Embarking on a graduate degree program is an exciting and challenging decision. The Augsburg MBA is a rigorous and intensive educational experience. The Augsburg MBA is practical and “hands-on,” focusing on applicable skills and knowledge designed to increase your ability to think, analyze and act. The Augsburg MBA provides students a unique opportunity to investigate business cultures and practices through a faculty-led international experience. Our curriculum integrates the global experience of our faculty and reflects Augsburg’s mission of developing leaders grounded in values, purpose, and vocation.
The Augsburg MBA is a proven accelerated program focusing on practical skills, knowledge, and teamwork; while built on a foundation of ethical decision-making. The Augsburg MBA additionally offers students the ability to include enhanced instructions in several professional business disciplines. We invite students to challenge themselves and their classmates to bring a new and expanded focus through guided reflection and examination.
Augsburg MBA students are chosen because they exhibit purpose and direction in their careers and lives, and positive engagement with their community and associates. We invite you to become part of a growing community of Augsburg MBA alumni.
Bruce E. Batten, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Business Administration Program
To prepare students for professional careers in business by developing their decision-making skills, critical thinking and by transforming them into effective managers and leaders in service to others. The program aspires to provide an outstanding student-centered education that produces graduates who are critically astute, technically proficient, and who understand the moral and ethical consequences of their decisions on their organization and on the world.
The Augsburg MBA is a candidate for accreditation with the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Augsburg is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For a complete list of Augsburg’s accreditations, approvals, and memberships, see the listing in the Accreditation, Approvals, and Memberships section.
MBA Program Overview
Today’s business leader must be able to quickly analyze situations and information and critically analyze alternatives and courses of action. The purpose of the Augsburg MBA is to prepare students to accept greater responsibility in organizations facing this dynamic and fast-evolving business culture. The curriculum of the MBA gives students the ability to think critically and ethically as they face the increased challenges of a global business environment. Quality, individual initiative, ethics, and teamwork are hallmarks of the Augsburg MBA. We have a commitment to continually improve students’ experiences and learning in the program. Our faculty is uniquely qualified to bridge theory and realworld application, giving MBA students opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge in a variety of disciplines. The Augsburg MBA offers students the flexibility of completing a general MBA or a specialized MBA with a concentration that matches their interests and career goals.
Plan of Study
The Augsburg MBA is an accelerated, evening program that allows working professionals to complete an MBA degree in approximately 24 months. This is accomplished by using a cohort model in which students follow a predetermined schedule with classes meeting one night a week.
Students in a cohort program model stay together as a group through the sequence of classes for the duration of the program. This provides a continuous, collaborative learning process. The cohort environment fosters a cohesive learning community where students learn from each another, mentor each other, and peer coach. You’ll share diverse professional expertise and experience as you work in teams on projects, case studies, presentations, and simulations, both inside and outside of class. Working both individually and in small groups enables you to enhance your strengths, build your skills, expand your business acumen, and improve your decision-making. Together as a community you’ll build personal, social, and academic abilities.
Adult learners bring a wealth of work and personal life experiences with them into the classroom, multiplying the opportunities for learning. The personal connections and relationships you build with fellow students and faculty will extend into an important and valuable network as you take your career to new levels.
The Augsburg MBA requires 39 semester credits for degree completion, consisting of 12 required courses and two elective courses. All Augsburg MBA courses are three semester credits. Each course consists of 28-32 hours of in-class instruction and 5 ½ – 9 ½ hours of online instruction through our web-based electronic course management system.
Specialized Plan of Study
The Augsburg MBA offers students the flexibility of completing a general MBA or a specialized MBA with a concentration that matches their interests and career goals. An Augsburg MBA with a concentration consists of 11 required MBA courses and 3 additional courses that focus on a specific area of interest.
The Augsburg MBA is designed as a year-round program. Courses are offered during fall and spring semesters as well as a summer session. Courses are offered consecutively during each term so students are able to concentrate on one subject at a time. The program is designed to have students take at least two courses per term.
Official academic calendars and the MBA registration policies can be found at www.augsburg.edu/registrar. The unique cohort model of the Augsburg MBA requires individual calendars for each cohort, which is provided by the MBA department.
