Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Executive Master of Business Administration program provides a curriculum that will allow its graduates to perform effectively as top-level executives. The instructional activities coupled with the educational experiences found in the program provide students with skills that can be utilized in a wide variety of management positions and settings.

Through course work and experiences in this program, the student will be able to:

  1. enhance his or her skills in analyzing the global business industry's threats and opportunities;
  2. assess the durability of competition found in all industries;
  3. develop forecasting patterns as they relate to change within the markets found in all business concentrations;
  4. develop a business approach and understand the significance of the planning process as it relates to business changes;
  5. gain experience in applying the planning process framework to a variety of strategic settings found in the business environment; develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement business decisions at all levels of management; and
  6. experience the making of presentations of analyses of complex management problems and implement feasible strategies.

The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Program consists of twelve EMBA graduate-level courses taken over a nineteen-month schedule; one course will include an international component. The degree earned from the EMBA program is the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Students will enter the program as a cohort to complete the twelve required courses (36 semester hours). Students must have a minimum of five years management experience or five years in a private professional practice or five years experience as a business entrepreneur before entering the EMBA Program. Any student's graduate courses in business taken at another institution will not transfer into the EMBA Program at Wesleyan.

Applications will be accepted anytime during the year for the next scheduled class.

Admission requirements

1. A completed application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions, Office of the Director of the Graduate Business Program, Wesleyan College, and 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210-4462.

2. Each applicant must provide documentation of business ownership or employment in a management position for at least five years. Documentation must be provided by letter, on company letterhead, from the applicant's employer stating the applicant's position(s) within the company and length of employment. If the applicant has held employment in different companies, each company must document the position(s) held and the length of employment; the management experience entries must total at least five years. If the applicant is self-employed, three letters of support from individuals who know of the applicant's self-employment must be submitted. These letters must include the kind of business that the applicant owns and the length of time that the writers have known the applicant to be in business. Applicants may substitute some work experience with adequate performance on a nationally-normed graduate admission exam-GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, or other approved exam, as per the guidelines set by the Graduate Program Council. The Graduate Program Council must approve all candidates with insufficient professional experience. Such candidates should contact the director of the EMBA program or his/her representative to obtain EMBA admissions guidelines.

3. The applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited United States college or university. Degrees awarded by a foreign college or university will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The applicant must have completed degree requirements and submitted an official transcript from the institution from which a bachelor's degree was earned before attending the orientation or any EMBA classes.

4. The applicant whose native language is not English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. The minimum score acceptable is 550. Wesleyan College will also accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores, sponsored by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Students must score at least 6.0 on the IELTS, with no subscore lower than 5.0.

5. The applicant must submit the EMBA Recommendation Form which is available in the office of the director of the graduate business program.

6. An interview with each applicant will be conducted by the director or the director's representative as early in the application process as possible. Informing the applicant regarding his or her admission will be the responsibility of the director of the graduate business program.

Course Load. The student will enter the program with a cohort. A student starting with a cohort is expected to graduate with that same group. If for any valid reason (determined by the Graduate Council and the Provost of the College) a student temporarily leaves the group, the student, upon reinstatement, will be placed in a new cohort. Students who enroll in at least 6 credit hours during the program's specified period of enrollment will be considered full-time. Students who enroll in less than 6 credit hours during the program's specified period of enrollment will be considered part-time. Refer to the cohort calendar for periods of enrollment.

Withdrawal. Students in the Executive MBA Program should recognize that in a cohort-format program, withdrawal from a course is equivalent to withdrawal from a cohort. A student may withdraw from a course only in case of illness and emergency with the approval of the Graduate Council and the Provost of the College.

Advising. The director of the graduate business program will serve as the advisor for all EMBA students.

Grades. The following grades will be used in the EMBA program:

A = Superior (4 quality points)
B = Outstanding (3 quality points)
C = Passing (2 quality points)
F = Failing (0 quality points)
W= Withdrawal from a class (not computed in the grade point average)
I = Incomplete (not computed in the grade point average)

The grade of I is given only when a student has been absent from the final work in a course due to illness or other causes acceptable to the instructor and to the Provost of the College. Permission from the instructor and from the Provost of the College must be requested and given before an I may be recorded, following the same procedures as for undergraduate students. Instructors must remove I grades within six weeks from the last day of class for that course.


