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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 Fall 2015?

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

What is the schedule for Spring 2016?

January 12 Classes begin
Saturday January 16:  On-campus class
Saturday March 5: On-campus Class 
Saturday April 23:  On-campus class

What is the schedule for Summer 2016?

May 10 Classes begin
Saturday May 14: On-campus class
Saturday June 4: On-campus class
Saturday June 25; On-campus class
Classes end July 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.

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.


What technology do I need for the program?

The School of Business continues to integrate interactive technology into the business curriculum and therefore
requires the use of a laptop computer by full-time MBA students at the Francis Marion University.


We do not recommend a specific laptop for our students. However, we do recommend a PC rather than a Mac. 
Some courses require the use of Microsoft Excel for Windows.  The add-ins used for these courses will NOT work in Microsoft Excel for Mac. 

Note: If you are a MAC user, due to compatibility issues, you will need to purchase additional software so you can run the PC version of Microsoft Excel 2010 or higher. The easiest way is to run Microsoft Excel 2010 or higher for the PC on your Mac is to purchase and install VMware Fusion for the Mac OS/X. VMware Fusion 4 will allow you to run a dual boot setup on your Mac computer. Thus, you will be able to choose to boot into your Mac OS/X or Windows OS. Thus, once you have installed VMware Fusion 4, you will be able to install Windows 7  and then install Office 2010 for the PC.

The following laptop specifications are recommended for 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Windows 7 or later version

  • CPU – Core i3 or equivalent, minimum, Core i5 or equivalent, recommended

  • RAM- 4GB minimum, 8GB recommended

  • Hard Drive – 7200RPM SATA or SSD hard drive (with at least 30GB of free space available)

  • External Storage – Flash Drive internal or external USB

  • Ethernet – Integrated Gigabit Ethernet (a wired connection to the Internet is still faster and more stable)

  • Wireless – 802.11 b,g,n

  • USB 2.0 or 3.0

  • Ability to run Microsoft Office 2010 Professional or higher

  • Anti-virus software

  • 2 year on-site warranty service (this is critical)

  • Insurance coverage for both damage and theft (suggested)

  • Must have high speed connection.

  • Must have a headset with noise cancelling microphones


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?

  • MBA graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the core concepts in business and the application of these concepts for executive decision making.
  • MBA graduates will demonstrate skills in identifying, analyzing and solving of executive issues.
  • MBA graduates will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate to appropriate audiences.
  • MBA graduates will demonstrate innovation in the executive decision making process.
  • MBA graduates will demonstrate awareness of ethical issues and incorporate ethical perspectives within the executive decision making process.
  • MBA graduates will demonstrate comprehension of global influences upon executive business decisions.


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: August 28, 2015 4:32 PM
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