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  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 Graduate Catalog

Master of Business Administration


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The University of North Georgia (UNG) Cottrell Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a cohort program with approximately 20 to 25 students starting each August. The graduate program is organized to be completed in 21–24 months. Additional course work prior to the start of the Cottrell MBA program may be necessary for students with non-business undergraduate degrees.

The Cottrell MBA is a part-time graduate program offered both at the Cumming campus and at the Gainesville campus with required classes that meet two nights per week. Students carry six semester hours during both the fall and spring semesters and no more than nine semester hours during the summer. 

The Cottrell MBA program offers both a MBA and a MBA with specialization. The MBA enhances essential skills and knowledge required of managers in organizations today, and the MBA with specialization provides specialized skills and knowledge in a specific area of business. Students can choose either a MBA or a MBA with specialization after they are admitted to the program.

Cottrell MBA selects a cohort of students with a diverse work background and educational experience. Early application is recommended since initial acceptance notification can occur as early as the fall semester prior to program start date in August.

Graduate Admissions Procedures

Application materials may be obtained from Graduate Admissions or from the Cottrell MBA website www.ung.edu/mba. Applicants must pay a one-time, non-refundable application fee, and admission requirements are listed below. When all application materials have been received by Graduate Admissions, notification will be sent to the applicant and a copy of all materials will be forwarded to the program. Upon review, a letter from the Cottrell MBA program will be sent to the applicant verifying acceptance or denial, conditional on verification of authenticity of all application materials by Graduate Admissions. Once application materials have been authenticated, the candidate will receive an official admission letter from the program.

Students who are admitted, but do not enroll with the cohort must reapply to the program by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions for readmission. Students who were previously enrolled but have not been in attendance within the last three semesters must also reapply to the program by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions for readmission. All documents and materials submitted to fulfill the application requirements for entry to a program at UNG become the property of the university and will not be returned. Materials are kept for one year for incomplete application files and for three years for completed application files.

Cottrell MBA Admission Eligibility

  1. Bachelor’s degree in business from a college or university with separate accreditation for the business program (AACSB or ACBSP).
  2. Bachelor’s degree (non-business) from a regionally accredited college or university.

Transcripts of non-business degree applicants will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Applicants who are deficient in one or more foundation content areas will be considered for admission to the Cottrell MBA with Foundations. Abbreviated foundation courses are available for such students to complete prior to full admission status. Once students successfully complete their required foundation courses, they will be enrolled in the next available cohort.

Evaluation of Credit for Meeting Foundation Requirements

The Cottrell MBA academic advisor will evaluate students’ prior academic credit for meeting the following foundation content requirements:

  • Accounting Concepts [Financial and Managerial Accounting]
  • Understanding Corporate Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Economics [Macro and Micro Economics]
  • Business Math and Statistics

If their prior credit is deficient, students must complete required foundation courses with a minimum grade of C. The Cottrell MBA Director may grant exceptions to this requirement based on the applicant’s professional history.

An official admission letter for Cottrell MBA with Foundations will indicate foundation requirements that must be satisfied prior to starting the program. The Cottrell MBA Director will meet with each student individually to address options for completing foundation requirements.

Cottrell MBA Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate Admissions application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Attendance at a Cottrell MBA information session or other approved meeting with the Cottrell MBA Director or person designated by the Cottrell MBA Director.
  4. Official scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE), or evidence of a graduate degree. Only test scores that are less than six years old will be considered.
  5. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Official international transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
  6. Resume.
  7. Two letters of recommendations from professionals familiar with your work, e.g. current or past supervisors or managers.
  8. Minimum of two years of professional work experience. This professional experience can be removed as long as applicants have a minimum of 500 GMAT score.
  9. Proof of lawful presence in the United States, if applying for in-state tuition.

There are five types of admission to the Cottrell MBA program:

  • Regular Admission
  • Modified Admission
  • Provisional Admission
  • Regular with Foundations Admission [includes foundation requirements]
  • Modified with Foundations Admission [includes foundation requirements]

Applicants’ grade point averages, GMAT or GRE scores, and work experience are used to select applicants for admission to the Cottrell MBA program.