Complaints of an Academic Nature. Complaints of an academic nature, including grade appeals, will follow the same procedures as those outlined for undergraduate students, with the exception that appeals for a change in the final course grade must be initiated no later than five days after the final course grade is posted on the Wesleyan Portal (See "Grade Appeals" and "Complaints of an Academic Nature" in the College Catalogue).

Repeating Courses, Academic Suspension, and Academic Dismissal

1. A student may have a grade of "C" in no more than two courses in this program. Any student who receives more than two "C" grades or one "F" grade will be reviewed for continuance in the program and may be suspended or dismissed from the program.

2. A student who repeats the same course (in which a grade of "C" or "F" was earned) and cannot achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 after the repeat of the course will be academically dismissed from the program.

3. Students may not receive credit for graduate courses through course challenge or credit for prior learning

Academic Renewal. Academic Renewal is designed for graduate students who have withdrawn or who have been academically excluded from the College. A student is eligible for academic renewal upon a three-year absence from the College and after submitting an application for readmission to Wesleyan. Once accepted for readmission into the College, previous graduate courses attempted at Wesleyan with a "C" or better grade will be counted for credit, while all "F" grades will be forgiven. In order for the academic renewal policy to apply, the following criteria and considerations must be met: (1) Graduate courses with "F" grades must be repeated at Wesleyan College if they are required in the student's degree program. (2) The transcript of a student will include ALL graduate courses taken at Wesleyan. (3) A graduate student who is readmitted must complete the curriculum that is in place at the time of readmission. (4) A graduate student is eligible to apply for Academic Renewal only once.

Graduation Requirements. The student must complete the twelve courses required for this program and have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average on all work attempted. All twelve courses must be taken at Wesleyan College.

Honor Code. All students are expected to uphold the Honor Code of Wesleyan College.

The Graduate Honor Council. The Graduate Honor Council is convened on an as-needed basis by the Graduate Judicial Officer (GJO). The Graduate Judicial Officer is a full-time faculty member on the Graduate Program Council. She/he is elected by the Graduate Program Council for a period of two years. The GHC is comprised of

1. The GJO
2. One full-time faculty member who teaches in one of the graduate programs.
3. One full-time faculty member who does not teach in one of the graduate programs.
4. One EMBA student who has completed at least 15 semester hours of coursework.
5. One MA student who has completed at least 15 semester hours of coursework.
 
Procedures for Action
 
1. Students are highly encouraged to self report. The Graduate Honor Council considers self-report as an act of integrity.
 

2. A hearing will enable both the accuser and accused to provide accounts of the incident. If the accused does not attend the hearing, it will be held in his/her absence, and the student will forfeit the right to appeal.

3. The Graduate Honor Council will deliberate; decide on a verdict and sanction.

4. Students will be notified in writing of the hearing outcome.

5. Appeals can be made to the Provost of the College, at which time they can be upheld, amended or returned to Graduate Honor Council to be heard. All appeal decisions are considered final.

Reporting a Violation

1. Any member of the faculty, administration, staff, or student community should, when possible, confront a student for an honor offense at the time of the offense. If unable to confront the student at the time of the offense, the violation should be reported to the appropriate college faculty or staff members who will then notify the accused of the alleged charge.

2. The accused has 24 hours from that time to report the incident to the GJO.

3. The accuser will report the charges to the GJO or the Provost of the College.

4. The GJO will notify the accused in writing of the charges, the procedures, and the date and time of the hearing at least 48 hours before the scheduled hearing. In emergency situations, 48 hours may not be provided.

5. The GJO or the Provost of the College can discuss cases of academic dishonesty with the professor prior to a Graduate Honor Council hearing.

6. Cases will be heard as soon as possible after the accused has been officially notified of the charges, with the exception of extenuating circumstances.

7. If charges are brought during the week of final exams, the Graduate Honor Council will make every effort to hear the case before the end of the semester. If this is not possible, the case will be held over until the next semester.

Accused Student Information

A student who has been accused of a Graduate Honor Council violation:

• Will have the case heard without undue delay.

