Master of Business Administration MBA

Program Philosophy

Linking current theory to practice, the Walsh University DeVille School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed to develop and refine interpersonal and analytical skills that are essential to planning, organizing, and controlling activities of contemporary organizations. The program’s primary theme is to improve an organization’s effectiveness through organizational and personal leadership. The intention is to provide the knowledge a leader needs for productive interaction and coordination with other persons across the organization.

To this end, leadership concepts and skills concerning organizational design and personnel behavior are explored and managerial and interpersonal skills are developed on a foundation of understanding across an organization’s functional areas. The foundation includes assessing and filling client requirements, controlling cash flows, developing efficient operations, and establishing and maintaining information systems.

The intent of the Walsh MBA Program is to develop a general understanding of such models and the capacity to adapt them to a specific organization. While the program explicitly acknowledges that an understanding of these areas of expertise is vital to the effective management of an organization, the focus is on developing leadership talent able to identify and enhance cross-functional synergies, thereby improving overall organizational effectiveness.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Think critically and solve problems within organizations, supporting decisions with appropriate analytical and quantitative techniques.
  • Demonstrate sustainable ethical organizational leadership capabilities.
  • Demonstrate integrative professional and personal knowledge within a dynamic global business environment.
  • Demonstrate advanced communication competencies within a business context.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the core areas of business.
  • Graduates demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specialized area of business.

Areas of Specialty

  1. Management
    The MBA Management Specialty links current theory to practice and provides the knowledge a leader needs for productive interaction with others within the organization.  The coursework develops and refines the qualitative leadership, quantitative, and analytical skills needed for a leader to plan effectively, organize, lead and control the activities of an organization.
  2. Healthcare Management
    The MBA Healthcare Management Specialty is designed to create a balance between business knowledge and the unique aspects and demands of the healthcare management field.  The specialty provides future leaders with a wide range of competencies and skills needed to advance or develop their careers in the rewarding field of healthcare management.
  3. Marketing
    The Marketing Specialty combines the traditional area of marketing communications with e-commerce and other emerging social marketing opportunities to provide an understanding of the role and importance of the media and technology in forming a unique focus. This coursework prepares professionals to foresee changes in the marketplace and enable them to develop strategic and customer focused approaches in current and emerging businesses.

Leadership Program

Along with completing the MBA coursework, it is also important for MBA students to develop as leaders. As a result, the MBA Program requires that all MBA students complete the MBA Leadership Experience Practicum (hereafter referred to as the Practicum). The practicum is linked to Walsh University’s mission: educating students to become leaders in service to others. The two-part practicum is designed to fit in to each MBA student’s coursework.

The practicum will require each student to complete the “Sustainable Ethical Leadership” (MBA 621) course (which is a part of the MBA core curriculum courses). Following the completion of this MBA 621 course, each student will register for Part I of the practicum (MBA 631). Part I is a half-day program comprised of a computer simulation, group facilitation discussion, and time for reflection. In addition, each student completing the half-day practicum will be given the “Strength Finder” book, for use in Part II of the practicum.

Part II of the practicum (MBA 691) involves a one-on-one mentoring by a trained leadership mentor. The student and mentor will review Part I materials (reflection, demographic items, and Strength Finder results). Both will then develop a leadership action plan for the student to develop and advance his/her leadership. Students will need to complete Part II within 60-90 days of completing Part I.

A student that has completed all of the MBA core curriculum requirements and Part I of the practicum will be advanced to candidacy in the MBA Program. Advancement to candidacy is required before an MBA student can enroll in MBA specialty courses. Completion of Parts I and II of the practicum are required for graduation from the MBA Program.

MBA Academic Guidelines

Admission Policy

An applicant must have an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution, earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  When the applicant has attended more than one undergraduate institution, a weighted average GPA will be calculated.  An applicant who has graduated with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 is encouraged to apply, but will be subject to review by the MBA Admissions Review Committee.

Foundational Knowledge

Every applicant is required to demonstrate foundational knowledge in the functional areas of business (i.e., accounting, economics, finance, and quantitative techniques).  Satisfying this requirement of foundational knowledge will be determined by the MBA Program, through an examination of the completed application (as outlined below), including the applicant’s transcript(s) and professional experience.

Foundational knowledge in the functional areas of business may either be demonstrated by:  an undergraduate business degree, significant and substantial prior business-related experience, or successful completion of the MBA Pathway.

