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Which MBA format is best for me?

The Full-Time MBA prepares students to understand all aspects of business operations while delving deeper into their chosen area of specialization.  They complete professional internships, grow their network, and graduate ready to be effective contributors in their organizations.

The Flex MBA is ideal for working professionals, preferably with at least two years of work experience. The evening section of the flex MBA allows fulltime working professionals to pursue their MBA without interruption to their careers.

The Executive MBA program is primarily for working professionals with significant work experience and who are currently at a managerial or executive level.  EMBA students focus on broadening their business skills and gaining a strategic vision.

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Is Chapman University’s Argyros School accredited?

The Argyros School of Business and Economics is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is one of higher education’s most prestigious accrediting bodies. AACSB accreditation is recognized as the highest endorsement a business school can receive, as this symbolizes a school’s commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement. Only 633 business schools worldwide are accredited by the AACSB. The Argyros School also is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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How can I request a copy of your brochure?

Please visit our website or by calling 877-CHAP-MBA or e-mail mba@chapman.edu. Please provide your contact information, including mailing address, email address and phone number.

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Do you hold information sessions?

We hold both on-campus and off- campus admission events. For more information about these sessions and to RSVP for an upcoming session, please click here.

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Can I visit a class?

We strongly encourage potential applicants to visit a class to get a sense of what it is like to be in the program. To make arrangements for a visit, please contact Colleen Jilk at mccull@chapman.edu or by calling (714) 628-2898.

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Do I need work experience to apply?

While the Full-Time MBA program does not require work experience, it is desired. The average is approximately 2 years. For the Flex MBA program, at least two years of work experience is desired with the average being approximately 4 years. For the Executive MBA program, at least 8 years of work experience is preferred, of which at least 5 years is in a managerial capacity.

The Masters in Accounting program does not require work experience.

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Is there any academic preparation required prior to applying/enrolling? Do I need an undergraduate degree in business to apply? Are there any prerequisite courses?

The MBA program welcomes applications from college graduates from all areas of concentration, including the humanities, the social sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering. There are no prerequisite courses that need to be completed before starting one of our MBA programs.

The MSA program has 34 prerequisites however you may be admitted prior to completing all prerequisites.  Please contact Dawn Brewer for more information at dbrewer@chapman.edu.

The prerequisites are:

MGSC 209    Introductory Business Statistics
BUS 215    Legal Environment of Business
BUS 216    Business Ethics
MGMT 316    Principles of Management
FIN 317        Financial Management
ACTG 320    Cost Accounting I
ACTG 330    Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACTG 331    Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACTG 439    Accounting Information systems
ACTG 450    Individual Taxation
ACTG 451    Taxation of Corporations and other Entities
ACTG 460    Auditing

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Do I need to submit all my application materials together, all at once, or can I submit each piece separately?

It is okay for you to submit your application materials separately.

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Are there advantages to applying early?

Yes the earlier you apply, the better your chances are for admission and to qualify for a scholarship grant.

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Are some parts of the application weighted more heavily than others?

No. Each part of the application is as important as the other parts.

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Should my recommendation be from a supervisor/colleague at work or from a professor?

The most useful recommendations are those from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional and/or academic achievements and potential in regards to specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities. It is important, for those who are currently employed, that at least one of your evaluators be someone in a position to judge your professional performance.

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Do I need to have my recommenders complete a special recommendation form or can they just send in a letter of recommendation?

Recommenders can submit a recommendation form sent to them electronically when you complete the recommendation portion of the on-line application. In addition, we can accept PDF copies of recommendations sent to us by email or letters from recommenders on stationary with the official letterhead of their business. Recommendations can be sent to mba@chapman.edu.

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May I submit additional recommendations?

Only two recommendations are required and very little benefit will be derived from submitting additional recommendations, but you may submit a third recommendation if you choose.

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Where should I have my transcripts sent?

Transcripts can be sent to:

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admissions
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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Do you require essays as part of the application? If yes, how long should the essay be?