• Will receive written notice of the charges, procedures, and date and time of the scheduled hearing no less than 48 hours before the scheduled hearing with the exception of extenuating circumstances.

• May testify or remain silent.

• May question the accuser and/or any witnesses appearing against the student.

• Can present witnesses and/or evidence on own behalf.

• May be present at the accuser's case presentation.

• May appeal to the Provost of the College only if she/he attended the initial hearing and has ground for the appeal as described below.

Hearing Procedures

1. The accused will be called into the Graduate Honor Council room at which time the Graduate Judicial Officer will explain the hearing procedure and state the student's name and the charges being brought against her or him. The accused will be informed that the proceedings will be tape recorded to insure accuracy and for appeal purposes.

2. The accused will be reminded that he/she is bound by the Honor Code and is required to tell the truth and given the opportunity to present his/her case.

3. The accuser will be asked to present her or his account of the incident and to present any witnesses about any matter logically relevant to the charge against the student. The accused has the right to be present during this testimony and can question the accuser or any witnesses without being questioned.

4. After the accuser presents all testimony, the accused has the right to present a defense and to offer testimony and that of any witnesses (maximum of 3).

5. The GJO may limit unproductively long, repetitive, or irrelevant questioning.

6. After the case has been presented, the Council will hold confidential deliberations. A decision will be rendered and the accused will be notified in writing within twenty-four (24) hours of the conclusion of the hearing, typically via fax or email according to the preference of the accused. Students are responsible for checking their mailbox for hearing notifications and completion of sanctions (when applicable).

Note: Students are required to represent themselves. Legal or parental representation is not permissible in Honor Council proceedings or appeal hearings.

Possible Sanctions

Any sanction imposed by the Graduate Honor Council is independent of academic sanctions levied by the course instructor.The following are possible sanctions available to the Graduate Honor Council; others may be used if deemed appropriate by the board.

Campus/Community Service - Performing relevant services for the college or off-campus agencies.

Demerits - A notation that becomes a part of the student's permanent college record. The accumulation of 10 will be grounds for a recommendation for suspension or removal to the Provost of the College.

Educational Endeavor - Completing educational projects relevant to the violation.

Fines - Graduate Honor Council may assess fines (up to $100) which are appropriate for the violation.

Non-Academic Probation - A period of time, as determined by Graduate Honor Council, during which another Honor Code violation will be subject to further penalty. When a student is placed on non-academic probation, if the student comes before Graduate Honor Council again during the probationary period, any previous violations will be taken into account when assessing a sanction.

Removal from the College - Removal from the College, with loss of visitation privileges for on-campus and College sponsored events, at which time, no refund of fees will be given and full payment of tuition is required to be paid for the current semester. A student may be considered for readmission if outlined at the time of removal. The Provost of the College may consider readmission.

Suspension - The immediate or deferred exclusion from classes and other privileges (as set forth in the notice of suspension) for a period of time (one semester/session minimum) at the end of which the student may be considered for re-admission by the Provost of the College. No refund of fees will be given and full tuition is required to be paid for the current semester.

Warning - A written statement to the individual that the individual has violated a college regulation or policy and that repetition of the same offense or any other violation may be cause for more severe disciplinary action. All previous violations will be taken into account when assessing a sanction if a student comes before Graduate Honor Council again during the probationary period.

Appeals

A formal, typed appeal must be presented to the Provost of the College, within 72 hours after the notification of the sanction has been delivered to the student. Appeals will not be accepted in cases where the student has not attended his or her Graduate Honor Council hearing. The student must state the reasons for the appeal and present evidence to support the claim, the verdict (responsible or not responsible), the sanction, or both. The Provost reserves the authority to uphold or amend the sanction or to have Graduate Honor Council and rehear cases when deemed appropriate. In the case of student appeals, the action taken will be administered but can be reversed after the appeal has been heard. Appeal decisions are final.

Grounds for Appeal

The following are the only grounds for appeal regarding Graduate Honor Council cases

• Evidence was not available at the time of the Graduate Honor Council decision but is now available and is directly related to the case.

• The Graduate Honor Council did not follow proper procedure.

• The sanction is extreme in relation to the violation.

