WCSU Graduate Catalog 2020-21 : ANCELL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS


Master of Business Administration

Dr. Yaseen Hayajneh, Graduate Coordinator, WS 143 Phone (office): (203) 837-8183


Accounting Faculty  J. Donegan; M. Ganon; X. Jiang; Y. Kim; G. Rotondo
Finance Faculty C. Huang; W. Lin; L. Vo; A. Wong.
Management Faculty P. Assenza; S. Bazan; K. Burnard; M. Chuang; M. Dugal; L.Forbes; A. Galli-Debicella; Y. Hayajneh; B. Teucher; D. Weltmann.
Management Information Systems E. Collar; J. Flynn; R. Montague; P. Nugent; T. Yoon.
Marketing E. AbouElgheit; R. Drozdenko; X. Han; K. Koza; B Oumlil.
Division of Justice and Law Administration M. Alizadeh; H. Arslan; W. DeFeo; T. Dwyer; K. C. Jordan; G. Kain; R. Kroll;  K. Marino; T. Miller; D. Sharma; S. Yamen.

Program Overview and Mission

Western’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB, https://www.aacsb.edu/about). Western’s M.B.A. program focuses on preparing students for managerial positions and leadership roles in contemporary organizations. Students acquire vital knowledge about business and organizational functions and activities. Students are challenged to think strategically and to hone skills needed to succeed in competitive environments.

Western’s M.B.A. is designed with flexibility in mind to meet the needs of our students:

Working Professionals: Students can take one or two courses in the fall, spring, summer and intersession, completing the degree in as little as two years.

Full-time Students: For students able to make a full-time commitment including summer and intersession, the program can be completed in 12-14 months depending on required prerequisites. Our scheduling also meets the needs of Accounting graduates who are completing Connecticut’s 150 credit hour requirement prior to joining accounting firms. 

Most graduate classes meet one night a week on Monday through Thursday evenings at 5:25 p.m.  Some courses may be offered in online or hybrid formats and occasionally at 8 p.m. or on weekends. Small classes, usually fewer than 25 students, encourage interaction and collegiality among the students.


Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

1.   COMMUNICATION: Students will be able to communicate effectively.

  • Learning Outcome 1 (written): Students will demonstrate effective, professional written communication skills when preparing business plans, analyzing cases, and communicating day-to-day matters.
  • Learning Outcome 2 (oral): Students will demonstrate effective, professional oral communication skills when making persuasive and knowledge transfer presentations.

2.   LEADERSHIP AND TEAMS: Students will demonstrate leadership and team membership behavior.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate leadership competency by describing and identifying leadership traits and by exercising leadership behaviors in group assignments.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate team membership competency by acting as effective team members during group assignments and simulations and by describing and identifying the traits possessed by effective team members.

3.  CRITICAL THINKING/ETHICS: MBA graduates will demonstrate strong critical thinking and sensitivity to ethical issues.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate strong critical thinking skills through the recognition of assumptions, evaluation or arguments, and drawing of appropriate conclusions.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues influencing business decisions.

4.  GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of global business issues.

  • Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate knowledge of global business issues influencing decision making by business organizations.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.B.A. program must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Old Main, Rm. 101:

  • a completed application for graduate study – Online application: http://wcsu.edu/graduate/application.asp
  • an official transcript from each college or university previously attended, including all undergraduate and graduate courses, grades, and degrees
  • two letters of recommendation, preferably from employers or former professors
  • a current resume or curriculum vita
  • a meeting with the program coordinator
  • Recommended is a statement why the applicant desires to pursue an M.B.A. at WCSU.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required for non-native English speakers with limited exposure to English.
  • an official copy of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. GMAT/GRE scores must be from no more than five years prior to the date of enrollment.

Admission to the M.B.A. program is based on the information in the above items and the meeting with the program coordinator. No admission decision can be made until all of the required materials are in the applicant’s file in the Office of Graduate Admissions. Previous academic achievements, GMAT/GRE test scores, recommendations, and work experience are important factors. If you are admitted to the program you will be required to submit proof of immunization before you can register for courses. For more information go to http://www.wcsu.edu/healthservices/onlineforms.asp for Connecticut State University Immunization Requirements and Connecticut State University Student Health Services Form. 

Admission Formula

In general, admission to the M.B.A. will be determined using the following M.B.A. Admission Formula Score:  (Undergraduate GPA x 200) + GMAT score > 1,050

GMAT/GRE Exam Waivers

You may receive a GMAT/GRE waiver if you have significant professional business and management experience, recognized professional certification (CPS, CFA, CMA, CIA, CFP), past graduate degree (master’s or higher), or a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or take 2 M.B.A. 3 S.H. program courses as a non-matriculated student in one semester, and receive an average grade of 3.67 or better. Contact M.B.A. Coordinator for details on this process.

Degree Requirements

The M.B.A. degree will be conferred upon the matriculated M.B.A. graduate student who has

  • completed prerequisite courses (minus waived)
  • completed  37 graduate credits (minus waived and transferred credits) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 B or better
  • participated in program-level assessments
  • completed the program within an six-year period
  • filed the application for the degree with the Office of Graduate Admissions by December 1 for the May commencement, February 1 for an August conferral, or
    October 1 for a January conferral

Waiver of Courses

The number of courses required for the M.B.A. degree may be reduced by waiver of some or all of the prerequisite courses (a maximum of 7 semester hours). These waivers are based on the applicant’s undergraduate business degree transcript completed business courses with satisfactory grades of B or better, or relevant graduate courses with satisfactory grades of B or better.

Transfer of Courses

Up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred to the M.B.A. program for equivalent courses completed elsewhere. To be considered for transfer, the courses must have been completed with a grade of B or better in the six years prior to enrollment in Western’s M.B.A. program.

Substitution of Courses

Course substitutions may be allowed within the M.B.A. program to accommodate special considerations. Please see the M.B.A. Coordinator.

Courses in Residence

A minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the M.B.A. program must be completed at WCSU.

Course Restrictions                                                                     

For a complete list of prerequisites, co-requisites, and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog or contact the M.B.A. coordinator. 

Graduate Student Success Manual Ancell Leads

This manual, targeted to our Ancell graduate students, provides information about student life here at WCSU, and on the Westside campus. The goal is to ease the transition of graduate students to the program at the Ancell School of Business (ASB).

Master of Business Administration

Prerequisite Cluster
 (courses may be waived)  7SH Course Rotation
ACC 501 Introduction to Financial Statements 1 SH Summer and Winter Int
ACC 502 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 1 SH Winter Int
FIN 504 Introduction to Business Statistics 1 SH Summer
FIN 508 Introduction to Economics and Finance 1 SH Summer
MGT 504 Essentials of  Operations Management 1 SH Winter Int
MGT 505 Essentials of Organizational Behavior 1 SH Summer and Fall
MIS 512 Essentials of Management Information Systems 1 SH Summer
Required M.B.A. Courses (courses cannot be waived) 30SH
ACC 507
Strategic Cost Management
3 SH Spring
FIN 560 Analysis of Financial and Investment Decisions 3 SH Fall
MGT 506 Strategic Management 3 SH Summer and Spring
MGT 521 Strategic Integration of Operations 3 SH Spring
MGT 530 Leadership 3 SH Summer and Winter
MIS 516 Information Analysis 3 SH Fall
MKT 534
Strategic Marketing Management
3 SH Fall
MKT 539 Effective Managerial Communication 3 SH Fall
MKT 592 International Business Strategy 3 SH Spring
Elective (chosen in consultation with M.B.A. coordinator) 3 SH Student Discretion
Total SH: 37 SH