School of Business & Economics

Master of Business Administration - FAQ's

Q:  What is the profile of an "average student" currently enrolled in the MBA program?

Average undergraduate GPA of MBA students admitted for Fall 2008 is 3.0 with a GMAT score of 429. The average work experience for students enrolled in the MBA program is 7 years. More than 75% of the MBA students have at least 2 years of professional work experience. Approximately 60% of the MBA students have non-business undergraduate degrees with a wide variety of specializations. Demonstrated work experience is a critical factor impacting your admission decision to WSSU's MBA program. There is substantial diversity in race, gender and ethnicity in the MBA program.

Q:  How long does it take to complete the MBA program?

Students with undergraduate degrees in Business and others who do not need foundation courses should be able to complete the MBA program in two years (4 regular semesters; 2 summer semesters).

Students with non-business degrees may need up to 3 additional foundation courses in business in the areas of accounting, economics, and statistics. This may require 1 to 2 additional semesters, depending on the number of foundation courses needed. Foundation courses can be completed at WSSU or at a junior college. Contact the MBA Program Coordinator for additional information.

Q:  Where can I get additional information about the GMAT exam?

Please go the website, click on "take the GMAT" tab and chose the "register for the GMAT" option. Type your zip code (example, 27101) and the closest center listed will be Pearson Professional Center located in Stratford Oaks 514 South Stratford Rd. Suite 100, W-S NC 27104. For applicants living in Forsyth County, this may be the best option. Students have recommended the following site for free practice tests

Q:  When can I be admitted to the MBA program? What are the application deadlines?

You can enter the MBA program during Spring or Fall semesters. For U.S. citizens and residents, the deadline for application is November 15 for Spring semester and July 15 for Fall semester. For international students, the application deadline is April 15 for Fall semester and August 15 for Spring semester.

Q:  Where are classes held? When do classes meet?

All MBA classes are scheduled to meet in the RJ Reynolds Center located on the Winston-Salem State University campus. Classes are held from 6:00PM - 9:00PM, Monday - Thursday. With few exceptions, MBA students typically enroll for six credit hours (2 courses), which require them to be on campus, twice a week.

Q:  What is your typical MBA class size?

The average class size varies from 15-20 students for core classes. Elective courses enroll anywhere from 10-15 students.

Q:  What are the faculty credentials who teach in the MBA program?

All faculty who teach in the MBA program have doctoral degrees in their related fields.

Q:  Who do I contact for academic advisement and other matters pertaining to the MBA program?

Please contact Dr. Craig Richardson, MBA Program Coordinator at or at (336) 750-2242 for academic advisement and other MBA related issues. Dr. Richardson will be available to meet with you after 5:00 p.m. as needed. The School of Business & Economics along with the Graduate School conducts a Fall and Spring orientation for new graduate students. You can obtain information pertaining to parking, registration, library data bases, etc. by attending these sessions.

Q:  Are there any conditions under which the GMAT can be waived?

Applicants who possess a PhD or Master's degree from the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology may request a waiver from taking the GMAT. These degrees must be from an accredited college or university. This request must be submitted for a review with supporting documentation at least one month before the application deadline. The MBA Program Coordinator will consider all requests on a case-by-case basis.

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