Jun 24, 2024  
2021-22 Graduate Catalog 
2021-22 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Business

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  • Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Economics, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management and Leadership, Marketing
  • Minors: Accounting, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management and Leadership, Marketing
  • Graduate Certificates: Business Analytics, Business Management, Financial and Supply Chain Management, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Data Analytics, Healthcare Informatics and Technology
  • Graduate degree: Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Program Faculty

ame Title Area
Steve Brewer  Assistant Professor Marketing
Krista Curler Program Coordinator  
Sarah Esveldt Distinguished Lecturer Health Care Administration
John Gnadinger Director, Analytics and Business 
Intelligence Consortium
Hao (Alan) He Associate Professor of Accounting Accounting
Muztoba Khan Assistant Professor Operations Management
Gregory Kuhlemeyer Professor Finance
Kathie McCarthy William B.Yersin Assistant Professor Healthcare Analytics
Julio Rivera William B.Yersin Professor Business Analytics, Marketing
Alexandra Sielaff Associate Professor of Business Program Director, MBA Program
Carol Tallarico Professor Economics
Mary Ann Wisniewski Professor Management & Leadership
Lisa A. Zajc Lecturer, Director of Accounting Internships Accounting

Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree includes coursework in accounting, business law, business policy and strategy, economics, finance, leadership, marketing, operations and supply chain management, and quantitative analysis. The general focus provides students with a broader and deeper understanding of the business world.

As a student in the MBA program, you can also specialize in healthcare administration, business analytics, or business management.

.      In business management, you’ll get a broad view of the managerial role in an organization.  You’ll learn about the many facets of a company a manager must consider, such as the economic applications, the marketing plan, the financial plan, and supply chain disruptions that occur in a changing business environment.

·       In healthcare administration, you will learn to address the particular demands of information management in healthcare settings; navigate the ethical and policy landscapes of the healthcare industry; measure quality of care, patient satisfaction, and operations; and solve finance and budgeting issues that can arise within healthcare settings.

·       In business analytics, you will learn to support data-driven decision making by harnessing big data for visualizations, dashboards, and predictive analytics.  You’ll learn to effectively communicate the story of the data through actionable insights that can be used to address emerging business challenges.

Carroll University’s MBA program offers flexibility to choose your path for balancing work, education, and life.  Small class sizes provide connections with other working professionals, professors, and industry thought leaders. Accelerate career growth by immediately applying knowledge in your daily life.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MBA program, students will be able to:

  1. better understand business concepts and their applications;
  2. demonstrate mastery of business communication skills;
  3. effectively apply appropriate tools and techniques to solve complex business problems;
  4. formulate and evaluate effective business policies and strategies within a global environment;
  5. collaborate effectively in a competitive environment; and
  6. examine and analyze issues related to diversity and ethics in a multicultural environment and their impact on the organization.

Foundation Coursework

  • An introductory university-level statistics course
  • An introductory university-level accounting course (financial or managerial)
  • An introductory university-level economics course (micro or macroeconomics).

Admission and progression standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing and /or certification needs.


The Master of Business Administration Program admits qualified students regardless of race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or scholarship and loan programs.

Applications and credentials for admission to the Master of Business Administration Program must be submitted for processing to the Carroll University Office of Admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and as decisions are made on applications, applicants are notified through the Office of Admission. Applicants must be eligible to return in good standing (be free of academic or disciplinary probation) to all institutions previously attended.

Requirements for admission into the Master of Business Administration Program include:

  1. Earned Baccalaureate Degree, graduate degree, or equivalent from an accredited institution.
  2. Successful completion of all foundational course work (see above for specific foundational course work).

Applicants must comply with all admission requirements listed above. The Graduate Admission Committee will review the applicant’s file and determine an admission decision upon completion and submission of the following required credentials:

Master of Business Administration

  1. Graduate Studies On-line Application.
  2. All official post-secondary transcripts, including both graduate and undergraduate course work. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to Carroll University Admission Office.
  3. Current professional resume.
  4. If the cumulative GPA is below a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale), additional admission criteria apply and additional admission materials may be required.

International candidates may be required to submit additional admission credentials. Please contact the Office of Admission for details.

