Student Policies

In addition to student policies governing all Opus College of Business graduate students, the UST Executive MBA program has established the following policies that are specific to the program.

Policies last updated 03/01/10


Admission Qualifications

The Executive MBA program is designed for experienced managers and leaders who thrive in a rigorous, interactive learning environment.

Admission qualifications:

 

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership or management role
  • Current leadership or management responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Academic readiness
  • Opportunity to apply the curriculum content to one’s job
  • Personal motivation

Advising Requirement

The director of the Executive UST MBA Program is the academic advisor for all students enrolled in the program. Executive MBA students are not required to meet with an advisor as a prerequisite to registration for course work.


Application Procedure

Application materials and all supporting documents become the confidential property of the Executive UST MBA program Admissions Committee and cannot be returned to the applicant. A complete application includes:

 

  • Application form
  • $100 nonrefundable application fee
  • Resume and business card
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • Academic profile
  • Management and leadership profiles
  • Personal profile
  • Two or three letters of recommendation
  • Admission interview

Assignment deadlines

 

Executive UST MBA students must meet all deadlines for course assignments. If extenuating circumstances necessitate a request for an extension to an assignment deadline, the student must contact the faculty for the course and the Executive MBA program office as early as possible.


Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in the Executive UST MBA program are required to attend all class days for each course. If illness or other extenuating circumstances necessitate absence from class, the student must contact the faculty teaching the course and the Executive UST MBA program office, 651-962-4230 or execmba@stthomas.edu.

A student who misses a half-day (4 hours) of class will be required to:

  • contact 2-3 colleagues from the learning group to discover the key concepts (as delineated by the instructor) covered in class during the absence
  • write a paper (2-3 pages, double-spaced) that demonstrates a grasp of key concepts and offers a personal perspective, i.e., what the student would have shared during class discussions

A student who misses a full day of class (8 hours) will be required to:

  • contact 4-5 colleagues from the learning group to discover the key concepts (as delineated by the instructor)covered in class during the absence
  • write a paper (4-5 pages, double-spaced) that demonstrates a grasp of key concepts and offers a personal perspective, i.e., what the student would have shared during class discussions

EMBA administration will provide the student with guidelines for the paper, which must be submitted to the program office before the next class meeting; the paper will be distributed to all other students enrolled in the course. The instructor may consider the grade for this supplemental paper in determining the student’s overall grade for class contribution in the course.If a student misses more than one day of class for a course or has one unexcused absence, EMBA administration may withdraw the student from that course.


Classroom Participation

Executive MBA students depend on one another for a significant amount of learning during the time the class spends together. It is expected that students will prepare for class participation through reading and reflection on the assigned materials and that each student’s participation in class with further the group process or add to everyone’s learning on the topic at hand. Learning is the responsibility of the student, on whom it is incumbent to learn by whatever means or method used by the faculty.


Computer Proficiency

Executive MBA students must have access to a computer (with Internet access) and be proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and e-mail programs. Students are encouraged to use the operating systems and software supported by their employers. When a particular software package (e.g., simulation) is necessary to meet course requirements, it will be provided at no additional charge.

Students are strongly urged to check their UST email weekly or on any schedule defined by the faculty for a course.


Computer Use in Class

The faculty and management team of the Executive UST MBA Program are committed to using technology as an effective learning tool.Use of laptop computers during class should be limited to the coursework for the class in question. Students are encouraged to use laptops to follow the instructor’s slides posted in the course Blackboard, taking notes on class material or working on class-related files, e.g., Excel or PowerPoint.

Inappropriate use of laptops during class includes but is not limited to: reading or sending email, browsing the Internet, playing games, watching videos, working on assignments for another course, or working on business documents not related to the course at hand.Students are expected to show consideration to fellow students who may be distracted or affected negatively by laptop usage.


