Master of Business Administration Graduate Program Student Handbook 1. Getting Started

Soon after being admitted, students should register for the Mandatory Orientation that is conducted exclusively by the Coggin College of Business.  They should then review the degree evaluation that they received in the mail and email the MBA advisor (all contact information is included on the degree evaluation) with any questions or concerns.  The student then logs onto their myWings account to look for several items:

  • Academic Calendar
  • Course Schedule
  • Holds
  • Email
  • Canvas

Students are responsible for checking their UNF email on a daily basis, clearing all holds prior to registration, knowing the academic calendar with all dates & deadlines, reviewing and scheduling their own courses, and know how to maneuver Canvas.

1.1 Overview & Accreditation

The University of North Florida began its MBA program in 1972. The program gained AACSB accreditation in 1981 and was successfully re-accredited in 1998 under its new title, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  The Coggin College of Business continues successful accreditation to this day.


The Coggin College of Business has always emphasized academic excellence through its curricula and faculty. The MBA program focuses on developing a general management perspective and offers intensive graduate level study in accounting, economics, decision sciences, finance, management, and marketing. Throughout the program, emphasis is given to policy formulation and the interrelationships of business disciplines. Applications in ethics, total quality management, international business, information technology, and value-based management are included in anticipation of 21st century business challenges.


The MBA program enrolls about 550 students, mostly working professionals of the Northeast Florida area. The typical MBA student takes two courses each term while working fulltime. About 20 percent of the MBA’s are full-time students taking three or more courses per term. This mix of employed, part-time students having several years of managerial experience with full-time students enhances the classroom environment substantially. Most MBA classes are offered Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday evenings, some weekends and some afternoons.


The MBA program is designed for students with any bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students with non-business degrees prepare for graduate business study by completing appropriate Foundation Courses. The MBA advanced program is 36 semester hours (9 core courses plus 3 electives). While the MBA is designed as a generalist degree, students may specialize through their choice of electives and approved concentrations.

1.2 Student Orientation

The Coggin College orientation for all MBA students is mandatory.  In this session we outline resources for graduate level research, the best path for course registration, how to select a concentration, and tips for success throughout the program.

1.3 Class Size & Format

Graduate classes are typically smaller than undergraduate classes, which facilitates increased interaction between individual students and the faculty member teaching the course.  Classes are often conducted on a traditional face-to-face classroom basis.


On a very limited scale, we also offer some blended learning classes.  These classes meet occasionally throughout the semester while a large portion of learning is provided on-line. 


Additionally, we offer some transformational learning opportunities through faculty led study abroad courses and our semester exchange program. Short term Faculty led study abroad, one or two weeks, provides MBA students with the opportunity to learn about business environment in a foreign country while obtaining credit towards their degree. Students with interest in having a longer experience abroad we offer semester exchange opportunities and the GlobalMBA and Ibero-AmericanMBA programs.

1.4 Academic Advising

Due to your busy work and personal schedules all academic advising is done by email or telephone.  Include your student N# in all communications. 

1.5 Graduate Student Responsibilities

The MBA student is responsible for knowing all dates and deadlines, knowing the prerequisites for courses, registering for classes in a timely manner, presenting all assignments as instructed by the professor, and being present during all required class meetings.  Additionally, the Coggin College of Business expects all students to practice professional oral & written communication, business ethics in & out of the classroom and self-motivation.