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What business foundation courses do I need to start the program?

The MBA Admission Committee will review each applicant’s admission material for evidence of competency in the areas of foundational accounting, applied statistics, finance, and business software applications. Competency is typically demonstrated by academic course(s) or professional certificates.  Upon review of the student’s admission material, the MBA Admission Committee may require the graduate foundation course, BUS 605, or appropriate undergraduate course(s) to be completed.

605 Business Tools for the MBA (3) (Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA Program or approval of the Dean of the School of Business) This course will provide the fundamental knowledge necessary to enter the MBA curriculum. Subject matter includes foundational accounting, applied statistics, finance, and business software applications



What is the schedule for ON-CAMPUS CLASSES Spring 2015?

Saturday, January 18
Saturday, April 25

Optional meeting: March 7  


What is the schedule for Summer 2015?

May 12:  Classes begins
Saturday May 16: On-campus class
Saturday TBD : On-campus class
Optional on-campus class: June 6 


What is the schedule for Fall 2015?

August 24 Classes begin
Saturday August 29:  On-campus class
Saturday December 5:  On-campus class
Optional on-campus class:  Saturday October 10 


What is the schedule for Spring 2016?

January 12 Classes begin
Saturday January 16:  On-campus class
Saturday April 25:  On-campus class
Optional on-campus class: Saturday March 5 


How long will it take to earn the FMU MBA degree?

The MBA program consist of 10 courses/30 credit hours. Students typically take two courses each semester for four consecutive semesters, including at two summer terms. No electives are required, and no concentrations are provided.

For some students, the FMU Accelerated MBA schedule is an option. This program allows for four courses per semester and completion of the program within 15 months. Permission must be received from the MBA Admission Committee for the accelerated option.


Are all courses offered every semester?

No. All courses are not offered every semester. It is very important that you consult with the MBA Director concerning your schedule. The following courses are scheduled.

Summer 2015

MBA 725 Applied Marketing
MBA 720 Contemporary Issues in Business


Fall 2015

MBA 700 Accounting Analysis
MBA 705 Economic Analysis
MBA 735 Operations Management
MBA 740 Applied Corporate Finance 


Spring 2016

MBA 710 Business Analytics
MBA 715 Systems Design
MBA 730 Leadership and Management
MBA 745 Strategic Planning


Summer 2016

MBA 725 Applied Marketing
MBA 720 Contemporary Issues in Business



How are the courses taught?

The professor’s use of technology to deliver content and manage the course allows the student flexibility in balancing work demands, personal life and the academic requirements. With the goal of stimulating inter-active learning and relationship-building, each professor designs a program of study for the best delivery of the course. Each class has a minimum of two on-campus Saturday meetings. Some classes require three on-campus Saturday meetings.


Is the FMU MBA program accredited?

Yes!  The FMU MBA program is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and professionally by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Can I transfer graduate course credits into the FMU MBA program?

Yes, but no more than two, 3-credit hour courses may be transferred.All transient credit must be from a regionally accredited institution and must be verified by an official transcript from the institution at which the graduate study was undertaken. Only courses from AACSB-accredited schools will be considered. Courses must match our curriculum.


What are the learning goals for the FMU MBA program?

Graduates of the Francis Marion University MBA program will demonstrate:

Comprehension of the effects of global influences on business. The graduate will demonstrate this knowledge by being able to integrate international perspectives into business solutions.

Analytical and conceptual skills to analyze and solve managerial problems within the context of a strategic plan that integrates all aspects of business.

The ability to communicate business issues in both oral and written form to appropriate audiences.

Creativity and adaptability in developing responses to regional and national business problems.

An awareness of ethical perspectives and incorporate these within decision making.

Knowledge and understanding of the core subjects in business ---accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and strategic integration.


How does the MBA Admission Committee evaluate applications?

The MBA Admission Committee reviews all application material for evidence of preparation for graduate education in business and for promise of success as a graduate student.  After a review of the student’s admission material, the MBA Admission Committee may require a personal interview with the Director and/or the MBA Admission Committee. Applicants are not evaluated until all application material has been submitted.


What is the process for obtaining a waiver for the GMAT?

Please contact the Director of the MBA program. The GMAT may be waived if you have an advanced degree or professional certificates.

How and when do I register for my classes?

The MBA Office registers all students for their classes each semester. Registration occurs 4-6 weeks prior to the new semester. Once registered, the MBA Office emails students at their FMU email address letting them know that they have been registered


Got more questions?  Contact the FMU School of Business: 843.661.1424  or email the MBA Director

Last Published: January 21, 2015 11:50 AM
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