FAQs

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Why An MBA?

Overcoming 5 Common Roadblocks to Getting your MBA

1. I can’t pay for it. It is true that a financial investment is necessary for most life-changing commitments to pay off. However, good MBA programs are on your side here. They use as many measures as possible to keep tuition competitive and beneficial for both the school and the student. The best programs provide access to federal loans, and aside from school itself, many employers offer generous tuition reimbursement policies. If this is the case, check with the schools you are interested in to see if they offer a deferment program.
2. I don’t have time because of work. When we factor in the increasing responsibility we hope to take on at work to get that next promotion, adding something as demanding as going back to school seems out of the question. The good news is the best MBA programs offer flexibility in order to complete your MBA -- instead of you taking time off from your life to learn. For example, Miami University’s Part-Time MBA program is built for working adults – looking to supercharge their careers.  Look for “concierge” programs like ours – evening classes, all meals and materials provided, condensed semesters, and more. With courses containing information immediately applicable to your day job, the prospect of going back to school is both a reasonable addition to your schedule and a smart choice for your future.
3. I heard that MBA’s are no longer relevant? Yes, some of the wunderkinds of Silicon Valley left college early or graduated and initiated their first IPO. However, the tens of thousands of talented people they employ, who make those companies increasingly profitable, have not just relied on luck or a well-timed social app to land these high-earning, meaningful careers. They have the right combination of experience and education. An MBA will give you the innovation and knowledge to put you on the cutting-edge of industry trends and at the top of the list for the career of your choice.
4. I’ve been out of school or work too long. While it is also true that many MBA programs want to capitalize on the experience of each student, that “experience” is certainly not uniform in every person. One approach is to use the cohort model, which has two significant advantages. First, a group of students advancing through portions of a program together develop a working-learning community, encouraging and pushing each other to succeed. Second, each person in the cohort brings a new perspective -- often from different industries and always from different backgrounds and personal experiences. So, even if you have been out of the game for what you see as “too long,” there’s certainly a program out there where your perspective on life and business can benefit everyone.
5. I wasn’t the perfect student in undergrad – and taking the GMAT is a huge deterrent. A high undergrad GPA is not the only requirement for admission to a quality MBA program. In fact, it is not even the most important. Good programs that fit into your life, do just that -- they look at your overall profile, from work history and project experience, to your goals and aspirations. Today, many MBA programs are willing to waive the GMAT test, as long as you have the work experience. 

Stop thinking that you might not be the right person for a particular MBA program, and start thinking about which program might be the right one for where you want your career to go. If you’re ready to skip the excuses and take the first step in pursuing your MBA, click here to attend the next information session or if your ready to apply click here!

Location

Where will I take courses?

All courses for the part time evening program are held in West Chester, Ohio at Miami's Voice of America Learning Center.

Cost

What is the cost per credit hour?

The cost per credit hour is $1050. There are a total of 36 credit hours that must be completed for a total cost of approximately $38,000.

What additional expenses can I expect to incur while I am a student?

Other than a technology fee in the fall and spring semester there are no other expenses. Your course materials are provided at no additional cost.

Admission

What is the application deadline?

Application review is on a rolling basis and therefore the application can be submitted anytime before the start date of the fall or spring semester. However, priority will be given to those qualified candidates who have completed the application process.

When will I know if I've been accepted?

You will be notified of your acceptance status 1-2 weeks after your application file is complete and you have gone through the interview process.

Can I still work during the day while I am in school?

Yes. This program is only offered in the evening at our West Chester location. It is designed for those that wish to continue to work during the day and attend classes in the evening. Our course schedule of 12-week semesters, significant breaks in between, and a 2 year format make sure you can continue to work while pursuing your MBA. In order to best accommodate your busy schedule dinner is provided as well as course materials at no additional cost.

When can I begin courses in the MBA Program?

Once accepted, you may choose from either our fall or spring term.

Do you require work experience?

Yes we require at least three years work experience. There are circumstances in which we have admitted students with less than three years, post-baccalaureate work experience. We understand that "work experience" comes in many shapes and sizes. If you have a unique professional history that might not fit exactly within our parameters, please call us at (513) 895-8876 to discuss your individual situation.

What sort of an academic background do I need?

The Miami MBA is designed for students with any academic background. Over 50% of the students in our program hold an undergraduate degree other than business.

Prerequisites

Will I be required to take any prerequisite courses?

We require accepted students to have taken financial accounting, microeconomics, and statistics before they can be registered for the core courses. It is important to note: If you have taken these courses in the past and received a letter grade of "C" or better you are not required to retake.

GMAT/GRE

Will having extensive work experience substitute for the GMAT?

This will be decided on a case by case basis given the candidate has extensive work experience. A candidate must participate in the interview process in order for this to be considered.

Will having a graduate degree substitute for the GMAT?

Yes we will waive the GMAT or GRE if an applicant possesses a graduate degree.

Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE BEFORE I submit my application materials?

No we recommend submitting your admission material first so we can determine during the interview whether a candidate should sit for the exam.

I haven't taken the GMAT, but have taken the GRE. Does that count toward admission?

Yes we will accept both the GRE and GMAT.