Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration - Leading and Managing Human Resources Concentration, MBA


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Program Code: MBA_305H
CIP Code: 52.0201

Program of Study for the Master of Business Administration


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GMAT or GRE exam scores, unless waived; 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 (GMAT or GRE) requirement may be waived for applicants who:

  • Have five or more years of full-time, professional work or military experience; OR
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher; OR
  • Hold verified membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

The GMAT waiver is only available to candidates who have not taken the GMAT within the past five years.

Location: On Campus and Online. Online cohorts follow a part-time extended format.

Additional Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information


Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program. No exam waiver is automatic and 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. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin .

Accelerated Master’s Program


This program offers an Accelerated Master’s  option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.

Concentration Requirements (12 Hours)


Choose 12 hours from the list below or from the Additional Elective Options; other electives may be chosen with approval of the program director.

*Note: MBA students should seek permission from the MBA director before registering for the non-MBA section of these courses.

Additional Elective Options


With approval of the program director, the following courses can count in any concentration provided that the course content fits with the concentration theme.

Other Requirements for the MBA


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

Note on Candidacy


Students must demonstrate knowledge and exposure to international business and culture before completion of the degree program, through approved activities such as short term study abroad, completion of a course with an international theme, international internship, practicum with an international theme, or other activities as approved by the program director.

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