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The program consists of 30 credit hours (10 courses of 3 credit hours each). There are two ways to complete the program: full-time and part-time. The majority of students attend on a part-time basis, typically completing the program in five semesters or 21-months, taking two courses (6 credit hours) 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 pending completion of the appropriate paperwork.

Students choosing to study full-time typically enroll in four courses (12 credit hours) each for the fall and spring semesters and two courses (6-credit hours) 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 are encouraged not to work outside of taking classes.

Yes, over half of our current students hold undergraduate degrees in areas outside of business, such as athletic training, exercise science, psychology, nursing, engineering, and animal science, to name a few.

We are a small program of 40-50 students, which we believe is one of our greatest strengths.  Class sizes typically range from 20-30 students in core courses and 10-20 students in track courses.  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.

We accept applications for the fall, spring and summer semesters.  Due to our course rotation, students beginning in the spring and summer semesters will take longer than five semesters (two classes per semester) to complete the program.

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

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).

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

Yes, applicants may apply as a non-degree student.  Non-degree students may enroll in a maximum of two courses.  Students must then be formally admitted as degree-seeking to continue taking courses.  Course registration for non-degree students is based upon availability.

Yes, proficiency areas include Accounting and Statistics.  Generally, applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in business will meet these requirements.  For other applicants who have not completed undergraduate business courses, we offer self-paced online modules that may be completed to meet these requirements.  A transcript evaluation will be completed by the MBA Office to determine which modules need to be completed.

No; however, successful applicants are generally expected to have a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Once accepted and enrolled in the program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate from the program.

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.

No, Berry does not offer housing for graduate students.

 

As a program primarily geared toward mid-career professionals, we do not offer formal job placement services.

Financial Information

The current tuition per semester hour is $690 for the 2021-2022 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. 

Berry College offers limited financial aid assistance to graduate students. Information on federal student loans is available through the financial aid office, https://www.berry.edu/admission/scholarships-and-aid/. 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 across campus, including Campbell School of Business Dean’s Office, Campbell School of Business C-SEED, Center for Personal and Professional Development, Animal Science Department, and Athletics. Students interested in assistantships should inquire with the department in which the student is interested in working.

Students interested in this option should contact the Student Business Services Office at 706.236.1710.

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

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