The Faculty-Led International Experience
Each year, all current MBA students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a faculty-led international experience. This trip is taken in conjunction with either of these courses: MBA 565 – Managing in a Global Environment or MBA 595 – Strategic Management. Students will travel as a group to an international location, visit businesses, participate in faculty lectures, and learn about the culture and traditions of the countries visited. Each MBA student should have two opportunities during their matriculation in the program to participate. Costs can vary; but as a minimum, trips normally include tuition (for the course selected), airfare, lodging, and travel in-country, as well as some meals.
The Augsburg MBA
The 12 required courses of the general Augsburg MBA are as follows:
MBA 510 – Applied Managerial Economics
MBA 520 – Accounting for Business Managers
MBA 530 – Managerial Finance
MBA 540 – Business and Professional Ethics
MBA 545 – Organization Behavior
MBA 550 – Marketing Management
MBA 565 – Managing in a Global Environment
MBA 570 – Quantitative Decision-Making for Managers
MBA 592 – Leadership: Ethics, Service, and Transformation
MBA 595 – Strategic Management
MBA 581 – Management Consulting Project I
MBA 582 – Management Consulting Project II
Two Elective Courses that may selected from a pool of courses in the areas of finance, management, marketing, international business, or health care.
Locations and Schedules
MBA classes are offered at three locations: Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus, Thrivent Financial in downtown Minneapolis and Augsburg’s Rochester campus. Cohorts begin three times per academic year: September, January, and May.
Orientation for new cohorts is generally scheduled for one to two weeks in advance of the beginning of classes. For more information on class schedules, go to www.augsburg.edu/mba or call the Office of Admissions at 612-330-1101.
Admission to the Augsburg MBA Program
Admission to the Augsburg MBA program is determined by a committee decision. The committee may include MBA program staff, Business Administration Department faculty, and Office of Admissions staff.
Applicants to the MBA program must have:
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited four-year institution
- Minimum of two years of relevant work experience
- Personal interview with the MBA program director
The following materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions:
- Completed application—Apply online at www.augsburg.edu/mba/
- $35 application fee
- Two personal statements
- Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts sent directly to the Augsburg Office of Admissions
- Current résumé of work history
- Two confidential letters of recommendation
- Official GMAT score report (school code 6014)—not required for certificate applicants or completion of the Individual Learning Profile (ILP)
For information about the ILP, contact the Graduate Admission Department.
Admission as an International Student
International applicants must submit the required application materials listed above. Refer to the additional requirements outlined in Admission of International Students in the Graduate Admissions section.
Admission as a Transfer Student
Students may apply to Augsburg as a transfer student. Transfer students follow the same procedure as new applicants. Transfer students may receive up to 18 semester credits in transfer. (See Evaluation of Transfer Credit in Academic Programs and policies.) Students must complete no fewer than 21 semester credits at Augsburg in order to receive their MBA degree from Augsburg College. All students must complete the Management Consulting project, (MBA 581/2) to graduate. Eligible coursework must be approved by the MBA program director before transfer credit will be granted.
GMAT Alternative Option; The Individual Learning Profile (ILP)
Applicants to the MBA program who have not taken the GMAT may instead elect to complete the Individual Learning Profile (ILP) assessment. This option consists of two parts; an analysis of the applicants quantitative skills and a writing assessment. Both portions of the assessment are taken online, and the quantitative skills evaluation also offers the student interactive remedial instruction. The ILP is normally completed as part of the application process, prior to admittance.
GMAT Waiver Policy
As a general policy, the Augsburg MBA program requires the GMAT of all applicants, due to both the analytical and critical evaluation components of our accelerated program. The GMAT is used both to evaluate the candidate’s opportunity for success as well as to indicate areas where remedial work may be necessary. However, the Admissions Committee will consider, on a case-by-case basis, GMAT waiver requests for the MBA program. Waivers are not automatic for any candidate, and a brief written request must be submitted outlining the reasons why the Admissions Committee should grant a GMAT waiver. Current occupation or undergraduate disciplines are not specific grounds for a GMAT waiver.
Eligibility for GMAT Waivers
GMAT waivers may be offered to:
- Candidates with an appropriate and current GRE score.
