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2013 - 2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mason School of Business Administration



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Mission Statement

The mission of the Mason School of Business of the College of William and Mary is to serve the Commonwealth, the nation, and the global community both by offering high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and by creating and communicating new knowledge. We fulfill this mission through:

Building a faculty whose research, teaching, and service influence students, business leaders, policy makers, and other scholars;

Engaging students in innovative educational experiences to nurture creativity, to mentor high ideals, and to accelerate ambitions of leadership that they will imagine the business opportunities of the day and seize them.

The College of William and Mary initiated studies in business administration in 1919. The School of Business was formed in 1968 to administer both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration. The Mason School of Business was named in November 2005 in honor of alumnus Raymond A. Mason.

The undergraduate degree program normally leads to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). Students who double major in a Business and an Arts and Sciences discipline may choose either as their primary major. Students will receive the degree that corresponds to their primary major (BBA for Business, BA or BS for Arts and Sciences).

Graduate programs lead to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Accounting (MAcc). For detailed information about these programs, contact the MBA Program Admission Office or the MAcc Program Admission Office. Information is provided online at http://mason.wm.edu. All programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International).

Undergraduate Business Program

The Undergraduate Business Program is designed to provide many opportunities for an individualized approach to business education. Each student is challenged to design an Individual Program of Study (IPS) that uniquely addresses their particular goals and interests including post-graduate plans.

Business majors are offered in four areas: Accounting; Finance; Marketing; Process Management and Consulting. To promote breadth of study students may complement their major field of study by electing to pursue a concentration in a second business area. Concentrations are offered in the following six areas: Accounting; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Management and Organizational Leadership; Marketing; Process Management and Consulting.

The first semester in the Undergraduate Business Program students complete the Integrated Foundation Semester known informally as “the Block.” Students work in the same teams across classes, and take a cluster of courses including: finance, process management and consulting, marketing, computer applications, and business perspectives. Teams gain experience in making presentations in several courses in the Block. Ethical issues are addressed in various contexts. In addition, for a week positioned near the end of the semester student teams participate in a simulation that includes a competition and a final presentation to business executives and faculty. The Integrated Foundation Semester challenges students to manage time and to integrate the knowledge they have acquired. By the end of the semester all students have gained exposure to the majors (Accounting; Finance; Marketing; Process Management and Consulting) offered within the Undergraduate Business Program.

Many students in the Undergraduate Business Program combine their studies in business with a major or a minor in a department outside of the Mason School of Business. We also strongly encourage students to include an internship experience in their Individual Program of Study.

The Mason School of Business believes every student should have an international experience. We have designed our curricula so all majors are able to earn their degree with an “International Emphasis.” Our curricula permit flexibility allowing students to study abroad in the spring of their junior year; however, this goal may conflict with other goals such as a completing a double major or an internship. Consequently, the Undergraduate Program offers an early admission option to students who are considering study abroad in the second semester of their sophomore year. Students interested in studying abroad should contact the Undergraduate Business Program and the Global Education Office in the Reves Center for International Studies for more information.

Students are encouraged to begin planning their Individual Program of Study in the Business School as soon as they determine that they have an interest in business.

Admission to the Majors Program

The Mason School of Business offers majors in the following four areas: Accounting; Finance; Marketing; Process Management and Consulting. All students who wish to major in Business (whether as a primary or secondary major) must apply for admission to the Mason School of Business.

Admission is competitive and the entering class is selected except as specified below on the basis of the overall William and Mary GPA at the time of application. Applicants must have a minimum attained GPA of 2.0. The competitive admissions process is driven by the number of positions available in the entering class for the undergraduate Program at the Mason School of Business and the number of qualified applicants. Thus, the GPA cut-off for admitted students is not a fixed number. Meeting the minimum qualifications for admission does not guarantee admission to the Majors Program.

Transfer students who have completed 12 or more semester hours at William and Mary (excluding hours earned as a co-enrolled student) prior to the time of application will be evaluated based on their attained William and Mary GPA.

Transfer students who apply to the Undergraduate Business Program at the time of transfer or within one semester of the time of transfer will not have completed 12 or more semester hours at William and Mary (excluding hours earned as a co-enrolled student).

