The Merit Traditional MBA track is appropriate for individuals who are looking to switch careers or further their education in the business field.
There is no prior business experience required, although most students have a minimum of 3 years of relevant business experience and are currently working. The minimum time requirement to complete the online MBA degree is 12 months.
To be admitted to the Traditional MBA track, students must provide evidence of the following:
- A completed Bachelor’s degree from a state-approved and nationally or regionally accredited university, or an international equivalent..
- If the undergraduate degree came from a non-English language institution, students must demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Please see the section on International Students for more information.
Students learn online in their own time and pace. Instruction is asynchronous, which allows students to login at any time and from any location with Internet access. Students can expect to spend approximately 30 hours per week working on their course in either instruction or outside preparation hours.
- Instruction hours include online work such as: reading the syllabus, lecture notes and other online materials, reading and participating in discussion forums, and reviewing instructor feedback.
- Outside Preparation Hours include off-line work such as: reading the textbook or other reading assignments, searching for outside resources, preparing for tests, completing assignments
A Merit student may start in the program under the Traditional MBA track by enrolling for one of the term start dates. Start dates are every 8 weeks. There is a 2-week summer break and a 2-week winter break with no other breaks between courses. Courses begin on Mondays and end on Sundays.
To be awarded the Merit Master of Business Administration degree in the Traditional MBA track, students must complete 36 core-program semester credits with a 3.0 (“B”) minimum cumulative GPA. The core instruction is delivered in six 6-credit hour courses, each lasting 8 weeks.
A student who chooses to complete only the core credits should expect to take 12 months to complete the Traditional MBA track, provided an uninterrupted and normal progression through the program. To be awarded a specialization (also called a concentration), students must additionally complete 12 specialization credits with a 3.0 (“B”) minimum cumulative grade point average.
To earn a specialization, students may complete additional two 6-credit courses, each lasting 8 weeks, within their chosen field.
Optional specialization fields are: Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, Global Management, Health Care Management, and Information Systems Management.
Students who choose to add a specialization to their MBA degree should expect to take a total of 16 months to complete both the core and the specialization courses in the Traditional MBA track, provided they maintain an uninterrupted and normal progression through the program.
Is an online MBA worth it? We think so. But find out for yourself. Complete the Merit MBA application today.