The DeVille School of Business

Dr. Carole Mount, Dean

Mission

To grow, to learn, to lead, and to serve the global community.

Extending the charism of the Brothers of Christian Instruction by meeting students where they are with the resources and support they need, the mission of the DeVille School of Business (DSoB) is to prepare our graduates to be leaders in service to others through a relevant, global, and integrated business curriculum within a Catholic, practitioner-oriented teaching institution.

We accomplish our mission through:

  • Offering curricula that are adaptive, flexible, experiential and responsive to changing market conditions
  • Emphasizing critical thinking, effective communication, systems and sustainability, and ethical, social, personal and professional responsibility
  • Providing our primarily first-generation traditional and non-traditional undergraduate  students with personal support and attention in a collaborative, small-class environment
  • Accommodating our graduate students with flexible course delivery options with personal support and attention in a collaborative, small-class environment
  • Engaging in professional and scholarly activities that are impactful and relevant

Vision

The DeVille School of Business will be the preferred resource for business knowledge transfer – expanding its global citizenship, partnerships and service to others.

Core Values

DSoB Core Values in Action

Guided by our commitment to students and other stakeholders, we:

Integrity
Foster an ethical environment of honesty, accountability, responsibility.

Service
Advance a culture of leadership in service to others.

Responsive
Provide an integrated undergraduate and graduate global business curricula that are adaptive to changing market conditions and accommodate students with flexible course offerings.

Success
Cultivate meaningful professional relationships within a supportive, developmental approach to advise, guide and mentor students.

Focus
Commit to experiential, practice-focused student learning activities and outcomes to prepare students for life after graduation.

Diversity
Respect the diversity of individuals, ideas, cultures, strengths and experiences and the value it adds to our school.

Improvement
Foster a culture of continuous improvement in all facets of the DeVille School of Business through ongoing review, assessment, evaluation and action.

Expected Outcomes

  • Instilled with the charism of the Brothers of Christian Instruction – the DeVille School of Business Community will be oriented toward serving our global community through sustainable ethical leadership.
  • The DeVille School of Business Faculty will produce impactful and relevant intellectual contributions primarily focused on teaching and practice.
  • The DeVille School of Business will be a distinguished and preferred resource for the business and professional communities.
  • The DeVille School of Business will be recognized for the currency, relevancy, flexibility and innovation of its program offerings; teaching strategies; and responsiveness to business and community needs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates communicate effectively.
  • Graduates think critically and solve problems supporting their decisions with appropriate analytical and quantitative techniques.
  • Graduates demonstrate effective decision-making that incorporates the tenets of ethics and cultural awareness.
  • Graduates demonstrate the personal and professional knowledge, inter-personal skills and cross-cultural competencies to function effectively in a global environment.
  • Graduates demonstrate leadership in service to others.
  • Graduates demonstrate knowledge in a specialized area of business.

ACADEMIC STANDING POLICY AND PROCEDURE

Good Standing, Progression, Probation, Dismissal

POLICY

To graduate from Walsh University with a BA in Business, a DeVille School of Business (DSoB) student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in BCP I coursework

  2. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in BCP II coursework

  3. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in major coursework

A student who maintains the minimum established GPA in each of the above is in “Good Academic Standing” in the DSoB.  A DSoB student is responsible for monitoring his/her GPA requirements and academic progress and is responsible for taking corrective action when needed.

PROBATION

The DSoB will place on academic probation a student whose GPA falls below any of the above GPA requirements.  A probationary student will remain on academic probation until the student’s GPA meets or exceeds the required GPA.  If the student does not achieve the required GPA at the end of the first semester of probation, the DSoB will place the student on continued probation.  A student on continued probation who does not achieve the required GPA at the end of the second semester of probation will be dismissed from the DSoB. 

A probationary student is required to meet with his/her academic advisor to develop a “Success Plan” to return the student to good academic standing.

Notification of Probation: The DSoB will notify the student and the student’s academic advisor(s) of the student’s status (probation and/or continued probation) by email to their respective Walsh University email accounts and by letter mailed to the student’s permanent address maintained on file in the Office of the Registrar. 

DISMISSAL

The DSoB will dismiss a student whose academic progress reveals that he/she is not able to achieve requirement 2 and/or 3 above based on remaining coursework. Notification of dismissal will occur at the point in the student’s progression when the student’s GPA performance documented on the student’s transcript reveals that GPA remediation is not mathematically possible within the student’s remaining relevant coursework.  Upon dismissal from the DSoB, the DSoB will administratively withdraw the student from all DSoB coursework in which the student may be enrolled that supports a BA in a business major.

