Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for the Asbury MBA Program
APPLICATION - GENERAL
What is the timeline for applying?
We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 cohorts.
How will my application be evaluated?
Each application received is reviewed in depth by the MBA Admissions Committee.
In which part of the application may I enter additional information, including special circumstances?
Please email important information to MBA@asbury.edu.
How do I add new information if I have already submitted my application?
Once the application has been submitted, please email MBA@asbury.edu to add, change, or update any information.
Does the reputation or history of my undergraduate institution or work experience affect my chances of being accepted?
Our goal is to admit a class that offers a variety of perspectives. Therefore, we carefully consider individuals from a wide spectrum of academic and work experiences.
Can I complete a paper application instead of an online application?
We prefer an online application, but we can email a PDF application to you for you to print, complete, and mail or fax back to us at your convenience.
APPLICATION - ESSAYS
How closely do I need to adhere to the essay word limit?
Please respect the essay word limit. The essay form will cut you off when you have reached the word limit.
APPLICATION - PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
Do I have to have a Business undergraduate degree?
No. You do not have to have a undergraduate degree in a business type field, however, we do require you to be familiar with accounting and statistics.
I don't have accounting and/or statistics experience. What do I do?
We have pre-program courses for you to gain the necessary experience in accounting and statistics. Based on your undergraduate degree and experience we will notify you what pre-program courses you will need. For more information, please see the "Prerequisite" section below or contact MBA@asbury.edu.
I have some accounting and/or statistics experience, but I'm not sure it is enough. What do I do?
We will have you take a free assessment to see how much you know. Based on the assessment scores, we will either have you take the prerequisite courses or move straight on to the first MBA course.
APPLICATION - WORK EXPERIENCE
What is the desired length of work experience you wish to see in candidates?
The Asbury MBA Program is designed for students who have 2 years or more of work experience before matriculation. It is important for candidates to assess their own readiness when deciding to apply as there is no universal "right" time. Please contact MBA@asbury.edu for exceptions to this requirement and to discuss if this is the "right" time for you.
What constitutes work experience?
Work experience includes opportunities in which applicants have been able to develop their professional and leadership skills.
Are there specific types of work experience that will make me a more attractive candidate?
Rather than focus on specific categories of work experiences, applicants should focus on their role, responsibilities, and what they have learned from the types of work experiences that they have been involved in. THe MBA Admissions Committee will look at the nature of the applicant's work experience when evaluating the applicants' ability to handle the academic rigor of our MBA program.
APPLICATION - RECOMMENDATIONS
Who should recommendations come from?
The MBA Admissions Committee requires that of the two recommendations, one comes from a professional reference and one from an academic reference. Recommenders should be individuals who know the candidate well and who can attest to the candidate's abilities.
What is the process for recommenders?
Candidates inform their recommenders of the online form on the Asbury MBA website. The easiest way for a candidate to inform their recommender of the online form is to email the form link to the recommender. The recommendation forms are submitted separately from the candidate's application and will automatically be included in the application unpon submission. Applicants should not wait for recommenders to submit their recommendations before submitting their online MBA program application.
Is the recommenation deadline the same as the application deadline?
Applicants should submit their applications prior to the application deadline for their start date. Recommendations are submitted separately by the recommeders. Please bear in mind that it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that both recommendations are submitted online prior to the class start date. The applicant cannot be accepted into the program until we have received all application materials.
APPLICATION - APPLICATION FOLLOW UP
Who should I contact if I have questions regarding my application status?
Contact the MBA Program Representative by calling (859)553-1373 or by emailing MBA@asbury.edu.
When and how can I expect to hear back from Asbury?
We will notify you via email and mail of your acceptance or decline within 24 hours of receiving all of your application materials.
How long can I defer my acceptance?
Postponements and deferrals are granted and considered on a case-by-case basis. Please inform the MBA Program Representative of your plans as soon as possible.
GMAT AND GRE TESTS
What is the latest date test scores will be accepted?
When submitting your application, you may report the unofficial GMAT or GRE score given on the day of the test or you official score if you have received it. Your official score report needs to be sent to Asbury and arrive prior to the first day of classes. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.
What is Asbury's code for the GMAT and GRE Test?
Asbury's MBA GMAT code is TF5-LV-49.
Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score required to apply?
No. We accept applications with a wide range of scores.
What is the range of GMAT scores for accepted students?
The MBA Admissions Committee hopes that all applicants will recognize the following: the full range of GMAT scores is very broad, that there is no "minimum" score requirement, and that the GMAT/GRE is just one piece of data among the many used to evaluate an application.
Can I list only my best GMAT or GRE score?
Yes. We review only the score from a single test sitting that you present to us.
I haven't taken either test. Do you prefer one over the other?
We will accept scores from either test, but we prefer the GMAT over the GRE.
How can I submit my transcript?
Transcripts much be sent directly by mail to the MBA Program at Asbury University from the credit-granting institution. We do not accept hand delivered or unofficial transcripts. Please see your undergraduate and graduate institutions for the transcript requesting process. Please request your transcript be sent as soon as you can. Transcripts often take weeks to receive.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?