The Mason School of Business process for selecting students for the available positions in the majors program may include consultations with the William and Mary Office of Undergraduate Admission. When the Mason School of Business consults with the William and Mary Office of Undergraduate Admission, all the information considered relevant by the Office of Admission can be taken into consideration in determining the admission decision made by the Mason School of Business.

To be considered for admission, all prospective business majors must meet the following qualifications prior to the semester of entry into the Business School, junior standing (54 academic credit hours) and the completion of the following prerequisite courses: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Introductory Calculus, Introductory Statistics (must include regression analysis), and Principles of Accounting. Students enrolled at the College of William and Mary should consult the Undergraduate Business Program website (www.mason.wm.edu/undergraduate) to determine which William and Mary courses will satisfy these requirements.

The Undergraduate Business curricula are designed so that most students will begin the core program in the fall semester of their junior year. Thus, students normally apply for admission to the Mason School of Business during the spring semester of their sophomore year for admission in the following fall semester. To accommodate special circumstances such as study abroad, transferring students, and students who have met all the entrance requirements, the Mason School of Business also accepts applications in the fall semester for admission in the following spring semester.

The deadlines for enrolled William and Mary students to apply to the Majors Program are February 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. Applications received by the deadline will be given preference over all late applications. Late applicants and transfer students should contact the Undergraduate Business Program in the Mason School of Business for additional information. Appeals from students who are denied admission should be directed to the Committee on Admissions, Academic Status and Degrees of the Mason School of Business.

Students admitted to the Mason School of Business Majors and Minors Programs have priority when enrolling in oversubscribed courses. Students who are not admitted to the Majors Program are not eligible to declare a major in the Mason School of Business regardless of whether they satisfy the course requirements stated in this catalog.

Committee on Admissions, Academic Status and Degrees

Upon admission to the Mason School of Business, all candidates for the BBA degree come under the jurisdiction of the School’s administration including its Committee on Admissions, Academic Status and Degrees in all matters appropriately pertaining thereto.

Early Admission for Study Abroad

Students typically apply to the Majors Program in the second semester of the sophomore year or the semester when total credits earned by the end of the semester is at least 54 hours. The second semester of the sophomore year may also be an ideal semester for study abroad. While it is possible both to apply to the Majors Program and to study abroad at the same time, many students would rather not do this. To remove this impediment to study abroad, the Majors Program has instituted an early admission procedure for students who fulfill the following requirements.

You must have completed a minimum of 42 semester hours by the end of the semester in which you apply for early admission. You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. You must be enrolled as a full-time student in an international program through the Global Education Office in the Reves Center for International Studies for the semester following early admission. All requirements for admission as stated in the catalog must be completed by the time that you enter the Majors Program. Your early admission will be cancelled if for any reason you choose not to complete the international program.

Students applying for study abroad early admission follow the same application procedures and deadlines as for regular admission to the program.

Admission to the Minors Program

The Minors Program provides William and Mary students who are not in the Majors Program with an opportunity to gain indepth exposure to a business discipline. The Mason School of Business offers minors in the following five areas: Accounting; Finance; Management and Organizational Leadership; Marketing; Process Management and Consulting. See the catalog section on Requirements for the Minors Program for specific details related to course requirements. Students are accepted into a particular Minors Program (e.g. Finance, Marketing) and cannot change the area of emphasis without approval from the Undergraduate Program. If applicable, students in the Minors Program may count up to six hours toward both their major and their Business minor.

Applicants to the Minors Program must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 at the time of application, have attained junior standing and have satisfied all course prerequisites for the minor prior to the semester of entry in the Business School. Admission is based on: GPA, the ability to complete all the requirements for the minor within an acceptable program of study, the number of applicants and the number of positions available, and the completion of prerequisite courses for certain minors as noted below. Minor disciplines with course prerequisites are as follows: Finance - Principles of Accounting and Introductory Statistics; Marketing - Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics; Process Management and Consulting - Introductory Statistics.

The Mason School of Business accepts applications to the Minors Program in the fall and spring semesters. The deadlines for applying to the Minors Program are February 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. Prospective applicants should consult the Undergraduate Business Program in the Mason School of Business for additional information. Applications received by the deadline will be given preference over all late applications. Appeals from students who are denied admission should be directed to the Committee on Admissions, Academic Status and Degrees of the School of Business.

Students admitted to the Majors Program and the Minors Program have priority when enrolling for oversubscribed courses. Students who are not admitted to the Minors Program are not eligible to declare a minor in the Mason School of Business regardless of whether they satisfy the course requirements stated in this catalog.

