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The Butler MBA Program

Frequently Asked Questions

MBA FAQs

How does The Butler MBA fit in with my job and my family?

We understand that life "happens." Some people must travel for work and others have parenting obligations and commitments. For busy students, flexibility is key. We built our MBA program around the concept of flexibility. You decide how many classes you take in a semester. You decide how quickly you progress toward your degree. On average it takes a student 2 ½ years to get his or her MBA. Some get on a "fast track" and finish earlier. Others take longer, and that's OK with us.  You have up to five years to finish your degree.

How do I know if The Butler MBA is the right learning environment for me?

The best way to see if you'll fit in is to visit a class. At Butler it's easy to do. In fact, we encourage it. By monitoring one of our classes, you'll have the opportunity to picture yourself working with other students on a group project and find out how comfortable you will be speaking up in the classroom.

How can I learn more about a Butler MBA?

To learn more about The Butler MBA, you can attend an Information Session hosted by the MBA Program Director.  Attending an Information Session with other prospective students is a great way to learn more because they may ask questions you haven’t thought of.

If you have more questions, please give us a call at 800-368-6852 ext. 9842 or 317-940-9842. You can also send an e-mail to mba@butler.edu. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you could be on your way to an MBA!

How long will it take to get my MBA from Butler?

We are a self-paced program, meaning students choose the pace that suits their schedule and lifestyle best. It's important to note, though, all schools do not require the same number of credit hours to graduate. At Butler, you need 38 credit hours of graduate-level coursework to complete your degree. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in six foundation courses prior to beginning the MBA core courses.  Most foundation courses may be waived depending on your previous academic work.

Do I qualify to have competency area subjects waived?

Most competency area courses may be waived for equivalent course work completed within the past 5 years at the discretion of the MBA Admission Committee. Applicants with a strong background in one or more of the competency areas may apply to “test out” of a prerequisite by achieving an 80% or higher on a competency exam. There is no fee for waived courses or for testing. The current schedule allows for all competency area courses to be completed in one semester if a student chooses to do so. 

How many nights a week will I have class?

Most classes meet one night per week during the regular semester, from 6:00-8:40 PM. Part-time students will commonly take one or two classes a semester. Summer sessions are accelerated and usually meet twice per week. Part-time students usually take one summer course at a time. Occasional Saturday morning classes may be offered and/or required.

The competency area courses are structured differently to allow for quicker progress. These courses are offered in an accelerated format, making it possible to complete them all in just one semester (on a part-time basis).

Can I apply immediately after completing my undergraduate degree?

Yes, if your record is strong enough, recent graduates can gain admission. The MBA is most valuable if you have work experience. Generally, it is best if you have at least 2 years of work experience before joining the MBA program. 

Can I begin the foundation courses before I apply to the program?

Yes, you may begin the prerequisite foundation courses before applying to the MBA Program by registering HERE.

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Can I transfer credits from another MBA program?

Yes, you can transfer up to 12 credit hours from another AACSB accredited institution. The admission committee will review the transcripts and course syllabus to determine equivalency.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?

Request recommendation letters from someone who can speak to your capabilities and accomplishments. We are looking for evidence of impact. Please do not utilize relatives.

Are there any scholarships available?

The MBA Program offers one scholarship, The Robert & Betty Weedon Scholarship, which is awarded annually for the Fall and Spring terms. Eligible applicants must have completed one semester of the MBA core curriculum, must be enrolled in at least five credit hours, and must maintain a GPA above 3.0.  The scholarship is need-based and is only available to individuals that are solely responsible for their tuition.   Students receiving tuition assistance from their employer are not eligible for the scholarship.  

The core curriculum and electives are financial aid eligible. Please check with the financial aid department at Butler to discuss your individual circumstances.

How many students are in the program?

At any given time, we have approximately 175 active students in our program.

Do I have to be assigned a leadership coach?

Yes, it is a free resource. In our experience, the coach has a positive impact on your development.