MaconCatalog : The Stetson-Hatcher School of Business : Policies and Procedures
 
Policies and Procedures
1. Eligibility for Admission. Applicants seeking graduate admission must meet the following requirements as determined by the School of Business faculty:
A. Bachelor's degree with an acceptable level of scholarship from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
a. The degree may be in any discipline.
b. International applicants must be able to document that their degree is the equivalent of a bachelor's degree awarded by a regionally accredited United States college or university. Foreign educational credentials must be evaluated by an independent evaluation service at the applicant's expense.
B. All applicants must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
a. Score reports should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, Stetson-Hatcher School of Business in Atlanta or Macon using Institutional Code #5025.
b. GMAT/GRE scores cannot be more than five years old.
c. The GMAT/GRE may be waived with an appropriate graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a regionally accredited foreign institution of higher education.
2. Application for Admission. An official application for admission must be submitted for the intended program of study indicating the anticipated start date.
A. Applications are available online at business.mercer.edu or in person at the Office of Admissions in either Atlanta or Macon.
B. A $50.00 non-refundable application fee is required for all graduate applicants.
C. A $100.00 non-refundable application is required for international applicants seeking a F-1 student visa.
D. A current résumé is required for all graduate students and can be attached to the application.
3. Transcripts. All applicants must submit official transcripts from each collegiate institution previously attended to the School of Business in Atlanta. All applicants should submit transcripts to the School of Business, Office of Admissions, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 or MBA Office, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 31207-0001.
A. Electronic transcripts are acceptable when submitted directly through a secure service by the institution.
B. Applicants with foreign coursework must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation with the GPA calculation at the applicant's expense.
 
Special Consideration Program (SCP) for Stetson-Hatcher School of Business SCP for SHSB Students and Graduates. The Stetson-Hatcher School of Business (SHSB) Special Consideration Program may be granted to students completing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree or a Business minor at Mercer University within two years of the completion of the Bachelor’s degree. To be considered for the Special Consideration Program, applicants must meet the following conditions: All BBA degree requirements have been met, and
a. Minimum of 30 semester hours of undergraduate coursework completed at SHSB,
b. 32 semester hours completed at Mercer.
c. Overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) at Mercer (including transfer hours)
d. 3.0 GPA for business core curriculum courses (including transfer hours)
e. Earned grade C or better in ALL business courses taken at Mercer
f. A 3.0 GPA in the Business minor (in addition to an overall 3.0 GPA at Mercer)
g. GPA requirements must be maintained through graduation to receive Special Consideration.
 
SCP for Non-Business Students and Graduates. Special Consideration to Mercer MBA programs may also be granted to students completing a non-business undergraduate degree at Mercer University. To be considered for The Special Consideration Program, a non-business degree student must meet the following conditions: All undergraduate degree requirements have been met, and
a. Minimum 32 semester hours completed at Mercer.
b. Completed minimum math and statistics courses, including
c. At least STA 126 or MATH 220, and
d. Completed MAT 191 or MAT 141 or MATH 130.
e. Overall 3.0 GPA at Mercer (including transfer hours)
f. 3.0 GPA for business core curriculum courses, including transfer hours (if applicable)
g. 3.0 GPA for major courses at Mercer
h. Earned grade C or better in ALL business, math, and major courses taken at Mercer
i. GPA requirements must be maintained through graduation to receive Special Consideration.
SCP for the Macon Innovation MBA. Special Consideration to Mercer MBA programs may also be granted to students who are employees of Robins Air Force Base and who have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (including transferred hours).
SCP for the Macon Health Care MBA. Special Consideration to Mercer MBA programs may also be granted to students who are employed in a health care field and who have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (including transferred hours).
SCP for the Juris Doctor/Evening MBA. To be considered for Juris Doctor/Evening MBA SCP, a student must be enrolled at the Walter F. George School of Law as a 1L (first-year) student, and must have an overall law school grade point average of 78 or higher.
4. International Applicants. All international applicants are required to adhere to the graduate admissions eligibility as outlined above. Furthermore, international applicants must submit the following additional documentation to be considered for admission:
A. A qualified applicant whose native language is not English will need an official TOEFL score of 80 IBT (internet based TOEFL), 213 CBT (computer based TOEFL), 550 PBT (paper based TOEFL) or 6.5 IELTS, to be eligible for admission.
a. Students successfully completing Mercer’s English Language Institute’s Level Six or Mercer’s English Language Institute’s Graduate Business Preparatory program will be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement with a certificate of completion.
b. Students who have successfully earned a “C” or better in English Composition I and II from a US based school will be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
c. Students who have studies at an international institution of higher learning where the language of instruction was in English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELT requirement.
 
