Current KSOM undergraduate students with excellent academic records may apply for admission to the Accelerated KSOM BS/MBA Program that enables them to earn, generally in five years or less, both a Bachelor of Science degree in their chosen major along with the MBA (in the specialization of their choice) more efficiently than if they were to earn the two degrees sequentially. For Accounting majors, this program provides a path to earn an MBA, while meeting the 150-credit-hour educational requirement of most states to become a Certified Public Accountant. The opportunity to take graduate courses prior to completing a baccalaureate degree is conditional upon acceptance into an accelerated program.
Students interested in the Accelerated KSOM BS/MBA Program should consult their academic advisors as early as the beginning of their sophomore year. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above may apply after the completion of 60 undergraduate credits, following the procedure prescribed in the Graduate Studies Catalog. Factors considered for acceptance into the program include the student’s previous academic performance, GMAT or GRE score (waived for current students who have completed at least 75 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or more), work experience, three letters of recommendation, a current resume, and a statement of intent.
Once the student is admitted to the program, the student’s undergraduate advisor will recommend the undergraduate course work for which up to twelve graduate credits may be substituted. These graduate credits also count toward the 36 credits required of most students who enter the MBA program with an extensive business undergraduate academic background (see the paragraph below regarding Economics majors and foundation modules). Typically these credits come from not more than four of the following list of courses:
MGT 501 : Responsibility, Sustainability and Justice (3 cr.) satisfies the undergraduate requirement of MGT 455: Business Policy and Strategy;
OM 503 : Operations Management (3 cr.) satisfies the undergraduate requirement of OIM 352: Operations Management;
MIS 504 : Management Information Systems (3 cr.) satisfies the undergraduate requirement of OIM 471: Business Information Management or ACC 474: Accounting Information Systems;
MGT 505 : Organizational Behavior (3 cr.) satisfies the undergraduate requirement of MGT 352: Principles of Management 11;
MKT 506 : Marketing Management (3 cr.) satisfies the undergraduate requirement of MKT 351: Principles of Marketing; or
IB 505 : International Business (3 cr.) or MGT 556 : International Management (3 cr.) satisfies the undergraduate requirement of ECO/IB 351: Environment of International Business.
KSOM Economics majors may be required to complete coursework to satisfy up to seven foundations areas in addition to the minimum requisite 36 credits of graduate coursework to complete the MBA degree. For these majors, the one-credit graduate foundation modules may be used to satisfy undergraduate free elective credits. The foundation modules and MBA courses such as those from the list above, not to exceed a total of twelve credits, may be used to satisfy undergraduate program requirements.
The selection of the graduate coursework and the number of credits to be applied toward an undergraduate degree (not to exceed twelve credits) requires the approval of the student’s undergraduate program advisor, the chair of the department housing the student’s undergraduate program, the MBA director, and the KSOM dean.