Master of Business Administration Graduate Program Student Handbook 4. Policies & Procedures

All MBA graduate students are responsible for the information included in the MBA Graduate Program Student Handbook, UNF Graduate Catalog and the UNF Student Handbook.  The MBA Graduate Program Student Handbook provides information about registration, enrollment and graduation and is only a supplement to the information provided in the Graduate Catalog.  The UNF Graduate Catalog, published each academic year, provides essential information for students pursuing graduate education at UNF and is the official policy manual which governs your life as a UNF graduate student. The expectation is that all students strictly adhere to all policies, procedures, dates, & deadlines set forth by the University of North Florida and/or the Coggin College of Business.

The Rules and Regulations of the MBA program may not be limited only to these documents, but every effort has been made to include them here.   

4.1 Academic Integrity

Please refer to student handbook for policies regarding academic integrity.

4.2 Good Academic Standing

A graduate student who has a cumulative UNF graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is considered to be in good academic standing. A graduate student must have a cumulative UNF graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for graduation and the award of a graduate degree.  Graduate students who hold assistantships and fellowships are expected to be in good academic standing.  

4.3 Probation/Suspension/Removal

Academic Probation

A graduate student who fails to maintain a semester or cumulative UNF graduate GPA of at least 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Additionally, a student that posts a grade on the transcripts of less than 3.0 will be put on probation.  Probation shall be noted on the academic transcript for each term in which the cumulative UNF graduate GPA is below 3.0.

Academic Suspension and Dismissal

If, while a graduate student is on probation, the cumulative UNF graduate GPA does not reach 3.0 in the next academic term, the student is eligible for suspension or dismissal from the program.  The first suspension duration is 1 semester, second suspension duration is 2 semesters and the third suspension is permanent and a student may not reapply to the MBA program.  The decision concerning whether the student is actually placed on academic suspension rests with the MBA Director and the Graduate Committee.  Academic suspension is noted on the academic transcript. A graduate student may not register for courses while on academic suspension. The decision to release the student from academic suspension rests with the MBA Director.


Decisions made by MBA program director and/or MBA program committees may be appealed by graduate students; such appeals are made via written letter to the MBA Director.  The letter must present the reasons as to why the student requests re-consideration of the original decision and any documentation that is available.

4.4 Graduate GPA

The graduate GPA includes all graduate credits taken once the student has been accepted as a degree-seeking graduate student.  Undergraduate credits or transfer credits, no matter when they are taken, are not counted in the graduate GPA.  (No grade less than a “C” is allowed in a graduate program in the Coggin College of Business.) 


The MBA GPA will be calculated from the courses that are counted on the Degree Evaluation.  This calculation will also include all courses that are repeated.


In order to take MAN6726 & in order to graduate:

  • 5000 level GPA can be below 3.0, but no lower than 2.0
  • 6000 level GPA must be 3.0 or better
  • Total grad GPA for MBA must be 3.0 or better

(There is never a case where a grade of less than 2.0 is acceptable in any course)

(There is no Grade forgiveness at the Graduate level) 

4.5 Retaking Graduate Classes

In order to retake a graduate level class the grade of the prior attempt must be less than 3.0.  All attempts of a course will be counted in the graduate level GPA (there is no grade forgiveness at the graduate level).  The third or more attempt of a course may be subject to a Repeat Course Fee assessed per credit hour.


4.6 Registration

A full-time graduate course load is nine hours (3 courses); a part-time graduate course load is fewer than nine hours.  A fully admitted MBA graduate student is able to register for any course for which special permission is not required1Graduate courses are those at or above the 5000 level, and the Graduate Catalog provides individual course descriptions.  Prior to each term, the class schedule is posted on-line.  After clicking on “Schedule by Department,” input the desired term and department name for a list of course offerings.

1Occasionally, a student may receive a registration error when they attempt to enroll and will be unable to complete the registration process.  When this occurs, students should e-mail the MBA Director with their N number, the name and number of the course for which they are attempting to register, and the specific error message they are receiving.  The MBA Advisor will ascertain the nature of the problem and take steps to ensure successful registration.

4.7 Expiration of Courses

The Coggin College of Business graduate student has a time limit to finish a program.  The University allows 5 years to complete a program and the Coggin College of Business allows two additional years.  In other words a course will expire 7 years from the date of completion of that course.  In these cases a program director may require a student to retake or replace the expired course or courses.

4.8 Readmission of Inactive Students

Students who have been accepted previously but who never enrolled or who have not taken courses for one year (three consecutive terms, including summers) must update their admissions applications with the Graduate School. They must do so by the stated deadline for the term in which they wish to enroll. They will be responsible for meeting any new general admissions requirements or program specific requirements.


Students that lack a foundation in business coursework are required to take some foundation courses to put them on the same level as students that already have completed these courses.  Traditionally, students that need the foundation coursework have an undergraduate degree in something other than business.  Students can apply to the MBA program and take the necessary course once admitted.   


Note:  Work experience or non-college credit does not substitute for foundation or course credit in the MBA program. 

4.9 Applying for Graduation

During the semester that students realistically anticipate that they will complete their program requirements, they must register for graduation.  The easiest and most convenient way to apply is online in the Student Records section of myWings Student Self Service. The online application is available from final exam week the preceding semester through the posted application deadline, generally the third Friday of the semester. Failure to apply by the deadline may affect your ability to graduate that term and will result in a delay of your diploma.