Yes, one ‘Statement of Intent’ essay is required. The Statement of Intent should be about 600 words and should state your reasons for wishing to attend a graduate business program at Chapman University. In the essay, you should discuss your career and personal goals, and how receiving your degree from Chapman University will assist you in attaining your goals.

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What is the best way to submit the essay?

The best way to submit your Statement of Intent is by uploading the document to the application system which can be accessed at graduate business application. You can also submit it separate from your application by emailing it to mba@chapman.edu..

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Will I be required to interview?

Full-Time MBA applicants: Interviews are required of all Full-Time MBA applicants. Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. However, for those applicants unable to travel to campus, other accommodations can be arranged.

Flex MBA applicants: Interviews are not required for Flex MBA applicants but are conducted on an invitation basis. You may also request an interview.

Executive MBA applicants: Interviews are required of all Executive MBA applicants. Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. However, for those applicants unable to travel to campus, other accommodations can be arranged.

MS Accounting applicants: Interviews are required of all MSA applicants. Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. However, for those applicants unable to travel to campus, other accommodations can be arranged.

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Do you accept transfer students?

You can transfer up to 6 units from another AACSB-accredited program into our program. To transfer, you must apply as if you are a new applicant to the program.

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What does it cost to apply?

The application fee is $60.

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+-Application Deadlines

Spring Semester

Flex MBA

Early Action Application Deadline: October 1
Regular Admission Deadline: December 1

Applications submitted after the deadlines will be accepted on a space available basis. 

There is no spring semester matriculation for the Full-Time, Executive MBA programs or the MS in Accounting program.

Fall Semester

Full Time MBA

Round 1 Deadline: November 1
Round 2 Deadline: February 1
Round 3 Deadline: June 1

Applications are being accepted on a space available basis. 

Flex MBA

Early Action Application Deadline: April 1
Regular Admission Deadline: June 1

Applications are being accepted on a space available basis.

Executive MBA

Early Action Application Deadline: April 1
Regular Admission Deadline: June 1

MS Accounting

Regular Admission Deadline: June 1

Applications are being accepted on a space available basis.

Please note that for all programs, applications received after the above dates will be considered on a space available basis until the class fills

+-Admissions Requirements

Full-Time and Flex MBA Applicants
Executive MBA Applicants
JD/MBA Applicants
MBA/MFA in Film and Television Producing Applicants
Integrated Five Year Undergraduate/MBA Program Applicants
MS in Accounting


Full-Time and Flex MBA Applicants

  • Submit the application for admission. The on-line application can be accessed by clicking Apply Now
  • Upload Resume
  • Upload Personal Statement Essay (prompt is available on the application)
  • Submit official academic transcript from undergraduate degree granting institution to:

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admissions
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

  • Request to have official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) reported.
  • Upload contact information for two recommenders. The most useful recommendations are those from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional and/ or academic achievements and potential in regards to specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities.
  • Interviews are required for Full-Time applicants. Interviews are conducted by invitation for Flexible MBA applicants. You may also request an interview.
  • International applicants:
      Submit score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); Submit copy of your diploma, complete the financial statement form required for the student visa.

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Executive MBA Applicants

  • Submit the application for admission. The on-line application can be accessed by clicking Apply Now
  • Upload Resume
  • Upload Personal Statement Essay (prompt is available on the application)
  • Submit official academic transcript from undergraduate degree granting institution to:

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admissions
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

  • Request to have official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score reported. (This can be waived based on undergraduate GPA and job responsibility).
  • Upload contact information for two recommenders. The most useful recommendations are those from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional and/or academic achievements and potential in regards to specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities.
  • Interviews are required for Executive MBA applicants. Whenever possible, applicants are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus.

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JD/MBA Applicants

  • Applicants are required to apply to both the Full-Time MBA program and the School of Law
    Please see admission requirements above for Full-Time MBA program.

