Master of Business Administration Academic Policies

Satisfactory Progress

MBA students progress through the program of study as long as a minimum of a B is earned in each graduate course. Students who earn a grade of C (or below) in a course must repeat the course with a grade of B or greater before advancing in the program.

If a student withdraws from a course during fall or spring, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program with the current cohort. The student may apply for readmission as part of a later cohort.

Grades of Incomplete are only allowed for non-academic reasons and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. No degree will be conferred on a student who has an unresolved incomplete grade remaining on his/her transcript.

Academic Standing Policy

MBA students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory will be subject to the following:

  1. Probation — student will be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:
    1. Student's cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00.
    2. Student earns a U or any other grade below B.

      No student may be a candidate for the degree while on probation due to a GPA below a 3.00. Probation will be removed when the student's GPA reaches 3.0 or higher. In cases where the student is placed on probation due to a low grade, probation will be removed when the course is repeated and the grade is a B or greater, and the overall GPA is 3.00 or greater. Students who are on probation may not register until advised.

  2. Suspension — A student will be placed on suspension for any of the following reasons:
    1. Student earns two grades below B (including U's).
    2. Student has already served three consecutive terms on academic probation.

      No student may enroll in graduate courses at North Georgia while on suspension. Courses taken at another institution during the period of suspension will not be recognized for transfer credit. If suspended, a student must apply to the North Georgia Office of Graduate Admissions for readmission. A student seeking to reapply who has been suspended must submit a new application and a letter written to the Dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business laying out a rationale for readmission. The student may petition for re-admission as a probationary student to the next available cohort. The student will be readmitted only upon approval of the Dean and the MBA program coordinator.

Academic and Professional Conduct Policy

At the end of each semester, the program faculty or MBA program coordinator may intervene to establish a plan of action for any student in the program whose competency is in question, for reasons including unprofessional, disruptive, or unethical behavior in the classroom or applied setting. The plan should be signed by the student and the program coordinator with copies forwarded to the Dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business.


The MBA Center is equipped with wireless access. Although not required for all class sessions, students are expected to provide and maintain their own laptop computer. Most assignments can be completed using Microsoft Office 2007 on a Windows platform.

Work Expectations

Work experience is desired but not required for admissions. While enrolled in the MBA program all students are expected to be employed. Some class assignments will require students to draw from experiences in their current workplace.

Transfer Residency Requirement

To be awarded a Master of Business Administration degree, students are expected to take all course work as part of the MBA cohort and must earn a minimum of 24 hours of graduate degree requirements in residence. The program coordinator and the Dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business must approve all transfer credit. Transfer credit will be evaluated for use only in meeting elective credit in the MBA program. Transfer credit will not be given for any course in which a grade of less than a B was earned. All credit presented for the MBA degree must have been earned within six years of the date of graduation from the MBA program.