Helzberg MBA Frequently Asked Questions

When are the application deadlines?

Since we offer rolling admission, we do not have firm application deadlines.  It is suggested that you have a complete admission file 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the term.  A complete admission file includes an application, official transcripts from all schools attended and a GMAT or GRE score if required.  Applications are considered after the suggested completion deadline.  Contact the Graduate Admission office at 816-501-4632 with questions.

Spring A: January 13 - complete admission file by January 2

Spring B: March 10 - complete admission file by February 23

Summer: June 1 - completed admission file by May 8

Fall A: August 17 - complete admission file by July 31

Fall B: October 13 - complete admission file by September 21

When do classes meet?

Five, 8 week terms are offered throughout the year with entry points in August, October, January, March and June.  Most classes meet one night a week from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. 

Are there GMAT waivers?

Yes.  Prospective students are waived from the GMAT if they:

  • Hold a terminal degree such as a M.D., JD, PharmD, DO, Ph.D., or DDS.

  • Hold a graduate degree or professional certification (i.e. CPA, CFA, CMA, CFP) with evidence of significant quantitative coursework and a minimum 3.25 GPA.

  • Graduated with a BSBA, BA in Economics, or business minor from Rockhurst University or another AACSB-accredited university with a cumulative GPA and business course GPA (course equivalent designation of AC, FN, MG, BUS, EC, MK) of 3.5 or higher.

What are the program prerequisites?
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra or higher
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Essentials of Finance
  • Principles of Marketing

Students with an undergraduate degree in business most likely fulfill all prerequisite requirements. Students who do not have all the prerequisites may take them at Rockhurst in tandem with MBA courses once all admission requirements are met. Financial and Managerial Accounting, Statistics and Pre-Calculus, and Macroeconomics and Microeconomics are offered as bundled classes at Rockhurst, so instead of taking two classes for each requirement, one is taken. For example, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting are bundled with both topics covered in AC 4500 Principles of Accounting.

I think I will need to take prerequisites. Am I able to start the program before they are all completed?

Yes, you may start taking graduate-level classes as soon as you are fully accepted into the MBA program. The prerequisite classes may be taken in tandem with your graduate MBA classes.

What GMAT or GRE score do I need in order to be admitted?

The GMAT is required for admission unless a terminal graduate degree is held such as an M.D., D.O., J.D., etc.

To calculate the needed score on your GMAT, the following formula is used: Undergraduate GPA x 200 + GMAT score = 1050 or greater. The minimum GMAT score accepted is a 450.

For the GRE, we utilize a conversion tool that translates your GRE score to a predicted GMAT score.

What GMAT or GRE score and GPA do most students have?

New MBA students in the fall 2014 had an average GMAT score of 510-520 and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.32. 

What is the total cost of the program?

Starting in fall 2014, cost and fees per credit hour is $650. The MBA program is comprised of 30 hours, bringing tuition and credit hour fees to approximately $19,500. An optional parking fee of $125/semester (excluding the summer) and books would be additional costs. See the full list of tuition and fees for the University.

What scholarships and/or grants are available?

Generally speaking, scholarships and grants are not available through Rockhurst University for graduate level students. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA form found at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible, as financial aid is available to those who qualify. Also check with their employers regarding tuition reimbursement programs. Resources within the community, like church and educational organizations, may provide academic scholarships to people coming back to school.

What does AACSB accreditation mean?

AACSB stands for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and is the benchmark of quality for business education worldwide. Earning and maintaining AACSB accreditation is a comprehensive, demanding process. To learn more about AACSB accreditation, visit www.aacsb.edu/accreditation.

Should I take the GMAT or GRE before I apply?

You do not need to take the GMAT or GRE before applying. In fact, we encourage students to apply as soon as you're interested in order to start receiving important information on the program.

What concentrations are available?

The concentration areas include: accounting, business intelligence, data science, finance, health care management, international business, management and nonprofit administration. Learn more about the concentrations.

What electives are available?

Electives are available in the above concentration fields. See a sampling of the available electives.

Do you need my transcripts?

A requirement of admission is receipt of official transcripts from all schools attended.

How do I pay for classes? Is Financial Aid available?

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. We suggest all students complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible. Rockhurst University also has several payment programs if you are paying for the program without student loans.

When can I meet with an adviser?

Once you've completed the application with the admissions department and sent all official transcripts to Rockhurst, you are able to meet with the academic adviser.

I received my bachelor's degree from Rockhurst. Am I able to use my alumni discount for MBA classes?

With a bachelor's degree, you are able to take undergraduate classes with the alumni discount but not graduate level classes.

I travel for work and may have to miss class occasionally. Is that ok?

Because of the accelerated 8-week format of most courses, attendance is crucial. Faculty do understand that work and family commitments sometimes require missing a class. Students are expected to let the faculty member know in advance about any absences. If more than one class is missed, the student and/or faculty member may decide it is best to drop the course.

How many classes does the average student take each session?

Most students working full-time choose to take two courses at a time. Each course meets one day a week. Following this part-time schedule, a student would complete the program in about two years. Students attending full-time may complete in one year and attend class three to four evenings per week. See a list of three sample schedules (PDF).