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Graduate Studies in Business

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Graduate Studies in Business

The School of Global Commerce & Management comprises the department of economics & business, the organizational management program (a program for the adult learner seeking a baccalaureate degree), and the following graduate-degree programs: master of business administration (MBA) and MBA in international management (MBA in IM).

The School of Global Commerce & Management seeks to equip students, via a rigorous, collaborative, values-based education, to serve and lead successfully in business throughout the world.

Vision in Action: As part of our vision, the School of Global Commerce & Management students will have done the following by the time they obtain their graduate degrees:

  • Received comprehensive training and education in global business management
  • Developed an understanding of the nature and complexities of business decision-making in times of change and uncertainty
  • Participated in an academic culture in which students learn through relational interaction with outstanding faculty who are highly qualified as scholars and practitioners, from each other, and from other stakeholders (alums and other business professionals) of the university through challenging, relevant and diverse teaching methods
  • Joined top-quality students who are interested not only in becoming competent in traditional business disciplines, but in living lives of distinction and meaning as world citizens in an ever-changing, competitive environment
  • Gained practical business experience through application, while developing essential communication, interpersonal and leadership, and critical-thinking skills
  • Further developed character, integrity, and a capacity for ethical analysis and judgment, traits that are important to an increasingly complex, diverse and globalizing world
  • Enhanced their value in the employment marketplace
  • Connected to a worldwide alumni network

Programs and Curricular Focus

The School of Global Commerce & Management is recognized as an academic leader in preparing graduate students to compete successfully in today’s international marketplace. Our goal is to provide comprehensive training and education for the business leaders of tomorrow, based on the dynamic globalizing environment of business in the 21st century. Courses in finance, ethics, operations and project management, marketing, human resources, law and communications are designed to give students the business skill-sets needed to be competitive in the job market, while developing their intercultural intelligence and expanding their knowledge of world markets. Evening seminar-style courses offer students the choice of full- or part-time study. Full-time enrollment of two courses per each six-week module provides students the opportunity to earn an MBA or MBA in IM degree in 12 months. Part-time enrollment allows a student to take only one course each module and still complete his or her degree in less than two years.

Faculty

Faculty members are active in the fields of global business and management studies, and they bring practical business and cross-cultural experience to the classroom. Faculty members engage in research and consulting for governments and corporations locally and throughout the world. Qualified business practitioners from the community bring added expertise and experience to the classroom through special courses, guest lectures, and supervision of internships, special projects, and business-plan development.

Application Procedures and Admission Criteria

Due to the graduate programs’ unique eight-module design, students may apply for admission throughout the year.

Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s undergraduate academic record, recommendations, prior experience, graduate examination (GMAT or GRE) score, and approved English-language exam (TOEFL) score for students whose native language is not English. Students may also be invited for an interview.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Transfer courses from other graduate programs will be assessed; typically, only six semester credits, or 10 quarter credits, will be considered for transfer as a student enters the MBA or MBA in IM programs.
  • A TOEFL score of at least 213 (550 computer-based or 79 Internet-based TOEFL) or a 6.5 IELTS score is required for students who are not native speakers of English, unless a student has received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • A minimum GMAT score of 500 or a combined minimum GRE score of 300 is generally required for admission to the MBA or MBA in IM programs. However, the committee takes a holistic perspective in its review. Appropriate consideration is given to all components of the application packet.
  • All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students holding a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a college or university outside of the United States may be asked to submit their transcripts to an independent transcript-evaluation agency for review.

Prerequisites

Undergraduate introductory courses in the following disciplines are generally required for admission to the MBA and MBA in IM programs.  Applicable work experience can be applied after review:

  • Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Marketing
  • Statistics
  • Finance

Application Procedures

Online Application and $35 fee:

The online application has several components and gives you the opportunity to upload your résumé and essay, send recommendation requests to your references, and pay your $35 application fee.

You also have the option of e-mailing your resume and essay to us at a later time (gsb@whitworth.edu). In addition to submitting your application materials, you will meet with the program director to talk about your particular goals in obtaining an MBA.

