The M.B.A. degree requires that the candidate achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on all work counting toward the graduate degree. A regular graduate student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.75 will be placed on probation. If the average is not brought up to 2.75 by the end of the following semester, the student will be suspended from the program. A grade below C in more than one course taken while enrolled as a graduate student will result in suspension from the program. Credit hours for courses in which the grade is lower than C will not be counted toward satisfying graduate degree requirements.
As a student in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University, you are responsible for your own academic integrity. Understanding that you are entering a world where original thought is still valued and highly protected, please keep in mind that resources used in your course work must be referenced appropriately. The Student Conduct Code prohibits you from engaging in any acts of dishonesty which include, but are not limited to, plagiarism and cheating and other dishonest practices in connection with examinations, papers, and projects. Each is described below; however, you are referred to the Student Conduct Code for a complete description of acts of dishonesty. If you have any questions about this, please contact your academic advisor or your instructor.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (1) submitting someone else’s research, writing, artistic conception, invention, or design that has been copied in whole or in part from the work of others, whether such source is published or unpublished, as one’s own work and (2) failing to acknowledge and cite portions of the works of others that have been used in an assignment.
Cheating and dishonest practices in connection with examinations, papers, and projects include, but are not limited to: (1) obtaining help from another student during examinations; (2) knowingly giving help to another student during examinations, taking an examination or doing academic work for another student, or providing one’s own work for another student to copy and submit as his/her own; (3) using notes, books, or other sources of information during examinations without authorization; and (4) having an unauthorized copy of an examination or any part thereof.
“It is critical to succeed in today’s fast-paced, highly competitive business world. Employers want professionals who can work well with others – following or leading as necessary. MBA students also learn how to challenge and disagree with others in a constructive way, which is important for producing quality results. A team that can identify and correct problems without creating personal friction is a huge asset to any organization. Some MBA specialties place more emphasis on certain aspects of teamwork than others. For example, an Executive MBA program is going to concentrate on leadership and management skills, because graduates will typically be headed for positions where those abilities are essential."
Neuman, G. S. (2012). 4 Reasons an MBA Can Get You Hired. Retrieved February 18, 2013, from US News University Directory: http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/articles/4-reasons-an-mba-can-get-you-hired_12272.aspx#.USKIsx098yo
Our students are all working professionals and most have other outside obligations that sometimes cause a student to step out for a semester. It may be due to a myriad of reasons: health, financial, employer, etc. There are as many reasons as there are individuals. When that student returns, Graduate Programs will place that individual into a team for the remaining class(es) required. That receiving team will be chosen for a particular reason and is usually grateful for the additional assistance. Changing teams because of personality clashes has been strongly discouraged as history has proven it to be disruptive to all impacted. Just like in your professional life, your partners are not yours forever and you need to be flexible. Please remember that each of you could be in the same situation in the future and would want to have the same consideration.
Communication within teams will often occur through Skype, Google, Go To Meeting, the course platform ’eCampus’, or other method. Options will be provided at Orientation and decided upon by the individual team members.
Online Program Sessions and Dates
The Online MBA program offers 7.5 week courses with staggered start dates. There will be nine credit hours per fall and spring semester and 6 credit hours during the summer.
This schedule differs from WVU’s regular semester due to the accelerated degree program. While the MBA program does not recognize standard WVU academic holidays or breaks, there is an extended period between summer and early fall and then again between late fall and early spring.
For term dates, please refer to the Registrar’s site at http://registrar.wvu.edu > Schedule of Classes search
With the traditional plan of study, participation in 4 residencies is mandatory for graduation as each experience encompasses specific coursework and experiential learning objectives.
- Orientation – 1st Semester – Morgantown
- Washington Experience – 2nd Semester – Washington D.C.
- Building the Business Professional – 3rd Semester – Morgantown
- Venture Capital Fair – 4th Semester -Morgantown
In the event that you are not able to attend, registration for the encompassed
course should be delayed until the following semester and your advisor should
You are responsible for getting yourself to the residencies and for lodging in Morgantown. We typically reserve a block of rooms at a reduced rate at a local hotel, but you are not required to stay at this hotel. If at all possible, we will try to provide parking permits for your stays in Morgantown when necessary. In Washington D.C., we will cover the lodging expense at double occupancy. If you prefer a single occupancy room, you will be responsible for the price difference. Most meals will be provided at residencies.
DegreeWorks is an online check sheet for students and their advisors to review and monitor progress toward degree completion. It organizes academic coursework into blocks of requirements to help you easily identify courses you have completed and what courses you still need in order to complete your degree requirements. You can view grades and your current GPA here.
The grade of “I” is given when the instructor believes that the coursework is unavoidably incomplete or that a supplementary examination is justifiable. Before any graduate degree can be awarded, the grade of “I” must be removed either by finishing the incomplete sometime or by having it recorded as a permanent incomplete. Only the instructor who recorded the “I” or, if the instructor is no longer at WVU, the chairperson of the unit in which the course was given may initiate either of these actions. When a student receives a grade of incomplete and later removes that grade, the grade point average is recalculated on the basis of the new grade. If you do not remove the “I” grade within the next semester, the grade of “I” is treated as an “IF” (failure). The Academic Standards Committee of the appropriate college or school may allow you to postpone removal of the “I” grade if you can justify a delay. In the case of withdrawal from the University, a student with a grade of “I” should discuss that grade with the appropriate instructor.
Withdrawing from a Course
Withdrawal deadlines are posted on the WVU Registrar’s website each semester. If you follow all established University procedures and withdraw before the published deadline, you will receive a W on your transcript. Grade-point averages are not affected in any way by this mark.
If you need to drop the last class you are enrolled in, then you must withdraw from the current term; please visit the website for details on Withdrawal Policies. Selective (one class) retroactive withdrawals are not permissible.
To drop individual classes using the web registration system: http://registrar.wvu.edu/web_registration
Many students participate in employer tuition reimbursement programs and must submit final grades to their employer. To receive an official letter stating your grade for a course, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Give them your name and student ID number, the course name and number, semester, and the address where you want the letter sent. There is a disclaimer in the letter that states the grades are not official until the end of the term when official grades have been posted.
You may also view this information in an official format in DegreeWorks through your MIX account. Grades will not be posted here until the end of the complete semester.
Students can request to apply credit earned at another AACSB accredited institution of higher education to be applied to a degree program at WVU. The approval process requires a transcript, course catalog description and syllabi for each course and is initiated through the student’s academic advisor. Only credit earned at institutions accredited regionally at the graduate level may be transferred. Students should have transfer credit approved prior to enrolling in coursework, and courses considered must have been completed with a grade of “B” or better for the credit to transfer.
Course & Residency Evaluations
Course and residency evaluations are one of the primary means of providing feedback to Graduate Programs. Your opinions provide us with valuable insight to maintain our reputation as a world class university that cares about the education of its students. Please take the time to provide your constructive feedback and specific comments when asked.
Graduate students in the College of Business and Economics may apply for graduation online in STAR during the final semester of studies. You will receive instructions and deadlines from your Academic Advisor in your final semester. Diplomas are mailed from Printing Services typically in the month following graduation.