Most employers see no difference between a resident MBA and the online MBA, and often encourage online education.
Two or more years of professional experience is recommended. "Professional experience" refers to postbaccalaureate degree work that involves management of projects, people, materials, or finances. Please contact the program director if you have concerns about your work experience.
Applicants should possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and should have reliable access to a computer, the Internet, and videoconferencing devices in order to successfully complete the online MBA.
For specific technical requirements for the online MBA program, please see our technical requirements page.
When you complete the online MBA, your diploma will state that Monroe College grants you the degree of Master of Business Administration. Additionally, your transcript will be a Monroe College transcript. Neither the diploma nor the transcript will differentiate according to the mode (online or otherwise) in which the courses or degree was completed.
There are many different types of assignments in the online MBA program. You will receive specific instructions on how each assignment is to be submitted. Your instructor will be available for any questions you have.
After an assignment has been received, it will be graded and the feedback will be shared with you. Your instructor may provide feedback via surface mail, e-mail, instant messaging, or an online grade book.
For the most part you will work through the course content at a time and place that are convenient for you. However, most courses do have one lesson assigned per week. You will be responsible for meeting due dates for activities assigned in any lesson. Sometimes an activity requires that you schedule times for team-based work during the week.
Students in the online MBA program use a variety of communication methods, including telephone (one-on-one and conference calls), e-mail, online discussion forums (message boards,instant messaging, etc.), Blackboard and real-time conferencing software (Elluminate Live). As the program develops, specific interaction strategies are selected by the students to best meet their needs.
Applicants for the online MBA program are not required to take the GMAT or GRE. If an applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0, the Admissions Committee may suggest the GMAT or GRE to improve the chances of acceptance.
The Admissions Committee considers the entire application, including the actual application, essay, recommendation letters, and writing assessment. The applicants undergraduate GPA and previous work experience are all factors of acceptance into the online MBA program. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 and above will be given preference in the admissions process.
The online MBA program requires a background in business, specifically courses in Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management and Marketing, and Statistics. Applicant without previous business experience or undergraduate degrees in non-business related fields may apply as long as they understand that they must take Foundation Workshops.