GMAT/GRE:

Test Scores: Whitworth accepts both the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). All applicants are required to submit valid GMAT or GRE scores. Test scores are an important component of each application. You are encouraged to take the GMAT or GRE early in your MBA application process so that if you do not perform as well as you would like, you may retake the exam prior to your preferred start date.

    •Whitworth evening MBA GMAT code: 5LH-BF-55
    •Whitworth evening MBA GRE code: 4953

Resume

On your résumé, please include both work experience and, where applicable, service activities and recognitions.

We strongly recommend that MBA applicants have full-time work experience. The Admissions Committee is especially interested in the quality of an applicant’s professional skills as evidenced in her/his level of responsibility, leadership, supervision and teamwork. The committee also considers the relevance of these skills both to the applicant's intended course of study at Whitworth and to the career goals as stated in the essays.

Service, activities and recognition, such as public, community or military service, travel experiences, extracurricular activities, and any honors or recognitions received are all important indicators of an applicant's motivation and character. The most appropriate place to include this information is on your résumé. The accompanying essays may also be an appropriate place to discuss your personal background.

Recommendations:

Recommendations should come from individuals who have a superior working knowledge of the applicant, should be professional in nature, and should speak to the applicant's professional work, qualities, career potential and likelihood of success in the classroom.

Recommendations are completed via an online recommendation request sent directly to each reference once you begin the application process.

Transcripts:

Though a student’s GPA is reviewed for probability of academic success, we understand that undergraduate GPAs, particularly those from several years ago, may not reflect current ability or commitment to academic success.

Order official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities previously attended; have them sent directly to:

Whitworth University, Graduate Admissions
300 W. Hawthorne Rd.
Spokane, WA 99251
Prerequisites:

Whitworth’s MBA program requires prior coursework or equivalent work experience in key functional areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and statistics. If applicants do not have the necessary background, Whitworth offers several online and self-paced completion methods to satisfy these requirements.

Personal Essay:

The essay is a critical component for assessing an applicant’s motivation for attending Whitworth’s evening MBA program; it sums up the applicant’s background and goals, as well as his/her communication and presentation skills. In your essay, you are asked to respond to three particular questions: Why Whitworth? Why an MBA? Why now? Your essay should be no longer than one page, single-spaced, or approximately 600 words. A strong essay will convey careful research on Whitworth and enthusiasm for the program.

Non-U.S. Citizens must also include the following:
  • TOEFL and/or IELTS Tests

    Whitworth requires the TOEFL or IELTS exam for all international applicants unless the applicant acquired her/his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. or a country where the official language is English. A score of 88 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered the minimum for admission to Whitworth University. Test scores must be sent directly to Whitworth.

    For the TOEFL, an official score report must be sent directly to the MBA office at Whitworth University ( 300 W Hawthorne, Spokane, WA 99251), from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Whitworth’s institution code is 4593. To learn more about TOEFL or to request your score, contact ETS at: www.ets.org.
  • Student Financial Statement

A detailed International Student Financial Statement form with supporting verification documents must be provided to the Whitworth Office of International Admissions. Submit documents to gsb@whitworth.edu. In compliance with U.S. Immigration Service requirements, your documents must show evidence of adequate available financial resources to attend Whitworth and the MBA program.

An affidavit of financial support is required from students whose financial resources are supplemented to any degree by someone other than themselves. Use INS form I-134 for sponsors from the US.

  • University transcript and degree requirements

All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Requirements for admission include an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. International applicants with diplomas from non-English-speaking universities may be required to provide a professional credential evaluation of their university transcripts. To obtain a professional credential evaluation, submit official transcripts and/or documentation of degree earned to:

World Education Services
http://www.wes.org/application/apply_now.asp
If you have any questions, contact WES at:
U.S.A. Telephone/FAX 212-966-6311; e-mail online: www.wes.org/contact

Please choose the "Document by Document" service. All transcripts and evaluations should be forwarded to Whitworth University.

Non-degree-seeking students may be asked to meet the same requirements expected of degree candidates. Class enrollment is on a space-available basis, giving priority to degree-seeking students. Non-matriculating students are generally limited to six credits in the MIM or MBA program before being expected to apply for admission.

