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Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Finance, General Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, International Business, Marketing
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Evening Full Time.

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The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 52% accepted out of 230 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Out of State Application Fee: $40
  • In State Application Fee: $40

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Important Dates

Round 1
January

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 405
Percent International Students 14%
Total Full-Time Faculty 52
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

Student life outside the classroom is “what you make it.” “The school has many differ­ent social functions and sporting events to give student's the full college experience.” Unfortunately, “Family life for a lot of us limits the student involvement in clubs and activities.” For the most part, though, students seem to get more out of [their] degree then just what they learn in class.” At WNU, students come from many different cultures and backgrounds. “Western Michigan University is an international melting pot in the heart of west Michigan.” One student attests, “Classmates are from as far away as China, India, and the Ukraine…. This opportunity to meet and collaborate with such a diverse student body is setting the stage for my ability to expand my professional network in the global economy.” Students in the graduate program as a whole are described as, “very team and school focused. “MBA students are largely uninvolved with campus as they are working full-time, commuting, and already established within their communities/workplaces.” For example, one student recently “started an MBA social club to help build a greater sense of community.” Overall, “People have a lot of school spirit and are very social. It is a fun school to go to.” Students make many positive remarks regarding UWM’s Business School campus. “The campus is laid out well.” The “landscaping is meticulous. The buildings are modern.” However, another student says that as a commuter, “the parking is expensive and not that great.” “WMU is in between a Big 10 school and a little private school; it has a great campus that is only becoming greater with reconstruction of more ‘Green’ space. The university is listening to the student population with regards to better housing, better food quality, and becoming green.”

Career

The Career Services Center at WMU offers preparation services for graduate students at the Graduate College by way of resume, interviewing, and cover letter writing assis­tance. Students report satisfaction in their fellow peers’ abilities of building “networking opportunities with fellow students.” Simply going to class offers students “a great chance to meet people in my area.” A student says, “It is amazing to me how much of an opportunity there is to network with international students from all around the globe here at Western Michigan University.” Professors also do a good job in the classroom by teaching students “to grasp the knowledge of the subject and to incorporate that with their career fields.” From one student’s observations, professors “are willing to work with each student individually to help them make the right choices regarding career changes…. They also help with job placement and career fields.” The location of the school’s main campus, “in a great city, Kalamazoo,” also allows stu­dents a direct “community connection with local Fortune 500 companies.” “The business school and WMU in general have a great relationship with what is a growing and vibrant city.”

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Students Say

Word of mouth plays a big part in many students’ decision to attend the Graduate College at the University of Western Michigan with “great recommendations from fami­ly and friends.” One student was even referred to the school by a CEO. Most students seem quite happy with their choice. They also like that the school “is nationally accred­ited,” and ranked as a “top 100 school.” The graduate program at Western “is primarily a ‘night school.’ Most students work full-time jobs and take two classes a semester.” “Classes are all from 6-9 at night spread across 3 campuses. The MBA program is targeted at working people who want to pursue an MBA.” Students find the program adaptable. One student agrees, saying, “I also like the ability to earn a specialization within my MBA program -I have some flexibility to change my curriculum if my interests change.” The school also offers several online, weekend, and condensed-hybrid format courses. While some classes are clearly more challenging than others, the workload is manageable for most students. “Academics are easy when you show up to class, pay attention, and do the work.” The program also provides students with an “excellent emphasis on inter­national business.” This “global outlook” is “important in today's workforce.” Although not all the professors receive the same high praise, several do get excellent reviews. Considered “stellar” to “amazing people,” these “teachers bring a great attitude and very effective teaching style[s]” to class. One student says, “Every semester I have entered into a new classroom and thought, 'Wow, this is my most favorite professor ever.' Now I'm struggling with which one is my favorite because there are so many and each one has helped me with situations that I will eventually face in my future.” While one student claims to be “challenged to constantly find a way to incorporate what I am learn­ing into my career,” another student suggests, “WMU employs too many career educa­tors, and I would like more real world applications of the materials we are learning.” Class sizes are mostly adequate for sufficient student/teacher communication, usually “limited to 30 students so you get to interact quite a bit with the professors.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Each student may access their student accounts, record, etc., and review important campus news through their own individualized portal. Waldo library and three other on campus libraries provide total holdings of 4,872,231 volumes, 2,156,261 microforms, 10,033 current periodicals, and 33,135 records/Tapes/CDs. Student access to these resources is provided. Career services provide support for alumni network, career planning, career fairs, placement, electronic job bank, referral to employers and resume preparation. International students have specific support available through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. This includes for example internship opportunities and preparation in English speaking/writing.

  • Minority Support Groups
  • Peer Tutoring Programs
  • Research Facilities:

    Each student may access their student accounts, record, etc., and review important campus news through their own individualized portal. Waldo library and three other on campus libraries provide total holdings of 4,872,231 volumes, 2,156,261 microforms, 10,033 current periodicals, and 33,135 records/Tapes/CDs. Student access to these resources is provided. Career services provide support for alumni network, career planning, career fairs, placement, electronic job bank, referral to employers and resume preparation. International students have specific support available through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. This includes for example internship opportunities and preparation in English speaking/writing.

  • Study Abroad:

    MBA students participated in WMU Study Abroad programs through the Haenicke Institute for academic year 2010-2011 in:

    Summer 2010: 22 for Germany,18 for Poland and Czech Republic and 20 for Thailand Fall 2010: 1 for France - Negocia Spring 2011: 1 for England - Lancaster Summer 2011: 11 for Malaysia and Singapore

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