Academic Planning

Initially, interested students meet with an advisor to discuss how their background and educational goals relate to the MBA. Part-time students enroll in 5 or fewer credits per semester while full-time students enroll in 6 or more credits per semester.

Requirements for the MBA degree must be completed within seven years of starting the program. Students who interrupt their studies for one full academic year must reapply and must follow any new requirements upon re-entering.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Course fees and tuition are published in the Tuition, Financial Aid, and Refund Policies   section of the Graduate Catalog.

Transfer Credits

With approval of the MBA director, up to nine semester hours of graduate, business-related coursework, taken within the past seven years, may be transferred from other accredited colleges or universities. Transfer courses are evaluated by the MBA Director on an individual basis.

Academic Standing and Progression

Master of Business Administration

Academic Standing and Progression Academic Standing

All Master of Business Administration (MBA) students are expected to maintain at least a B (3.00) cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing. If the student does not maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. All courses with an earned grade of a D or F must be repeated. All students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA to graduate from the program. Students have a total of seven years to complete the program.


All MBA students with any number of attempted credits are eligible for probation. When a student’s graduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below a 3.0, that student is placed on academic probation.

Students not currently on probation;

  • will be placed on academic probation if the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0.

Students currently on probation;

  • must earn at least a B (3.00) semester grade point average in the subsequent semesters after being placed on probation.
  • Students will be continued on probation until their cumulative GPA is at least 3.0.


All MBA students with 9 or more attempted credits are eligible for suspension. Students who are suspended cannot attend the MBA program for the adjacent semester.

Students not currently on probation will be suspended;

  • who achieve a cumulative GPA below a 2.5,
  • have earned a C in more than one course or
  • have earned a grade of D and/or F in any graduate course

Students currently on probation;

  • who fail to meet the terms of their probation


All MBA students with a minimum of 9 or more attempted credits are eligible for dismissal.

Students not currently on probation;

  • who have earned all D’s and/or F’s

Students who have previously been suspended

  • and have earned below a B (3.00) semester grade point average

Students may appeal any probation, suspension or dismissal to the Academic Steering Committee (ASC).

Reapplication Process

If a student has been suspended from the MBA program, they must complete any conditions or requirements following the suspension and reapply for graduate admission. Upon re-acceptance, the student will receive a letter indicating their remaining requirements, conditions, and time to complete the program.

Note: Graduate programs admit qualified students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability that does not interfere with the performance of professional practice.

Withdrawal Procedures

Any graduate student who wishes to withdraw should first meet with the MBA Director who will conduct a brief interview with the student. Students must also meet with the Director of Student Success, whose office is located in the Financial Aid office on the first floor of Voorhees Hall.

Students who add or drop a course must do so in writing through the Registrar’s Office. Refunds are based on the date of the postmark of withdrawals sent by mail or on the date of delivery of those brought in personally to the Registrar’s Office. Students registered for a class that is cancelled by the University due to lack of enrollment are given a full refund.

Dismissed Graduate Students’ Participation in Commencement

A student may be dismissed from a Carroll University graduate program if he/she does not fulfill the academic progression requirements outlined by each program. If a student is dismissed from a graduate program, he/she will not be able to participate in the Commencement ceremony. The student may choose to appeal this dismissal by completing an Academic Petition form which is reviewed by the Academic Steering Committee. Depending on the outcome of the committee’s decision, the student may be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony the following academic year.

Support Services

The Admission Office provides a point of initial contact and a face for Carroll. Admission support services are handled using a team approach. The MBA Director is involved in the admission acceptance process and in helping students enroll in appropriate courses.

The International Office plays a role for students who seek to come to the United States to advance their academic careers with a graduate degree from Carroll.

The Registrar’s Office handles enrollment and transcript aspects of courses.

Financial aid is available to graduate students who are enrolled at least on a half-time basis, are degree seeking, and meet all other guidelines established by the University and the U.S. Department of Education. For financial aid purposes, half-time status is a minimum of six credit hours per semester and full-time status is a minimum of nine credit hours per semester. Unless a scholarship or grant is received from an outside organization, graduate students are eligible to receive financial assistance only in the form of loans. Financial aid counseling is provided by the Carroll University Office of Financial Aid.

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides support for computing and information-related activities.

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