Application Process

Prior to pursuing one of the following recommended paths toward admission, an applicant is required to officially apply to the MBA Program.  Submitting the following materials as outlined in the admission process will constitute a “completed” application:

  • Completed application form.
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) for any/all institutions attended and all other graduate transcripts (if applicable), sent directly from the applicant’s college(s) or university(ies) to the Walsh University Department of Graduate Admissions
  • Current resume
  • Demonstration of English language proficiency by applicants for whom English is a second language (if applicable)

Calculation of Adjusted GPA

For the purposes of the admission process, all undergraduate coursework will be used to calculate the adjusted weighted-average cumulative GPA. 

Paths to Admission

There are two paths, along with the required demonstration of foundational knowledge, for admission into the MBA Program:

Path #1

An applicant with an earned Bachelor's degree majoring in business and a weighted cumulative GPA of greater than or equal to 3.50 will receive full acceptance into the MBA Program.

Path #2

An applicant who holds an earned Bachelor's degree with a major in business (with a weighted cumulative GPA of greater than 3.00 and less than 3.50) or an applicant who holds a Bachelor's degree with a non-business major (with a weighted cumulative GPA of greater than 3.00) having undergone the portfolio review by the MBA Program, may be recommended to complete the MBA Pathway course(s), take the GMAT, or be directly admitted into the MBA Program.

Please note: For non-business majors, applicants should not take the GMAT for admission into the Walsh MBA Program until approved as part of the application process.

Course Waiver Policy

An MBA student with an undergraduate business major may be considered for a waiver of an MBA core curriculum course corresponding to the student’s undergraduate major(s). Granting of such a course waiver would be based upon the student’s undergraduate GPA in his/her major. A waived course will be replaced by equivalent credit hours in graduate courses. All course waivers and substitutions must be approved by the program director.

Program Delivery

The MBA Program is offered at the main campus in North Canton, Ohio or online.

Registration Procedures

Students enrolling in coursework for their first semester, may register by completing a Graduate Registration Form.  This form may be found either in the Student Service Center in Farrell Hall or downloaded from the file gallery on our website www.walsh.edu/forms4. Complete, sign and do one of the following (you do not need an advisor's signature):

  • Bring this form to the Student Service Center in Farrell Hall
  • Fax this form to: 330-490-7193
  • Mail this form to:

Walsh University,
Student Service Center
2020 East Maple Street,
North Canton, OH 44720-3336

Students that have completed at least one semester in the program are strongly 
encouraged to utilize the Cavalier Center to register.  
PIN numbers will be distributed near the beginning of each semester 
through the Walsh email system.

Completion of Core Curriculum Requirements

MBA students are required to successfully complete ("B-" or higher in all courses with an accumulated GPA of 3.0 or higher) all MBA core curriculum courses prior to taking specialty courses. There are two exceptions:

  1. Full-time students who will complete their final specialty area course and capstone course in the same semester;
  2. Students who have transferred into the MBA program after completing the healthcare certificate. Any student who is attending part-time that enrolls in a specialty course before completing the core curriculum coursework will be administratively withdrawn from that specialty course unless prior approval was sought and received by the MBA Director.

Capstone Course

A candidate is a matriculated student who has successfully completed at least one half of the coursework for the degree program and Part 1 of the Leadership Practicum (MBA631) with a cumulative quality point average of 3.0 or higher (based upon a 4.0 scale).

Any student who is attending part-time that enrolls in the capstone course before completing all other coursework will be administratively withdrawn from the capstone course.

Categories of Graduate Students

  • Matriculated
    A matriculated student is a degree-seeking student who has met all admission requirements for the degree program.
  • Candidate
    All MBA core and specialty coursework must be successfully completed ("B- or higher" with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.00) prior to taking the specialty-specific capstone course.
  • Non-Matriculated
    A non-matriculated student is a student enrolled in a graduate course who has not completed admission requirements or who does not intend to pursue a graduate degree but wishes to enroll in graduate coursework for professional development.  A non-matriculated student may enroll in a maximum of six (6) semester credit hours.
  • Certificate-Seeking
    A certificate-seeking student is a post-baccalaureate student who is seeking a certificate, having met all of the certificate admission requirements.

Course load

An MBA student may take up to four (4) credit-bearing MBA courses in any given semester - two (2) credit-bearing MBA courses per eight-week session.  At no time may an MBA student take more than two (2) credit-bearing MBA courses in the same eight-week session.

[Note:  It is acceptable for an MBA student to take a Leadership course (which is zero (0) credit hours) along with up to two (2) MBA courses.]

