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Prospective MBA Student FAQ
  • Where are classes for the Capital MBA held?

    The Capital MBA takes place in the ivy-covered walls of Capital University's Bexley campus. Ample parking is just steps away.

    How do I apply to the Capital MBA?

    The application form is available online.  

    What does the admission committee consider?

    The admission committee considers the entire portfolio that a candidate brings to the table. Each component is important. We consider your work experience, your undergraduate experience, your references, your essay and your GMAT score. All of these factors are weighed in our decision. Active, outcomes-based learning depends upon having the right mix of people in the classroom.

    Do I have to take the GMAT?

    The GMAT exam is one way for the admission committee to assess your ability to succeed in the Capital MBA. We want to ensure that all students have the capability to succeed in the program and beyond. The GMAT provides us with a sense of your quantitative and verbal skills. Unless you have already earned an M.D. or a Ph.D. then we need your GMAT score to complete our admission decision. (FYI: If you have already taken the GRE within the past five years, please contact us before you make plans to take the GMAT.)

    My undergraduate performance doesn’t illustrate my potential. How much will it hurt me?

    Not everyone does well as an undergraduate. Perhaps you were focused on a sport. Perhaps the independence of college life was exhilarating. Whatever the reason, do not worry. Your undergraduate experience is only one piece of the puzzle.

    Do I have to have an interview?

    Interviews are not required but are encouraged. An interview allows you an opportunity to let us know more about you while you learn more about us. The “fit” between a student and a program is very important. Contact Carli Isgrigg, assistant director of Adult and Graduate Education Recruitment (614-236-6546 or to arrange an interview.

    When will I know your admission decision?

    One of the advantages of a small university is that the admissions process is quick. Once we have all the components of your application we can usually make a decision within 48 hours.

    How long will it take for me to finish the degree?

    The answer to this question depends upon you! However, most Capital MBA students complete their coursework in approximately two calendar years. In order to accomplish this goal, you must take two courses almost every trimester. You may take up to five years to complete the core program.

    What core classes will be offered next term?

    Every core (required) course is offered every single term. In the fall and the spring trimesters each course is always offered the same evening. For example, MBA 710 is offered on Thursday night every fall and spring trimester. It is also offered every summer, alternating between the first and second half of the term.

    I'm confused by the summer trimester, can you explain that?

    In response to many students' desire to continue their education over the summer, but still have time for a vacation, we have implemented a "split" summer trimester. Core classes meet twice a week (rather than once a week) for seven weeks (rather than 14 or 15 weeks). This allows you to take off half the summer, if you want. If you prefer to "power" through, you can take two core courses and one or two electives (just like fall and spring semester).

    What electives will be offered next term?

    The electives vary each semester. We try to offer a few electives for each focus area each term. Some electives are offered regularly; others depend upon market demand and instructor availability. One way to get a sense of which electives might be offered the next term is to look at that semester for the previous year; however, there is no guarantee that we will offer the same electives. You also may want to talk with classmates about instructors or electives they particularly liked. If there is demand for an elective, even if it is not scheduled, we may add it. Do not delay in registering. Sometimes electives are canceled due to low enrollment.

    Do I have to take all of my core courses before I take an elective?

    No. While some electives may have a required prerequisite, many may be taken at any time. We encourage you to take an elective that interests you when its available, as we can not guarantee when it will be offered again.

    Will my CPCU credits count toward my MBA?

    Yes. Credits earned from the CPCU exam prep classes can be used to fulfill the elective credit requirement as part of the MBA curriculum.

    If I already have a CPA, is there any educational benefit or credit waiver for having this credential?

    CPAs in the Capital MBA program are able to be waived from taking the core class in Accounting (MBA 614). In its place you are able to take three additional elective credits in an area that interests you most. This could also reduce the total number of credit hours required to obtain a dual specialization within the Capital MBA program.

    Is Capital's MBA program accredited?

    The School of Management and Leadership's degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is the leading accreditation association for business education that supports and rewards teaching excellence.  The ACBSP's rigorous accreditation standards are aligned with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and require demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement. The School of Management is also a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.