Master of Business Administration

1. GLOSSARY OF TERMS

a. Master of Business Administration (MBA): degree granted for successful completion of the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree as listed in the regulations.
b. MBA Committee: a standing committee formed to oversee graduate business programs. This committee will work with the UPEI Faculty of Graduate Studies to ensure all policies and guidelines are being fulfilled.

Other activities will include reviewing and making recommendations to the Dean on programming, courses, graduates' research, and students' issues. In particular, the committee will

i. establish and periodically review the goals and objectives of the MBA program of the Faculty of Business;
ii. review all applications from prospective students and recommend acceptance or rejection;
iii. make recommendations to the Dean of Business concerning creation, deletion, or modification of graduate programs and courses;
iv. direct the coordination of graduate courses and research in the Faculty of Business;
v. review academic records of graduate students and recommend to the Dean the awarding of a degree or courses of action in the event of substandard performance;
vi. recommend changes to the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar; and
vii. evaluate and recommend to the Dean of Business those faculty to serve as members of the graduate Business faculty.

c. Director of MBA Program: is a faculty member who has administrative responsibility for the coordination of MBA program in the Faculty of Business and is Chair of the MBA Committee.

d. Business Supervisory Committee: a committee of the Faculty of Business responsible for the supervision of a student's signature research project. Normally, the committee for each student consists of two members of the Faculty of Business, one of whom serves as the student's supervisor. If a member of the Supervisory Committee has an appointment in another UPEI faculty or at another university, approval must be provided by the MBA Committee.

2. ENROLMENT AND REGISTRATION

Procedures

Applicants must receive formal notification from the Office of the Registrar that they have been accepted into the program before registering as graduate students in the MBA program. See the Admissions section in the calendar that applies to the Executive MBA and MBA in Global Leadership programs. Students will register each semester in the courses outlined in their MBA program.

Registration Changes

Changes in student registration (deletion or addition of courses) must be approved by the Director of the MBA program (with input as required by the MBA Committee) and formal approvals of the University when required. Please check the UPEI and the Faculty of Business web sites for the most recent program updates.

Except where credits are granted by special permission for courses outside of the Faculty of Business, credits will only be given for courses listed on the student's registration form or authorized through an official change of registration.

In exceptional cases, the MBA Committee and the Dean of Business may consider flexibility in courses for applicants. This means that students deemed to have significant learning in a particular area may normally be allowed one course exemption which is to be substituted with another approved course. Appropriate documentation will be required in order to consider course exemption.

Students should discuss course selection with the MBA Coordinator or Director.

Academic Credit from Outside the Program

The courses within each MBA program are highly integrated; thus, the programs do not easily lend themselves to course-by-course credit for advanced standing. The courses designed for the programs are of high value for interpersonal skills building, team building and leadership development. Transfer of relevant, graduate course credits from recognized universities is therefore limited.

Students who wish to request a course credit transfer must have prior approval of the Director of the MBA Program. They must complete a Permission to Transfer form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. Students may take and receive credit for up to 6 semester hours of course work from academic units outside the Faculty of Business. All course work must be at the graduate level.

Active Status Students are expected to register for each of their courses. To maintain active status, a student must register for at least one course in the program within any given 12-month period and pay the program fee. If a student withdraws from the program or seeks a deferral, the regulations must be followed. Normally, students must complete the Executive MBA program within six years of first registering in the program.  For the MBA in Global Leadership, students must complete within three years of first registering in the program.

With prior permission of the Director of the Program and the Dean of Business, a student may be granted a leave of absence for one semester. With the assistance of the Director of the MBA program, students are required to develop a course schedule to satisfy all outstanding core courses. A deferral must be requested 21 days before the course start date.

Withdrawal from the Program

Students wishing to withdraw from the program should consult with the Director of the MBA program. Students may withdraw from a program by notifying the office of the Registrar using the appropriate form. The date of withdrawal is the date the written notification is received.

Students may request in writing, and after discussion with the Director of the MBA program, a one-time, one year deferral of admission. Upon deferral of admission, the tuition deposit is normally non-refundable.

For withdrawals from the program after courses have begun, the refund of program tuition fees will be on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of courses that the applicant has registered in. This will be determined in accordance with University guidelines.

Withdrawal from a Course

Withdrawal from a course will not occur by default. Students must discuss course withdrawals with the Director of the MBA program. Withdrawal forms must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar within the regulated time frames. If the course withdrawal occurs no later than 7 calendar days after the start of the course (or, in the case of courses that are less than 4 weeks in duration, before 25% of the course's classes are complete) then the withdrawal results in no academic penalty.

Course withdrawals after the deadline in the paragraph above, must be approved by the Director of the MBA Program. If such a course withdrawal occurs before two-thirds of the classes are complete, the student will receive a DISC (discontinued) as the grade on the transcript and must pay the course retake fee.

Withdrawals after two-thirds of the classes are complete will normally result in a failing grade on the transcript, and a course retake fee. In exceptional cases where a withdrawal was unavoidable, the course retake fee may be waived and a DISC may appear on the transcript instead of a failing grade.

Incomplete Courses

A student, who fails to complete all components of a course due to circumstances, such as illness, may be granted permission for incomplete (INC) status in the course. Students must submit such a request to the Director of the MBA program before the end date for the course. The Director will seek advice from the professor concerned as to granting the incomplete status.

If approved, students will have up to a maximum of 30 calendar days to complete the outstanding individual assignments, as specified by the professor and approved by the Director of the MBA program. If a student does not complete all the components of a course by the agreed-upon date, normally a failing grade shall replace INC on the transcript.

Re-registrations and Course Re-takes 

Students who fail a course in the MBA program may re-take the course up to an additional two times and pay the course re-take fee each time. If the course is failed after the third attempt, the student will be expelled from the MBA program, with no opportunity for re-enrolment. If applicable, refunds of relevant fees will be issued.

Executive MBA students who do not complete Bus 8010 within the allotted time (i.e., by the end of April the first time they are registered in the course) will pay a maintenance fee and full-time student fees each semester until all degree requirements are met.

Re-enrolment in the Program

Re-enrolment in the program can occur, but is subject to re-application and a statement explaining why re-admission should be permitted. The MBA Committee will review these materials for approval. Students will be required to pay all applicable fees and any fee increases that have occurred between the time of their last enrolment and re-enrolment. Credit for courses previously completed will be re-evaluated and applied to the program requirements where appropriate.

Grading

A minimum grade of 60% is required in courses and an overall average of 70% is required to pass the program and obtain the degree.

Transcripts of Records

Official transcripts of the student's academic record are available through the Registrar's Office. Transcripts will be sent to other universities, to prospective employers, or to others outside the University only upon formal request by the student.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the Master of Business Administration degree, a graduate student must: 

i. successfully complete the program of studies as set out at the time of admission into the program or as agreed to by the MBA Committee,
ii. complete and submit an Application for Graduation form, and
iii. meet all other University regulations.

In addition, students must have paid all fees owed to the University and returned all library resources.

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