B. International applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign credentials evaluated by an approved independent evaluation service at the applicant’s expense. The official evaluation must be a professional course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation of all academic credits earned outside the United States. The evaluation must be delivered to the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope to be considered official.
C. Each international applicant must present financial documentation showing ability to finance the student's education and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must be dated no more than one year prior to date of enrollment. Neither graduate assistantships nor financial aid is available to international students.
D. International applicants must submit applicable identification information including a copy of passport and I-94, copy of visa, and copy of I-20 form from the last school attended.
5. Transient Status: Students enrolled at another institution who wish to obtain graduate credit for a course taken at Mercer University must provide written authorization from the other institution. The authorization must be accompanied by a completed application for admission and the appropriate application fee. Transcripts and admission test scores are waived with letter of good standing.
 
6. Transfer and Transient Credit: The MAcc and MSBA programs do not accept graduate level transfer or transient credits. In the MBA program, students may receive credit for graduate courses taken at another institution, either as transfer or transient credit. The number of hours accepted as transfer and transient credit may not exceed six (6) semester hours. Credit for graduate transfer or transient courses completed at another institution may be awarded under the following conditions: (1) the courses were taken at a graduate-degree-granting institution accredited by a regional accrediting body and by AACSB-International; (2) the courses were graduate-degree courses; (3) grades of at least B were received in the courses; (4) the courses were completed within the five years prior to enrolling in graduate studies at Mercer; (5) other restrictions as set by the graduate faculty. Courses taken for another degree previously earned may not be applied toward the MBA, MAcc, or MSBA degrees. If acceptable transfer and/or transient course credits are approved for the MBA, all but two of the graduate-level courses (of the total required for the master's degree) must be completed in residence in the graduate program at Mercer University. A written request for consideration of transfer credit should be submitted to the program director by the student within six months of initial enrollment. The request must indicate the specific course(s) for which transfer credit is sought and must include a copy of the other institution's catalog, a course outline and an official transcript. Students who wish to earn transient credit from another AACSB business school must have prior approval from the appropriate program director for such credit to be accepted as a part of the degree program. Transient credit may not be used to meet the residency requirement necessary for graduation, except under unusual circumstances which must be approved by the program director.
 
7. Readmission: A student who withdraws from the school while on academic warning or probation, or who has not completed a course in one calendar year and who wishes to reenter, must request readmission in writing to the program director. Requirements for continued enrollment and limits to the number of courses a student may take may be established. Furthermore, if it has been one calendar year or more since a course has been completed, the student must reenter under the catalog governing the academic year in which s/he reenters. Appeals of decisions regarding readmission must be made in writing to the appropriate Dean of the School of Business. Any student who is on academic exclusion may not be readmitted.
 
8. Exceptions and Appeals: Exceptions to policy or appeals of policy decisions and/or grades must be made in writing to the appropriate faculty member and the Dean's Office of the School of Business, no later than 30 days from the completion of the term in which the course was offered. If the student and faculty member do not come to an agreement regarding the grade appeal, the Dean’s office will review the appeal and make a final decision, in writing.
 
9. Degree Requirements: To qualify for the MBA degree, the student must successfully complete either (a) 30-hour MBA requirement that includes 27 hours of core course work and 3 hours of elective(s) of choice OR (b) 36-hour Specialized MBA with a Concentration that includes 24-hours of core course work and 12 hours of a chosen concentration (not including foundation courses), as specified under the MBA Program of Study section below. To qualify for the MAcc or MSBA degrees, the student must successfully complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate level course work (not including foundation courses), in residence, as specified under the MAcc or MSBA Program of Study section. On all courses taken in residence and considered for graduation, the student must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. No course with a grade of less than C, and no more than six semester hours with grades of C or C+ are permitted in the graduate coursework and will count toward graduation requirements. No more than six semester hours with a grade of less than B may be repeated for credit in the graduate programs. Courses taken for another degree previously earned may not be applied toward any graduate degree. The time limit for completion of all course work for graduate degrees is seven (7) years.
 
10. Residency Requirements: To qualify for the MBA degree, the students in the MBA program must complete all courses at Mercer, with the exception of transferring a maximum of 6 semester hours under the 36-hour Specialized MBA with concentration to meet residency requirements (not including foundation courses). Students in the MAcc or MSBA program must complete at least 30 hours of graduate level (not including foundation courses) course work in residence.
 
