MBA FAQs

How much is tuition?

MBA Cost and Financial Aid

Are financial aid, scholarships or discounts available?

Student loans are available through FAFSA for those who qualify (eligibility is not income based). Graduate students are encouraged to research available scholarships and/or tuition assistance and reimbursement programs through their employers. See Program Costs for more information on financial aid.

The MBA non-profit discount is $70 per credit hour for those who qualify. The MBA admissions counselor and/or student support coordinator can provide more information and assistance.

When and where do classes meet?

Cohort classes meet one night per week, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Austin Main campus (RM 620 near 2222). The night of the week does not change for the entire duration of the program.

Students who are not able to commit to attending campus sessions once a week may opt for our fully online program.

For Fall 2019, we are also launching a Tuesday evening cohort that meets at the UFCU Event Center on 8303 N MoPac Expressway.

How long does it take to complete the MBA program?

The 30-credit hour program is typically completed over a total of five semesters that occur year round, completing 6 credit hours per semester.

Who are the faculty?

Courses are taught by full-time and part-time faculty who are highly qualified experts in their respective fields. Concordia MBA students benefit from being taught by instructors who have in-depth scholarly expertise and real-world business experience. A full list of faculty and staff can be found online: Faculty Directory

How big will my classes be?

MBA cohorts are 15-25 students who remain in classes together throughout the duration of the program. This small class size provides an opportunity for peer support and the development of strong networking relationships among students and faculty.

What are the program requirements for admission?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university
  • A resume highlighting leadership experience
  • Proof of English proficiency may be required for non-citizens, permanent residents, Green Card holders and foreign-born applicants who earned degrees outside of the US
I did not major in business. Can I still be accepted into the MBA program?

Yes. All undergraduate majors can be accepted into the MBA program. Non-business undergraduates and low-GPA business majors may be required to take up to four online leveling courses (accounting, economics, statistics and/or finance).

This is contingent upon undergraduate transcript evaluation. Leveling courses take approximately 15-20 total hours each and cost $35 per course. Leveling courses are non-credit.

What if I get a low score or do not pass an Peregrine leveling course?

A score of 70% or higher is required. A prerequisite course can be repeated if a score is below 70%. Successful completion is critical to success in the classroom, especially for non-business undergraduate majors. Contact the graduate admissions team (admissions@concordia.edu) for more information.

How do I obtain and report my Peregrine leveling score? Who do I report it to and is there a deadline?

Upon completion of the leveling course (online and self-paced), the software provides an opportunity to save scores which can be emailed.

The math/stats leveling score should be reported to your MBA admissions counselor prior to the MBA orientation. Scores for accounting, finance and economics should be reported to the student academic planner prior to the start of the corresponding class. For example, the accounting leveling score should be reported prior to the start of the MBA Financial Accounting and Management class. The courses are non-credit, completed online and $35 each.

I am having technical issues with the Peregrine leveling software.

If you are experiencing technical issues with the Peregrine modules, please contact the Peregrine Software customer support:

I already have a resume. Do I need to re-write it before submitting it?

Concordia requires a specific resume format. Find additional information about the requirements here: Resume Guidelines (pdf)

What if I don't have professional work experience, and why is that a requirement?

The Concordia MBA is designed for working professionals who have experience that can be shared and utilized in the classroom. Projects and assignments often require students to draw from their experience to facilitate personal, academic and professional growth.

In cases where a student has no professional work experience, the admitting committee will require outstanding examples of leadership and school/civic involvement reflected in a resume.

What if my GPA is below 2.75?

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are required to submit an essay. This requirement assists the admissions committee in understanding applicants as a whole person, not just a transcript or a professional resume. The essay should address the reasons for a low GPA and establish a game plan for success in the MBA program.

Do I need to take the GMAT, GRE or other entrance exams?

No entrance exams, including the GMAT and GRE, are required for admission.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams to prove English proficiency?

If any of the following conditions apply, an applicant will be required to provide a passing score of either the TOEFL or IELTS:

  1. Non-US Citizen
  2. Born outside the US in a country that does not use English as the primary language (see English Proficiency Policy for full list of exempted countries)
  3. US Permanent Resident and/or Green Card holder
  4. Foreign-born person who completed a degree(s) outside the US
  5. Any person who has learned English as a second language

Minimum TOEFL-Internet-Based (IBT) cumulative score of 80 and a minimum score of 26 on the speaking section. The Pearson Language Test may be used as an alternative to the TOEFL and requires a minimum score of 64. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is another alternative and requires a minimum score of 6.5.

Official scores must be submitted to the admissions department no later than the application deadline. Please direct specific questions to your admissions counselor.

If I attended more than one school for my undergraduate degree, do I need to send all of those transcripts to Concordia?

Applicants are required to submit an official transcript only from the degree-granting institution. However, if additional coursework was taken that may be relevant to the MBA program and/or beneficial for the admissions process, additional transcripts can be accepted to aid in the admissions decision. If graduate-level coursework has been completed, those transcripts should be shared with Concordia and may be used towards transfer credit.

What is an official transcript?

An official transcript is a certified statement of a student’s academic record. To be official, the transcript must bear the embossed or raised college seal, date, registrar's signature and be received by Concordia in a sealed envelope stamped by the institution of record as Official. This can be hand delivered or mailed to Concordia as long as it remains UNOPENED in its original sealed envelope.

A transcript sent electronically to Concordia directly by a school registrar's office is also considered official. The transcript must also contain the official date of degree completion.

Where do I send my transcripts?

Official transcripts can be accepted in one of three ways:

Student Delivered

A student-delivered transcript will only be accepted as an official transcript if it is received in the original sealed envelope and stamped by the institution of records as Issued to the Student in a Sealed Envelope.