Confidentiality

The Graduate Honor Council will maintain confidentiality related to cases and all surrounding circumstances. Hearings are open to relevant parties only as designated by the Provost of the College. All college judicial cases are confidential. Cases, students involved, outcomes, or any related circumstances will not be discussed. Exceptions include relevant persons associated with the case on a need to know basis as defined by the designated College official. Accusers may inquire as to whether or not cases have been processed by Graduate Honor Council, however verdicts remain confidential.

Records

Copies of the official correspondence related to all cases will be placed in the student's permanent file by the Registrar. Student files are kept confidential and released only with an official request (see the FERPA section for more information regarding privacy rights).

Tuition and Fees. Tuition and fees may change each year.

Application Fee $60
Acceptance Fee (Tuition Deposit)* $200
Tuition $39,500
Graduation Fee $150
*$200 will be credited toward tuition
 

Tuition for the EMBA is a total amount for the entire program and is not computed by cost per semester hour. The tuition may be made in two payments. The first payment is due the day before orientation; the second payment due date will be announced at the orientation session of each cohort. No adjustment of charges will be made after the day preceding the first day of classes. The EMBA program does not provide tuition reimbursement.

Financial Aid. Students enrolled in the Executive Master of Business Administration program at Wesleyan College may complete the financial aid applications listed below or contact the Financial Aid Office for financial assistance. Funds may be available through federal programs for these students. It is important that students apply as early as possible so that the necessary forms may be processed and the financial need of each applicant may be determined. Students are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for financial aid an applicant must:

  1. Apply for admission to Wesleyan College.
  2. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA should be submitted to the Department of Education by March 1. The resulting Student Aid Report (SAR) must be received by the Financial Aid Office no later than April 1 preceding the academic year for which aid is sought. Any applications received after the deadline will be given consideration only if funds are available.
  3. Complete the Wesleyan College application for financial aid. This form is provided with admission application materials or can be obtained online at www.wesleyancollege.edu or by calling the Office of Financial Aid at Wesleyan, and must be submitted to the Office prior to April 1.

Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is measured at the conclusion of each ten-week session to determine whether students are eligible to receive aid for the next set of classes.

1. Any student who receives more than two "C" grades or one "F" grade will be placed on academic probation and classified as making unsatisfactory academic progress.

2. Unsatisfactory academic progress may adversely affect financial aid.

Master of Business Administration Curriculum. The required courses for the Master of Business Administration degree are as follows:

EBA 600 Executive Management Accounting
EBA 602 Organizational Behavior in Management
EBA 604 Strategic Marketing
EBA 606 Managerial Economics
EBA 608 Managerial Corporate Finance
EBA 610 Quantitative Methods
EBA 612 Management Information Systems
EBA 614 Ethics and Legal Aspects of Business
EBA 616 Global Business Management
EBA 618 Gender in Business Management
EBA 690 Studies Abroad
EBA 699 Capstone Executive Management
 

EMBA Course Descriptions (EBA)

EBA 600: Executive Management Accounting (3 Hours).
The course covers generally accepted accounting principles and the content of financial statements. The interpretation and use of accounting information in the many contexts of management decision making are examined. Included are financial planning, performance evaluations, decision making, activity based cost management, relevant costing, business operations, and information systems.
 
EBA 602: Organizational Behavior in Management (3 Hours).
The course examines the various aspects of organizational behavior, allowing the student to gain valuable insights for increasing decision-making options. Methods of objective achievement are explored through an evaluation of students' individual management styles. The course emphasizes relationships, factors influencing behavior in organizations, and the various means used by efficient managers to develop control and leadership within their organizations.
 
EBA 604: Strategic Marketing (3 Hours).
The course will cover issues related to product, distribution, pricing, promotion issues and market planning processes, including development of a marketing plan and interaction among policy makers in the organization. The marketing strategies of different companies will be studied. Cases will be used extensively in the analysis of business marketing decision making.
 
EBA 606: Managerial Economics (3 Hours).
The student will learn how consumers choose among various goods and services, and how firms allocate scarce resources among alternative uses. Focus will be on the competitive nature of firms in markets whose scope ranges from domestic to international. Students will analyze the production levels to meet demand for that product. Production cost analysis will be examined as it relates to market price and levels of output.
 
