Jun 25, 2022  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Evening MBA

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The Master of Business Administration Program at Xavier University is designed to meet the educational needs of potential and practicing executives. Xavier’s MBA program offers an applied realistic approach to education, utilizing a balanced presentation of relevant theory combined with practical case study. The Xavier MBA is an experience in participative learning: case analyses, lectures, group projects, consulting experiences, technology inclusive assignments and simulations.  Faculty expertise, numerous live case learning opportunities, and exemplary methods of instruction enable Xavier MBA students to acquire the disciplines and skills of business.  Students develop problem-solving and decision-making abilities and the capacity for continued learning, strategic decision making, comprehensive corporate stewardship, and personal ethics & leadership.  The Evening MBA program is offered on the main Xavier campus in Norwood, Ohio.

The MBA program is also offered in a 20 month evening cohort format in West Chester, Ohio.  Classes are 10 weeks each at this location.

Students in the Evening MBA may attend part-time or full-time, though full-time students are encouraged to join the Emerging Leaders full time day MBA.

Students in the Evening MBA may elect to take classes in the online MBA format or at the West Chester MBA location.

The Xavier MBA program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB.edu), an accreditation held by only one-third of the existing MBA programs globally.

MBA program applicants are asked to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) prior to admission.  Test information may be obtained on-line at www.mba.com   The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is also accepted for MBA admission consideration.  Persons holding a doctoral level degree are waived from taking the GMAT or GRE. Information regarding the MBA program may be obtained from the MBA Office Coordinator at 513 745-4800 or email mbaadmit@xavier.edu.  However, an MBA applicant may petition for waiver of the GMAT or GRE based upon undergraduate academics and significant work & management experience.  This petition may be submitted during the application process.

It is the responsibility of the graduate student to become informed concerning all required regulations and procedures and to know all courses required for the MBA course of study. In no case will a regulation or course be waived or an exception granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation or asserts that information was not given by an advisor or other authority. MBA students must abide by all regulations contained in the MBA Academic Standards form and uphold the standards and expectations of the Ethics Policy.

Xavier MBA participates in a unique partnership with other AACSB accredited Jesuit universities’ MBA programs, which are located in major American metropolitan areas. Under the terms of the partnership, each institution works to accept the majority of the coursework completed toward an MBA degree at another participating institution. However, the ultimate decision on course transfer lies with the degree granting institution. Each course transferring must carry a grade of “B” or higher. The MBA is awarded by the institution where more than half of the core degree requirements were completed. From all other AACSB institutions, a maximum of six semester hours of transfer credit for core level and elective courses may be accepted toward the MBA degree. All transferred coursework must be approved by the MBA office and carry a grade of “B” or better. Graduate courses already applied towards a degree may not be used again for credit toward another graduate degree. The grade and quality points for credits transferred from another institution are not included in a student’s grade point average

MBA degree requirements

The Master of Business Administration requires a minimum of 39 credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.000.

Foundation Skills (500-level) courses do not count toward the 39-hour minimum.

Foundation Courses

(6 semester hours)

These courses can be waived or tested out.


  • One or both of these courses may be waived depending upon the student’s previous academic credentials provided the prior academic coursework is less than five years old and has a grade of “B” or higher. The CLEP waiver exam meeting the minimum score is accepted for ACCT 500.  A CLEP score of 65 is the minimum score for waiver consideration.  A Xavier-based waiver exam is available for STAT 500.  Either exam -may be taken once. If not passed, then the corresponding foundation course must be taken.  These courses must be completed before those courses with the pre-requisite.


(3 semester hours)

Pre-requisite: complete all the required M.B.A. courses.

Designed to draw on the cumulative knowledge and experience gained during the M.B.A. experience.

Choose one:

Areas of Concentration and minimum 9 credit hours required

  • Business Administration (9)
  • Business Intelligence (9)
  • Finance (12)
  • Innovation, Change & Entrepreneurship (9)
  • International Business (9)
  • Marketing (9) 
  • Pricing Strategy (9)
  • Values-Based Leadership (9)

Contact the M.B.A. office for further details and developments. Some concentrations have required courses. Consult with your academic advisor and the Degree Evaluation report that is available on the Xavier Student Hub.

Students may tailor electives in the area(s) of concentration of their choice to provide a broader understanding of the business world or to specialize their degree. All MBA electives, no matter the department, count toward the Business Administration (MBAN) concentration, which is the default concentration for all students. A declaration of concentration is made via the MBA office website. Opportunities for international study trips, independent study tutorials, and experimental courses are often available for students and count towards the Business Administration (MBAN) concentration. Such opportunities must be discussed with an MBA advisor.

MBA Plus Concentration

A student with an MBA degree earned from any accredited school may participate in the MBA Plus concentration program to earn a concentration in any of the above areas or take graduate level business courses in line with personal interests. The MBA Plus program is not a degree granting program.

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