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Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

What makes the Marylhurst MBA program different?
What kind of students fit best in the program?
What kinds of MBA programs do you offer?
Can I switch from one program format to another?
Can I start the MBA program any term?
Do you accept transfer credits?
Do I need to choose a concentration, and/or do I have to choose it right away?
May I take a term off or adjust the number of classes I'm taking each term?
Do I get to choose my courses?
If I take some or all of my courses online, will my degree indicate that?
Do you offer career services and/or placement?
How many hours a week will I need to spend on each class?
How long will it take to complete my degree?
What is the average class size?
What skills and knowledge will I gain in the program?

Application questions

What's the most important aspect of the admissions process?
What do you look for in an application essay?
How important are my GMAT scores?
What if I don't have five or more years of work experience or a 3.0 GPA?
How important is my employment status?
Are there prerequisites to the program?

Financial questions

What is the cost of the MBA program?
Do I have to attend full time to be eligible for student loans?
What loan programs are available? How do I apply?
Do you accept employer tuition reimbursement?
Are there scholarships available for active military personnel or veterans?

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How can I learn more about the Marylhurst MBA?


What makes the Marylhurst MBA program different?

We are focused on developing the ethical leaders of tomorrow. Since 1893, we've provided a rigorous, relevant liberal arts education to those who want to serve and lead.

The Marylhurst MBA program is centered on the needs of adult learners and working professionals You'll be hard pressed to find another area program that combines quality curriculum and top-notch practitioner faculty with so many different ways to earn your degree – part-time or full-time, on campus once a week or online, at your own pace or in a structured system.

An MBA is an investment in yourself and your future. We take that investment seriously, making sure your business education integrates case studies and team projects to give you the practical, real-world skills and knowledge you need to reach your professional goals.


What kinds of students fit best in the program?

The best Marylhurst MBA program candidates are:

  • Working professionals with at least five years' relevant experience who have strong leadership potential and intellectual curiosity
  • Responsible, self-starting learners fully committed to growing academically, professionally and personally
  • Individuals who value leadership, ethics, stewardship and service


What kinds of MBA programs do you offer?

*Available in an accelerated online format only


Can I switch from one program format to another?

Yes, although it's important to work with your MBA adviser to make sure your transition is smooth.


Can I start the MBA program any term?

Students can start the Marylhurst MBA and accelerated online MBA programs any term. The Saturday MBA offers fall admission only. In the MBA in Sustainable Business, online students can start any term; on-campus students can start fall or spring terms.


Do you accept transfer credits?

You may transfer up to 9 quarter credits from other schools, with permission from your MBA adviser.


Do I need to choose a concentration, and/or do I have to choose it right away?

Students in the general Marylhurst MBA program do not need to choose a concentration — the general management concentration is your default if you don't choose another option (about half of our students go this route). We actually encourage you to wait until you complete your core classes to choose a concentration. If you're an accelerated online student, though, you'll need to choose your concentration before you start classes due to the speed and intensity of the program.


May I take a term off or adjust the number of classes I'm taking each term?

If you're in the general Marylhurst MBA program, this is easy to do because you move through the program at your own pace. You can take from one to four classes any term, and take breaks whenever you wish. This is harder to do in the Saturday MBA or accelerated online programs, though, because those programs move you through classes in a specific order. You'll also want to make sure a change in your course load doesn't affect your financial aid eligibility, so please check with your MBA adviser before making changes to your schedule.


Do I get to choose my courses?

Yes, if you're in the general Marylhurst MBA program. The schedules in the Saturday and accelerated online programs are predetermined for you.


If I take some or all of my courses online, will my degree indicate that?

No, it will simply state the degree you have earned, not the format of your courses.


Do you offer career services and/or placement?

Our Office of Career Services & Internships can provide you with many kinds of assistance as you look for your next opportunity. Please feel free to check out the services offered by our career services office.


How many hours a week will I need to spend on each class?

For each credit hour you should expect to spend one to three hours a week outside class. For example, taking 6 credit hours would require six to 18 hours of your time outside class each week, depending on your comfort level with the material.


How long will it take to complete my degree?

If you take two courses per term or enroll in our Saturday MBA, you'll complete your MBA in about two years. Students in our accelerated online MBA programs complete their degrees in 18 months.


What is the average class size?

In our MBA program we average 13 students per class.


What skills and knowledge will I gain in the program?

When you have completed your MBA, you will:

  • Have deeper understanding of all aspects of business (from accounting to strategy) and how they all are interrelated
  • Understand emerging business concepts, as well as information technology and management trends
  • Be able to analyze domestic and global business environments through an array of lenses — economic, legal, cultural and ethical
  • Know how to lead and make decisions ethically
  • Be a stronger writer, presenter, critical thinker and collaborator
  • Know how to apply and integrate what you've learned into a real-life business environment


What's the most important aspect of the admissions process?

The quality of your essay and your personal interview. Both must demonstrate you're a good fit with our value-based program. Both are an opportunity for us to get to know you and understand the journey that brought you to Marylhurst.


What do you look for in an application essay?

We are looking for:

  • Integrity, sincerity, talent, leadership potential and an indication you understand and embrace Marylhurst's values and mission
  • Strong writing skills
  • Clarity and logical thinking

For international candidates, we also are looking for strong English language skills.


How important are my GMAT scores?

Your GMAT scores are very important, along with your scores on other required tests, such as the TOEFL for international applicants. But we also believe many other factors, such as work experience and community service or other forms of service, are equally reflective of your true potential and leadership abilities. That's why if you meet certain work experience and GPA requirements, we will waive the GMAT requirement.


What if I don't have five or more years of work experience or a 3.0 GPA?

For applicants with more than five years' work experience, your experience, essay, interview and letters of recommendation will be weighed more heavily than academic history in the decision about whether to admit you to the program. For applicants with less than five years' work experience, the admissions decision is based largely on academic achievement. We consider many factors, including GMAT scores. Your personal interview with us gives you the opportunity to emphasize your strengths as an MBA candidate and address any potential weaknesses.


How important is my employment status?

While many MBA candidates are employed, others are transitioning between careers or exploring self-employment. All are welcome, as they bring diverse experience and perspectives to the classroom.


Are there prerequisites to the program?

No prerequisites are required. Students with business and non-business undergraduate majors are equally encouraged to apply.


What is the cost of the MBA program?

Check our tuition Web page for the most current information about tuition and fees.


Do I have to attend full time to be eligible for student loans?

No. You are eligible for a student loan if you are enrolled in 5 credits a term. Nine credits a term is considered full time.


What loan programs are available? How do I apply?

The federal Stafford loan program makes $20,500 per year available to each graduate student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. For more loan program options, please visit our Types of Financial Aid page. To apply for financial aid visit our Apply for Financial Aid page.


Do you accept employer tuition reimbursement?

Yes. Check to see if your employer offers a tuition reimbursement program. For more information, please visit out Employer Reimbursement page.


Are there scholarships available for active military personnel or veterans?

Yes. Please visit our Military Service Scholarships page for more information.


How can I learn more about the Marylhurst MBA?

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