Doermer School of Business

How does IPFW’s program rank relative to other MBA programs in the area?

IPFW offers the only Big-Ten degree in Northeast Indiana - students earn an internationally recognized MBA from Indiana University.  In addition, our program is the only program in the area accredited by AACSB-International. Only 10% of MBA programs, worldwide, posses this highest level of accreditation.

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What university is the degree from?

Students who complete the MBA program will earn their degree from Indiana University. 

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When do classes start?

A new cohort of students begins the program every August.

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I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree in Business – should I apply for this program?

Yes!  Students take 11 classes, regardless of their educational background. 

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What is the application deadline?

Priority deadline is March 1st.  Applications will then be accepted on a space available basis until May 16th.  International students are encouraged to apply by March 1st.  

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What constitutes a complete application?

A completed application consists of the application (completed online at www.ipfw.edu/mba), an educational objectives statement, official transcripts from every college or university attended, two recommendations, quantitative assessment and an admissions interview. 

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Do I need to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for admission?

No!  Students are not required to take the GMAT for admission into the Accelerated MBA program.

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What is the Quantitative Skills assessment?

While a Bachelor’s in Business and the GMAT are not required for admission, due to the accelerated nature of the program, students should have some comfort and familiarity with quantitative subjects. The assessment helps to evaluate applicants’ quantitative skill level and help determine if the Refresher Course is needed.

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What is the Refresher Course?

The Refresher Course is a competency based online course which helps prepare students for the quantitative work in the program. Based on the results of the Quantitative Skills assessment, admitted students may be required to go through the Refresher Course or it may be optional.

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What transcripts should I submit?

Official transcripts are required from all Universities/Colleges you have attended – including those institutions where you may have only taken one class.

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How are admission decisions made?

Class sizes are small and admissions decisions are competitive. At a minimum, candidates will posses a bachelor’s degree and three years of related work experience.  In addition, the Graduate Policy Committee considers a number of characteristics including management, leadership, creativity, maturity, initiative, and organizational and administrative skills.

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Is there financial aid and loans available?

For information on loans and financial aid, please contact the IPFW Financial Aid office at 260-481-6820 or www.ipfw.edu/financial

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How many credits are in the program?

The Accelerated MBA program consists of 11 classes for a total of 33 credit hours. 

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How long does it take to complete the program?

11 months – classes start in August with completion in June of the following year. 

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Why is Orientation required?

Orientation is required to enhance student success. 

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When do classes meet?

Classes meet on Friday nights from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. (with a break from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.).

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Do classes meet every weekend?

Completing an AACSB-International accredited program in only 11 months is an aggressive schedule.  As such, classes meet every Friday night and Saturday.  No classes meet the weekends of Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter, and Memorial Day. 

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How many classes do I take at a time?

During the first three quarters (called components), students take three classes.  During the last component, students take two classes.   

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Is a thesis required?

No – the Accelerated MBA program consists of 11 courses – no thesis is required prior to completion. 

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Is it possible for me to take only one course per semester in this program?

No – however, if you are interested in a less accelerated model, you may be interested in IPFW’s MBA+ program. Information on this program can be found at www.ipfw.edu/mba

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What type of class work can I expect?

Throughout their studies, students might complete individual and group work, projects, case study analysis, presentations, take-home and in-class exams.  How students are graded and assessed will vary from class to class.

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I’ve been out of school for awhile – will I be able to take part in this program?

Yes, many returning adult students find they are anxious about returning to school after many years.   However, students soon find that many classmates are in the same situation and the support these classmates provide is invaluable. 

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What is a cohort?

The term cohort refers to the group of students who progress through a program together.  Cohort based scheduling allows for the building of lasting relationships and extensive networking among students. 

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