Notification of Dismissal: The DSoB will notify the student and the student’s academic advisor(s) of the student’s dismissal via email to his/her respective Walsh University email accounts and by letter mailed to the student’s permanent address maintained on file in the Office of the Registrar. 

Dismissal from the DSoB is not dismissal from the University.  The DSoB will advise a student dismissed from the DSoB of alternative courses of study and resources available at the University to assist in decision-making.  The “Notice of Dismissal” will include language directing the student to confer with his/her academic advisor and or the Dean for Academic Services to explore alternative options for completing a degree program at Walsh University.

APPEALS

A student may appeal the probation decision or dismissal decision to the DSoB Undergraduate Academic Standing Committee comprised of the Dean of the DSoB, the Coordinator of Advancement and Assessment (CAA), the Academic Administrator for the Degree Completion Program, and one full-time faculty member.  The Undergraduate Academic Standing Committee will communicate its decision to the student and the student’s academic advisor(s) by email to their respective Walsh University email accounts and by letter to the student’s permanent address maintained on file in the Office of the Registrar.  The decision of the DSoB Undergraduate Academic Standing Committee is final in the DSoB.  The student retains the right to appeal the decision to the Dean of Academic Services per the appeal process detailed in the Walsh University Undergraduate Catalog.

Business/S.P.S Business Course Enrollment

The DeVille School of Business permits main campus business majors to enroll in a maximum of two business division courses (BUS or ECON) in the (School for Professional Studies) Program if 1) the student meets the admittance criteria of the School for Professional Studies Program, or 2) the student not meeting the School for Professional Studies admittance criteria requires a course for graduation at the end of the current semester and that course is not available in the business division’s main campus offering for that semester. Students will pay the applicable main campus tuition per credit hour for credit hours in excess of the maximum. If a main campus business major student is within the last 32 semester hours prior to graduation, they are not eligible to be admitted to the SPS delivery system program. The student must gain permission (per above criteria) from the Dean of the School of Business

Center for Business Collaboration (CBC)

The Center for Business Collaboration at Walsh University provides students with experiential learning opportunities through projects with local, regional and international businesses and organizations.

Specifically, the CBC:

  • Supports the Walsh University mission of outreach and service to others and builds upon the University’s tradition of excellence, integrity and service to foster in the CBC partners capacity building, sustainability, and effective decision making.
  • Provides collaborative partners (organizations and businesses) with students educated to serve the collaboration partners and clients through a micro/macro consultative model that fosters creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and organizational transformation.
  • Enriches The DeVille School of Business curriculum by providing students with "Real World" experiences for students to demonstrate learning.

"4+1" Program (Bachelor's Degree & MBA) for Non-Business Major Undergrad Students

The DeVille School of Business “4+1” Program is open to any qualified Walsh University non-business major undergraduate student who wishes to expand his or her current business knowledge and/or supplement one’s current non-business undergraduate degree with an Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree.  The 4+1 Program is also available to Walsh University undergraduate business majors with a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49.  Students interested in pursuing the 4+1 Program option must apply in the first semester in which he/she attains junior class (60 credit hours) level status.

Application

A student seeking admission to the program must:

  • Complete and submit an MBA application form in the first semester of the junior year (or upon earning 60 undergraduate credit hours) with a transcript verifying a GPA to date of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit two letters of reference from university faculty, one of which must be from within the student’s major.
  • Complete an in-person interview with the MBA Director.
  • Complete an internship in the student’s major, along with submission of an evaluation from the intern’s supervisor.

Admission

For admission consideration into the 4+1 Program, an undergraduate student applicant must have achieved a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Following the admission review and through the remainder of undergraduate studies, the student must maintain – as a minimum – a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Failure to maintain the 3.00 cumulative GPA may disqualify the student from admission into the MBA Program. An admitted student will begin MBA Prep coursework during the senior year (or upon earning 90 credit hours).

Required MBA Prep Series Courses

A student admitted to the 4+1 program will be required to complete the MBA Prep Series courses. The MBA Prep series may be completed in the summer semester between the junior and senior year or during the senior year of study. The MBA Prep series consists of three, 2 credit hour courses. To advance to MBA coursework, the student must earn a “B or higher” in all three courses. Upon successful completion of the MBA Prep series AND earning the Bachelor’s degree, the student will matriculate into the MBA Program.

