Mar 23, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration - Interdisciplinary Business Concentration, MBA and Public Administration - Public Management Concentration, MPA

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Program Codes: MBA_305G and MPA_279B

CIP Codes: 52.0201 and 44.0401

Learn more about the Walker College of Business  and the Department of Government and Justice Studies .

Program of Study for the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Public Administration

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; and official general GMAT or GRE exam scores, unless waived.

Additional MBA Admission Requirements: Evidence of knowledge in statistics, financial accounting, economics, corporate finance, marketing, and organizational behavior through course work, work experience or completion of the accelerated prerequisite program before taking graduate course work in those subjects.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam requirement may be waived for applicants who:

  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND have five or more years of relevant full-time, post-baccalaureate work or military experience; OR
  • Have an earned Master’s or higher level degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; OR
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher in a degree earned from Appalachian State; OR
  • Hold membership in Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Accelerated Admissions Option: This program offers an accelerated admission option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.

Location: On Campus, or combination of Off Campus and Online. Off-Campus/Online cohorts follow a part-time extended format.


Additional Information about Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility

Any standardized exam waiver for a graduate degree program at Appalachian State requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned degree (undergraduate or graduate; some programs have established higher GPA requirements). No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Course Requirements for the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Public Administration

Electives (12 Hours)

12 hours of Graduate Electives approved by MBA and MPA advisors

Students are required to work with both program advisors each semester to determine appropriate program of study and course scheduling.


MBA Differential Tuition

Students enrolled in the dual degree will pay an additional tuition amount above the regular tuition assessed for graduate students on those courses that satisfy the requirements of the MBA degree. For more information about differential tuition, please refer to

Other Requirements for the MBA

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required
  • Comprehensive: Not required
  • Product of Learning: Not required

Other Requirements for the MPA

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Students must demonstrate a proficiency in reading a foreign language or quantitative analysis as a research tool. The department may determine the proficiency required.
  • Candidacy: Not required
  • Comprehensive: Successful completion of a capstone experience (P A 5558  plus P A 5559 ) fulfills the requirement for a comprehensive examination.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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