Master of Business Administration (Professional M.B.A.)
The professional M.B.A. serves primarily working professionals. Most students attend classes part-time while working full-time. This facilitates a synergistic connection between the classroom and the workplace. M.B.A. students bring diversity of academic and professional backgrounds, making the classroom a dynamic environment for the exchange of perspectives and ideas.
Admission to the Professional Master of Business Administration Program
The Seidman College of Business seeks individuals who want to build a meaningful career. Admission to the MBA program is competitive because the MBA Admissions Committee carefully considers each applicant. The MBA Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to candidate evaluation with consideration of relevant professional experience, potential for career growth, academic ability, leadership qualities, communication and interpersonal skills, and motivation for success. Applicants with managerial, operational, or decision-making experience receive preference for admission. Seidman purposefully maintains a relatively small class size and values candidates with diverse backgrounds, skill sets, cultures, and talents. No particular undergraduate major is necessary for students applying to the MBA program. Instead, candidates must demonstrate competency in background business subjects.
To apply, students should
- complete the MBA application (including essay/personal statement);
- submit official transcripts;
- submit a recent resume;
- provide two letters of recommendation; and
- provide official GMAT scores (if applicable).
International students may be required to submit additional documents as part of their admission materials.
Individuals who submit all required documents may be selected for an interview as part of the admission process.
Waiver of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Requirement
Most prospective graduate business students take the GMAT. The GMAT is strongly recommended and may be used to strengthen the applicant’s profile. A GMAT waiver is an option for highly qualified individuals.
To be considered for a GMAT waiver, candidates must meet one of the following criteria:
- Document at least three years of relevant professional experience that shows increased responsibilities over that period.
- Document having earned an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); other graduate exams may be considered by request.
- A transcripted undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher from an AACSB-accredited business program.
- A transcripted undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher from a regionally accredited university in any major.
- Documented having earned a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited program.
Meeting the criteria to waive the GMAT does not guarantee admission to the MBA program. Even those who are eligible to waive should consider taking the GMAT because a strong score increases the likelihood of admission.
No transfer credit is accepted for the M.B.A. program.
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required in all graduate level courses that fulfill graduation requirements for the M.B.A. A grade of C or better must be earned in all graduate courses that fulfill graduation requirements for the M.B.A.
The M.B.A. program is offered on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus in L. William Seidman Center in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Graduate Outcomes/Time to Program Completion
The Seidman College of Business faculty has identified the following learning goals for M.B.A. students. Objectives related to each goal are assessed regularly to ensure that they are being achieved.
- Effective business communications
- Business acumen and strategic decision making
- Global and intercultural competence
- Value-driven leadership
The cohort-based program is typically completed in 22 weeks.
The Seidman College of Business faculty has adopted APA as the standard citation style for M.B.A. coursework. Unless a faculty member indicates otherwise, students are expected to use this citation method where appropriate in their written coursework.