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    Note: The following Academic Policies apply to all students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. They are subject to revision by the faculty of the School of Management and Leadership.

    Enrollment, Courses and Graduation

    1. MBA students may consult with the MBA Director or the Assistant Director of Adult and Graduate Education Recruiting for MBA regarding any enrollment, matriculation or graduation questions
    2. MBA students must complete MBA Essentials (MBA 500) before taking any foundation courses.
    3. Six-hundred (600) level courses should be followed by the seven-hundred (700) level and then the Advanced Topics eight-hundred (800) level courses. The MBA nine-hundred (900) level Business Policy course should be completed in the last trimester of registration.
    4. Students must complete all degree requirements within five academic years.
    5. When circumstances prevent the student from completing required grading instruments before the end of the trimester, the instructor may assign the grade of I (incomplete). The incomplete grade must be resolved within the following trimester; otherwise the officially recorded grade becomes F. Student should consult the instructor regarding the policy for assigning the grade of I.
    6. Full time graduate study in the MBA Program is six or more credit hours of course work.
    7. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all course work is required for graduation.The grading scale for MBA courses is the following. Quality points are noted in parentheses.
      • A (4.00)
      • A- (3.67)
      • B+ (3.33)
      • B (3.00)
      • B- (2.67)
      • C+ (2.33)
      • C (2.00)
      • C- (1.67)
      • D+ (1.33)
      • D (1.00)
      • I/F/W (0.00)

    Transfer Credits

    1. A maximum of nine graduate credit hours completed in the past seven years may be transferred to Capital.
    2. Students may transfer foundation course credits only. In order for a foundation course to be transferred in, there must be an equivalent Capital MBA course(s) for the course(s) to be transferred. Frequently, students will be asked to supply a course syllabus for faculty approval prior to the granting of transfer credit.
    3. Before undertaking graduate course work at another institution, the students should seek approval from the MBA Director.
    4. The number of credits accepted in transfer for a course is equal to the number of credits that the equivalent Capital MBA course carries. The number of credits accepted in transfer is not necessarily equal to the number of credits earned. When there is a difference between the number of credits earned and the number accepted in transfer, it may be necessary to take additional course(s) in order to satisfy the graduation requirements of 36 credit hours of course work.
    5. Credit accepted in transfer is expressed in semester credit hours. Note the following equivalency between quarter and semester credit hours.
    Quarter Credit Hours Equivalent Semester Hours
    1 2/3
    2 1 1/3
    3 2
    4 2 2/3
    5 3 1/3

    Dropping a class

    1. It is the student's responsibility to file an official drop/withdrawal from a course(s). Forms may be obtained from the Director of the MBA Enrollment and Student Services (236-6538).
    2. The 100% refund of paid tuition is available to students who officially drop an MBA course on or before the first day of the trimester. Thereafter, the amount that is refunded is less than the amount paid. The Refund schedule is available from the Finance Office (236-6216) andindicates the percent to be returned. No refund is given for withdrawal after the sixth week of instruction.
    3. When a course is officially dropped, the notation of W is noted on the transcript. If a student drops a class during the first week of the term, the notation of W will not appear.
    4. The last day to officially withdraw from a course is prior to the last meeting date.
    5. When an MBA student registers for an MBA course, attends at least one class and thereafter stops attending and does not officially drop/withdraw from the course, the course is noted with the grade of FX on the transcript.
    6. There is no repeat grade (R) for MBA courses.

    Academic Standing

    A grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation.

    Repeating courses – the MBA Director representing the faculty may ask any student whose GPA falls below a B average in the MBA foundation curriculum to repeat courses selectively. A student who earns a D in a foundation course will be asked to repeat the course. Students may not repeat the courses in which they received a grade of B or better, or any other course without faculty approval.

    Letter of Concern: Student fails to achieve a semester 3.0 GPA (but cumulative GPA remains above 3.0). The student receives a letter of concern from the MBA Director.

    Probation: Student fails to achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA

    The student receives a letter notifying them of their probationary status from the MBA Director.

    Suspension: Student fails to achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA a second time and has not shown significant academic progress (a semester GPA of at least 3.0). A student can also be suspended if they display a pattern of academic indifference and lack of academic achievement. The student receives a letter notifying them of their suspension from the MBA Director Student will be required to remain out of school for one full semester.

    Dismissal: Following suspension from and reinstatement to the university, the student fails to achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA and shows no sign of significant academic progress. Academic progress is defined as a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher. A student can also be dismissed if they display a fundamental lack of ability or motivation to achieve a master's degree.

    The student receives a letter notifying them of their dismissal from the MBA Director.


    1. The application for graduation must be completed and submitted to the university Registrar’s Office through WebAdvisor two semesters prior to your anticipated graduation. Contact your academic advisor or the Director of Graduate Student Services at (614) 236-6538 with questions.
    2. Participation in the University Spring Commencement Ceremony is available to MBA students who complete degree requirements before the cutoff date established by the University.
    3. Eligibility for graduation consists of the following:
      • Completion of the MBA 500 Essentials course, the nine required foundation courses (MBA 611, 612, 613, 614, 710, 720, 730,740 and 900) and the Advanced Topics course (MBA 800 level).
      • The cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or higher. A grade of B or higher is required for all Foundation courses.
      • A student who earns a D in a foundation course will be asked to repeat the course.
      • Incomplete grade(s) must be resolved by completing the requirements of the course(s).
      • All financial obligations have been met.
      • Graduation “With Distinction” is noted for students who completed all course work with a grade point average of 3.75 or better.
      • Graduation “With Highest Distinction” is noted for students who have completed all course work with a grade point average of 4.0

    Related Matters

    Students may take a semester off without withdrawing, but should submit a leave of absence form to the Adult & Graduate Education Office.  However, if a student has not been enrolled for more than one semester then s/he must formally reapply to the program. Request for readmission to the MBA program should be directed to the MBA Director. If a student would like to withdraw from the University please submit a withdrawal form to the Adult & Graduate Education Office. Use, in part or in full, of the work, ideas or writing of another without credit is considered plagiarism and is subject to disciplinary action.

    Consulting material(s) is the preparation of a grading instrument that is (are) not allowed by the course instructor is considered a serious violation. In this situation, the instructor may assign a grade of F for the instrument and for the course.

    Students may appeal or dispute grades and other actions by instructors or administrators of the MBA program. In the case of grade dispute or related course matters, the appeal begins with the course instructor. If the matter is not resolved there, student may make an appeal to the MBA Director.