Combined B.S./M.B.A

A combined B.S./M.B.A. is available for currently enrolled Caldwell University Division of Business Administration undergraduate students. This program can lead to completion of the M.B.A. in five years. When students have achieved junior status (60+ credits) and have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, they may request admission into a master’s program. Once admitted to the master’s program, the student takes a combination of undergraduate courses and graduate courses during the fourth year. Two graduate level courses (Advanced Business Strategy and Financial Management or Advanced Auditing) will be taken during the fourth year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The Business Strategy and Finance or Auditing core business undergraduate courses, respectively, required for a bachelor’s degree in the Business Division will be waived. These six credits for graduate level courses will count towards both the student’s 120 credit hours required for the undergraduate bachelor’s degree as well as towards the 39 credit hours required for the M.B.A. This is in addition to the three credits waived for undergraduate business majors (see “waivers” section above.) The bachelor’s degree will be awarded upon completion of the requirements for this degree. During the fifth year, assuming the student qualifies for one of the above waivers, he or she exclusively takes 30 credit hours of core and elective graduate courses required for the M.B.A.

Admissions RequirementsCredit hour Requirements

• Junior status by completing a minimum of 60 credit hours and an overall GPA of 3.0

• Declared business division major

• Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of business courses at Caldwell University with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in those courses

• A business administration division faculty member recommendation and sponsorship

• Submission of a graduate application

• Submission of a 200-300 word statement of objectives for entering the program

• The GMAT requirement will be WAIVED for successful applicants to the combined program



B.S.  Business Division Degree Credit Hour Requirement(includes 6 graduate credit hours*)

120 Credits

M.B.A. Foundation Course

6 Credits*

M.B.A.  Courses

39 Credits

Total Combined B.S./M.B.A. Degree Credit Hours



*The M.B.A.  Foundation(2) courses completed during the senior year apply to both B.S. and M.B.A.


In view of the changing business environment our students will face upon graduation and in keeping with the mission and values for which Caldwell College stands, students who graduate from our program will be proficient in business principles and practices in eleven essential business subjects (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Global Business, Legal and Social Environment of Business, Marketing, Management, Quantitative Business Analysis, Ethics, Information Systems, and Business Policy/Integrating Experience), and will be proficient in oral presentations, written communications, and information technology skills. They will also be able to address real-world business problems with ethical sensitivity and well-developed critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Several different methods will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and the success of the student, including the Major Field Test in Business and the successful completion of the Business program capstone course: Kapusinski Ethical Business Strategy.  The Kapusinski Ethical Business Strategy capstone course is an important requirement that all students must complete successfully.  In addition to integrating students’ knowledge of all the business functions, this course emphasizes the ethical dimensions of business problems by giving students methods to assist in making strategic and ethically-grounded decisions.  Other assessment measures may be used from time to time, including case studies, portfolio development, pre- and post-testing, and others upon review and analysis of actual student learning outcomes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Outcome 1 – Essential Business Topics

Students will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Finance
  • Information systems
  • International business
  • Legal and Social Environment of Business
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Policy and business strategy
  • Quantitative Business Analysis

Outcome 2 – Essential Business Skills

Students will develop and demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Oral presentation skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Information technology skills

Outcome 3 – Essential Business Interpersonal Skills

Students will demonstrate and enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills using an ethical framework to address and solve real-world problems.

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