Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to come to campus?
FHSU offers both on-campus and online MBA options. A student may earn the core degree and most concentrations fully online without having to visit campus.
Who are the faculty?
The same full-time faculty teach the core on-campus and online sections. A mixture of academically and professionally qualified faculty teach the concentrations.
Will I get to know my faculty and fellow students?
Whether on-campus or online, you will get to know your professors and your colleagues. You will become part of the FHSU MBA Network!
Are there scholarships or fellowships?
On-campus students are eligible for several Graduate Teaching Assistant or Graduate Assistant positions. Among the most exciting are the China GTA Fellowships in which MBA students assist on campus one year and immerse themselves in an undergraduate level class. In the second year, the GTA assists with American business classes at a FHSU partner university in China while completing final MBA classes. All tuition, housing while in China, and travel to China are paid for in this full immersion program.
How do online classes work?
Faculty use a variety of “best practices” tools including the Blackboard learning platform. Students are provided syllabi, assignments, lectures, simulations, and even collaboration tools. Most classes do not require students to be online at certain times, but provide assignment deadlines.
What is the cost of the MBA?
A listing of all current graduate tuition and fees can be found at on through Student Fiscal Services. Students who take both on-campus and online MBA courses during the same semester will be charged the appropriate tuition and fees depending on the type of course selected.
Are there additional costs for the MBA?
Yes. Students will need to purchase course textbooks and related materials (if any) required by instructors.
Can I complete the MBA degree completely online?
Yes. Depending upon your concentration, the MBA can be completed online, on campus, or a combination of both. All online graduates of the MBA program will be awarded the same degree as students who complete the on-campus MBA.
Can I complete the MBA degree completely on campus?
Yes. All core courses of our MBA program are available for face-to-face instruction on campus. Some concentration area courses may be offered only online. View the course schedule for a complete list.
How are MBA courses delivered?
Specific course delivery may vary, but most MBA classes will use a combination of interactive learning techniques (including instructional CDs/DVDs, streaming video, chat rooms, discussion boards, teleconferencing, etc.) supported by the leading online educational delivery system worldwide (i.e., Blackboard).
Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE before entering the MBA program?
Yes. We require either the GMAT or GRE. Submission of a GMAT or GRE score is required for the MBA program. Under no conditions can the GMAT or GRE be waived.
Official GMAT Website 
Official GRE Website
Why do we require the GMAT or GRE?
We use your GMAT or GRE score as one piece of evidence of your current ability to deal with the courses and concepts in our program.
Studies by the Graduate Management Admission Council have found that the combination of GMAT or GRE score and GPA most accurately predicts the future success of MBA students. When undergraduate grades are used alone, they are not very good predictors of MBA success. But, when GMAT or GRE scores are included in the evaluation process, the predictive ability almost doubles.
What are the admissions requirements to be accepted into the MBA program?
To confirm your eligibility, you can check the Fort Hays State University's Graduate School admissions requirements at http://www.fhsu.edu/gradschl/
What do I need to apply to the MBA program?
  • GMAT or GRE score.
  • official transcripts
  • a paid graduate application
  • two letters of recommendation.
  • resume
  • a personal statement outlining your personal and career goals and why you are seeking an MBA
    Applicants should have their official GMAT or GRE scores sent directly to the FHSU Graduate School. (Code Number 401-0506).
Is the MBA program accredited?
Absolutely. FHSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
How many courses are required to earn the MBA?
The MBA degree program consists of 34 semester credit hours with an additional 12 credit hours (four courses) for students who do not have a business undergraduate degree.
Can courses from other graduate programs be transferred into the MBA degree?
Transfer of credits is handled on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Graduate Coordinator, Rachel Dolechek, for more information. 
What business foundation courses are required for the MBA?
Four foundation courses are required for all MBA students who did not earn a business undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year university before proceeding with the 34-hour MBA degree program.
  • GBUS 801: Survey of Economics for MBAs (3 hours)
  • GBUS 802: Management and Marketing Concepts for MBAs (3 hours)
  • GBUS 803: Accounting Theories and Practice for MBAs (3 hours)
  • GBUS 804: Financial and Quantitative Methods for MBAs (3 hours)
Students wishing for substitutions or exemptions for the foundation courses must submit their requests through the Graduate Coordinator to the MBA Committee for evaluation and approval.
Can any undergraduate business courses be substituted for the foundation courses?
Yes. Students can also substitute the business administration minor comprised of the following seven undergraduate courses (available both on-campus and online at Fort Hays State University) for the MBA foundation courses:
  • ECFI201 (Microeconomics)
  • ECFI202 (Macroeconomics)
  • ECFI305 (Managerial Finance)
  • MATH 250 (Statistics)
  • MKT301 (Marketing Principles)
  • MGT301 (Management Principles)
  • ACCT203 (Financial Accounting)
  • ACCT204 (Managerial Accounting)
How long will it take to complete the MBA program?
A full-time student may complete the MBA program in 18 months. Most working professionals will take three or six credit hours a semester and will take three or more years to complete the degree.
How long are semesters in the MBA program?
MBA classes will be taught in fall, spring and summer semesters, matching the scheduling of classes for on-campus delivery at Fort Hays State University.
What kind of financial aid assistance is available for MBA students?
Check your graduate financial assistance information.