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Frequently Asked Questions

With prospective and current MBA students in mind, we have grouped frequently asked questions by topic.

  1. Admissions
  2. Registration
  3. Advising
  4. International Students
  5. Core Curriculum
  6. Electives
  7. Transfer Credit
  8. Academic Standing
  9. Graduation

 

Admissions

Is there a minimum GPA, or minimum GMAT/GRE scores for admission?

Admissions decisions are based on undergraduate GPA from an accredited institution, review of applicant's resume, personal statement of interest in the program, response to required essay question, two Letters of Recommendation, and GMAT or GRE score.

While there are no strict cut-off scores for admission, the average GMAT of students admitted in recent years is 500 and the GRE is 300. The Admissions Committee will conduct an evaluation of the applicant's admissions packet as a whole. 

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Can I get a GMAT/GRE waiver?

Yes, a GMAT/GRE Waiver is granted in two circumstances:

  1. An applicant has a post-Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States (MS, MA, MSBA, JD, MD, PHARMD, etc.) the test is automatically waived. You will be required to send in official transcripts to our Office of Graduate Admissions.
  2. If an applicant has 5 or more years of management experience with 10 or more direct reports, he/she can submit an extended resume. Management experience in this situation is defined as having employees who directly report to you. Your extended resume should highlight the number of years you've spent in management and number of direct reports. Process management and project management do not count as experience.

An admissions committee will review each applicant's Resume of professional accomplishments to decide if a GMAT/GRE waiver is warranted. If an applicant's professional experience is not adequate to warrant a GMAT/GRE waiver, that applicant will be asked to submit a GMAT or GRE score, as per standard admission procedure.

Applicants who request a GMAT/GRE waiver must submit their resumes to the department academic advisor, Emily Smith.

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What if I applied and was accepted for a current term, but cannot attend until the next term?

* Fill out the Student Academic Program Update form found here. Fill out the top section as well as section 3 and make sure to sign, print your name, and date at the bottom of the form. Email the completed form to Emily Smith. She will send it to Graduate Admissions for processing.

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If I miss a semester will I be required to reapply?

*If you have previously been admitted to the program, you are only required to submit a Readmit application and an updated resume.

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I'm admitted into the PMBA/OMBA degree, what is my next step?

* Click here to access the New Student Guide. You will find step-by-step instructions to enroll for courses, and links to policies you need to be familiar with.

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Do I have to use my university email account?

Yes and you should check this account DAILY. The University of Memphis assigns an email account and email address to all University of Memphis students. Throughout the year, a number of offices communicate with students using this email address. Be sure to set your email account to automatically forward all messages to your primary email account. Forwarding your email direction are below:

  1. Browse to https://iam.memphis.edu
  2. Log in with your UUID and your password (note: the password is the same that you use to log into services like UMmail and UMdrive).
  3. Select Modify Email Preferences.
  4. Select Set Email Delivery Destination.
  5. Enter the email address with which you would like email to be forwarded.
  6. Click Submit.

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Registration

How do I request a Permit?

If a class is closed, you will need to email the Professor of the class and request permission to add the course. If approved, forward the email to your advisor. You will need to include your U# and the CRN of the class. Your advisor will then issue you a permit.

If a permit is required for a class that has seats still available, you will need to email your advisor to enter a permit before you may register (i.e. MGMT 7160). Please include your U# and the CRN for the class.

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Are there any restrictions on class sections for PMBA and OMBA students?

Yes, when registering for classes, please note that any class sections listed as "EMBA students only" are not available for Professional MBA or Online MBA students. There are specific online sections and evening on-campus sections reserved for PMBA and OMBA students. Please refer to our Course Offerings page for updated information per semester.

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I need to add a class after the deadline, how do I do that?

Visit this website: https://www.memphis.edu/registrar/register/lateadd-reg.php and follow the directions.

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I need to register for courses but it's after the deadline. How do I do that?

Visit this website: https://www.memphis.edu/registrar/register/lateadd-reg.php and follow the directions.

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How do I register?

  • Login to MyMemphis
  • Click the "Student" tab
  • Find the box labeled "Registration Tools"
  • Click on "Add or Drop Classes"
  • Select the semester
  • Find the row of boxes near the bottom of the page
  • Type in the Course Record Number (CRN) for the class you are registering for or click on Look Up Classes.
  • Click "Register"

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I need to drop a course. How do I do that?

  • Login to MyMemphis
  • Click the "Student" tab
  • Find the box labeled "Registration Tools"
  • Click on "Add or Drop Classes"
  • Select the semester
  • Next to the course titles, select "Drop" from the drop-down menu
  • Click "Submit"

For reimbursement details, visit the University Student and Business Services office's calendar page, and click on the appropriate calendar. See the "Fee Adjustment/Refund Deadlines for Tuition and Fees for Each Part of Term (POT)" for specific refund information.

Refunds may only be granted before the drop deadline. See the Registrar's calendar for more information.

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I need to drop a course but it's after the drop deadline. How do I do that?

You will need to withdraw from the course, and you will not be able to get a refund.

