The College of Charleston MBA is a one-year, full time program, accredited by AACSB International, that offers hospitality revenue management as one of three focus areas.
The location of the university campus at Charleston, South Carolina, a city that attracts more than 4 million visitors each year on account of its history, culture, architecture, beaches, and coastal environment, also provides a natural learning environment for global logistics and transportation. Charleston has one of the largest container ports in the US.
One of 22 master’s degree programs offered by the Graduate School, University of Charleston, South Carolina, the MBA aims at a personalized educational experience that encourages a global mindset, inspires creativity and innovation. It also helps develop leadership skills in preparation for business challenges and opportunities.
Candidates with diverse undergraduate degrees including history, sociology, biology, business, engineering, communications, and political science are eligible to join the program. The MBA cohort members are expected to contribute to a dynamic classroom with team-based learning.
The applicants should have a competitive score on GMAT, GRE or approved graduate proficiency exam. GMAT score range for current cohort is 520-700+. A competitive GRE score is a combined score of 310 or higher. Competitive undergraduate GPA; 3.0 minimum; current average 3.4. For international students, English language proficiency scores of TOEFL 83 or IELTS 6.5 is required.
The applicants should submit resume along with two letters of recommendation and a Goal statement (300 word maximum). While professional work experience is encouraged, it is not a mandatory requirement for acceptance. Qualified applicants will be invited for an in-person or Skype interview. Since the school has a rolling acceptance process, early application is encouraged. Application reviews and acceptances begin in February 2017.
The application deadline for U.S. students will be May 1, 2017 and April 1, 2017 for international students. Accepted candidates must successfully complete the online business tutorials by a specified date in order to continue in the MBA program.
The full-time day program begins with three online business foundation courses in July before orientation. Pre-term classes begin in August. The three-week program provides the fundamentals of globilization, leadership, communication and spreadsheet management.
September to November is the Fall semester dealing with Management & Leadership, Finance Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management and Accounting for Managers. In December, the participants will have the winter break and international global immersion.
January to April is the spring semester with the subjects being Law of Corporate Governance, Innovation & Creativity, Global economy, Strategy & Policy besides Focus Course 1.
The school offers Focus courses in three areas—Finance, Hospitality Revenue Management and Marketing. The May-June summer semester will cover Focus courses 2 and 3.
In general, the curriculum is case based and applied theory combined with practical business modelling. As an AACSB-accredited business school, all MBA faculty have doctorate degrees, extensive industry and/or consulting experience, and high standards and assessment for learning.
Students and faculty find numerous opportunities to engage with the School of Business Board of Governors who represent the various industries in Charleston and beyond. Board members function as mentors, advisers, instructors and guest speakers in the popular MBA Executive Forum speaker series. These events have included CEOs and other top leaders from Boeing South Carolina, BMW North America, the InterTech Group, Lacoste USA, the South Carolina Ports Authority, Mercedes Benz USA, AstenJohnson, the Baker Motor Company and others.
Fees & Scholarships
The total fee is $ 29,945 that includes one-year tuition (30 credit hours) at $15,656, MBA program fee of $10,200, Technology/Library fee of $589 and international trip $3,500 (estimated).
Several partial scholarships are available for U.S. and international students. These awards are based on a combination of high GMAT (or GRE) scores (GMAT score > 650) and undergraduate GPAs and successful completion of high quality undergraduate degree programs.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are also available on a competitive basis. Each assistant works for 10 hours for a faculty member in the School of Business. Interested candidates could check “yes” on the question regarding assistantships on the MBA application.
Since the MBA is a full time program, classes are held Monday through Thursday. Evenings are devoted to studying and working in peer groups and occasionally attending business networking and other program events. Fridays are devoted to speaker series, professional development workshops and other career-focused opportunities.(Image Source:flicker.com)