Jun 17, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, MBA

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To be considered for admission to either program, the following information is required; for a detailed list of required application materials, please go to www.pacificu.edu/mba.

  • A completed application
  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university*
  • A combined undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better OR a GMAT score of 500 of higher OR equivalent GRE score
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • TOEFL score 550 (79) or greater or an IELTS score 6.5 or greater. Alternate proof of English language proficiency may include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. school or a bachelor’s degree from an international institution with English as the primary language of instruction.

GMAT/GRE scores are not required but, you are encouraged to submit your test score if you have it.
*International students must show evidence of equivalent qualifications

Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis.


Normal Course Load

At least 9 credits is considered full-time; 5-8 is considered half-time. Students typically enroll for 9 credits during the first Fall and Spring semesters, 12 credits for Summer, and 6 credits for the final Fall semester.  Students must maintain part-time enrollment to qualify for financial aid.


A student is considered registered only after any needed approvals from faculty advisors and/or instructors have been obtained and classes entered into the computer registration system. The University reserves the right to cancel or restrict the registration of students who are delinquent in meeting their financial obligations to the University.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Students must be registered for at least 5 credits to be eligible for financial aid. Federal rules may affect financial aid eligibility for students who do not show satisfactory progress; refer to the Financial Aid section of this catalog for more information.

Program Standing

Good standing in the College of Business requires regular and prompt attendance, satisfactory academic performance, appropriate professional conduct, and adherence to policies and procedures.

Satisfactory progress in the MBA program is maintained with:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at graduation.
  2. Earning a grade of B- or higher in each course. However, a grade of C is acceptable provided that the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  3. If a student receives a grade of C- or lower in a course, the student is required to retake it.
  4. If a student’s cumulative GPA at graduation is 2.99 or lower, the student is required to take course(s) until the cumulative GPA is 3.00 or higher.

Students who do not maintain satisfactory academic standing will receive a warning; failure to improve standing may result in dismissal from the program.

Evaluation of Student Progress

Progression of student achievement is monitored frequently using various formative and summative methods of assessment. Examinations, papers, and projects communicating whether or not a student has mastered a particular set of competencies are scheduled regularly throughout the academic year. The College of Business reserves the right to employ additional assessment tools within or at the conclusion of each year.


The MBA program uses the following letter grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, F; plus Pass (P) and No Pass (N) grades.

Incomplete Grades

An instructor may issue a temporary grade of Incomplete (I) only when the major portion of a course has been completed satisfactorily but health or other emergency reasons prevent the student from finishing all requirements of the course. Prior to submitting an Incomplete grade, the instructor and the student complete an Incomplete Grade Contract detailing the completion and submission of all remaining work. After submission of the work, the instructor completes a Grade Change form and submits it to the Dean of the College for approval; the form then is processed by the Registrar.

The instructor and the student are required to agree upon a deadline by which all coursework will be completed and submitted to the instructor. Students may take up to two academic semesters to make up any incomplete work; if the agreed-upon work is not completed and no grade change submitted by the deadline (and an extension has not been granted), the Incomplete expires and the grade becomes an F. Faculty may request an extension of an Incomplete before the expiration date by notifying the Registrar’s office.

Work in Progress Grade

When unanticipated situations arise that prevent the student from completing all course requirements, the course instructor may choose to allow the student additional time to complete the work by issuing a work in progress (WP) grade to the student. A work in progress grade will only be issued if the majority of the course requirements have been completed at a satisfactory level. The student must make arrangements with the course instructor to complete the course requirements before the end of the following semester. When the student completes all course requirements at a satisfactory level, the course instructor will submit a Grade Change Request form to the Registrar’s Office to change the WP grade to the earned grade. If the student does not complete all course requirements at a satisfactory level by the end of the following term, the WP grade will change to an F (or No Pass) grade and the student will be dismissed from the program

Attendance at Instructional Periods

All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly. Students who miss classes are held responsible for all in-class course assignments. It is the responsibility of each student to immediately notify the course instructor prior to class if an excused absence is anticipated.

Students have the responsibility to take all scheduled assessments on the announced date and time. Students who report to class late on an assessment day will not be given any extra time.

An absence from an examination/assessment or course shall be considered “excused” if it occurs because of any of the following situations (valid documentation must be submitted):

  • Hospitalization of the student or an immediate family member due to illness or accident
  • Death in the student’s immediate family (i.e.; spouse, parents, guardians, siblings, children, etc.)
  • Summons of the student to appear for jury duty or before a court
  • Any reason that has been approved by the Dean or course instructor in advance

Absence does not excuse a student from responsibility for meeting the requirements of the program. Excessive absences may result in dismissal from the program.


Students who receive a grade below a B-, or who do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 without successfully remediating deficiencies, may be dismissed from the program. Students also may be dismissed from the program for failure to comply with College or University rules and procedures or inappropriate professional or ethical conduct. Dismissal is decided on an individual basis by the College’s Curriculum and Programs Committee and College administration.


Students wishing to appeal a course grade or other decision can find details of professional and academic standards, academic policies and procedures, the appeals process, and academic conduct policies in the University Student Handbook.

Academic Honesty

Students must protect the integrity of their work and maintain a high level of academic honesty. All forms of academic dishonesty constitute serious offenses. Students involved in an act of academic dishonesty may receive a grade of F for a course or examination and/or may be dismissed from the program.

Please refer the Student Handbook regarding academic dishonesty and integrity for further details: http://www.pacificu.edu/studentlife/handbook/index.cfm


Graduate-level coursework taken at a regionally accredited college or university will be considered for transfer on a course-by-course basis.

Time to Complete Degree

Students are expected to complete the degree with their cohort. Exceptions may be granted for extenuating circumstances.


Students who voluntarily have withdrawn from the graduate programs of the College of Business may apply for re-admission to the program.

The re-admission decision will be made by the Dean of the College of Business (or his/her designee) and will depend upon a review of the following:

  • The student’s prior performance in the MBA program
  • The circumstances of the student’s withdrawal from the program
  • The student’s financial standing with the University (i.e. no outstanding payments due)
  • The time lapse since the student’s withdrawal

The Dean may make a decision to re-admit the student, to deny re-admission or to require a student to repeat specific coursework in order to attain re-admission to the graduate programs.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020): $32,256
Audit: $450 per credit

Students are required to own a laptop capable of accessing wireless internet. Students may purchase one through the university, in which case educational discounts apply to any computer purchases.


Courses in both programs begin in August. See http://pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-business/academic-calendar for more information.

Degree Requirements

As a cohort, students take all classes together for a total of 36 credits.

Total: 36 Credits

* Can be waived if the student has earned at least a B+ in MATH 207 , SOC 301  or PSY 350  or their equivalent at the undergraduate level, or an equivalent course at the graduate level.
** Can be waived if the student has earned at least a B in both ACCT 313 /BA 313 and ACCT 316 /BA 316, or in both BA 316 and ACCT/BA 345  at Pacific University, or has earned at least a B in equivalent courses outside of Pacific.

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