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Overview

Campus: Winfield, Kansas

Type: Private

Accreditation: HLC/NCACS

Base Program Cost: $19,836

Per Credit Hour: $551

Minimum Credit Hours: 36

GMAT Required: No

Minimum Time Commitment: 20 months

Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives

On Campus Requirements: No

School Site: Online MBA Overview | Tuition, Financial Aid

Introduction

Southwestern College Professional Studies, located in Winfield, Kan., opened its doors to 43 students as the Southwest Kansas Conference College in 1886. In 1908, the name was changed to its current one. The college began adding online courses in 2001.

Southwestern is a small nonprofit school affiliated with the United Methodist Church that focuses not only on helping students graduate, but also on achieving their personal, professional and academic goals. The affiliation allows students to feel free to explore religious questions during classes. Students in the MBA program can take classes on Methodism, but those will be considered additional electives as there are no religion course requirements.

Accreditation

The Southwestern College Professional Studies Master of Business Administration program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Academics

The soonest students could complete the online MBA program at Southwestern College is 20 months, but they can take up to five years to finish all 39 credit hours. There are no prerequisite class requirements, but if a student has taken MBA classes at a different institution the school will transfer no more than six credit hours. The online MBA program is the same as the on-campus one with courses offered in six-week sessions. The fall and spring semesters each have three six-week sessions and the summer has two six-week sessions.

Admission

The Master of Business Administration program seeks candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • Completed graduate school application
  • Statement of purpose submitted
  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least three years of work experience
  • Resume and two letters of recommendation

There is no application fee or GMAT requirement. There are additional criteria for international students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-13 academic year, the cost per credit hour was $551 with most classes being three credit hours. There are no additional fees. The school offers a military tuition discount for active duty personnel and their spouses, along with National Guard, reservists and Department of Defense civilians.


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