Master of Management  
 

Admission Requirements

 
Admission Requirements Academic Information Scholarship Information
 
Admission Requirements
 
Regular Admission

Consideration for admission into the Master of Management program is based on the following:

 
1. A bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional association such as North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
 
2. Evidence of interest, aptitude and ability to undertake graduate studies in management, such as: previous full-time work experience; completion of the GMAT (may be waived); an undergraduate GPA of 2.8; two letters of recommendation; and a personal interview with the Program Director.
 
Conditional Admission and Probation
Students may begin taking classes on a conditional basis prior to taking the GMAT. However, the GMAT must be taken within the first semester of the student’s program, otherwise further course registrations may be placed on hold. Students conditionally admitted with an undergraduate GPA below 2.8 are considered to be on probation and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the first 12 semester hours of course work. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.
 
Application Procedure
To enroll as a candidate for the Master of Management (M.M.) degree, the following documents must be submitted to: Director of Graduate Management Programs, Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Road, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799.
 
1. Official transcripts from all universities and colleges previously attended. Students should request that transcripts be sent by each institution directly to the above address.
 
2. A completed application form. Upon receipt of the completed application, the Graduate Studies Office will contact the applicant to set up an appointment for an interview with a program administrator.
 
3. Official scores from the GMAT. Although students may be admitted conditionally into the program to begin course work before taking the test, they must complete the test within the first semester before final acceptance as a degree candidate. The GMAT, a computer-adaptive test, is offered at various Michigan locations by appointment. Application materials may be obtained from the School of Management office, directly from GMAT, (609) 771-7330 or from GMAT’s website. Students exhibiting high undergraduate academic achievement (3.2 GPA or above), or professionals with five years of work experience may be eligible for a GMAT waiver with the approval of the Program Director.
 
Transfer of Credits
A maximum of nine (9) graduate semester hours from an accredited institution may be transferred to the Master of Management program. In order to be considered for transfer credit, course work completed at other institutions must have been taken at the graduate level within five years of the student’s admission to Aquinas. Only those courses in which the academic grade earned is 3.0 or better can be transferred to the M.M. program. The content of the course must be consistent with the objectives of the M.M. program. Once a student is enrolled in the program, he or she must have approval from the Program Director before taking any courses at other institutions for potential transfer to the M.M. program.
 
Auditor/Visitor Status
A course may be audited in the Master of Management program for 50 percent of the regular tuition, on a space available basis. The course work will not count toward the M.M. degree. Audited credits are not computed in the grade-point-average, but are entered on the student’s transcript. An auditor is one who is officially registered for a course, but not for credit, nor with obligation to do the work of the course. Audit status must be declared at the time of registration and may not be changed. Those auditing courses must submit an application form together with the appropriate fee. Visitors are welcome and may attend one or more classes at no charge, with the instructor’s permission.
 
Guest Status
A student may enroll as a guest in the Master of Management program for one or two courses. To do so, the student must submit the completed application form. No transcripts or test scores are required, but a personal interview with a program administrator is necessary. Tuition, fees, and course requirements are the same as those for admitted students. Credits and grades earned will appear on the student’s academic record.
 
Academic Information
 
Degree Requirements
The Master of Management degree is conferred when the following requirements are met:
 
1. Completion of a minimum of thirty-nine (39) semester hours of graduate credit with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. See list of courses under Curriculum and Courses for specific course requirements.
 
2. At least thirty (30) semester hours of graduate course work taken at Aquinas College.
 
3. Completion of all requirements within a period of seven (7) years after registration for the first course at Aquinas College.
 
4. Payment of all financial obligations, including parking tickets, to the College.
 
5. Proper application for the degree. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the process with the completion of twenty-seven (27) credit hours or two (2) semesters prior to anticipated completion of the program. Students who complete requirements in December, May or August respectively, are encouraged to participate in the May commencement ceremonies.
 
Grading Policy
All grades, including No Credit (NC), are recorded on an official transcript, and are calculated in the student’s cumulative grade-point-average (GPA). A student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to receive the Master of Management degree. A Grade of I (Incomplete) may be reported for a student’s work, if for some acceptable reason a small segment remains unfinished at the end of the semester. If the work has not been completed within the first eight weeks of the next semester, the grade I automatically becomes a grade of No Credit.
 
Withdrawals
If a student drops a course by the second Friday after a term begins the student’s record will indicate a Withdrawal (W) from the course, with no impact on the grade-point average or tuition cost. After classes have started, tuition for any course not dropped within the official time period is due in full.
 
Honor Points Grade
(per semester hour)
A 4.0
B 3.0
C 2.0
AU (Audit)
A- 3.7 B- 2.7
NC 0.0 (No Credit)
W (Withdrawal)
B+ 3.3 C+ 2.3 I (Incomplete)  
 
A student may repeat a course only once. The latter grade will be the grade recorded and used to calculate the GPA. Both grades will appear on the student’s transcript.
 
Probation/Dismissal Policy
If at any time after completion of the first six (6) semesters, the student’s cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) falls below a minimum of 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. If the student’s cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 upon completion of an additional six (6) semester hours, the student may be dismissed from the program.
 
Financial Aid and Scholarships
 
All degree candidates who wish to apply for financial assistance must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis or six (6) credit hours per semester. Financial aid is renewable as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and meets all other aid eligibility criteria. For more information regarding financial aid, please call (616) 632-2893 or visit the Aquinas College Financial Aid website. Also, visit www.finaid.org to obtain national financial aid resources. Students may be eligible to receive assistance from any of the following programs:
 
Michigan Tuition Grant Program
Michigan residents may be eligible for six semesters of assistance from the State of Michigan. Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by an application for financial aid. In order to apply for a Michigan Tuition Grant, a student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available in the Financial Aid Office.
 
Federal Stafford Loan Programs
Eligible students may borrow up to certain stipulated amounts per academic year and in the aggregate as loan assistance, including undergraduate loans. Payments on student loans begin six (6) months after the student ceases to be enrolled in classes on at least a half-time basis. The federal government will pay the interest on the subsidized loan while the student is enrolled in the program. Unsubsidized loans are also available. Application materials may be obtained at a local bank or lending institution.
 
Hruby Scholarships: Service and Leadership through Volunteerism
Prior to the fall and winter semesters, Hruby Scholarships are awarded to students enrolling for the first time in the Master of Management program. Applicants who have contributed leadership and service as volunteers in their community, family, or church are eligible to apply. Applications are available in the Office of Adult Recruitment.
 
Donnelly Scholarships
Employees of participating organizations may be eligible to participate in the Donnelly Scholarship program. Contact the Office of Adult Recruitment.
 
Veterans Information
Eligible veterans are urged to contact the Veterans Certifying Official located in the Advising Center for information and assistance concerning Veterans Affairs benefits.