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MBA/MFA in Film and Television Producing Applicants

  • Applicants are required to apply to both the Full-Time MBA program and the MFA in Film and Television Producing programs separately.
    Please see admission requirements above for Full-Time MBA program.

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Integrated Five Year Undergraduate/MBA Program Applicants

  • Submit the application for admission. The on-line application can be accessed by clicking Apply Now
  • Complete 75 or more units of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Achieve At least a 580 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), to be taken by July 1 during the summer before the student’s senior year
  • Request to have official GMAT score reported.
  • Upload Resume
  • Upload Personal Statement Essay (prompt is available on the application)
  • Upload contact information for two recommenders. The most useful recommendations are those from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional and/ or academic achievements and potential in regards to specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities.
  • Interviews are required for Integrated Five Year Undergraduate MBA applicants.

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MS in Accounting Applicants

  • Submit the application for admission. The on-line application can be accessed by clicking Apply Now
  • Upload Resume
  • Upload Personal Statement Essay (prompt is available on the application)
  • Submit official academic transcript from undergraduate degree granting institution to:

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admissions
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

  • Request to have official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) reported.
  • Upload contact information for two recommenders. The most useful recommendations are those from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional and/ or academic achievements and potential in regards to specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities.
  • Interviews are required for MS in Accounting Applicants.
  • International applicants:
      Submit score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); Submit copy of your diploma, complete the financial statement form required for the student visa.

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+-GMAT/GRE/GPA

Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score required?
What is your average GMAT?
How long are GMAT and GRE scores valid?
How do I sign up to take the GMAT?
What is the last date on which I can take the GMAT?
Do you average GMAT scores if I take the test more than once?
Do you accept the GRE?
How do I sign up to take the GRE?
What is your average GRE score?
What is the average undergraduate GPA of your entering students?


There is no minimum score, but the higher your score, the better your chances to be accepted into one of our programs. In addition, scholarship grant amounts are based, in part, on your GMAT or GRE score.

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What is your average GMAT?

For the fall 2013 entering class, the average score for the Full-Time MBA program was a 626. For the Flex MBA program, it was a 518.

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How long are GMAT and GRE scores valid?

GMAT scores are valid for five years.

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How do I sign up to take the GMAT?

Information about the GMAT and how to sign up to take the test can be found at www.mba.com.

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What is the last date on which I can take the GMAT or GRE?

The earlier you submit your entire application, including your GMAT or GRE score, the better, as this will improve your chances for admission. In particular, for the Full-Time MBA program, it is important for you to submit your GMAT or GRE score to us by the deadline of the round for which you want your application to be considered.

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Do you average GMAT or GRE scores if I take the test more than once?

No, we only count your highest score, as long as you have taken the test no more than three times.

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Do you accept the GRE?

We do accept the GRE.

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How do I sign up to take the GRE?

Information about the GRE and how to sign up to take the test can be found at www.ets.org/gre.

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What is your average GRE score?

We currently do not have an average GRE as we recently began accepting the test scores. We are looking for scores in the 155 range in the verbal and quantitative sections for our Full-Time program, and scores in the 148 range in the verbal and quantitative sections for our Flexible MBA program. We are looking for scores in the 155 range in the verbal and quantitative sections for our MS in Accounting program.

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What is the average undergraduate GPA of your entering students?

For the fall 2013 entering class, the averages were as follows:

Full-Time MBA: 3.31
Flex MBA: 3.1
Executive MBA: 3.1

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+-International Applicants

Are all international applicants required to take the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE for admission?

No. If your undergraduate studies were at a university/college where English was the primary language of instruction, then the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement can be waived.

Do I need to have my transcripts translated into English if they are in another language?

Yes, we require both your official transcript, in its original form, and an English translation of the transcript.

Are there any special requirements for international applicants?

Yes. Besides the normal application materials, all international students must submit:

  • A Chapman Financial Certification Form.
  • An English translation of their undergraduate transcript, along with an official copy of the transcript.
  • A copy of their undergraduate diploma.

Can international applicants qualify for scholarship grants?

