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Frequently asked questions

To be admitted to the program, you must have a bachelors degree from a regionally-accredited institution. Additional qualifications include a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last half of the bachelors degree and a recommended four years of strong work experience. Applicants who are on a management track will also be considered. 

Yes, if you choose the 24-month MBA, evening classes meet online once per week for six sessions per course, which permit you to be a full-time student while continuing full-time employment. 

The program consists of 12 courses and can be completed in 12 months by completing two courses at a time for 12 months. Plan on 15-20 hours of homework per week during the school year.

The curriculum is current, integrative and takes a comprehensive approach to management using courses especially designed to take advantage of the contributions that adult students bring to the classroom.

The MBA program emphasizes understanding the nature of the managerial role and analyzing broad societal trends related to the world of business. Students also develop skills in data analysis and financial literacy.

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The strengths of the MAOM program include an emphasis on understanding the nature of the managerial role, analyzing broad societal trends related to the world of business and developing an individual work related research project. 

MAOM students examine carefully the roles organizations play in an era of rapid and global change. In the process, students increase their capacity for imaginative, productive and strategic managing.

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A cohort-based MBA class is scheduled to begin annually in August. However, students are welcome to join a cohort at the beginning of any new course, which begins every six weeks during the academic year. For the 22-month MBA, classes meet online one night a week from 6-9 p.m. The 12-month MBA classes meet online two nights a week, 6-9 p.m.

All students should have access to a computer and a high-quality webcam. There are technology facilities on campus that can be used by students if they do not have one of their own. Students will also need access to appropriate word processing software, the Internet and a quiet space to participate in the synchronous courses.

Our programs can be completed from anywhere with a consistent Internet connection as all of our courses are offered through online virtual classroom.

Bluffton holds a certificate of authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents to confer the degrees of master of business administration and the master of arts in organizational management at Bluffton University.  Bluffton is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

Our program representative can explain the application procedure in more detail, but in summary, you must submit:

  • Completed application;
  • Official transcript from institution granting bachelor's degree 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume