Graduate School of Business Administration

Dean: Clarence H. Barnes

Associate Dean: Kenneth Anderson
John L. Aram Chair of Business Ethics: B. Steverson
Erwin Graue Professor of Economics: R. Bennett
Kinsey M. Robinson Professor of Business Administration: P. Buller
Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship:  T. Finkle
Professors:  K. Anderson, C. Barnes, J. BeckE. Birrer, S. Bozman, K. Carnes (Emerita), C. Chen, T. Chuang, D. Elloy, J. Helgeson, K. Hickman, P. Loroz, M. Shrader, W. Teets, W. Terpening
Associate Professors:  M. Beqiri, N. Chase, D. Hackney, K. Henrickson, L. Kurpis, D. Law, S. Melendy, M. McPherson, V. Patil, M. Pepper, D. Stewart, G. Weber, D. Xu
Assistant Professors: G. Barone, R. Bull-Schaefer, A. Brajcich, S. Hedin, R. Herzog, M. Hoag, E. Johnson, D. LawsonC. StevensA. Thatte, A. Voy
Lecturers:  M. Joy, C. Lipsker
Director: Jinny Piskel
Assitant Director for Admissions: Stacey N Chatman

Mission Statement

We are committed to creating leaders who possess solid analytical, critical thinking, communication and team-building skills, along with a strong sense of social justice. Gonzaga University’s graduate business programs develop in their students an understanding of the ethical implications of their decisions; an ability to merge theory and practice in creative ways; an appreciation for the values of diverse perspectives; the skills necessary to manage effectively in a changing environment; a high level of professional competence; and an understanding of the international environment of organizations.

Goal 1: MBA graduates will be able to appropriately apply the advanced technical and analytical skills required for effective managerial decision-making.

Assessment Objectives


a)    MBA students will be able to analyze the role of different market structures on firm competitive strategies.


b)    Each MBA graduate will be able to identify, assimilate, and synthesize the provided information and solve problems by hand.


c)    Each MBA graduate will be able to use appropriate statistical software to undertake more effective decisions.


d)    Each MBA graduate will be able to apply properly statistical techniques, learned in the course, to the real world situations.


e)    Develop the understanding of financial theory and how it is applied to capital structure choices.



f)    Develop the understanding of financial theory and how it is applied to the evaluation of investment projects. 


g)    Develop the understanding of financial theory and how it is applied to the estimation of the cost of capital.


h)    Each MBA graduate will be able to analyze markets from both marketing and operations perspective.


i)    Each MBA graduate will be able to assess operation’s support for a company’s markets and identify any mismatch that might exist between marketing and operations requirements.


j)    Each MBA graduate will be able to provide appropriate recommendations to help solve any raised issues/problems.



k)    Explain and apply pertaining frameworks or models to make informed decisions regarding the management and use of information technology.


l)    To relate key marketing concepts to practical implementation programs.


m)    Student should have a sound understanding of managerial accounting concepts and terms. Included in this objective are the basic concepts and techniques utilized in job-order, process, and ABC costing. Further, students should understand how to prepare and use a contribution margin income statement.


n)    Student should understand cost behavior and how to strategically manage the costs of quality. Related to cost behavior, students should understand how to use established cost modeling techniques including account analysis and regression analyses. 


o)    Students should understand when and how to utilize important managerial accounting tools used for decision making. These include financial modeling (Cost-Volume-Profit [CVP] analyses) and differential costs analyses. Students should further understand what qualitative factors should be considered in these decisions. 


p)    Students should understand the purposes and uses of profit planning and profit/cost center performance evaluation. This includes the basic concepts and techniques behind static and flexible budgeting and variance analyses, as well as a conceptual understanding of allocating costs of service departments to responsibility centers.


q)    To obtain a user-based understanding of publically-issued financial statements.




a.    Understand organization, content, and interrelationships among the financial statements.

b.    Understand differences between cash-basis and accrual-basis accounting, including converting between these bases.

c.    Calculate and interpret common financial metrics.

d.    Understand technical requirements and implications of more advanced accrual accounting treatments (such as revenue recognition, accounts receivable, inventory, fixed assets, long-term debt, leases, pensions, etc.) for presenting the effects of common business transactions.



r)  MBA students will be able to analyze the role of different market structures on firm competitive strategies – MBA/HCM program specific


s) MBA students will assess how incentives affect human behavior, such as the effect of taxes on individuals and/or firms and the effect of cost sharing in the insurance market – MBA/HCM program specific



t) To introduce future health care business executives to the legal issues they are likely to encounter when managing or interacting with a health care organization, and to provide them with a basic understanding of how legal principles affect the operation of health care institutions and health care executives’ strategic decision-making processes. – MBA/HCM program specific



u) Gain an understanding of how to find ways to financially manage healthcare departments more effectively. – MBA/HCM program specific



v) Gain an understanding of how the financial activities of healthcare organizations contribute to the success of organizations missions – MBA/HCM program specific



w) Students will learn a framework for analyzing, evaluating, and selecting clinical, administrative, or decision-support health care information systems. – MBA/HCM program specific
Goal 2: Each Student will be able to integrate ethical perspectives and principles as well as a commitment to the common good into their conception of how business decisions ought to be made.

Assessment Objectives


a)    To appreciate the fact that business is an inherently normative activity aimed at promoting the common good.


b)    To be better able to identify and appreciate the significance of ethical issues and concerns that can arise in business settings involving finance, management operations, and marketing.


c)    To understand and be able to critically integrate relevant ethical perspectives and principles into their own considerations of business decision-making.


d)    To begin building a value-laden mindset and character which permeates their “business lives” and careers.


e)    Think critically about technology issues in the health care industry (ethical and legal issues, as well as privacy and security of health information) – MBA/HCM Program Specific


f) Familiarize students with a range of ethical issues that arise in the health care setting and with the major ethical theories and principles which should govern the administration of health care institutions and the provision of health care resources and services. – MBA/HCM Program Specific
Goal 3: MBA graduates will possess the interpersonal and organizational skills required to effectively manage within organizations.

Assessment Objectives


a)    Develop critical thinking, analytical, as well as oral and written communication skills.


b)    Design proper organization for managing information systems functions


c)    Plan and control the development of IT projects.


d)    Enhance interpersonal relationships by knowing and recognizing the eight (8) principles of supportive communication.
Goal 4: MBA graduates will understand diverse perspectives and the global reach of business decisions.

Assessment Objectives


a)    To exercise and enhance marketing decision-making, problem-solving and strategic planning activities, nationally and internationally.



b)    Be able to effectively manage diversity.


c)    MBA students will be able to identify the effect of trade and trade restriction policies on the domestic market and/or firm.


d)    Become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of different health insurance systems worldwide (such as single-payer, universal coverage, and employer-sponsored health insurance systems) – MBA/HCM Program Specific


The School of Business was established in 1921 and is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As stated in its Mission, the School “develops professionally competent and intellectually curious graduates who exemplify the humanistic, ethical, and moral values of a Jesuit institution. We provide a challenging and supportive learning environment, with quality students and faculty marking our excellence. As part of a global environment, we promote relationships with regional, national, and international business and scholarly communities." To support the mission of the School of Business, the Graduate School of Business strives to develop in graduates the following competencies and qualities:

  1. 1) an ability to appropriately apply the advanced technical and analytical skills required for effective managerial decision-making.
  2. 2) an ability to integrate ethical perspectives and principles as well as a commitment to the common good into their conception of how business decisions ought to be made.
  3. 3) an ability to possess the interpersonal and organizational skills required to effectively manage within organizations.
  4. 4) an ability to understand diverse perspectives and the global reach of business decisions.
The majority of graduate classes are offered in the evening with some offerings in the early morning and late afternoons.  Students can complete degree requirements on either a part-time or full-time basis. 

