Doermer School of Business MBA Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How does IPFW’s program rank relative to other MBA programs in the area?
A. IPFW offers the only Big Ten degree in Northeast Indiana; students earn an internationally recognized MBA. In addition, the IPFW program is the only one in the area accreditedby AACSB-International. Only 5 percent of MBA programs worldwide possess this level of accreditation.

Q. I don’t have a bachelor’s degree in business. Should I apply for this program?
A. Students need a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for this program, but they do not need a bachelor’s degree in business. All students in the program take 11 classes, regardless of their educational background.

Q. Do I need to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for admission?
A. Students are not required to take the GMAT for admission into the Professional MBA program.

Q. What is the Quantitative Aptitude Test?
A. While a Bachelor’s in Business and the GMAT are not required for admission, due to the accelerated nature of the program, students should have some comfort and familiarity with quantitative subjects. The aptitude test helps to evaluate applicants’ quantitative skill level.

Q. How are admission decisions made?
A. Class sizes are small and because the number of applications typically exceed the number of cohort seats available, admission decisions are competitive. At a minimum, candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree and three years of related work experience. In addition, the Graduate Policy Committee considers a number of characteristics including management, leadership, creativity, maturity, initiative, and organizational and administrative skills.

Q. How many credits will I need to graduate from the program?
A. The Professional MBA program consists of 11 classes for a total of 33 credit hours.

Q. How long does it take to complete the program?
A. 11½ months.

Q. When do classes meet?
A. The use of online technology allows for some courses to be offered online. This means classes meet every Saturday.

Q. How many classes will I take at a time?
A. During regular quarters (called components), students take three classes. During the last component of the program, students take two courses.

Q. Is it possible for me to take only one course per semester in this program?
A. No. However, if you are interested in a less accelerated model, you may be interested in IPFW’s MBA+ program.

Q. What type of classwork can I expect?
A. Throughout their studies, students might complete individual and group work, projects, case study analysis, presentations, take-home and in-class exams. How students are graded and assessed will vary from class to class.

Q. I’ve been out of school for some time. Will I be able to take part in this program?
A. Yes, many returning adult students find they are anxious about returning to school after many years. However, students soon find that many classmates are in the same situation and the support these classmates provide is invaluable.

Q. What is a cohort?
A. The term cohort refers to the group of students who progress through a program together. Cohort based scheduling allows for the building of lasting relationships and extensive networking among students.

Q. How much is tuition?
A. The cost per credit hour can be found on our website.

Q. What type of help is available if I miss class or don’t understand the topic?
A. To help facilitate learning, some classes are recorded. You can review topics within the searchable database of recorded lectures.

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