Five-Year Combined B.S./M.B.A.
Combined B.S./M.B.A. degrees are available for currently-enrolled Caldwell University School of Business and Computer Science undergraduate students who are pursuing a business degree. Those students who have achieved junior status (60+ credits) and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 may request admission into the 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 (BU 520 Advanced Business Strategy and BU 537 Financial Management OR BU 525 Advanced Auditing) can be taken during the fourth year. BU 420 Ethical Business Strategy and BU 337 Principles of Finance or BU 325 Auditing core business undergraduate courses, respectively, required for a Bachelor’s degree in the School of Business and Computer Science will be substituted with the applicable upper level graduate courses. These six credits for graduate-level courses may fulfill both the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree and fulfill 6 credits worth of the MBA program requirements. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, the student will exclusively complete the remaining 27 credits of MBA required coursework.
- Junior status by completing a minimum of 90 credit hours and an overall GPA of 3.0 in a declared School of Business and Computer Science major.
- Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of business courses at Caldwell University with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in those courses.
- A reference from School of Business and Computer Science faculty member
- Substantial work experience will be waived for current undergraduate candidates.
M.B.A. program graduates of the university will exhibit proficiency in managing a range of representative business problems and challenges which reflect contemporary global business practices. Our students will be proficient in essential business subjects (accounting, finance, global business, legal and social environment of business, marketing, management, ethics, information systems and business policy) and will be proficient in oral presentations, written communications and IT skills. They will also be able to address real-world business problems with ethical sensitivity and welldeveloped critical thinking and problem solving skills.
In pursuit of this objective, every student is required to take the capstone Integrated Strategic Management Seminar. This course is designed to integrate the skills and academic knowledge covered by students in all their prior graduate business courses. Therefore, the outcomes goal of the program and the Integrated Strategic Management Seminar course will be that our M.B.A. graduates exhibit the following:
- Advanced knowledge of the functional areas of business
- Analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for effective strategic and tactical decision-making
- The ability to comprehend business challenges from the perspective of an upper level executive
- Effective communication skills at the upper executive level in the modern corporation, including proficiency in presentations, and written and verbal expression
The effectiveness of our program in meeting these objectives will be monitored by an annual outcomes assessment report prepared jointly by the Division Associate Dean and the faculty member(s) who has (have) taught the capstone Integrated Strategic Management Seminar capstone course. This written report will be submitted to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Director of Graduate Studies and the Office of Institutional Research. In addition, this report will also be circulated to all full-time business faculty members for review. At a subsequent meeting of the School (early in the following academic year) the outcomes assessment report will be discussed in detail and the School will develop a plan to address any shortcomings in the outcomes. Depending on the nature of these shortcomings (if any) the School will formulate changes in curricula with a view to improvement.