Admissions Information

Individuals admitted to the MBA program must have an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited business program or have satisfactorily completed the equivalent course work from an accredited institution. Students without the foundation knowledge base in business and economics, yet meeting other admission requirements, may receive provisional admission to the MBA program. Regular admission status may be granted upon completion of prerequisite coursework. All students must provide a GMAT or GRE test score, unless they have already completed a graduate program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following criteria:

Regular Admission

  • Overall GPA on a 4 point scale times 200 plus GMAT equal to 1000 or above with a GMAT score of at least 500

OR

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale with a Graduate Record Exam Score (GRE) of 147 for both Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing of 3.5 or higher. (When it is not possible to interpret academic eligibility by way of transcript, the graduate business program reserves the right to request further evidence of academic eligibility.)
  • Grade of at least “C” on all undergraduate foundation (prerequisite) courses. (All undergraduate requirements for admission shall be satisfied before enrolling in the MBA required core, or MBA elective courses.)
  • If a Masters Degree has already been completed, the GMAT or GRE test can be waived.

Probationary Admission

All applicants must have the following:

  • Overall GPA on a 4 point scale times 200 plus GMAT score equal to 1000 or above and GMAT score of at least 430, yet below 500

OR

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale with a Graduate Record Exam Score (GRE) of 144 for both Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing of 3.5 or higher. (When it is not possible to interpret academic eligibility by way of transcript, the graduate business program reserves the right to request further evidence of academic eligibility.)
  • Grade of at least “C” on all undergraduate foundation (prerequisite) courses. (All undergraduate requirements for admission shall be satisfied before enrolling in the MBA required core, or MBA elective courses.)
  • Students admitted on probation must complete their first 9 hours of course work, including at least 6 hours at the 600 level, with a grade “B” or better. Students not meeting this requirement are subject to dismissal from the program.
  • If a Masters Degree has already been completed, the GMAT or GRE test can be waived.

International students applying with a three year degree must have their transcripts evaluated by an outside agency such as WES (www.wes.org) or NACES (www.naces.org) for equivalency.

All undergraduate requirements for admission must be satisfied before enrolling in the MBA required core or MBA elective courses. Students without an undergraduate degree in business must complete necessary foundation course work.

Students with a bachelor's degree in business or an undergraduate degree with a business minor from an AACSB accredited institution are considered to have met the course prerequisites for this program. For all other students, individual academic and professional experience will determine potential prerequisites needed for the MBA program. A resume will need to accompany your application for professional experience to be considered. Please contact the Graduate Business and Computing Studies office at mba@semo.edu or 573-651-5116 to determine whether any further preparation and or concurrent coursework is required for you to be successful in the MBA program.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or above in all of the above classes. Students also must have demonstrated sufficient background in microcomputer business application and management information systems. This may be through course work or through acquired knowledge connected with business experience or other applications contexts, validated through an approved test.*

*Proficiency in these areas can be proven through a CLEP exam. Credit will not be given for these courses with a passing grade on the exam, but score will be taken as proof of course knowledge.

Students wishing to enter the accounting track should have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting at a regionally accredited institution, or have satisfactorily completed courses in Intermediate Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting II, Income Tax Accounting, Cost Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Business Law, and Auditing and Assurance Services.

Local Credit by Departmental Examination

Each test is roughly equivalent to 1 two-hour final examination administered in a regular academic class.

Tests are available for:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Microcomputer Applications.

See the academic department responsible for the course for information. Some local credit exams are given by the department, some are administered by Testing Services.

CLEP exams are available through Testing Services or any CLEP center in your area.  Please see: https://clep.collegeboard.org/.  Prerequisite courses with CLEP tests available are:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Applied Calculus
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Marketing

Information for testing out of Intro to Microcomputer Applications can be found here

Residence Requirement and Transfer Credit

In all cases, over one-half of the coursework required in a degree program must be completed at the Cape Girardeau campus, the university's Regional Campuses and Center, or through Southeast Online. Students must work carefully with their advisor to insure that the residence requirement is met. Transfer courses do not count toward meeting the residence or 600-level requirements. No more than 12 hours of transfer credit or credit older than 6 years may be applied to a graduate program. Transfer credit must be accepted by the major advisor and is applied to a program at candidacy. Before enrolling for credit at another institution, prior approval must be obtained from the major advisor. Only credit in which a 'B' or better was earned will be accepted for transfer. Credit for transfer is only acceptable if earned from a regionally accredited institution. For programs in education, off-campus credit earned from a non-NCATE accredited institution will not be accepted. 

Second Master's Degree Transfer Credit

With approval of the advisor and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, nine hours from the first master's degree may be applied to a second degree. Prior credit is subject to the six year time limit. 

 

Contact

573.651.5116
mba@semo.edu
Dempster Hall 248
MBA Program
One University Plaza, MS 5890
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701