Graduate School of Business Administration

Dean: Clarence H. Barnes
Associate Dean:
Molly Pepper
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs: Gary Weber
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
ProfessorsK. 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
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 will accept 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

MBA Pre-Requisite Requirements

Prior to enrolling in graduate coursework required for the degree program, MBA students are required to  complete the following pre-requisite coursework: 

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

Students can be waived out of the pre-requisites based on either previous coursework or work experience.

To be waived out of each of the eight pre-requisites below, students must have completed  equivalent coursework in the past seven years with a minimum grade of a "C" or have significant work experience in the field. 

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Management Information Systems

To be waived out of the three quantitative pre-requisites below, students must have completed them in the past four years with a minimum grade of a “B” or have significant work experience in the field.

  • Statistics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Financial Accounting

Admitted students must consult with their advisor before registering for their first semester in order to evaluate their pre-requisites and to develop a plan for completing them.  Pre-requisites can be fulfilled by:

  • Successfully completing the appropriate three credit pre-requisite course.
  • Successfully completing the appropriate one credit review course (only available for pre-requisites in Statistics, Principles of Finance, and Financial Accounting - must be pre-approved by the advisor).
  • Successfully completing a proficiency exam offered by Gonzaga’s School of Business or CLEP exam.

Pre-requisite course credits are not counted toward the graduate degree program credits.They must be taken in addition to the 33 credits required for the MBA degree.

MAcc Pre-Requisite Requirements


Prior to enrolling in graduate coursework required for the degree program, MAcc students are required to complete the following pre-requisite coursework:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Accounting 
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Management Information Systems
  • Statistics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 & 2
  • Cost Accounting
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Auditing

To be waived out of these pre-requisites, students must have completed equivalent coursework in the past four years with a minimum grade of a "C."  Alternatively, students must have completed equivalent coursework in the past seven years with a minimum grade of “B,” or have significant work experience in the field.

Admitted students must consult with their advisor before registering for their first semester in order to evaluate their pre-requisites and to develop a plan for completing any that are needed.  Pre-requisites can be fulfilled by:

  • Successfully completing the appropriate three credit pre-requisite course.
  • Successfully completing the appropriate one credit review course (only available for pre-requisites in Statistics and Principles of Finance - must be pre-approved by the advisor).
  • Successfully completing a proficiency exam offered by Gonzaga’s School of Business or CLEP exam.

Pre-requisite course credits are not counted toward the graduate degree program credits. They must be taken in addition to the 31 credits required for the MAcc degree.

MBUS Pre-Requisite Grading Policy:

                   
Starting Fall 2012, all 500 level MBUS courses are graded as Pass/Fail.  If a student fails the MBUS 500 level course, it will be treated as an "F" and will calculate into the overall graduate GPA on the transcript.  If a student re-takes the MBUS 500 level class and successfully passes it, then the fail grade "F" will remain on the transcript, but will be removed from the overall graduate GPA calculation. 

MACC Pre-requisite Grading Policy:

The MACC 500 pre-requisite courses are not Pass/Fail.  The grading policy will remain the same with traditional letter grades. If a student earns a "C-" or lower in a MACC 500 level course, it will be treated as an "F" and no credit will be given.  The F will be calculated into the overall graduate GPA on the student transcript.  If a student re-takes the MACC 500 level class and successfully passes it the second time, then the "F" grade will remain on the transcript, but will be removed from the overall graduate GPA calculation and credit will be given. 

MBA Proficiency Exams Grading Policy

A "C" or better is required to receive a passing grade (professor discretion or 75%)

CLEP Exam Grading Policy
A 50 scaled score is required to pass (75%)