Following graduation with a Bachelor’s degree and matriculation into the MBA Program, the student will need to successfully complete the required 36 credit hours in the MBA Program indicated under the “Degree Requirements” section of the current Walsh University Graduate Catalog.

Undergraduate & Graduate Policies

While an undergraduate student, all university and undergraduate policies will apply. Following matriculation in the MBA Program, all university and DeVille School of Business MBA Program policies will apply to the student.

“BA/MBA” PROGRAM (Bachelor’s Degree & MBA) for Business Majors

The BA/MBA program is open to any qualified graduating high school senior and Walsh business major under-graduate student who wishes to expand his or her current business knowledge and/or supplement one’s cur-rent non-business undergraduate degree with an MBA degree. As such, the student may apply as a part of his/her undergraduate admissions process and up to the end of the first semester in which the student attains junior-class level status (60 earned credit hours).

A student applying to the BA/MBA Program must satisfy two of the following:

  • Minimum 3.50 cumulative high school GPA performance.
  • Minimum ACT score of 25 or an SAT score of 1150.
  • Graduate in the top 15% of high school class.

Application

The following documents must be submitted for any student (high school or transfer) applying to the BA/MBA Program:

  • Completion of an MBA application form (separate from the Walsh University admission application form).
  • Submission of all high school and university (if applicable) transcripts.
  • Submission of two letters of reference:
    • For the high senior applying to the BA/MBA Program, one letter from the student’s high school college counselor (or appropriate school representative) and one letter from the student’s high school teacher (business teacher preferred).
    • For the transfer student applying to the BA/MBA Program, one letter from the student’s high school college counselor or teacher (business teach preferred) and one letter from a university faculty member from the undergraduate institution.
  • Completion of an in-person interview with the MBA Director.

By the end of the BA/MBA student’s completion of his/her junior year (60 earned credit hours), the student must achieve a minimum 3.50 GPA. The minimum 3.50 must be maintained for progression in the BA/MBA program. A student who achieves and maintains the minimum 3.50 will take up to two (2) MBA courses in his/her senior year (90 earned credit hours). Failure to maintain the 3.50 cumulative GPA will disqualify the student from taking any MBA coursework while an undergraduate.

Admission Decision

A BA/MBA student is dually admitted to the BA in Business and the MBA programs. In addition to meeting admission requirements for both programs, the admitted student must maintain 3.50 GPA in undergraduate coursework to remain in good standing in the program. Upon successful completion of the requirements for the BA portion of the program, the student will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts in Business and a change from undergraduate to graduate student status. Upon successful completion of all graduation requirements in the MBA Program, the student will be awarded the Master of Arts in Business.

If an admitted student fails to complete any/all undergraduate graduation requirements, the student’s MBA Program status will be changed to “provisional” until such time that these undergraduate graduation requirements have been met.

Undergraduate & Graduate Policies

While an undergraduate, all university and undergraduate policies will apply to the student. Following completion of the undergraduate degree, all university and DeVille School of Business MBA Program policies will apply to the student.

MBA Courses Requirements for BA/MBA Program Business Majors

A student admitted to BA/MBA Program will be begin MBA coursework in the senior year while competing undergraduate coursework. The MBA courses may be used to satisfy the student’s undergraduate elective options. To receive MBA credit for courses, the student must attain a grade of “B-“or higher.

Accounting Majors

BUS 521Sustainable Ethical Leadership3
BUS 526App Organ Research & Analy3

Finance Majors

BUS 521Sustainable Ethical Leadership3
BUS 526App Organ Research & Analy3

Management Majors

BUS 524Marketing3
BUS 526App Organ Research & Analy3

Marketing

BUS 521Sustainable Ethical Leadership3
BUS 522Organ Behavior & Communication3

The MBA courses taken during the student’s senior year will be included in the student’s normal undergraduate tuition fee structure. After completing the Bachelor’s degree, the student is eligible to receive the Walsh University 25% tuition discount on all future coursework completed at the University.

MBA Prep Series Courses

An undergraduate business major requiring additional elective credits may elect to take, with the counsel and support of his/her academic advisor, the MBA Prep Series courses. Registration in these courses is limited, requiring the review and approval of the Director of the MBA Program. Completion of the MBA Prep Series courses is no guarantee of admission into the MBA Program.