International Students: In some cases, additional English-language study may be recommended, although such coursework does not apply toward the MBA or MBA in IM degree.

Academic Policies

Academic Standards:
  1. Documentation of experience will be required of anyone petitioning to substitute experience for prerequisites.
  2. To be considered a full-time student in the MBA or MBA in IM programs, a student must complete at least six credits within the academic semester at the university. International students are required to be enrolled for each module to maintain full-time status in compliance with immigration guidelines.
  3. A student may apply six semester credits of MBA or MBA in IM coursework taken as a non-degree enrollee for completion of the degree. After completion of at least two courses with non-degree status, the student is encouraged to submit a formal application for degree standing.
Registration:
  1. Registration every semester is based on a program plan that each student will pursue following admission into his or her program. 
  2. A student who officially drops or withdraws from classes during the course of the term is eligible for an adjustment of charges as follows:
    • First week:      100 percent
    • Second week:   80 percent
  3. No refunds are given after the third week of class. If you receive a 100-percent refund and have already received the books for the course, you will be responsible for paying back the cost of the books.
Features of the GSB Programs:
  • Unique one or two year program.
  • Courses taught by Whitworth faculty and area business professionals.
  • Textbooks included in tuition.
  • Prepares students with a range of managerial and financial competencies required by today’s employers.
  • Small, evening seminar-style classes. 
  • Foreign language instruction is offered in small groups focusing on business vocabulary at advanced levels.

MBA Degree Requirements (38)

MB 501Organizational Behavior and Leadership3
MB 502Managerial Economics2
MB 505Managerial Accounting3
MB 506Business and Organizational Ethics2
MB 510Corporate Finance I2
MB 513Operations and Project Management3
MB 514Corporate Finance II2
MB 517Managerial Statistics and Decision Models3
MB 518Intercultural Business Communications2
MB 521Political Environments for Business2
MB 522International Economics2
MB 525International Transactional Law3
MB 526Integrated Marketing Strategies2
MB 529Global Strategic Management3
MB 530Entrepreneurship Business Plan Development2
MB 535International Human Resource Management2

 

MBA in International Management Degree Requirements (47)

MB 501Organizational Behavior and Leadership3
MB 502Managerial Economics2
MB 505Managerial Accounting3
MB 506Business and Organizational Ethics2
MB 510Corporate Finance I2
MB 513Operations and Project Management3
MB 514Corporate Finance II2
MB 517Managerial Statistics and Decision Models3
MB 518Intercultural Business Communications2
MB 521Political Environments for Business2
MB 522International Economics2
MB 525International Transactional Law3
MB 526Integrated Marketing Strategies2
MB 529Global Strategic Management3
MB 530Entrepreneurship Business Plan Development2
MB 535International Human Resource Management2
IM 540-545 (Foreign Language for Managers)9