Repeating Courses

MBA Pathway Courses

A student must earn a grade of "B" or higher in each MBA Pathway course required for admission to the program. If a student earns a grade lower than "B," the student may repeat the course one time. If the earned grade in the second and final attempt is lower than a "B," the student will not be granted admission to the MBA Program.

MBA Program Courses

A student must earn a grade of "B-" or higher in each course required for graduation from the MBA Program. If an earned grade is lower than "B-," the student may repeat the course one time. Failure to receive a "B-" or higher in the second and final attempt will result in dismissal from the MBA Program.

Transfer of Courses

A student may transfer-in a maximum of nine (9) credit hours or three (3) courses as approved by the program director. These courses must be taken at an accredited MBA program. The student must submit course syllabi and other requested documentation as requested by the MBA Program. Requesting and submitting materials is no guarantee that courses may be accepted for transfer. Finally, transferred courses may only be accepted for core curriculum requirement – and not for specialty-specific courses.

Academic Advising

MBA students may consult with the MBA Program for advising at mbaprogram@walsh.edu. The Program's duties are to serve as consultant working with the student.

Completion of a Second Specialty Area

MBA students that would like to complete a second MBA specialty area must submit a Declaration of a Major Specialty" form. The form can be acquired from and submitted to the Registrar's Office. In order to be included on the students' degree and noted on transcripts, this submission must be done before the last semester in which they will complete their first specialty area. In order to complete a second specialty area, students must complete four (4) separate and unique courses as required for the second specialty area - one of which must be the second specialty area capstone course.

Global Experience

While enrolled in the MBA program, students may participate in the MBA Program’s global experience(s). The student is advised to seek more information on global experiences from the MBA Program or the Office of Global Learning.

The MBA degree requires the successful completion of thirty-six (36) semester hours of coursework for a student who demonstrates all required competencies upon entry.

Common Body of Knowledge (MBA Core)
MBA Core18
Sustainable Ethical Leadership
Organ Behavior & Communication
Financial Accounting & Mgmt
Marketing
Information Systems
Applied Org Research&Analysis
MBA Specialties & Electives
Specialties and Electives18
Total Hours36

MBA – Management Specialty degree requirements

Common Body of Knowledge (MBA Core)
MBA 621Sustainable Ethical Leadership3
MBA 622Organ Behavior & Communication3
MBA 623Financial Accounting & Mgmt3
MBA 624Marketing3
MBA 625Information Systems3
MBA 626Applied Org Research&Analysis3
Required Specialty Courses
Must successfully complete all of the following:
MBA 681Global Business Conditions3
MBA 682Managerial Accounting3
MBA 701System & Organizational Design3
MBA 702Quality & Performance Mgmt3
Elective Specialty Courses
Must successfully complete one of the following:3
Not-For-Profit Accounting
Social Media Marketing
Entrepreneurship/Innovation
Specialty Capstone Course
After successfully completing all core, specialty and specialty elective courses:
MBA 719Strategic Management3
Total Hours36

MBA – Healthcare Management Specialty degree requirements

Common Body of Knowledge (MBA Core)
MBA 621Sustainable Ethical Leadership3
MBA 622Organ Behavior & Communication3
MBA 623Financial Accounting & Mgmt3
MBA 624Marketing3
MBA 625Information Systems3
MBA 626Applied Org Research&Analysis3
Required Specialty Courses
Must successfully complete all of the following:
MBA 702Quality & Performance Mgmt3
MBA 721Legal & Policy Aspect Hlthcare3
MBA 722Healthcare Organizat & Systems3
MBA 723Healthcare Finance/Economics3
Elective Specialty Courses
Must successfully complete one of the following:3
Not-For-Profit Accounting
Services Marketing
Entrepreneurship/Innovation
Specialty Capstone Course
After successfully completing all core, specialty and specialty elective courses:
MBA 739Healthcare Strategy3
Total Hours36

MBA – Marketing Specialty degree requirements

Common Body of Knowledge (MBA Core)
MBA 621Sustainable Ethical Leadership3
MBA 622Organ Behavior & Communication3
MBA 623Financial Accounting & Mgmt3
MBA 624Marketing3
MBA 625Information Systems3
MBA 626Applied Org Research&Analysis3
Required Specialty Courses
Must successfully complete all of the following:
MBA 741Marketing Research3
MBA 742Integrated Marketing Communica3
MBA 743Social Media Marketing3
MBA 744Services Marketing3
MBA 745Analytics for Bus Intelligence3
Specialty Capstone Course
After successfully completing all core, specialty and specialty elective courses:
MBA 759Marketing Strategy3
Total Hours36