4.10 Advance Business Policy

MAN6726 Advanced Business Policy is the final class in the MBA program.  In order to be permitted to register for this course the student must submit an on-line application, just one month prior to registering for this course.  The requirements to take this course are:

  • A 6000 level UNF GPA of 3.0 or better
  • A combined 5000/6000 level GPA of 3.0 or better
  • A student must be in their final semester of the MBA program

4.11 Business Etiquette & Ethics

A high level of Business Etiquette and Ethics is required inside and outside of the classroom at all times.  Students are expected to exhibit the highest level of respect for all faculty, staff, & students when communicating through email or in person.  Additionally, all work is expected to be original work and in many cases independent of other student’s work.  Plagiarism and/or cheating will not be tolerated.

4.12 Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend all class sessions.  Because most graduate courses are fast paced, missing a single class will cause a student to miss a large amount of material.  Given the increased amount of material covered in class meetings, importance of class discussion, and rigor of graduate work, missed classes will affect a student’s success at the graduate level.   

4.13 Graduate Workload

The workload in graduate courses is heavier than that of undergraduate courses.  Required readings, class assignments, and written research projects are extensive and time consuming.  Graduate students are expected to submit all assignments on time.

4.14 Group Projects/Papers

Many courses require a group learning opportunity.  These experiences are a proven method of successful learning and are very exemplary of the expectation is the corporate community.  Group meetings will take place outside of scheduled class time.  In many cases students are graded on how well they interact with other members of the group.

4.15 Quality of Work

A high level of performance in all written assignments for graduate students is expected.  The work should demonstrate sophisticated critical thinking with an emphasis on depth and breadth of knowledge.  Assignments must be written in Standard English with proper grammar, correct spelling, appropriate in-text citations, and academic references.     

4.16 Residency Policy

The residency requirement 8 courses or 24 credit hours of the required 6000 level courses in the MBA program be taken at UNF.  No student may earn a UNF MBA degree without these 24 hours of UNF 6000 level graduate course credit.

4.17 Self-Direction/Self-Motivation

Graduate students should be self-directed and motivated in their studies.  Some class assignments are specific while others will require you to develop and pursue individual research interests.  Particularly in Supervised Research, Supervised Teaching, Directed Independent Study (DIS) and Exit Options, graduate students must be pro-active and self-directed in preparation and implementation.   

4.18 Transfer of Graduate Credits from another College or University

This Policy outlines how a graduate student that has taken 6000 level course work at another institution can transfer it into one of the graduate programs at the Coggin College of Business.


The University of North Florida allows six (6) credit hours of 6000 level course work to be transferred in from another College or University.  The Coggin College of Business may allow an additional six (6) credit hour of 6000 level course work to be waived.


In order for these credits to transfer, the following conditions must be met:

  • Any 5000 level transfer or waived credits must be from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution or an appropriately-accredited foreign institution as determined by the MBA Director.
  • Any 6000 level transferred or waived business credits must be from AACSB-accredited or EQUIS-accredited schools.   
  • Business credits for other schools may transfer only with approval of the appropriate Department Chair and the MBA Director
  • Students must submit a syllabus from each course.
  • Students must submit official transcripts
  • Students have a 3.0 or better grade in each class
  • Transfer credit must meet the UNF time limit for transfer of credits. (less than 5 years old at the date of graduation from the MBA program)
  • The Coggin College of Business determines how each course fits into the student’s program of study.

4.19 Transient/Concurrent Enrollment

Enrollment in another university program while enrolled in the Coggin College of Business MBA program is not permitted other than in exceptional extenuating circumstances.  A student must provide documentation/proof of the extenuating circumstances along with a “Waiver of College Policy” form requesting that an exception be made.  If approved the student my follow the same criteria as the “Transfer of Graduate Credits from another College of University” policy below.

4.20 Use of Directed Independent Study

The intent of a Directed Independent Study is to allow a student to pursue a selected topic in greater depth, through research and writing, under the direction of a Coggin College of Business graduate faculty member.  Typically, the faculty member will select the students that they desire to work with.  This type of course experience differs from required and regularly offered courses that usually involve classroom interaction and normally are not available as directed independent studies. No more than three credit hours of directed independent studies may be counted toward graduation requirements. All directed independent studies require prior approval by the instructor and the MBA program director.

4.21 Use of Faculty-led Study Abroad Credits

MBA students may use Faculty-led study abroad courses in their Programs of Study only as an elective.  


Different students participating in the same study abroad program may use the credits in different content areas (e.g., economics and marketing), as long as a terminally-qualified faculty member from the discipline of interest agrees to review the coursework for discipline-specific content.  In such instances, the faculty program leader is still solely responsible for assigning the final course grade.  No more than three credit hours of Faculty-led Study Abroad may be counted toward graduation requirements.

4.22 Use of Semester Abroad Credits

MBA students may use courses taken abroad towards their concentration or elective requirements. Students should evaluate the use of courses in partner universities before going abroad, since the MBA Director should approve the use of these credits towards the MBA degree.  Be aware that a maximum of 4 courses or 12 credit hours are permitted to be taken for use as semester abroad credits.