Degrees Offered
For more information visit: www.gonzaga.edu/MBA or www.gonzaga.edu/MAcc

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on the evaluation of the following factors: cumulative grade point average (GPA), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, three short essays, two confidential recommendation letters, and resume with relevant work experience. Each applicant must submit the following materials to the Graduate School of Business:

  1. 1. A completed application form and a non-refundable application fee (see www.gonzaga.edu/MBA or www.gonzaga.edu/MAcc).
  2. 2. Two online recommendations from professors, supervisors or managers.
  3. 3. One official set of transcripts from each college or university attended, International students must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy. A course-by-course report from ECE(Educational Credentials Evaluators) or WES(World Education Services) is to be sent directly to the Graduate School of Business.  Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted. We biw acceot e-scrip transcripts.
  4. 4. Official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score.
  5. 5. A professional resume detailing relevant work experience and professional objectives.
  6. 6. Answers to the three essay questions on the application.

International Applicants must also submit:
  1. 7. An official TOEFL score of at least 88 (IBT), 230 (CBT), 570 (PBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 or above by each international applicant who has graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
  2. 8. A financial declaration and supporting documentation.
  3. 9. In addition, the Graduate School of Business may require a personal interview with incoming international applicants. A deficiency in written or spoken English may be remedied by the successful completion of English and Speech courses, which may be required for securing admission.
  4. 10. A virtual interview may be required.

Graduate business programs are open to qualified holders of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution regardless of undergraduate major field of study. The goal of the admission policy is to select degree candidates who demonstrate high potential for academic and professional success. Students of promise normally exhibit a GMAT score in excess of 500 and at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average.

A prospective student may enroll for one semester as a non-matriculated student for a maximum of one to two graduate business courses. The graduate program director can elect to confer non-matriculated status to a student of demonstrated potential that has applied for admission but who may not have been able to complete the application process prior to the start of classes.

Tuition refunds are dependent upon the relevant academic calendar. Courses offered outside of the advertised semester-long schedule are subject to a refund of tuition that may be different from the standard university schedule.

Pre-Requisite Requirements

Prior to enrolling in graduate coursework required for the degree program, some students may need to take pre-requisite courses in specific subjects. Pre-requisite course credits are not counted toward the graduate degree program. Applicants must consult with an advisor before registering the first semester.

Completion of the appropriate pre-requisite(s) in the past seven years with a minimum grade of a "C" is required for enrollment in the 600 level MBA course. Pre-requisite course work can be fulfilled by either successfully completing (C or better) the appropriate three credit pre-requisite course, successfully taking a *CLEP exam (score of 50/75% minimum), or in some circumstances it may be waived with significant (2 + years) work experience in the specific area (must be approved by faculty member in discipline).

* The Finance, Statistics, and/or Financial Accounting prerequisites may not be fulfilled by taking CLEP exams

Pre-requisite courses required of all MBA and MAcc students are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • **Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • **Statistics
  • Operations Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • **Financial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Management Information Systems

** students must have taken the respective pre-requisite(s) in the past 4 years and received a "B" grade or better. If a grade of less than a "B" was earned, the pre-requisite can be fulfilled by successfully completing a 1 credit review course. This 500 level course is graded on a pass/fail scale and does not count toward the MBA degree credits and/or GPA.

Students who completed the Finance, Statistics, and/or Financial Accounting pre-requisite in the past 5-8 years and received a "C" grade or better will be required to successfully complete a 1 credit review course.

If a student has never taken the Finance, Statistics, and/or Financial Accounting pre-requisite, or it has been more than 8 years, or a grade of less than a "C" was earned, the student will be required to successfully complete the appropriate three credit pre-requisite course with a "B" grade or better. The accounting department will allow students to waive the Financial Accounting pre-requisite if intermediate accounting I and II were completed in the past 8 years with a minimum grade of a "B".

Students with significant work experience in a specific area, may be eligible to have the pre-requisite course waived if it is deemed appropriate by a faculty member in the specific discipline.

Students who have fulfilled their pre-requisite coursework prior to attending Gonzaga University or who have approval to waive a pre-requisite may opt to take a 1 credit review course.