Student Course Load
Most M.B.A. students at Indiana University Kokomo are employed full time in positions of responsibility. The high standards and workload in the M.B.A. program requires considerable time and effort that must be balanced with other life and work demands. For this reason, part-time students are advised to take no more than 6 credit hours in fall and spring, and 3 credit hours during any one summer session. Course schedules are constructed accordingly, with all courses offered after 4 p.m.
Up to 6 graduate credit hours may be transferred into the M.B.A. program from AACSB-accredited or AACSB candidate schools. No graduate courses where the student earned below a B can be transferred into the program. Transfer credit determination is made by the M.B.A. director in consultation with the appropriate faculty.
As noted above, core foundation course requirements may be waived if satisfactory completion of equivalent course work is demonstrated in the student's undergraduate or graduate transcript. Work experience and noncredit courses normally do not satisfy the foundation requirements, but may serve as confirming evidence along with academic course work. Validation exams are available for several core courses.
Graduation with the M.B.A. degree requires at least a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 (B). A student whose G.P.A. falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation and will be required to bring the G.P.A. back to 3.0 within the next 9 credit hours of course work. Failure to remove the deficiency in this time frame will result in immediate dismissal from the program. A student cannot compensate for deficient course work by completing more credits beyond those required in the program of study.
Shortly after admission to the program, each M.B.A. student will plan a program of study with the M.B.A. Director. In addition, M.B.A. students seeking career development information are encouraged to confer with the faculty in their area of interest. The IU Kokomo Career Services office is available for career information, and students’ own employers often provide career planning assistance.
Candidates for a degree are expected to meet proper deadlines for the filing of degrees. Graduation dates at IU Kokomo occur in December, May, June, and August. Students planning to graduate in December must apply for their degrees by September 15. The application deadline for May, June, and August graduations is February 1.
Decision-Making and Appeal Process
The Graduate Policy and Curriculum Committee (G.P.C.C.) is the main governing body for the M.B.A. program. This committee, which is responsible for academic policy and curriculum, consists of members of the faculty, the dean of the school (ex-officio), and the M.B.A. Director. It is also responsible for recommending admission policy, handling appeals concerning admissions, grades, and related academic matters for which a student seeks redress. The M.B.A. Director is the program executive, responsible for day-to-day operations, admissions, and program advising. The M.B.A. Director refers exceptional cases to the G.P.C.C. for decision, upon written request by the applicant or student.
Extended X Business Graduate Policy
Graduate students who wish to repeat a course in which they received a grade below an “A” may repeat the course following approval from the M.B.A. Director. The course in which the student re-enrolls should be the same course which is being replaced. However, course numbers and titles occasionally change and this will be taken into account. A student may exercise the Extended X option for no more than two courses, totaling no more than 6 credit hours at the graduate level, during the entire M.B.A. program. In addition, a student may use the Extended X option only once for any given course. A student who has failed a course due to academic dishonesty may not retake that course for grade replacement under this policy. When a student retakes a course under this policy, the grade for the repeated course is the final grade even if that grade is lower than the grade the student received the first time the course was taken. To exercise the Extended X option, students must obtain an Extended X form from the M.B.A. Director or the Office of the Registrar, secure the appropriate signatures and return the form to the Office of the Registrar.