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2011-2012 Catalog 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Regular Full-Time, MBA

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Graduate Faculty

Deepinder Bajwa (1999) PhD, management information systems.
Earl D. Benson (1980) PhD, finance.
Brian K. Burton (1995) PhD, business environment.
Craig Dunn (2005) PhD, business environment.
Brandon Dupont (2006) PhD, economic history, labor economics.
David R. Fewings (1985) PhD, finance.
Joseph E. Garcia (1985) PhD, organizational behavior.
David L. Gilbertson (1988) PhD, auditing/financial accounting.
Steven Globerman (1994) PhD, international business.
Daniel A. Hagen (1988) PhD, environmental/international/labor/microeconomics.
Pamela L. LaBorde (1990) PhD, finance.
Julia L. Hansen (1988) PhD, urban/labor economics.
K. Peter Harder (1970) PhD, economic history.
Peter Haug (1986) PhD, operations management.
Steven E. Hansen (1985) PhD, microeconomics, applied econometrics.
L. Hart Hodges (2005) PhD, natural resources, applied business.
Stella Hua (2002) PhD, operations management and quantitative methods.
Marguerite R. Hutton (1989) PhD, taxation.
Jason M. Kanov (2007) PhD, organizational behavior
Ilhyung Kim (2004) PhD, operations and technology management.
Jongwook Kim (2003) PhD, business policy and strategic management.
Shawn Knabb (2005) PhD, macroeconomics, public finance, growth.
John Krieg (2000) PhD, econometrics, money and banking, macroeconomics.
Floyd L. Lewis (1983) PhD, management information systems.
Matthew Liao-Troth (2002) PhD, organizational theory and behavior.
Edwin A. Love (2008) PhD, marketing
Marko Madunic (2009) PhD, business policy and strategic management & international business
Sandra Mottner (2001) PhD, marketing.
Dennis R. Murphy (1979) PhD, managerial decisions/international finance.
David M. Nelson (1977) PhD, macroeconomics/money markets.
Thomas J. Olney (1986) PhD, marketing.
Mary Ann Reynolds (1996) PhD, financial accounting.
Thomas Roehl (1999) PhD, international business.
Matthew Roelofs (1997) PhD, managerial economics.
Steven C. Ross (1989) PhD, management information systems.
David S. Rystrom (1983) PhD, finance.
George D. Sanders (1995) PhD, financial/governmental accounting.
J. Christopher Sandvig (2001) PhD, management information systems.
Mary Sass (2005) PhD, organizational behavior and development.
Stephen V. Senge (1985) CMA, DBA, managerial accounting
Khim L. Sim (2008) PhD, managerial accounting
William R. Singleton (1976) PhD, taxation.
Mark Springer (1987) PhD, operations management.
Paul Storer (1996) PhD, economics.
Ozan Sula (2006) PhD, international finance, macroeconomics, money and banking.
Audrey Taylor (2001) PhD, managerial accounting.
Craig Tyran (2001) PhD, management and information systems.
Kristi M. Tyran (2001) PhD, organizational behavior.
Daniel M. Warner (1978) JD, business law.
Wendy J. Bryce Wilhelm (1986) PhD, marketing.
Nicholas Wonder (2002) PhD, corporate finance.
Zhe George Zhang (2000) PhD, statistics.
David Zhu (2008) PhD, accounting information systems.

Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is a rigorous, integrated graduate business program designed to prepare students for responsible leadership positions in private, public and nonprofit organizations. The Western MBA curriculum provides a balance of theory and application essential for managerial excellence. The program is intended for the active manager and technical supervisor as well as those looking for new opportunities at the mid-management level. Regardless of undergraduate degree, candidates will find a challenging program designed to meet their specific background and needs.

The College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Program Goals

The typical student graduating from Western Washington University’s MBA program shall:

  • Understand various domestic and global contexts of business, including economic, technological, ecological, legal and regulatory, and social and political (including issues related to social and cultural diversity)
  • Understand concepts, models, and techniques associated with strategic and tactical areas of business
  • Possess the ability to solve problems in unfamiliar circumstances and unpredictable environments
  • Have effective communication skills
  • Understand ethical issues and different modes of ethical reasoning
  • Possess important managerial skills

Program Mission

The MBA program in CBE provides a high-quality general graduate business program designed to develop organizational leaders who have strong managerial skills, a solid foundation in the core business functions, and a global perspective on issues that affect organizations and markets. The program is distinguished by small classes, collegial relationships among faculty and students, and a diverse student body.

Admission Prerequisites

Knowledge prerequisites: Normally an applicant to the program must have completed a college-level calculus course or otherwise demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in quantitative methods prior to entering the program. It also is expected that entering students will have proficiency in the use of microcomputers and common business software such as spreadsheets. Well-developed communications skills also are important.

Program Application / Admission Requirements

The Western Washington University MBA program invites applications from students with any undergraduate major. Current MBA admissions criteria include a minimum 3.00 upper-division undergraduate GPA, an acceptable GMAT or GRE score, a résumé, and a statement of purpose. International students must also submit a TOEFL score of at least 227 for the computer-based test, 567 for the paper-based test, or 86 for the Internet-based test.

To apply for admission, send a completed official application form to the Graduate School along with an application fee, official transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores, personal statement of background and intentions, and a résumé showing work experience. (Further information, including deadlines, is provided in the Graduate School section of this catalog.)

Admit Quarters: Fall (regular track).

Deadline: Application deadline is May 1. International students are encouraged to submit applications by February 1 to ensure adequate time for admission decision and application for student visa.

Specific Test Requirements: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. Test scores may be waived if an applicant has an advanced degree - MA, MS, or PhD. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted by applicants who are not native speakers of English.

Supporting Materials:

  • Application with $60 fee (subject to change)
  • One set of official transcripts from all previous college-level work (no more than two years old)
  • Personal statement of background and intention
  • Résumé showing work experience

The Curriculum

Three unique programs of study are offered to meet the needs of various student groups.

The Traditional Full-Time MBA Program serves students without recent substantial course work in business and economics

Program Requirements (84 credits)

Other Requirements

Students must demonstrate competence through substantive experience in an organizational setting. This must be done through formal evaluation by a supervisor, and can be accomplished either before or during the student’s time in the program. More details on this requirement can be obtained from the MBA program office.

Academic Probation

The Graduate School requires that all graduate students maintain a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to be a candidate for a degree and to remain in good academic standing. Students in the MBA program falling below this standard will automatically be placed on academic probation and will be allowed a maximum of 16 credits of course work to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.00 or better. If, after completing 16 additional credits, a student has failed to achieve good standing, that student may only be allowed to continue MBA studies with special permission.

In no case will a student be recommended for a master’s degree without having achieved a 3.00 GPA or better.

Student Advising

For answers to routine questions concerning preparation and progress through the program, students should consult this catalog and the program Website. Nonroutine questions should be directed to the program director, assistant director or program manager.

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