Confidentiality Statement

Executive MBA students not only apply their classroom learning to their jobs, they also bring to the classroom a great deal of their jobs and their organizations. Because of the nature of team assignments and classroom participation in the EMBA program, students must be assured that their classmates and instructors hold all group discussions in the strictest confidence.


Degree Requirements

All courses in the curriculum of the Executive UST MBA Program (comprising 50 semester credits) must be completed to meet degree requirements.Course load limit for Executive UST MBA students is ten semester credits per term.To graduate, Executive UST MBA students must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average.Students must complete all degree requirements before the degree will be awarded or posted to university records.


Grade Reports

Grade reports will be mailed to the student’s home address within two weeks of the end of the term.


Noncredit Preparatory Classes

All students admitted to the Executive UST MBA program are required to attend the noncredit course in mathematics, writing and public speaking prior to matriculation. These class sessions are offered at no additional tuition charge and are scheduled prior to the classes that comprise a cohort’s domestic residency. Students may demonstrate proficiency via an exam or declaration by the instructor.


Non-Degree Student Status

EMBA courses are open to only those students who have been admitted to the Executive UST MBA program. All courses in the EMBA curriculum are required to meet degree requirements.


Repetition of Courses to Improve Grades

An Executive MBA student may not repeat a course for the purpose of improving a grade, with the exception of a failing grade.A student who receives a final grade of F in a course must retake the course (at an additional tuition charge) and successfully complete that course before continuing in the Executive MBA Program. A grade of F will become a permanent part of the student transcript. An F grade is computed into the cumulative grade point average. When that course has been repeated, only the passing grade will be computed into the cumulative GPA, although the grade of F remains on the transcript.


Student Access to Faculty 

The Executive UST MBA Program recognizes that student access to faculty is an important part of the educational experience. Students enrolled in the Executive UST MBA Program have a right to interact with faculty outside of class through a combination of exchanges (e.g., in-person meetings, telephone conversation, email or other electronic communicate). Instructors in Executive UST MBA courses are expected to respond to voicemail, email and other student-initiated communication within 48 hours. Each course syllabus for Executive UST MBA courses will delineate the instructor’s preferred method of contact.


Transcript Requests

Requests for official transcripts must be made in person or in writing to the office of the University Registrar. Orders are usually filled within two business days. There is a fee for transcripts. Contact the University Registrar’s Office at 651-962-6700 or online.


Tuition

Tuition for Executive MBA Program courses includes the cost of texts and other required course materials. Tuition remains fixed for each cohort. Tuition for January courses is billed in December and due in January. Tuition for Spring Semester courses is billed in January and due in four increments over the term. A finance charge accrues on an unpaid balance.Tuition for courses falling in a summer term is billed in May and due in three increments. A finance charge accrues on an unpaid balance. Tuition for Fall Semester courses is billed in August and due in four increments over the term. A finance charge accrues on an unpaid balance.


Tuition Refunds

An EMBA student is officially registered for a class when he/she receives the course materials from the program staff.If circumstances require withdrawal from a course, a refund will be given on the following schedule.

If less than 25% of the class contact hours have elapsed, the student will incur a service charge equal to $200 per credit.If 25-50% of the class contact hours have elapsed, the student will receive a 50% tuition refund.If more than 50% of the class contact hours have elapsed, no refund will be issued.   Withdrawal from Courses

In order to withdraw course registration, a student must notify the Executive UST MBA program office of the intent to withdraw, on or before day 1 of class. The notification must contain the student's identification number, name, and the class or classes from which the student is withdrawing.If the student withdraws before day 1 of the course, no record of the class is made on the transcript. Withdrawals after day 2 of the instructional time will result in a notation of W on the transcript. Students who discontinue a class after the withdrawal deadline will receive the grade they earn in the class.If a student who is receiving federal financial aid notifies the university by any means of her/his intent to withdraw from all registration for a term, a notation of that withdrawal will be made in her/his record and federal financial aid authorities will be notified of the withdrawal effective the date of the notification.