11. Participation in Commencement Ceremonies: Students who have met all degree requirements may participate in the Commencement ceremony. Other graduate students may participate if they are within six (6) hours or less of completing all degree requirements, including the minimum number of semester hours required, and if they meet the minimum graduation requirements for cumulative grade-point averages.
 
12. Graduate Academic Deficiency: Unsatisfactory Academic Progress: Any student whose semester or cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0 is making unsatisfactory academic progress and the student's progress will be monitored. The statuses described below designate a single period of one or more consecutive semesters in which a student is making unsatisfactory academic progress. This period begins the semester following the semester in which the semester or cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0 and ends the semester in which the cumulative and semester grade-point average are at least 3.0. Academic Warning: A student is placed on academic warning the first semester that his/her semester or cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0. Academic Probation: A student is placed on academic probation the second and subsequent consecutive semesters in which s/he is enrolled and the semester or cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0. To improve the academic standing of a student who is making unsatisfactory academic progress, his/her advisor may specify conditions with which a student must comply to be able to register, such as the courses to be taken, the course load, the attainment of a specific semester grade-point average, and/or counseling. Academic Suspension: After the second and subsequent semesters on Academic Probation, a student may be placed on Academic Suspension. That is, the student will not be permitted to register for classes for one or more semesters. A student who is suspended may request the director of his or her program, in writing, to review the decision. Academic Exclusion: In the most serious cases of unsatisfactory academic progress a student may be permanently excluded from the program. Students earning five letter grades of C or C+ in the required core and foundation courses may, after the student has expended all repeats for a course as allowed by the Program Director or Associate Dean of the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business, be permanently excluded from the graduate program. Readmission: The student who wishes to be considered for readmission following suspension must make application in writing to the program director. The application must be made at least 45 days prior to the close of registration for the semester in which the student wishes to enroll. The director may consult with faculty before making a decision. If the student is allowed to reenter, the director may establish conditions for the student's readmission, as well as course requirements. A negative decision by the director may be appealed in writing to the dean, or to the dean's designated representative. The decision of the dean, or the dean's representative, is final.
 
13. CLEP Information: Any attempts to CLEP a foundation course or courses must be successfully completed as an undergraduate and prior to matriculation in any Mercer graduate program. Once enrollment has occurred in a graduate level program, CLEPs for foundation courses will not be accepted. Additionally, CLEP credit for foundation courses will not be accepted/awarded if a student has already taken or attempted the equivalent college-level course. CLEPs are not accepted for any MBA courses other than foundation courses as specified above
 
14. Online MBA Admissions: For those interested in completing the Online MBA, the admissions criteria are the same, but it should be noted that Mercer University complies with applicable state and federal regulations pertaining to Distance Learning programs and enrollment in these programs depends on the state laws where the student resides. Mercer University may not be able to offer these programs in your state. There are also special provisions for International applicants interested in the Online MBA. Please contact the SHSB Office of Admissions to discuss this as part of your application.
 
15. Academic Regulations: It is the responsibility of each graduate student to become familiar with the above policies, other relevant catalog information, the university calendar, and the specific regulations of his/her degree program.
 
16. Non-Degree Seeking Policy: Applicants from an accredited institution (Regionally) and wish to take courses may apply as non-degree seeking students and take courses for which they are eligible. Please be aware that non-degree students do not receive a transfer evaluation of previous coursework. Non-degree seeking students aren't planning to get a degree from the university. They may already have a degree and need some specific courses or they might be taking courses solely for their own personal satisfaction, enrichment, or professional development. They may get assigned an adviser but there are no course requirements other than prerequisites for particular courses. Often, they are taking courses for the purpose of transferring them somewhere else immediately (transient student). Enrollment as a non-degree student is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions provided the student is in good academic standing at the last institution attended. Registration is on a space-available basis and will require SHSB approval. Applicants who have been denied admission as a degree-seeking student or who missed the deadline for submitting a degree-seeking application will not be considered for enrollment as a non-degree student. Coursework taken as a non-degree student carries no degree credit. Up to 9 semester hours earned as a graduate non-degree student may be applied toward a graduate degree only with the approval of the appropriate Associate Dean/Dean at the time of reclassification provided that a grade of "B" (3.0) or better has been achieved. Non-degree students must adhere to the same academic rules that govern degree-seeking students (i.e., application deadlines, fees, drop/add, withdrawals, grading, retention policies, etc.). Enrollment as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to the University as a degree-seeking student.