  Admission to Cottrell MBA with Foundations Program Admission to Cottrell MBA Program
Regular Students without a degree in Business but have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students with a degree in Business from a university with separate accreditation for business who supply all necessary application materials and who meet cohort requirements.
Irregular Same as above but without GMAT or GRE scores. Same as above but without GMAT or GRE scores.
Provisional No provisional status for Cottrell MBA with Foundations is available. Students who have the potential to be successful in the Cottrell MBA program, but do not meet cohort requirements.

Irregular Admission

Students admitted under an irregular admission may register for no more than a total of six hours of graduate credit. Irregularly admitted students should schedule an appointment with the Cottrell MBA academic advisor for individual advisement. Student status will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission upon receipt of official GMAT or GRE scores. Scores must be received prior to the first day of the term for which review of admission status is to be conducted.

Students admitted under the irregular option are not eligible for financial aid.

Provisional Admission

Students admitted provisionally may register for no more than a total of six semester hours of graduate credit. Provisionally admitted students should schedule an appointment with the Cottrell MBA academic advisor for individual advisement. Student status will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of six semester hours. Provisionally admitted students who earn a grade of C or lower in any Cottrell MBA course taken during the provisional period will not be allowed to continue in the program. A student who has been removed because of a deficient grade may petition by letter to the Dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business for readmission as a provisional student in the next available cohort.

Provisionally admitted students are not eligible for financial aid. 

Transient Student Admission

An individual currently enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student. Transient students may only enroll in MBA elective courses. These are typically offered summer semesters. Individuals must receive pre-approval from the Cottrell MBA Director before enrolling in courses. Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.

The following documents must be received prior to admission:

  1. Graduate Admissions application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at the student’s home institution. The letter or form should state that the student is in good standing and should indicate the course(s) the student is allowed to take at UNG.
  4. Proof of lawful presence in the United States, if applying for in-state tuition.

Transient admission is for one semester only. An individual who wishes to return to UNG as a transient student for a subsequent semester must reapply to Graduate Admissions.

Admissions Requirements for International Students Non-Native English Speakers

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum acceptable scores on the TOEFL are 550 on the paper version; 213 on the computer version; 79 on the Internet version; or 6.5 on the IELTS. This language proficiency requirement is waived for applicants who have received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from institutions in countries where English is the primary language.

International students who are required to enroll in more than six semester hours per semester or who are not allowed to work are not eligible for the Cottrell MBA program.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. An appeal must be made in written form to the Cottrell MBA Program, Mike Cottrell College of Business, University of North Georgia. (Check the Cottrell MBA website for the address). The letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal. Students whose appeals are accepted will be admitted provisionally and are not eligible for financial aid while enrolled with this status. Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Cottrell MBA Transfer Residency Requirement

To be awarded the MBA degree, students are expected to take all course work as part of the Cottrell MBA cohort and must earn a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate degree requirements in residence. The Cottrell MBA Director and the Dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business must approve all transfer credit. Transfer credit will be evaluated for use only in meeting elective credit in the Cottrell MBA program at the 6000-level. Transfer credit will not be given for any course in which a grade of less than a B was earned. All credits presented for the MBA degree must have been earned within six years of the date of graduation from the Cottrell MBA program.

Cottrell MBA Academic Policies

Satisfactory Progress

Cottrell MBA students progress through the Cottrell MBA program of study as long as no more than one grade is below a B and the final grade point average in the program is at least a 3.0. Students who earn a second C in the program will be withdrawn. The student may apply to Graduate Admissions for readmission as part of a later cohort. 

If a student withdraws from a course during fall or spring, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program with the current cohort. The student may apply to Graduate Admissions for readmission as part of a later cohort.

