Frequently asked questions


How do I qualify?


To be admitted to the program, you must have a bachelors degree from a regionally-accredited institution. Additional qualifications include a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last half of the bachelors degree and four (4) years of strong work experience. Applicants who are on a management track will also be considered. People with solid work, management and/or supervisory experience in the for-profit, not-for-profit or public sector tend to succeed in our interactive classroom environment.

Is this correct, I attend class just one evening a week AND have the summer off?

Yes, evening classes, meeting once per week for six sessions per course, which permit you to be a full-time student while continuing full-time employment. The program consists of 12 courses and three short courses that are completed in four semesters. We have incorporated a summer break during which there are no homework assignments! Plan on 15-20 hours of homework per week during the school year.

What is the difference between the Master of Business Administration and the Masters of Arts in Organizational Management?

The MBA program emphasizes understanding the nature of the managerial role and analyzing broad societal trends related to the world of business. In addition, the program offers second year electives in finance, economics, quantitatively oriented production/operations management, leadership communication, and human resource management.

The particular strengths of the MAOM program include an emphasis on understanding the nature of the managerial role, analyzing broad societal trends related to the world of business and developing an individual work related research project. A few courses may have to be taken through an alternative delivery.

What is the curriculum for the MBA/MAOM programs?

The curriculum is current, integrative and takes a comprehensive approach to management using courses especially designed to take advantage of the contributions that adult students bring to the classroom.

When do classes start and what are the class hours?

Classes for this program are scheduled to begin in August. The program is cohort- based. Classes meet one evening per week from 6 to 10 p.m. 

What are the technology requirements?

All students should have access to a computer. There are technology facilities on campus that can be used by students if they do not have one of their own. For students enrolled in the blended programs, not only a computer, but also a high-quality webcam, such as a Logitech, is needed. Students will also need access to appropriate word processing software, the internet, and a quiet space to participate in the synchronous courses.


Where do you offer this program?

We offer this program on our campus in Bluffton, Ohio; at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio; and at Northwest State Community College just south of Archbold, Ohio.

Is Bluffton accredited?  Is your off-site location accredited?

Bluffton holds a certificate of authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents to confer the degree of master of business administration at Bluffton University, Northwest State Community College and Edison Community College; and the master of arts in organizational management at Bluffton University and Edison Community College.  Bluffton is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association,

What is the application procedure?

Our program representative can explain the application procedure in more detail, but in summary, here is a list of the items that you must complete: