Admissions Information

Admission Requirements

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies are the following college criteria:

Regular Admission

  • GPA on a 4.0 scale (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit) multiplied by 200 plus GMAT equal to at least 1000 AND GMAT score of at least 500
  • (OR) GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit) 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.)
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ on all undergraduate foundation (prerequisite) courses.

Probationary Admission

  • GPA on a 4.0 scale (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit) multiplied by 200 plus GMAT score equal to at least 1000 AND GMAT score of at least 430.
  • (OR) GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit) 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)
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ on all undergraduate foundation (prerequisite) courses.
  • Students admitted on probation must complete their first 9 hours of graduate course work, with a grade “B” or better. Students not meeting this requirement are subject to dismissal from the program.
GMAT Waiver's available, click here for details.

International Students

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.

Foundational Knowledge base

Students without an undergraduate degree in business may need to complete the following required foundation course work or demonstrate equivalent proficiency:

Prerequisites: MBA (all options other than Accounting)
AC221    Principles of Accounting I  
EC215     Microeconomics
FI361      Financial Management
MI375    Management Information Systems 
QM257  Business Statistics I or PY571 Intro Behavioral Statistics
 
Prerequisites: MBA (Accounting Option)
AC221    Principles of Accounting I
AC222    Principles of Accounting II
AC321    Fin. Accounting and Reporting I
AC332    Fin. Accounting and Reporting II
EC215     Microeconomics
FI361      Financial Management
MI375    Management Information Systems
QM257  Business Statistics I or PY571 Intro Behavioral Statistics
 
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 and Intermediate Accounting II from a program that teaches these courses using U.S. GAAP standards.
 
Students must earn a grade of “C” or above in all prerequisite courses.

Demonstration of Business Proficiency

Proficiency in these areas may be demonstrated through any of the following alternatives:

  1. A CLEP or DANTES exam if available. Credit will not be given for these courses with a passing grade on the exam, but a passing score will indicate proof of course knowledge.
  2. Applied knowledge of a given domain in the work environment. The extent to which relevant work experience demonstrates proficiency will be determined by the program director.  Applicants who would like their work experience to be considered must submit a resume with their application.

GMAT Waiver Qualifications

Applicants for the MBA degree program are required to provide GMAT scores as part of their application package. Under certain circumstances, an applicant may petition to waive the GMAT requirement. A waiver of the GMAT exam may be considered if the applicant meets any of the following criteria:

  1. Has at least three years of significant professional work experience with evidence of profit and loss, managerial, or leadership responsibility as determined by the MBA program director.
  2. Holds a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D., D.D.S.) from an accredited institution deemed appropriate by the MBA program director.
  3. Holds a master’s degree from an accredited institution deemed appropriate by the MBA program director, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).
  4. Holds a bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized HCBC international exchange partner institution* and receives the endorsement of the partner institution’s exchange coordinator and the MBA program director.
  5. Holds a bachelor’s degree from an AACSB accredited program, with a GPA of at least 3.50 (overall or in the last 60 hours of college credit).
  6. Holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and can provide an acceptable converted GMAT score from other standardized entrance exams such as the GRE, MCAT, or LSAT.

 The decision to grant the GMAT waiver rests with the director of Graduate Business and Computing Studies and is determined in joint consideration with the rest of the candidate’s application materials.  Satisfaction of the above criteria does not constitute an automatic waiver.

*HCBC international exchange partner institutions are defined as those belonging to the Magellan Exchange consortium or bi-lateral partners which include:

  • University College, Leuven, Limburg
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • University of Portsmouth – Business School
  • Technological University Dublin
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Science
GMAT Waiver Application Process
  1. You must first submit the appropriate Graduate Studies Application before applying for a GMAT waiver.
  2. If you think you qualify for a GMAT waiver, please submit documentation to admissions@semo.edu (domestic students) or international@semo.edu (international students) requesting a waiver. Include a short statement (one paragraph or less) justifying why you qualify for a waiver and specify which condition(s) you meet.
  3. If applicable, provide appropriate supporting documentation as attachments. The following are examples of appropriate evidence needed beyond that which was already submitted for graduate admissions:
    • Criteria #1: A current resume
    • Criteria #4: A letter of recommendation from the coordinator at our partner institution
    • Criteria #6: Results from other standardized entrance exams
    • Exams
  4. Submitted documentation will be forwarded to the MBA coordinator for review once all other documentation has been submitted.

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 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