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.
students who hold assistantships and fellowships are expected to be in good
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.
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 required1. Graduate 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
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.
words a course will expire 7 years from the date of completion of that
In these cases a program
director may require a student to retake or replace the expired course or
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
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
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
4.11 Business Etiquette & Ethics
A high level
of Business Etiquette and Ethics is required inside and outside of the
classroom at all times.
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
4.12 Class Attendance
Students are expected to attend all class
ecause most graduate
courses are fast paced, missing a single class will cause a student to miss a
large amount of material.
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
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
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
The work should demonstrate
sophisticated critical thinking with an emphasis on depth and breadth of
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.
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
Particularly in Supervised
Research, Supervised Teaching, Directed Independent Study (DIS) and Exit
Options, graduate students must be pro-active and self-directed in preparation
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
of University” policy
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.