MBA Application Process


  1. Stop at the Offi ce of Graduate Studies or look at the Highlands website:

    • Look for application deadlines:

      • May 31, fall semester
      • September 30, spring semester
      • February 28, summer semester
    • (International students: this process will require more information and will take longer, so please apply at least three
      months in advance.)

  2. Documentation required for all applicants to the graduate program:

    1. Application form.
    2. Statement of educational goals and objectives. Please do not use examples from online sources. We require a statement from you that is personal and well written. Plagiarized statements will result in the application being denied.
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Copies can be used for evaluation purposes only. A transcript that has been issued to a student may be accepted as official only if it arrives in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
    4. A minimum of two letters of recommendation. Academic recommendations are preferred.
    5. A one-time, nonrefundable application fee of $15.
  3. International students applying to the graduate program will need the following additional requirements:

    1. Official school transcripts translated into English with U.S. grade equivalencies. If a student intends to submit a higher education degree from a country other than the United States, it must be translated into English and submitted along with the official documentation.
    2. TOEFL scores to demonstrate English proficiency.
    3. A letter of support by the proposed sponsor affirming willingness to provide financial support for the period of student’s graduate study at Highlands University.
    4. Original bank statements to demonstrate available funds for one year’s tuition and living expenses. Bank statements should include type of account and the specified amount in U.S. dollars. Documentation must be presented on the financial institution’s letterhead, with seal and/or stamps and appropriate signatures.
    5. Medical Insurance
      Note: All documentation requested must be presented in English or officially translated into English along with original documentation.


A. Students must have at least 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work; however, performance in major courses and the last 60 hours of credit may be given strong consideration.

B. Professional work experience may be considered when reviewing applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in business.

C. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business will be considered based on the total undergraduate record. Specific courses will be required to prepare the student for the graduate program, and will be assigned aft er reviewing the transcripts.

D. All students must have computer proficiency and be able to use basic tools of business such as word processing, spreadsheets.

III. First Year School of Business Graudaute Students

  1. Students admitted to the graduate program will be assigned to one of the following graduate categories.

    1.  Regular Status: is assigned to students who meet all the requirements for admission to the graduate program.

      • A 3.0 grade point average
      • A bachelor’s degree in business
      • The required background in the area of proposed study
      • The required transcripts
      • The required test scores and/or any other requirements specified by the School of Business, Media and Technology
    2. Provisional Status: Students who lack any of the above stated requirements may be placed in this category. Th e letter of admission
      will specify the requirements that must be met before a student can be placed in regular status. Students will only be allowed to take up to 24 graduate credits in provisional status.
    3. Advance Standing:Students who are within 12 semester credits of receiving their bachelor’s degree may apply for, and be admitted to, a graduate program. Th is status limits enrollment at the graduate level to nine credits before the student receives the bachelor’s degree and is admitted to the graduate program.
  2. Things to do in your first semester of graduate work:

  1. First Semester

    1. Meet with an academic adviser. Your adviser will be assigned upon admission to the program.
    2. Submit a graduate program of study (POS). Th is contains a list of courses that one must take to complete the degree. It is considered a contract between you and the Highlands University. It protects from having to take additional courses in case the university changes the degree program while a student is enrolled.

      The School of Business dean must sign this document to make it official. In addition, to make this document official and binding, it must receive final approval by the dean of Graduate Studies. Then the document is sent to the Registrar’s Office for posting.

      Note: Only students admitted in regular graduate status may file a program of study.

      A Program of Study includes a minimum of 32 credits at the 500 and 600 level; 30 credits must be at the 600 level. A POS may not include more than a quarter of the student’s program in the Thesis/Case Study; independent study; independent research; direct study, or any combination of these.

      Students have five years to finish their Graduate Program of Study, but most can complete the program in two years.

IV. Second Year School of Business Graduate Students

  1. Third Semester

    1. Students must keep at least a 3.0 grade point average to graduate. If the student does not meet the stated requirement, he or she will be placed on academic probation. If the student is in academic probation for two consecutive semesters, he or she will be suspended. If the student is suspended for one year, then he or she will have to petition the Academic Affairs Committee for reinstatement..
    2. Set an appointment and do a degree check with the registrar. Required documentation, such as course substitution or deletions, graduate transfer of credit forms and transcripts must be on fi le.
    3. Submit the Application for Degree to the Registrar’s Office specifying the planned graduation semester. Pay the $30 diploma fee.
    4. Decide on a committee of three faculty members who will serve on your business case study committee, and who will participate in your oral examination during your final semester. Choose one faculty member to be the chair of your committee and ask all three faculty members if they will participate.
  2. Last Semester Exit Requirements for Completing the M.B.A. Degree
  1. All students must take:
    Business Strategy – MGMT 689
    Business Case Study  – BUS 696

  2. Students must register for a least one hour of Business Case Study (696) during any semester that they are working on their case and using university facilities or faculty time and expertise. This must be done until the paper is submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval. Students who are not on campus or live out of town must contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance with the registration process.
  3. All coursework must be completed or be in the process of completion during the semester when the oral examination is given.
  4. Request for Oral Examination form. The graduate program coordinator/department chair, the college/school dean, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Registrar’s Office must approve this document before an oral examination can take place. This form is due in the Registrar’s Office two weeks prior to the schedule date. Examinations conducted without this approval are null and void, and arrangements to retake this test must be made. Oral examinations must take place at the Highlands main campus.
  5. Presentation of Oral Examination to the Advisory Committee. The oral presentation covers the following:

    • the candidate’s ability to integrate and present knowledge from a broad field of study,
    • a defense of the case study,
    • and be of sufficient duration to permit coverage of the field in substantial depth.
  6. Submission of Business Case Study to the School of Business. When the student’s business case study document is accepted by his or her committee, two bound copies of the complete, approved case study must be submitted to the School of Business, Media and Technology before the clearance form will be submitted.
  7. Case Study Clearance Form. The submission of a clearance triggers the posting of a master’s degree on a student’s transcript.
  8. Deadlines for Graduating in a Given Semester. Students who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony must submit a request for graduate oral exam to be received in the Registrar’s Office through the Office of Graduate Studies, by a specific date during that semester. Check with the Registrar’s Office for graduation deadlines.

V. Other Forms that me be Required.

  1. Statement of Currency: form is required to verify that a student has established currency in the subject area of class work that exceeds the five-year limit. Students will be required to retake coursework or test out of these classes through the test-out process outlined in the Graduate Catalog.
  2. Course Substitution/Addition/Deletion: any time a change to the agreed-upon program of study is proposed, this form must be approved by the dean and submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. Change of Major/Concentration/Emphasis: this form may be submitted to change a concentration or emphasis area within a given graduate program. A separate application for admission is required for admission to an entirely different program.
  4. Graduate Transfer for Credit: a graduate student may transfer up to six credits from other accredited institutions with approval of the School of Business, Media and Technology.
  5. Independent Study/Research Proposal: is submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the semester when the study is to be conducted. Approval must be obtained from a faculty member to engage in this research under that faculty member’s supervision. Final approval to conduct this research must be obtained from the dean of Graduate Studies, with approval from the human subjects and animal subjects committees, if needed.
  6. Academic Petition: may be initiated if a student feels that he or she needs relief from an unfair academic hardship brought about by any regulation of the university. For more information, consult with the Office of Graduate Studies.
  7. Student Grade Appeal Form: students must refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for guidelines on this matter.