EBA 608: Managerial Corporate Finance (3 Hours).
The student will develop the ability to analyze operational and strategic financial decision-making within the corporate structure, including financing and investment strategies as they relate to stockholder value. The course will include the study of cash flow analysis and economic value added derived from financial statements.
 
EBA 610: Quantitative Methods (3 Hours).
This course covers the quantitative methods and decision theory for business policy analysis. The student will learn specific tools for solving operations problems and how to interact with others involved in operational decision making. Computer spreadsheets and financial software will be used to enhance the student's ability to identify and to solve problems.
 
EBA 612: Management Information Systems (3 Hours).
The student will be exposed to common operational and strategy problems in corporations. The use of information systems and technology in major corporations will be examined through the use of case studies. Special attention will be given to the question of how information technology may be used to provide a competitive advantage for a company.
 
EBA 614: Ethics and Legal Aspects in Business (3 Hours).
The course will introduce the student to the legal and ethical aspects of business management within a for-profit organization. The student will be introduced to the rigorous processes found in the legislative and legal systems, including civil dispute resolution through the judicial system. The study will conclude with the basics of the legal and ethical areas that are essential as tools for the executive in today's management positions.
 
EBA 616: Global Business Management (3 Hours).
The student will investigate the economic, social and political organizations that have an influence on managing international businesses and/or investments. The student will investigate the strategies that will influence the customer needs, wants, motivations, and behavior within the global competitive environments. The course will cover customer-driven strategies, quality of management, time-based competition, and global logistics as they relate to global management.
 
EBA 618: Gender in Business Management (3 Hours).
Students will examine the part that gender plays in business generally and in management specifically. The course will focus on the part both men and women play in operational management decision making within small, medium, and large corporations. Students will research and discuss gender as a factor in business today and what the future will hold for gender in executive management and corporate decision making.
 
EBA 690: Studies Abroad Course (3 Hours).
The student will investigate global industries by studying the business, social, political, economic, organizational, and cultural factors associated with international business and investment. A specific world economic region will be chosen for a ten day to two week study abroad, during which the student will visit various businesses to observe management practices. The course work review before the trip will include the global manager, international trade, international finance, international operations, and marketing.

A student who is unable to participate in the overseas residency of the study abroad course must request in writing the option of completing a research project relevant to the study abroad locale. The student should submit this request with appropriate documentation to the office of the director of graduate business program who will take the request to the Graduate Program Council and Provost of the College for approval. The scope (depth and breadth) of this project will be consistent with the work required in any other three-credit-hour course in the EMBA curriculum. A student must request this option no later than four months prior to the beginning date of the study abroad course.

EBA 699: (Capstone) Executive Management (3 Hours).
In this capstone course the student will have the opportunity to integrate the knowledge from all the previous courses. Emphasis will be placed on the conceptual understanding and on the skills required of the executive in the domestic market and in the international market to make effective decisions. The course examines the techniques used in business analysis that have been learned to formulate the global process of strategic business decisions and the execution of specific strategic business plans. Student teams will compete in a computer simulation that incorporates detailed functional area skills and general market knowledge.


Accreditation. Wesleyan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate degree, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Education in early childhood education.

Master of Business Administration Graduate Faculty

Stacie Barrett, Assistant Professor of Business. B.A. (Mass Communications) Fort Valley State University 2008; M.B.A., Wesleyan College 2011.

Glenna Dod Meyer, D. Abbott Turner Professor of Free Enterprise. B.S., M.A., Eastern Kentucky University; Ed.D., University of Southern Mississippi.

Philip Davis Taylor, Professor of Economics and Director of the Graduate Program in Business. B.A., M.B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.A., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Ying Zhen, Assistant Professor of Business. B.A. Communication University of China 2007; M.A. Clark University 2009; Ph.D. Clark University 2012.

Master of Business Administration Adjunct Faculty

Gaynor G. Cheokas, Adjunct Instructor of Business. B.S., Columbus State University; M.S.A., Georgia Southwestern State University; Ph.D., Georgia State University.

Rhonda Roell-Taylor, Adjunct Instructor of Business. B.B.A., Mercer University; J.D., Mississippi College School of Law.

Barbara Rowan, Adjunct Instructor of Business. B.A., Malone College; M.S., Georgia College & State University; Ph.D., James Madison University.

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