Master of Management at Aquinas College

Master of Management: Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. 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 (submit copy of resume); completion of the GMAT with a score of 450 or higher (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, 1700 Fulton Street E, 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.  Submit a copy of current resume to Graduate Coordinator, Lynn Atkins-Rykert at
  3. Official scores from the GMAT with a score of 450 or higher. Students may be admitted conditionally and begin course work before taking the test. Students must complete the test within the first semester before final acceptance. The GMAT, a computer-adaptive test, is offered at various Michigan locations by appointment. The GMAT application is located at GMAT’s website. Students exhibiting high undergraduate academic achievement (3.2 GPA or above), and professionals with five years of work experience may be eligible for a GMAT waiver with Director approval.
  4. Two letters of recommendation to be written on forms supplied by the MM program. The letters must be from professional or academic persons knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic and/or professional experiences and dispositions (letters from family or personal friends are not acceptable). Please use the form located here.

Transfer of Credits
A maximum of nine (9) graduate semester hours from an accredited institution may be transferred to the M.M. 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. 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.

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
A- 3.7  
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3  
C 2.0
NC 0.0 (No Credit)
I (Incomplete) 
AU (Audit)
W (Withdrawal)

A student may repeat a course only once. The letter 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.