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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The University of North Georgia and the Mike Cottrell College of Business offer the Cottrell MBA designed for professionals with a baccalaureate in business administration.  The MBA with Foundations program is well suited for young managers with non-business undergraduate degrees.  
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Quick Facts

Cumming & Gainesville campuses
Program length 32 semester hours, 35 with specialization
Technology Leadership specialization available
Cohort starts fall semester
Part-time program meets twice weekly in evenings
Program tuition and fees less than $25,000

Application Deadline

Early action: December 1
Applicants will receive notification by January 1

Regular decision: February 1
Applicants will receive notification by March 1

Final application: May 1
Applicants will be accepted based on seat availability

Types of Admissions

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution indicating an earned degree in business from a regionally accredited, four year institution with separate accreditation for the business program (AACSB or ACBSP).

Applicants without a degree in business will be considered for admission with the requirement of completing foundation courses prior to the beginning of the program.

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE
  • Select “University of North Georgia” for submitting official GMAT scores.
  • You may exempt the GRE/GMAT with evidence of a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your work, e.g., current or past supervisors or managers.
  • Resume

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.
Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Provisional

Provisional admission is available to applicants who have the potential to be successful in the Cottrell MBA program, but do not meet cohort requirements. Provisional admission is not available for those needing foundation courses.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution indicating an earned baccalaureate in business from a regionally accredited, four year institution with separate accreditation for the business program (AACSB or ACBSP).
  • Official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam, General Test (GRE). Only scores less than six years old will be considered.
    You may EXEMPT the GMAT or GRE with evidence of a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution
    .

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • may register for a maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of six hours.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE
  • Select “University of North Georgia” for submitting official GMAT scores.
  • You may exempt the GRE/GMAT with evidence of a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your work, e.g., current or past supervisors or managers.
  • Resume

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.
Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Non-Degree

MBA program does not permit non-degree students.

Transient

An individual currently enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student.

  • Transient students may only enroll in Cottrell MBA elective courses. Electives are usually offered summer semesters.
  • Permission to take courses does not indicate or imply subsequent admission into the program.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the Cottrell MBA Director before enrolling in courses.
  • Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Admission is for one semester only.
  • Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must re-apply through Graduate Admissions.
  • Students may be required to submit an official transcript from the home institution in order to verify adequate prerequisite knowledge/skills.

Complete the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application. Transient admission is for one semester only.  Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must re-apply to Graduate Admissions.

  • Application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit a letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his/her home institution.

Note: The letter or form should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.

All International

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely part-time (less than nine hours) programs.  The MBA program does not permit F-1 visa student admission.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

 

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The Mike Cottrell College of Business builds strong graduates and strong communities. As a Cottrell MBA student, you will be challenged to lead teams, manage projects, participate in out-of-class exercises and partner with business mentors to consult with businesses regarding problems while creating and executing solutions.

Occupational Outlook

Careers and Salaries
Below are the 2015 median annual wages for jobs related to the Cottrell MBA. 

  • Top Executives: $102,690
  • Financial Managers: $117,990
  • Sales Managers: $113,860 

Job Outlook 

  • Employment of top executives is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. 
  • Employment of financial managers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of sales managers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition

Program Contact

Shanda Agricola,
Office Administrator
The Cottrell MBA
Mike Cottrell College
of Business
shanda.agricola@ung.edu
mba@ung.edu
470-239-3030 (phone)
770-205-5449 (fax)

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