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Hello, I am Dr. Jimmie S. Warren, the coordinator for Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) department of business's MBA program and the MBA graduate advisor.   I am, also, currently an associate professor of management with the MVSU department of business where I teach the senior level undergraduate capstone course for the BS degree in business administration and where I teach the capstone course for the MBA program.                                                                      

In addition to the description shared by Dr. Brown, the Acting Chair of the Department of Business Administration, on the “About Our Department” page, A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree introduces the student to the various functional areas (information technology (IT), human resources, management (strategic), accounting, finance, economics, operations, marketing, including global implications for these functional business areas) required to run a successful small, medium, or large organization or prepares the student to successfully pursue an entrepreneurial venture.  The rigors of an MBA program give the student the opportunity to acquire those managerial skills and competencies needed to efficiently and to effectively manage and to lead an organization or an entrepreneurial venture from a system’s perspective.  The student will, also, learn how these organizational “sides” and “facets” fit together, operating in a synergistic fashion all for the purpose of achieving organizational effectiveness.  In addition, the student will be quipped to aid an organization with creating a sustainable competitive advantage in an ever changing global competitive landscape.

Dr. Jimmie S. Warren
MBA Coordinator
Associate Professor of Management
Department of Business Adm. Rm 207
140000 Hwy 82 West
Itta Bena, MS 38941
Phone:  662-254-3604
Email:  jimmie.warren@mvsu.edu
Office Hours:  8am-5pm (Monday-Friday)

The entire MBA program is online and there is no GMAT or GRE entrance examThe program requires 30 hours to complete (18 hours of graduate core courses (6 grad courses) and 12 hours of graduate electives (4 grad courses)).  Each graduate course is a 3-credit or 3 hour course.  The maximum number of courses that can be taken per semester is three and the minimum number of courses that can be taken per semester is two.  There are two summer terms (Summer I and Summer II); you can only take two graduate courses for each.  Therefore, for example, you could take three courses in the Fall semester, three courses in the Spring semester, two courses for Summer Term I and two courses for Summer Term II, thus completing the 30 required hours for the MBA degree within one academic year!  However, many students choose to take the minimum of two courses per semester and per summer term, thus extending completion of the MBA program by one semester.

In addition, our MBA program currently offers two MBA concentrations:  Management concentration and a Finance concentration.  Both concentrations are comprised of MBA graduate elective courses you will find listed on the MBA academic map.  You can use the concentrations to fulfill the 12 hours (4 courses) of required MBA electives.  As you will see on the MBA academic map, for each concentration, two of the four required elective courses have been chosen for you and the remaining two courses to fulfill the 12 hours (4 courses) of required electives can be chosen from a list of chosen courses for each respective concentration.  In addition, if you do not desire a particular concentration, many students have chosen to mix courses from the two concentrations to fulfill the 12 hours (4 courses) graduate electives requirement (two courses from the Management concentration and two courses from the Finance concentration).

For those who do not have a background in business administration, such as an undergraduate business administration degree, there is a list of undergraduate "foundational" business courses that can be taken simultaneously with the graduate courses that will give you a foundation for business administration (See MBA Admissions Requirements Tab for more information).  These courses are a recommendation and you are strongly encouraged to take these courses if you perceive that you will have challenges taking graduate level business courses if you do not have a background in business administration.  Unlike the MBA graduate courses, not all undergraduate foundational courses are offered online.   The MBA Academic Map tab contains a copy of the MBA academic map (formerly referred to as the curriculum pattern) which contains the listing of the 6 required core courses (18 hours), a listing of the graduate electives to fulfill the 4 courses (12 hours) of graduate electives, and a listing of the elective courses for the two concentrations mentioned above.  You will be able to use the academic map to keep up with the courses that you will be completing so that “YOU” will know where you stand as you move through the program.  This means that you should not be asking the MBA coordinator “how many courses do I need to complete to graduate” or “how many hours do I need to complete in order to graduate” as you will be able to know this for yourself so that there are no “Surprises”!  Now, of course, if you need advising as to how to navigate the courses, by all means, “Do Not Hesitate To Call Me” (LOL)!!

Once admitted to the university and once admitted to the MBA program, you will have access to your unofficial transcripts to monitor your GPA for the MBA program.  One of the requirements for getting into and being accepted into the MBA program is to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.  In addition to satisfying other requirements for acceptance into the MBA program,  the GPA requirement for the MBA program that you must keep is a “3.0”.  If your GPA falls below a “3.0” during a semester, you will be put on academic probation for the next semester.  If your GPA does not improve after the following semester, you will be dismissed from the MBA program and you will need to reapply to be readmitted back into the program, and you will be placed on academic probation once you have been accepted for readmission.  If this happens to you, there will be an appeals process (academic and for financial aid) and as part of the appeals process, there will be a consultation with the MBA coordinator that will need to be completed to address this serious issue and to aid you with getting back on track!  Information concerning academic probation, academic dismissal, and academic and financial aid appeals can be found in the 2019-2021 Graduate Catalog on the Academic Affairs website.  If you have additional questions, and I am sure that you will, I have provided my contact information in this letter.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Jimmie S. Warren

Dr. Jimmie S. Warren
MBA Coordinator
Associate Professor of Management                                                      

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