Yes. International applicants are treated just like domestic applicants and are eligible for scholarship grants.

+-Financial Aid/Tuition/Scholarships

What are the first steps in the financial aid application process?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to apply for federal student loans. To expedite processing federal loan applications, we recommend that you complete the FAFSA as early as you can.

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education homepage for more information on the FAFSA, or write to:

FAFSA Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044
800 433-3243

All other aspects of the financial aid application process do not begin until students have been formally admitted into the program.

What is the tuition rate?

Full-Time MBA and Flex MBA (50 credits to graduate):

    Fall 2014: $1410/unit.

Executive MBA (49 units to graduate)

Fall 2014: $94,570 for entire program.

Tuition for a particular semester is $1,930/unit multiplied by the number of units being taken in that semester.

This includes cost of tuition, a laptop and tech support, six sessions per year with an executive coach, hotel and lodging for three residential seminars, textbooks, pre-class meals, tutors, and parking. Tuition for a particular semester is $1855/unit multiplied by the number of units being taken in that semester.

MS in Accounting

The MSA program requires 30 credits and based on the Fall 2014 tuition is $1,200/unit.

What do I need to do to qualify for a scholarship grant?

No separate application is required, and all grants are merit-based and influenced by GMAT/GRE score, work experience, undergraduate GPA, and other relevant experience.  Grants range in amount from $3,000 to full tuition. You are encouraged to apply early, as the scholarship dollar pool is limited, which can result in smaller grants for late applicants.

Are international applicants eligible for scholarship grants?

Yes.

+-Curriculum


Executive MBA Schedule

What is the teaching style for professors at the Argyros School?

What is the average class size?

Executive MBA Schedule

The Executive MBA program is a 49-credit ‘premium’ lockstep, cohort program. This carefully structured, sequential course of study allows students to gain their degree in 21 months. Classes meet on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings.

Fall (Year 1)(All Classes are 4 units, unless otherwise noted)
EMBA 600 Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage (San Diego Residential) (2 units)
EMBA 601 Economic Analysis and Policy
EMBA 602 Financial Information Systems

Interterm (Year 1)
EMBA 603 Applied Statistics and Forecasting (2 units)

Spring (Year 1)
EMBA 605 Marketing Management
EMBA 607 Managerial Finance

Summer Session
EMBA 606 Operations Management and Information Technology
EMBA 611 Management in a Global Environment (International Business class and residential) (6 units)

Fall (Year 2)
EMBA 604 Managing Effective Organizations
Elective

Spring (Year 2)
EMBA 612 Strategic Management
Elective
EMBA 614 Business and Public Policy (Class and Washington DC residential) (3 units)

For more information about the EMBA curriculum and degree requirements, please see the Graduate Catalog.

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What is the teaching style for professors at the Argyros School?

Argyros School faculty employ a variety of teaching methods, including lecture, case study, team projects, writings, problem sets, presentations, company visits, guest speakers, and other theoretical and applied teaching methods. The teaching method used in a class is the choice of the individual professor and is chosen to best facilitate learning for that subject matter.

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What is the average class size?

The average class size for core classes is 22. The average class size for electives is 19.

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+-Student Life

Are there any Student Clubs/Organizations?

The Chapman MBA Association (MBAA) governs The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics student body, ensuring a high quality of student life, facilitating relationships between students, faculty, alumni, and the business community. Through its executive branch, in conjunction with the Chapman student body, the MBAA provides an essential infrastructure that organizes, coordinates, and funds a number of events and services designed to enrich the educational and extracurricular experiences at The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics.

The Accounting Society is dedicated to being the medium for bringing accounting students and accounting firms together. Our goal is to ensure that every accounting student is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed in starting their professional careers in the accounting profession, through seminars, workshops, accounting firm events, and annual Spring Banquets.

How can I stay involved as an alumnus of the school?

All alumni are encouraged to join the MBA Alumni Association. This group provides numerous opportunities for alumni to stay connected to the school. Alumni also have access to Argyros Career Services.

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