Business Administration Courses

MB 501 Organizational Behavior and Leadership3
This course includes practical issues of leadership and management in the context of different cultures. Topics include leadership dynamics, group motivation, architecture of organizations, and comparative management techniques based on the patterns of organizational behavior in the U.S. and other countries.
MB 502 Managerial Economics2
This course surveys the fundamental principles of microeconomics and illustrates how these principles apply to managerial decision-making. It analyzes how firms make decisions based on their profit potential. Case studies and other applications to real-world industries are key elements of the course.
MB 505 Managerial Accounting3
This course will focus on managerial decision-making and internal reporting using accounting information and various analytical tools. Current issues in managerial accounting as well as case analysis will be integral components of this course.
MB 506 Business and Organizational Ethics2
This course explores ethical implications of practices in modern and traditional societies. Value issues relating to compensation, advertising and sales, quality control, environmental standards, community involvement and philanthropy, truthfulness and censorship are emphasized.
MB 510 Corporate Finance I2
This course covers corporate capital structures, including weighted-average cost of capital and its effect on net present value, internal rate of return and other capital budgeting tools. Other topics will include basic corporate treasury operations: financing instruments, cash management, executive compensation, corporate dividend policies, repurchases of stock/debt, and dealing with rating agencies.
MB 513 Operations and Project Management3
This course covers some of the basic issues related to and a tool used for managing projects in organizations and provides the opportunity for a real-world application of the tools and concepts comprising project management. Topics covered in this course range from operations strategy, process planning and analysis, quality management, supply chain management, service profit chain, forecasting, and logistics management. Students will develop an understanding of the strategic importance of operations and how operations can provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
MB 514 Corporate Finance II2
Topics to be covered in this course are the financial effects and outcomes of mergers and acquisitions (including dilution), managing foreign currency operations, hedging, IPOs, private equity funding, bankruptcy, taxation, and venture capital markets. Prerequisite: MB-510.
MB 517 Managerial Statistics and Decision Models3
This special topics course offers an examination of the role of research in managerial and organizational planning and decision-making, including various research approaches and designs. Methodologies, techniques, and examples that aid in sound strategic management practices will be reviewed.
MB 518 Intercultural Business Communications2
This course is designed to fine-tune skills in communication within the culture of international business. Exploration of the meaning of "culture" and practical strategies on how to communicate and work more effectively with people from other cultures is emphasized.
MB 521 Political Environments for Business2
Study of the structure of domestic and international political, economic and legal systems important to analyzing country and political risk for business.
MB 522 International Economics2
Theory and comparative study of economic growth and development in third-world countries; roles of government, private sector, non-government organizations and international agencies in economic development; practical training in project evaluation.
MB 525 International Transactional Law3
Development of a working and conceptual knowledge of international law. Includes relevant ethical, moral, social and political issues.
MB 526 Integrated Marketing Strategies2
Managerial marketing concepts applied in industrialized countries. Global marketing activities related to both strategic and tactical solutions. Consideration of initial entry phase to expansion and global rationalization for both large and small entities. Class interaction will occur through market/product analysis projects and case studies.
MB 529 Global Strategic Management3
This capstone course focuses on case studies, simulations, and lecture/presentations to help understand the changing dynamics of strategy. Implementation for large and small business entities will be examined. The balance of global scale efficiency, target market responsiveness, and worldwide innovation will be analyzed.
MB 530 Entrepreneurship Business Plan Development2
A practical experience whereby students develop business plans for existing and new businesses.
MB 535 International Human Resource Management2
This course provides an extensive understanding of the factors underlying human resource management. Emphasis is placed on the impact of international changes and trends that will affect human resource practices. Topic areas include multi-national organization considerations for planning, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation and union/management relations.
MB 590 Internship1-4
Overseas or local internships are arranged through a student advisor.
MB 591 Independent Study1-4
MB 592 Foreign Study/Exchange1-17
MB 596 Topics in Graduate Studies1-3
Selected topics for Graduate Studies in Business.

International Management Courses

IM 540 Elementary Language for Managers I2
Specialized language course give attention to business and professional vocabulary and emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Business projects in the target language will be assigned. Placement test determines language level and section number.
IM 541 Elementary Language for Managers II1
Specialized language course give attention to business and professional vocabulary and emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Business projects in the target language will be assigned. Placement test determines language level and section number.
IM 542 Intermediate Language for Managers I2
Specialized language course give attention to business and professional vocabulary and emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Business projects in the target language will be assigned. Placement test determines language level and section number.
IM 543 Intermediate Language for Managers II1
Specialized language course give attention to business and professional vocabulary and emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Business projects in the target language will be assigned. Placement test determines language level and section number.
IM 544 Advanced Language for Managers I2
Specialized language course give attention to business and professional vocabulary and emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Business projects in the target language will be assigned. Placement test determines language level and section number.
IM 545 Advanced Language for Managers II1
Specialized language course give attention to business and professional vocabulary and emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Business projects in the target language will be assigned. Placement test determines language level and section number.
IM 581 International Business Abroad3
International studies in business are arranged through a student advisor.
IM 590 Internship2-4
Overseas or local internships are arranged through a student advisor.
IM 591 Independent Study1-3
IM 595 Teaching Assistant1-3
IM 596 Topics in Global Management1-3
Selected topics for Graduate Studies in Business.
Dean

TIM WILKINSON

Director

JOHN HENGESH

Assistant Director

TATE WHITE