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How to Drop a Course After Deadline

  • Login to MyMemphis
  • Click the "Student" tab
  • Find the box labeled "Registration Tools"
  • Click on "Add or Drop Classes"
  • Select the semester
  • Next to the course titles, select "Withdraw" from the drop-down menu
  • Click "Submit"

The course will receive a "W" grade and appear on your transcript. See the Registrar's calendar, "Drop / Withdraw / Refund Deadlines" for more information about the drop period and withdrawal period deadlines. Contact your advisor if you need to withdraw after the withdrawal period.

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Advising

Who is my Advisor?

Emily Melonas Smith
Location: Graduate Programs Office
101 Fogelman College Administration Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Email: emelonas@memphis.edu
Phone: 901.678.3656

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Do I need to meet with my Advisor each semester before I register for classes? How can I meet with my advisor?

Advising meetings may be scheduled upon request but are not required. Meeting with your advisor is encouraged if this is your first semester. You may schedule a meeting in person or via phone. Email Emily Smith to set up an appointment.

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What is an Alternate PIN?

The Alternate PIN must be cleared each semester before registration by your Advisor. Spring registration begins in November. Summer and Fall registration begins in April. Your Academic Advisor will clear your Alternate PIN before each registration period.

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International Students

I am an international student, what information do I need to know?

FOR ALL International Inquiries, please review the International Student Services website. Make sure to read this entire site as it has information for new students, current students, and important resources.

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Additional enrollment requirements for International Students

  • You must be enrolled in at least 3 courses at a total of 9 hours in your first semester enrolled as well as every Spring and Fall semester after except for your last semester.
  • You may only be enrolled in ONE online course at 3 credit hours per semester.

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Core Curriculum

Are there any prerequisites?

There are no formal prerequisites. However, students entering the MBA programs are expected to have a working understanding of key concepts in economics, finance, and accounting. In addition, students are expected to have a working proficiency in statistics. If students have deficiencies in the basic concepts and skills of business, they may be counseled (by the MBA Program Director and/or the MBA program staff) to take preparatory courses and/or secure self-paced review materials.

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Am I allowed to take a mix of online and on-campus courses?

Yes, currently you have the option to take courses online and on-campus as long as you are not online only as you would be with UM Global.

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Am I allowed to take online and campus courses for UM Global?

No, in order to be considered UM Global and receive specific tuition and fees, students must take all courses online.

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If I originally enrolled in the Online MBA and decided to transfer to the Professional MBA program 100%, will my classes transfer?

Yes, the PMBA and OMBA program courses and credits are identical. You may also switch between the PMBA program to the OMBA program. You only need to notify your advisor of this change.

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Elective Courses

What elective courses can I choose for the PMBA and OMBA programs?

You may take any FCBE offered course 6000 or 7000 level as your elective. Specific class offerings are listed per semester on the PMBA and OMBA webpage under "Current Class Schedule." If you find a class not listed, please contact your advisor for approval.

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Do I have the option to take an elective course outside of Fogelman?

Yes, per the MBA Director's approval. Please contact your advisor for more information.

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May I complete the MBA Program and a Certificate Program simultaneously?

Yes, we encourage students to take advantage of the Certificate Programs offered by the academic Departments within Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

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Transfer Credit

Are courses that I have earned at another Institution transferrable to the University of Memphis MBA degree?

Credit towards a graduate degree does not transfer automatically. In general, however, graduate work completed at another institution in a program accredited at the graduate level may be accepted in a graduate degree program at the University, with the following provisions:

  1. They relate to the content of the graduate program and/or are comparable to those offered at the University.
  2. They do not exceed time limitations set for master's and doctoral programs.

Credit previously earned at another institution must be presented for evaluation no later than the end of the student's second semester of enrollment. Only transcripts received directly from an issuing institution are considered official.

Grades earned at another institution will not be computed in the University cumulative grade point average, nor will they be accepted for transfer, unless they are "B" (3.0) or better. No credit will be transferred unless it meets with the approval of the major advisor or program graduate coordinator.

For more information about transfer credit, please visit the Graduate Catalog Academic Regulations page.

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Academic Standing

My GPA is below a 3.0, what does this mean?

A graduate student whose cumulative grade point average drops below 3.00 will be placed on Academic Probation. A second consecutive semester on probation can result in suspension. Students on Academic Probation must make an appointment with their Advisor (Emily Smith) to discuss an appropriate plan of action

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Graduation

How do I apply to Graduate?

Visit our "Resources for Current Students" page, and click on the links to "Graduation Requirements" and "Graduation Instructions". Your advisor, Emily Smith, will send out graduation emails at the beginning of each semester providing you with step by step instructions on how to apply to graduate. Please wait for this email to file. For a complete set of Candidacy Form and Graduation Instructions, please click here.

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I have a GPA under a 3.0, can I still graduate?

No, you must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in order to graduate with your MBA degree. Please contact Emily Smith with any concerns or questions.

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How long do I have to complete my Master's degree?

All requirements for the degree must be completed in eight years. This includes any breaks in continuous enrollment.

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