Concentrations for Business Majors

The Mason School of Business is committed to an education that is integrated and multidisciplinary. These are important strengths that distinguish our programs. All majors complete an integrated core program that emphasizes exposure to the underlying business disciplines. In addition, many students will find it desirable to pursue a multidisciplinary curriculum that will include advanced study in a business discipline other than their major field. The concentration option is designed for students who wish to complete six credit hours of advanced coursework in a business discipline other than their major field. The concentrations available for each major and the requirements for a concentration are listed in the sections describing the requirements for majors.

International Emphasis for Business Majors

The Undergraduate Business Program seeks to recognize the achievement of students in the Majors Program who have incorporated in their Individual Program of Study significant international experience. Students fulfilling the requirements set forth below will be described as completing an Individual Program of Study with an International Emphasis. This designation provides recognition for students who seek an international perspective.

The requirements for an International Emphasis include: (1) a course in international business; (2) an elective with an international emphasis that is related to your major or concentration, with a provision for exceptions as noted below; (3) a language and/or culture requirement; and (4) a study abroad experience. These requirements are discussed in detail below:

  1. You must complete BUAD 410 - International Business Management , BUAD 412 - Global Business Analysis , or the equivalent.
  2. If you are majoring or concentrating in a discipline that offers an international course, you must successfully complete one course that has an international emphasis. In the event that for a particular Individual Program of Study no course with an international emphasis is offered, a student who has a minor may satisfy this requirement by successfully completing an international course in the discipline of the minor. For all other cases, you must seek approval for a course with an international emphasis that is appropriate for your Individual Program of Study.
  3. You must successfully complete an approved elective that focuses on foreign language or culture. A course offered by the Department of Modern Languages at the College that focuses on commercial applications of a foreign language satisfies this requirement. This requirement is also satisfied by completing six semester hours of credit of language study beyond the 202 level. Other courses must be submitted for approval to the Undergraduate Business Program. No course will be approved unless the focus on language or the focus on culture is fundamental to the design of the course.
  4. You must successfully complete a minimum of twelve semester hours of credit in a study abroad program(s). Only credits earned in a study abroad program(s) that are transferred back to William and Mary and appear on the official College transcript can be applied to satisfy this requirement. The credits can be earned over one semester or over time in separate study abroad experiences.

Student Honors

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honorary society which recognizes excellence in academic achievement in schools of business administration. Beta Gamma Sigma was founded in 1907 to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment in the field of business studies, to promote advancement of education in the science of business, and to foster principles of honesty and integrity in business practice.

Academic Standing

Students are required to maintain a 2.0 overall grade point average and a 2.0 grade point average in business courses. A student who fails to maintain these standards will be on academic probation within the Mason School of Business. Students on academic probation must attain a 2.0 overall grade point average and a 2.0 business grade point average by the end of the next regular semester. If at the end of the probationary period the student has not met the minimum grade point requirements, the student will be subject to dismissal from the Mason School of Business. In the case of special circumstances, a student can appeal a dismissal to the Committee on Admissions, Academic Status and Degrees of the Mason School of Business.

Unless specified as pass/fail in the course description, business courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Second Major

BBA degree candidates may declare two majors but only one major may be in the business disciplines. A maximum of six credits may be counted towards both majors.

Residency Requirement

Students admitted to the Undergraduate Business Program must complete four semesters as full-time admitted business students. A student may petition the Committee on Admissions, Academic Status and Degrees of the Mason School of Business to waive this residency requirement.

Major Requirements

All students applying for admission to the Majors Program are required to declare one of the following four majors: Accounting; Finance; Marketing; Process Management and Consulting.

Requirements for the Minors Program

The Mason School of Business offers minors in the following five areas: Accounting; Finance; Management and Organizational Leadership; Marketing; Process Management and Consulting. The Minors Program provides students who are not in the Majors Program with an opportunity to gain an in-depth exposure to a business discipline. Business majors are not eligible to declare a minor in the Mason School of Business. Students may count up to two courses toward both their major and a minor.

Elective Courses for Non-Business Students

Students who are not pursuing a formal program in the Mason School of Business may enroll on a space available basis in business classes for which they have satisfied the course prerequisites.

Programs and Course Descriptions

Programs

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