track (6 credit hours)


  • Cr. 3.
  • Cr. 3.
  • Concentrations are available in Finance and Business Analytics. Students may also select a general track.

    F575 - Topics in Finance - Finance Concentration - 6 credits in finance electives

    M575 - Topics in Operations Management - Business Analytics Concentration - 6 credits in business analytics electives

     

    General Track - 6 credits in any graduate business electives

         Any MBA graduate electives

    Students have the option of selecting one or both concentrations, or the general track.

     

Total MBA+ Credits: 36 credits


Professional MBA - Saturday Cohort Program


 The Professional MBA program requires the completion of 33 credit hours. There will be three components of three courses each. Each component will run for eleven weeks. The fourth component will only have two courses. The final component will run for 10 weeks.

Orientation


 Orientation is mandatory. It provides an avenue for students to begin to get to know their classmates. It also provides information about campus resources.

Total Professional MBA Credits: 33 Credits


Student Responsibility


You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.

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