Incomplete Grades

The Cottrell MBA program adheres to the uniform grading system in the Academic Information  section of the Graduate Catalog. Grades of Incomplete are only allowed for non-academic reasons and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. No degree will be conferred on a student who has an unresolved Incomplete grade remaining on his/her transcript. 

Academic Standing Policy

Cottrell MBA students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory will be subject to the following:

  1. Probation — Student will be placed on probation if his or her grade point average falls below 3.0. No student may be a candidate for the degree while on probation. Probation will be removed when the student’s grade point average reaches 3.0 or higher. Students who are on probation may not register until advised.
     
  2. Suspension — A student will be placed on suspension for any of the following reasons: 1) student earns two grades of C or lower in any Cottrell MBA course, or 2) student has already served three consecutive semesters on academic probation. No student may enroll in graduate courses at UNG while on suspension. Courses taken at another institution during the period of suspension will not be recognized for transfer credit. If suspended, a student must apply to Graduate Admissions for readmission to the program by submitting to Graduate Admissions a new application and a letter addressed to the Dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business outlining a rationale for readmission. The student may petition for readmission as a probationary student to the next available cohort. The student will be readmitted only upon approval of the Dean and the Cottrell MBA Director.

Academic and Professional Integrity Policy

At the end of each semester, faculty or the Cottrell MBA Director may intervene to establish a plan of action for any student in the Cottrell MBA program whose competency is in question, for reasons including unprofessional, disruptive, or unethical behavior in the classroom or applied setting. The plan should be signed by the student and the Cottrell MBA Director with copies forwarded to the Dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

Academic Integrity

The University of North Georgia recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic functioning of the university. UNG graduate students are expected to uphold the university regulations addressed in the Student Code of Conduct, Article 3, Rule 2.

Professional Integrity

The Cottrell MBA adheres to the university’s definition of professional integrity as described in the Academic Information  portion of the Graduate Catalog.

Technology

The campus for the Cottrell MBA is equipped with wireless access. Although not required for all class sessions, students are expected to provide and maintain their own laptop computer. Most assignments can be completed using a computer word processor, e.g., Microsoft Office 2013, on a Windows platform.

Work Expectations

A minimum of two years of professional work experience, subsequent to receiving a bachelor’s degree, is required prior to being admitted in the Cottrell MBA program. This work experience may be removed for applicants who have a minimum of 500 GMAT score. An applicant who has extensive professional experience prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree may be granted admission at the discretion of the Cottrell MBA Director. While enrolled in the Cottrell MBA program, all students are expected to be employed full time. Class engagement and course assignments expect students to draw from experiences in their current workplace.

Cottrell MBA Degree Requirements

Graduation requirements for Cottrell MBA students include:

  1. Completion of designated semester hours of study. MBA graduates must complete 26 semester hours of designated core courses and 6 additional semester hours of electives. Graduates of the MBA with specialization must complete 26 semester hours of designated core courses and 9 additional semester hours of course provided for the specialization.
  2. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (a maximum of one C) with no grade of less than a C.
  3. Completion of at least 26 semester hours of graduate degree requirements in residence.
  4. Completion of all degree-related course requirements, including transfer credit, within a six-year period.

MBA Core Courses - 26 Required Hours


Elective Courses: 6 hours MBA, 9 hours MBA with specialization


Electives are not presently offered during fall and spring semesters. Students can complete summer electives (offering vary on an annual basis) to meet their total credit hour requirements: either 32 semester hours for the MBA, or 35 hours for the MBA with specialization.  Specializations require 9 hours of predetermined electives.

Cottrell MBA Specializations


The Cottrell MBA offers optional specializations for its graduates. Specializations consist of nine predetermined credit hours that target specific business fields important to the North Georgia region. The nine credit hours are taught as three summer electives in addition to the MBA’s 26 hours of core curriculum. Specializations necessitate three additional credit hours for graduation. Specialization elective courses may include graduate certificate students as described in a subsequent section of this catalog.

The MCCB’s first specialization is Technology Leadership, which requires the following three electives:

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