- Candidates who have been enrolled in a graduate degree program in a technical or quantitatively rigorous discipline (such as actuarial science, engineering, mathematics, physics, economics, or chemistry) from an accredited institution and who were in good academic standing with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better (or the equivalent of a B average under the system used by that institution). Students should have completed at least four academic courses within this curriculum to qualify. It is important to note that employment history and current assignment will be reviewed in addition to the degree requirement.
- Candidates who hold the following graduate degrees from an accredited college or university with an overall grade
point average of 3.0 or better (or the equivalent of a B average under the system used by that institution.)
- Medical or dental degree (MD, DDS)
- Master’s or doctoral degree in an academic discipline that included a significant quantitative, engineering, mathematics, or statistics component or involved research requiring significant quantitative skills.
- Any other quantitatively-based graduate degree from an accredited college or university that the Admissions Committee believes has highly prepared the candidate for rigorous graduate-level work
- Master’s, PhD, EdD, or advanced degrees in disciplines other than those identified, including those granted by academic institutions outside the US. These will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. (See grade requirement above)
- Candidates who have completed a graduate program at Augsburg College in the MAL, MAN, MSW, MAE, or PA programs.
- Candidates with current and active CPA designation. If the CPA designation has been inactive and not current for a period greater than five years, the waiver may not be granted.
GMAT Waiver Checklist
Submit the following documentation to the associate director of the MBA program:
- One-page written request outlining reasons why the Admissions Committee should grant a GMAT waiver
- Copies of transcripts for all work completed at any college or university, whether or not a degree was granted (unless previously submitted to the Office of Admissions)
- Current résumé (unless previously submitted to the Office of Admissions)
- Any other information that you wish to submit to support your request.
Typically, GMAT waiver decisions are made within one week of receipt of materials. For questions about this checklist or the waiver policy, contact either the Office of Admissions or the MBA program office.
MBA Program Enrollment Policy
Students are strongly encouraged to remain in their cohort and complete their MBA program as scheduled. Adjustments or modifications to the MBA schedule require the approval of the MBA program director. All students are required to complete all components of the program within five years of matriculation. Extensions beyond five years will be considered on the basis of petition to the MBA director. Students who leave the program for more than one semester must request a leave of absence in writing from the MBA program. A leave of absence may be granted for one calendar year. Students who return to the program after a leave of one year or more must fill out an
Application for Readmission form and submit it to the MBA office. Time spent on an official MBA-approved leave of absence will not count toward the five-year deadline for degree completion.
Evaluation of academic performance in the MBA program will be based on number grades using a 4.0-scale. For complete information, see Academic Programs and Policies.
Withdrawal from Class
For information regarding the last date on which students may withdraw from a class and receive a “W” on their records, refer to the academic calendar at www.augsburg.edu/registrar/.
Student attendance at scheduled class meetings is a priority and required. However, MBA faculty understand that MBA students are working adults with significant responsibilities who, on occasion, face unforeseen situations that may interfere with attendance. Students should notify the faculty member teaching the course as soon as possible when the problem is immediate. When the student knows in advance of a class date where a potential conflict exists, they must discuss the proposed missed class with the faculty member prior to the date of the class. Students are responsible for the work covered during that class session and for making appropriate arrangements for obtaining handouts, lecture content, or other materials. Faculty members may assign appropriate independent work to insure that the student understands the material covered during the class session.
If appropriate and acceptable coordination is carried out by the student, there need not be any grade reduction for a single missed class session. This may be dependent on assignments due on the date of the missed class; e.g., final project presentations or team presentations. Point/grade reductions for unexcused absences are the prerogative of the faculty. Two missed class sessions, unexcused or excused, may be grounds for directing the student to withdraw from the course. More than two absences, excused or unexcused, require that a student withdraw from the class.
To be conferred the MBA degree, students must achieve the following:
- Successful completion of all admission conditions
- Successful completion of MBA courses (2.5 or above)
- No more than two courses with a grade of 2.5 or below, and with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the completion of the program
- Successful completion and submission of the management consulting project (capstone)
Students who successfully complete Augsburg’s MBA program will receive a Master of Business Administration degree.