Frequently Asked Questions

Program Information 

How long does it take to complete the program? 

The majority of students attend on a part-time basis typically completing the program in five semesters or 21-months if taking two courses per semester without a break.  Students must complete the program within six years, so students may take fewer than two courses per semester and may take a semester off without reapplying.  

Can I still apply if I do not have an undergraduate degree in business? 

Yes, over 60% of our current students hold undergraduate degrees in areas such as anthropology, sociology,  government, animal science, engineering, psychology, fashion merchandising, communications, and exercise science.

How many students are in the program? 

Since 1973, the average number of students enrolled is 32.  We are a small program, which we believe is one of our greatest strengths.  Our class sizes are small and typically average 15 students.  The small nature of the program allows students to get to know their professors, engage in every class discussion, and build a professional network of professors, students, and alumni.

Am I required to attend during the summer? 

Yes, students are required to attend at least one summer.  Typically, elective courses, study abroad, and/or internships occur during the summer semester.

Can I attend the program full-time? 

Students choosing to study full-time must begin the program in the summer by enrolling part-time in two courses.  Students will then enroll in 12-credit hours each for the fall and spring semesters.  Classes are only offered in the evening from 6:00p – 8:45p in the fall and spring and 6:00p – 9:30p in the summer.  Students will take courses each night in the fall and spring, Monday – Thursday and two nights per week in the summer.  Students choosing to complete the program on a full-time basis most likely will not be able to work outside of taking courses.

Admission Requirements  

Graduate school applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  An applicant is considered for admission after all required credentials are received by the college admissions office.  Any prior college work not submitted at the time of application for admission will not be accepted for graduate credit in the future.  Failure to report such work may be grounds for dismissal

Application Procedure 

The Berry Graduate Business application is available online; there is no application fee.  The online application includes sections on personal, education, and program information. In addition to these sections, you will be asked to submit your educational goal statement as part of the online process.  The essay should be in narrative form of approximately 500 words and outline your goals in pursuing graduate study and professional teaching dispositions that you will bring to the program.

The following must also be submitted by e-mail or mail:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  •  Two recommendation forms 
  • Current resume
  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (if required)

Graduate Transfer Credit
The curriculum committee may grant transfer credit for appropriate graduate-level coursework completed at other AACSB-accredited institutions up to a maximum of two 3-semester-hour courses, for a total of 6 semester hours. Transfer credit is not granted for Strategies of World-Class Organizations (BUS 685). 

Financial Aid
Berry College offers limited financial aid assistance to part-time graduate students.  Information on federal student loans is available in the financial aid office. The financial aid priority date is April 1.  Applications for financial aid received after April 1 will be considered based on the availability of funds.  

Graduate students enrolled in at least six semester hours may be eligible for a limited number of graduate assistantships.  Interested applicants should contact the MBA office.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no charge to apply for admission to the program.

What are the deadlines for applying? 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for entry in the summer and fall.  Deadlines for each semester are Fall - July 15, and Summer – April 1.  All application materials must be received at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

Can I apply as a non-degree student? 

Yes, applicants may apply as a non-degree student.  Non-degree students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of two courses.  Students must then be fully admitted into the program in order to continue taking courses.

Are there any proficiency courses required before applying? 

Yes, proficiency areas include accounting, finance, statistics, management, marketing, and economics.  Generally, applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in business will meet these requirements.  For other applicants who have not completed any undergraduate business courses, we offer self-paced online modules that may be completed to meet these requirements.  Proficiency requirements should be met prior to entering the program; however, you do not have to be accepted into the program before beginning the modules.  A transcript evaluation will be completed by the MBA Office to determine which modules need to be completed.

Is there a minimum GPA required for admission? 

No.  The average GPA of admitted applicants is 3.33, which is not used as the minimum.

Is there a minimum score required for the GMAT? 

The GMAT is just one component we review for applications; however, a minimum score of 400 is expected.

Can I submit GRE scores? 

Yes, scores must be within the last five years.  There is no minimum score required; however, applicants are expected to obtain a score above the fiftieth percentile.

Can the GMAT/GRE requirement be waived? 

Individuals who have met specific requirements as outlined below may petition for a GMAT or GRE waiver as part of their application process.  Waivers are not guaranteed and must be approved by the MBA Office.  An approved waiver does not guarantee admission to the MBA program.  Applicants must complete the GMAT/GRE Waiver Request Form.  The GMAT/GRE waiver review process may take up to two weeks.  Applicants will be notified of their decision via email.

  • Earned a major GPA of 3.0 or greater in one of the Business Majors from the Campbell School of Business.
  • Earned a minor GPA of 3.0 or greater in the Business Minor from the Campbell School of Business.
  • Have 10 or more years of full-time, relevant professional work experience. 
  • Hold a graduate degree (Masters, Ph.D., JD, etc.) from an accredited institution. 
  • Hold a professional certification in the United States in a relevant professional field (CPA, CFA, etc.).  

Is there a work experience requirement? 

We strongly recommend at least two years of work experience.  Competitive applicants will have five or more years of relevant work experience.  Internships and on-campus student work, along with other relevant experience, will be considered for applicants who do not meet the recommended work experience.

Financial Information  

How much does it cost to complete the program? 

The current tuition per semester hour is $660 for the 2018-2019 year.  The program consists of 30 credit hours.  Any changes to tuition typically occur in the fall.

Are there any additional fees applied? 

There is a $25 per semester technology fee that is charged in the fall and spring semesters.  No other fees are applied. 

What types of financial aid are available? 

Graduate students are eligible for federal student loans.  Visit Financial Aid at for more information.  A limited number of scholarships are available for MBA students.  Please contact the MBA Office for additional details and an application.

Can I pay my tuition through an installment plan? 

Students interested in this option should contact the Student Business Services Office at (706) 236.1710.

What should I do if my employer is reimbursing or paying my tuition? 

Students should complete the Employer Reimbursement Tuition Form available on the Berry MBA website or through the MBA Office.