Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Program: Asia Division - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This article contains the answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to the Asia Division's Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program.

1) What are the admission requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program?
Admission requirements to the graduate school include an official transcript of a completed undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. International students must follow the requirements listed on the following web page: http://www.umuc.edu/administration/policies-and-reporting/policies/academic-affairs/graduate-admissions-policies.cfm
The graduate school and MBA programs require a 3 credit prerequisite course; AMBA 600 MBA Fundamentals. For more information about this course, please contact your Academic Advisor or the MBA Programs office.


2) What accreditation does the UMUC MBA have?
UMUC is accredited regionally by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The UMUC MBA Program has specialized accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

3) How long will it take to complete my program?
Students who remain actively enrolled can complete the MBA program in two years. The MBA program is one ten week term, with four terms being offered each year.

4) What is a cohort?

In the MBA program’s cohort system, students remain in the same group throughout the program, allowing them to establish a network of colleagues and form lasting friendships.
In a cohort program, students come into a course with relatively the same knowledge acquired in previous classes. It allows faculty members to build on materials from previous courses, eliminate duplication, and create content connections throughout students’ learning experiences.

5) Are transfer credits accepted in the MBA program?
No; due to the cohort nature of the program, with each course serving as a prerequisite for the next course, the MBA program does not accept transfer credits Please see the section below for an exception to this policy for University of Phoenix students.

University of Phoenix students: If you have been taking MBA courses with the University of Phoenix while in Asia, you may be eligible for an exception to policy due to UMUC Asia's newly awarded PACOM contract. Up to 12 credits may be accepted in transfer. This exception to policy is available only for the UMUC Asia 2015 Fall term. Contact your local UMUC Asia Academic Advisor as soon as possible to verify eligibility.
University of Phoenix transfer students are subject to UMUC’s standard MBA program admission policies. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution is required by UMUC and the five consecutive year time limitation for the MBA program applies to any transferred University of Phoenix credit.

6) Is financial aid available for the MBA program?
Yes; financial aid is available for MBA students. Information on financial aid can be found on the following web page: https://www.asia.umuc.edu/financial-aid/umuc-asia-financial-aid.

7) How do I register for classes?

  • Airmen, Sailors, Marines and civilians: you'll need to register yourself for the perquisite course, AMBA 600, and the first six credit course, AMBA 610, through your MyUMUC account. After AMBA 610, your Academic Advisor and/or the Asia MBA Program Office will assist you with registering for the following courses. Please note, these courses will not appear on the online schedule.
  • Soliders: you'll need to register via your GoArmyEd portal for the initial courses (AMBA 600 and AMBA 610). After AMBA 610, please contact your local Academic Advisor or the Asia MBA Program Office for the GoArmyEd class number.
8) Can the program be taken entirely online?
Yes; all MBA courses are offered in the online format.

9) Can the program be taken face-to-face in Asia?
In addition to online courses, the MBA program offers a combination of online and on-campus courses. Although a majority of the coursework is done online, each hybrid course offers three to four in-class meetings.
On-site course offerings for Fall 2015 will be located at Kadena AB, Okinawa; US Fleet Activites Yokosuka, Japan; and USAG-Yongsan, S. Korea.


10) Does the MBA program offer a specialization?
No; the MBA program is a general management program which focuses on enabling competencies (e.g., teamwork, ethical leadership, critical thinking, etc.) and capture important aspects of managerial decision making.

11) When will I be able to apply for the Asia MBA program?
Admissions applications will be available online beginning mid to late August, 2015.

12) I’ve heard the MBA program is an integrated program. What does that mean? Because all students take the courses in the same sequence, the curriculum "builds" from one course to the next. What is learned in one seminar provides a solid foundation for what is learned in the next semester. The content of the program is also integrated around five themes – (1) ethical and legal issues, (2) leadership, (3) technology, (4) innovation, and (5).

13) Are there any time limits to complete the MBA program?
All requirements for the MBA must be completed within 5 years of the start of the first program course (AMBA 610). AMBA 600 does not have an expiration date.


14) Has the MBA program received any recognition?
In 2011, UMUC’s MBA Program received the Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming – Silver award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The USDLA was the first non-profit Distance Learning association in the United States to support Distance Learning research and development. The association has more than 20,000 members.
  • In 2010, UMUC's online MBA program was voted Outstanding eLearning Program by the Instructional Technology Council (ITC). The program was chosen for its course development, innovation, student services, faculty development, use of tools and software for teaching and learning at a distance and other issues.
  • The UMUC MBA Program has won the award as the Distance Program of the Year for 2009 from the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA).
  • In 2005, the MBA program was named the “2005 Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program” by the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), a national consortium of institutions and organizations committed to quality online education. To date, UMUC’s MBA program is the only MBA program to have won this award.
  • In 2004, Forbes Magazine listed UMUC’s MBA program amongst its top 20 distance learning programs.
  • In 2004, the MBA Program was the recipient of an award for Credit Program Development by the Mid-Atlantic Region of the University Continuing Education Association. This award recognizes effective and innovative program development in the credit area. Award criteria includes the significance of the program with regard to the needs of the community and its effectiveness, or the impact in meeting those needs, particularly those of adult or other continuing education constituents.
15) What qualifications do the MBA faculty have?
Our faculty includes leaders from around the world who are experts in the subject areas they teach and at the same time, experienced practitioners in the business world. MBA professors have advanced degrees in their fields and participate regularly in academic conferences and publish books and articles dealing with business issues and online education.

16) What kind of career opportunities does the MBA program provide?
MBA graduates are qualified for careers in:
  • Consulting
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Corporate Planning
  • General Management
  • Mid-level & Senior Corporate Management
17) If I have additional questions, who are the "points of contact?"
Your first stop is your local UMUC Asia office and your local Academic Advisor. For answers to specific MBA questions, you can contact the MBA Program Office via email at the following e-mail address: MBA-Asia@umuc.edu