No. Although our students often have competitive undergraduate GPAs, there are many other equally important components of the application. We do prefer an applicant has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Will credits from my current/previous program transfer to Asbury?
We are currently looking at transfer credits on a case-by-case basis. Please contact MBA@asbury.edu or (859)553-1373 to discuss transfer credits.
FINANCING YOUR MBA
What is the estimated cost for the Asbury MBA program?
Asbury's MBA program is attractively priced at $575 per credit hour. This means the tuition cost for the entire program will be about $20,700. Students should expect to pay approximately $400 in technology fees and about $2,000 more for books and other materials. Students may spread payments for the program over the 20 or 15 month period of the program, and students may also qualify for federal financial aid.
What are some options for financing my Asbury education?
Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (859)858-3511 or email them at email@example.com.
I don't have experience in accounting or statistics. What do I do?
We will have you take our free online assessment to see what level you are at. This score will not be taken into account for your MBA courses, only for your prerequisite items. Depending on the assessment score, we will have you take our prerequisite accounting and/or statistics online accelerated course.
What do the prerequisites consists of?
Each course includes 5-6 chapters of information. You will read a chapter of the text, complete interactive activities, solve problems, watch videos, and then take the end of the chapter tests. Once you've completed all the course chapters you will take a final exam.
How long do the prerequisite courses take?
Each course includes 5-7 chapters each. Each chapter will take about 3-4 hours to complete. Therefore, each course will take about 15-24 hours to complete.
How do I take the courses?
We will email you a link for the course. The link will allow you to download the text and software. You can download these files on multiple computers. Once the download is complete, you do not need the internet until the testing session. You will be prompted by the email link and the software on how to complete the course.
What can I expect from an online class?
There is very little difference between the online classes and the face-to-face classes aside from the obvious fact that you're not physically in class. The course content, the volume of work, the textbook, homework, assignments, etc. are the same. You still interact with your professor and classmates, only in the online class that interaction is via email, adobe connect, chat rooms, and threaded discussions. Your professor may also require group projects and team activities, you just move information electronically rather than meeting in the student center or library. Blackboard and email are the primary means of disseminating information.
In online classes, you do things in "bands" of time. For example, you may have from Monday morning at 8am to Wednesday afternoon at 5pm to take a quiz. If you work second shift and are done with work at 3am you can log in at a time that is convenient for you to take the quiz. Typically, major project and paper deadlines have specific due dates though. You will have all the due dates available ahead of time in the Syllabus.
The most important issue concerning online classes is one of self-control. Students need to be honest with themselves and ask "How disciplined a person am I?" The volume of work is greater than what most people were used to at the undergraduate level. It doesn't take very long at all to fall behind in a graduate class. On the other hand, if you work well without the "classroom deadline" or if you work at a pace faster than the class average, you may find internet classes very attractive. The advantage here is that you can work at your own pace, completing your coursework at the time of day or night that works best with your schedule.
The amount of time required for both face-to-face classes and Internet classes are very close. You'll typically spend 10-20 hours on course work a week.
EVENTS AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Can I meet with faculty and staff?
Yes. We love to meet interested individuals! We will meet with you in whatever way possible. Are you 1,000 miles away? We will have a Skype session. Are you 20 miles away? We will meet up with you at a local coffee shop. Please email MBA@asbury.edu or call (859)553-1373 to decide which meeting style is best for you. We can accomodate campus meetings, meetings in public places, phone meetings, and video meetings via Adobe Connect or Skype.
Can I sign up for a campus tour?
Yes. We love showing off our beautiful campus! Email MBA@asbury.edu or call (859)553-1373 to set up a time to tour Asbury and Wilmore.
Can Asbury help with networking, resumes, and job opportunities?
Yes. We are always looking for ways to help our students. If you are a current student or alumni you can use Asbury's Career and Calling Center. The Center for Career and Calling, through partnerships with employers, faculty, staff, and alumni, exists to assist students in developing effective career decision-making and employment skills reflective of God's unique calling on their lives. Visit their website for a list of all the assistance they can provide and for their contact information.
English wasn't my first language. What are the international application requirements?
We require our internationa students to submit their TOEFL socres and to participate in a Skype or Adobe Connect interview with our MBA Admissions Committee. This interview will take place once all your application materials are in.
Who is required to take the TOEFL?
If English was not your first language learned you need to take the TOEFL test.
Is there a minimum TOEFL score?
Asbury does not have a minimum test score to apply.
I am an international applicant. How do I send my transcripts?
We require internation transcripts be sent to the World Education Services (WES). The WES will evaluate your transcripts and credentials.
Create an account with WES by choosing "Apply Now" within the Credential Evaluation box. Once an account has been created you will be prompted to choose which evaluation service you want. Please choose the "WES ICAP Course-by-Course" type of evaluation. There is no need to pay per transcript as this service will evaluate all your transcripts.
Please follow all the instructions on the WES website. If you have any questions please email MBA@asbury.edu or call (859)553-1373.