Electronically

Concordia also accepts transcripts electronically from:

National Transcript Center

ScripSafe

Mailed To:

Concordia University Texas
Attn: Office of Admission Processing
11400 Concordia University Drive
Austin, TX 78726

Can I apply to the MBA program before I have completed my bachelor's degree?

Yes. However, the acceptance is limited to contingent. This means that the bachelor's degree must be conferred prior to the start of MBA classes. Applicants may be asked to submit a letter from their undergraduate school stating an anticipated completion date.

Are there choices for an MBA concentration?

Yes. Concordia offers two concentration tracks for the MBA program that are optional: Healthcare Administration (HCA) and Organizational Development & Learning (ODL).

There are four concentration-specific classes added to the degree plan, extending the MBA program to 36 credit hours from the traditional 30 credit hours. After the first 24 credit hours of the MBA are completed, students may complete their concentration via online delivery.

Can I transfer graduate-level credits into the program from another school?

Up to six total graduate-level credits may be accepted from another regionally-accredited university. Credits will be reviewed for approval by the MBA program director.

Can I complete my MBA at Concordia in less than two years?

Yes! The Concordia MBA is a full-time program that is completed in five semesters, or 20 months.

What if I need to take a break from classes and continue later?

Completing the MBA program without breaks maximizes the benefit of the cohort model. However, if taking a semester or two off is unavoidable, a student can rejoin the program with a new cohort.

If a student is gone for more than 3 consecutive semesters, reapplying for admission is required. Departing from the program for any length of time voids locked tuition and a student becomes subject to increases if they occur.

How long does it take to get an admissions decision after I complete the application process?

Once a complete application has been submitted and all required documentation is received, an official admissions decision is sent within fifteen business days via official university email. International applications and low-GPA applications can require more processing time.

The MBA admissions review committee makes every effort to process admissions decisions in a timely manner.

What if I must miss a class?

Due to the accelerated nature of this program, attendance is critical. If you have an unavoidable conflict or illness, inform the professor as soon as possible. Another option is to have a fellow cohort member FaceTime or Skype you into the session.

Is tutoring available?

Yes. Concordia offers a Writing Center at the main campus where students receive writing assistance with papers and projects at no cost. Concordia University students are also eligible for free, one-to-one tutoring through tutor.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Peer tutoring is encouraged. Students may also consult with instructors for help outside the classroom.

How do I get my grades and other student account information?

Concordia University provides convenient, secure and up-to-date communication through the MyInfo tab in the Quick Links drop-down menu at the top of the main website (https://www.concordia.edu/). Grades, schedules, account and financial information, etc., is communicated through this portal.

Instructors and students also utilize Blackboard software for class assignments, group discussions and more. Blackboard can also be accessed in the Quick Links drop-down menu on the main website.

How do I get my textbooks and how much do they cost?

The average cost of textbooks is $250 - $500 per semester. Students are automatically enrolled in our Tornado Textbook rental program, which costs $25/credit hour for a total of $150 per semester.

You do have the option to opt out of the program. Note: Students who opt out of the program or purchase books through other sources should check with professors first to make sure the correct edition is selected.

Is the MBA program offered online, and is it the same as the on-ground program?

Yes. Concordia University works to ensure that the online program replicates the on-ground program as much as possible. Often, teachers and assignments are the same, while the course sequence is slightly different.

The online degree is fully accredited, just like the traditional on-ground program. The biggest difference is that online students do not come to class on a weekly basis and must be comfortable interacting primarily online.

Is there a tuition discount for non-profit students who work for non-profit organizations?

Yes. Full-time paid employees at 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations receive a $70 per credit hour discount for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Can I take just one or two MBA classes and transfer the credits to another school?

Yes. With MBA program director approval, an applicant can be admitted into the MBA program to take one to two classes intended for transfer to another school. However, it is the students full responsibility to ensure transfer credits are accepted at the other institution.

Can I retake an MBA class if I get a low or failing grade?

Student may only repeat a course once.

Are there career or job placement services available through Concordia?

Concordia's Center for Vocation Professional Development assists students through participation in job fairs and offers assistance with resume writing, interviewing, business etiquette and other topics related to job searches.

Can I switch from the online MBA to on-ground or vice versa?

Because the online and on-ground programs are not sequentially identical, switching between the two is not recommended. In addition, both programs are built based on cohort enrollment which directly impacts staffing, resources, meeting space and budget. Students are discouraged from switching, but if unavoidable circumstances occur, such as a job relocation, the program director can approve a program change.

Can tuition increase while I am enrolled?

For the Concordia MBA, tuition is locked at the time of enrollment and remains the same for the duration of the program.

What is the MBA Capstone?

The Capstone is the final culmination project in the MBA program and is completed during the Capstone class. The Capstone utilizes independent and group research to address a real-world question, problem or challenge.

Using newly acquired business skills, students partner with a business or organization to produce a substantial project and paper that reflects a deep understanding of a topic. Capstone findings are presented formally to the business partners, Concordia faculty and staff, peers, alumni, community leaders and others.

I've been accepted into the MBA program. What do I do next?

After you have received an official admissions acceptance via email, you will need to click on the "next steps" link in the email and do two things: 1. Confirm your acceptance and 2. RSVP for orientation.

How do I confirm my acceptance so that I can be registered for classes?

Please visit the MBA Next Steps Page found in your acceptance email and find the link to confirm your acceptance. The link is also in your admissions acceptance email.

Your counselor and academic planner will register you for classes after you confirm your acceptance. Note: Students who do not confirm their acceptance will not be registered for classes.

Where are my classes?

The Concordia MBA is offered in Austin at the Main Campus, located at

11400 Concordia University Dr. Austin, TX 78726

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