University of Southern Indiana

FAQ

  • Who do I contact if I have an advising question?
    • You can email our office at mba.program@usi.edu 
  • What technology and software do I need?
    • A reliable computer with an operating system such as Windows 7 or later, or Mac OSX.
    • High-Speed Internet Connection: (e.g. DSL or Cable).
    • Office 365 available through MyUSI (USI login needed) & Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
    • More information on system requirements can be found here: https://www.usi.edu/online-learning/student-services/
  • When are MBA courses offered and which courses are available for registration?
    • Tentative Long Term Schedule
    • Note: Registration for MBA classes closes 4:30 pm Central time the Friday before the class starts. If a class is closed (no seats available), please email mba.program@usi.edu.
  • How do I add or drop a course online?
    • Add/Drop Classes tutorial
    • Online Accelerated students select .AO sections
    • Traditional students select .NO or in-class sections
    • The last day for students to drop an accelerated course is the Thursday before the course ends.
    • The last day for students in the online-only program to receive a refund for the class is the Friday of the first week of class at 4:30pm Central Time. 
  • What is the add/drop deadline?
  • How do I pay tuition online?
  • How do I change my concentration or bulletin term?
  • What is the goal of the concentrations? 
    • The goal of each MBA concentration is to equip managers with the ability to engage effectively with specialists in a particular domain (e.g., accounting, human resources, data analytics, healthcare administration, etc.). Concentrations do not seek to make an individual a specialist in the domain itself, as there are entire masters programs dedicated to that.
    • Students must declare a concentration if they desire one as it is not automatic.
  • Can I get more than one concentration?
    • Yes. MBA students may obtain more than one concentration as long as there are a minimum of two courses (i.e,. six credit hours) which are unique to each concentration. All concentrations will appear on the student transcript. 
    • If you have completed the MBA program and received your degree, you may come back as a non-degree seeking student to complete the 2-3 courses needed for an additional concentration. 
    • You will not receive an additional diploma. Concentration courses are only noted on the Transcript.
  • How do I check if courses from another MBA program will transfer to USI?
    • All transfer courses must be 3 credit hours each for a maximum of 12 credit hours, no more than seven years old upon completion of USI MBA, be a grade of “B” or better, and align with the USI MBA curriculum. The MBA director and graduate faculty will review course transfer requests to verify curriculum alignment.
    • Up to 6 credit hours of core classes can be transferred from programs with accreditation other than AACSB. Up to 12 credit hours of core classes can be transferred from AACSB accredited programs. Up to 9 credit hours of electives can be transferred from programs with accreditation other than AACSB.
    • Courses which are cross-listed between the undergraduate and graduate level can be transferred only from AACSB programs. As the courses are considered graduate level at the peer AACSB institution, the course can be considered for transfer equivalency if the curriculum of the graduate course aligns with a USI MBA course.
    • Please email the course syllabi and the completed form below to mba.program@usi.edu.
    • Transfer Credit Request Form
  • MBA Scholarships
  • MBA Internships
  • GMAT/GRE/ESA
  • Course Terminology in Blackboard
    • Modules – a module in Blackboard refers to a topic area. Faculty determine the amount of time allocated to modules within each course.
    • Assignments – any work associated with a module within a course.
  • How do I get a major override or request a hold be removed?
    • Please complete this form.
  • Grades
    • Once grades are official, a student can request an official transcript online (electronic transcripts are usually processed same day, if no holds exist) or print an unofficial transcript from their myUSI (if an unofficial will be accepted). An employer can verify with the Registrar's office the grading time frame and availability of grades.
    • Faculty cannot communicate grade information via email. Inquiries regarding grades should be directed to the Registrar’s office. If an employer needs the grade for tuition reimbursement before the registrar’s office releases final grades, they can consider accepting the student's grade from blackboard.
  • Email
    • Students should only communicate to faculty with their USI issued email address to comply with FERPA, and because our firewall sometimes blocks emails from non-USI accounts.
    • Course Evaluations are completed during each MBA course, before the last day of the course.
  • Classes and Textbooks
    • Use Degree Works (graduation cap icon in MyUSI) to view your plan of study. This is alphabetical and courses do not need to be taken in this order.
    • All students will have to take at least 2 concentration courses in the online 8 week format.
    • Prioritize concentration courses as they are only offered once a year and most are offered only in the summer.
    • Textbooks are not included in the tuition price and can be purchased in the USI bookstore or online. 
    • All materials used in MBA courses such as word documents, excel documents, videos, slides, and assignments are protected intellectual property and should not be redistributed in any manner.
    • Students with no experience in Finance courses are advised to take Accounting 601 and Economics 601 before Finance 601.
  • Assessments
    • All students will take an end of program assessment. MBA Assessments are required for degree completion and are administered during each student's last term in the program.
    • Assessment results are used for the AACSB accrediting process for the USI MBA. Faculty members may also use the results to make curriculum changes.
    • Adequate performance on these assessments is required for successful completion of your MBA degree, but does not impact your GPA.
    • There are two versions of the assessment with students being randomly assigned. One version is proctored and one is not.
    • Please have a financial calculator accessible in case it is needed.
  • Graduation
  • Diploma and Degree Conferral
    • Degrees are posted to the transcript about one month after the end of your last semester. If you finish in the first half of a semester, it will be posted after the end of the full semester.
    • Diplomas for graduates who completed all program requirements and had the Formal Application and Diploma Form on file by October 1 for fall (or March 1 for spring/summer) will be available approximately two months after the end of the term in which degree requirements are completed.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
    • Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the international business honor society for AACSB-accredited schools, which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world. USI MBA students in the top 20% of their peers according to GPA will receive an email invitation from BGS during the spring semester.
  • Who can I contact for information on career and internship services?

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