Sep 30, 2022  
2021 - 2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021 - 2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Raymond A. Mason: Academic Policies



Class Attendance

Regular class attendance and participation in class discussions are required. If a student needs to miss class or a deadline for any reason, the student should contact the professor ahead of time. Students are responsible for completing all missed class assignments.  Consequences for missed classes are at the discretion of each professor.

Note: If a full-time graduate business student has a job interview during a class, the student must forward the email to the Raymond A. Mason Graduate Career Management Center prior to the interview in addition to contacting the professor.

Exams

Final Examinations

The final examination schedules for core courses in our residential programs are determined by each Program office.  Please note that an exam may be held on a day and/or at a time or place different from the regular class time.

Final exams and final assignments for courses in the Online Programs are due on the last day of class.

In the event of an extenuating circumstance, a request to reschedule a final examination should be arranged with the faculty member or program team.

Exams for Students Requiring Special Accommodations

Students with documented disabilities who need extra time or other special accommodations for taking exams should coordinate those needs through their primary graduate program office. In order to receive an accommodation, a student must receive a letter from the Student Accessibility Services Office to present to their program and instructors to verify the need for special arrangements. All documentation of disability is considered confidential and will not be released without the student’s prior written consent, therefore, every effort will be made to maintain the student’s anonymity. Once it is known that a student needs such accommodations, the program will determine the extent of need and make appropriate room reservations or other arrangements for the student without disclosing for whom the arrangements are being made.

Verification of Enrollment or Degrees

Requests for official transcripts, verification of enrollment, or degrees earned at the university should be addressed to the University Registrar’s office at http://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/studentsandalumni/studentrecords/index.php

The university sends regular enrollment and graduation updates to the National Student Clearinghouse, which is used by many loan agencies to verify enrollment. The university cannot verify enrollment or degrees for students who have submitted a request for confidentiality.

Transcript Requests

Transcripts of academic records for William & Mary are issued by the Office of the University Registrar only upon the student’s request. A fee of seven dollars is charged for each official transcript.  Official transcripts mailed to students will be placed in a signed, sealed envelope and will bear the stamp “Official Transcript Issued to Student.” Official transcripts usually are prepared and released within 3-5 business days. Additional time should be allowed for requests made at the end of the semester or during registration periods.

Requests are made through the National Student Clearinghouse. 

Currently enrolled students and graduates since 2007 may view their unofficial transcript online via Banner Self Service.

In accordance with the 1988 Virginia Debt Collection Act, Section 2.1-735, transcripts will not be released for students who have outstanding fines or fees, nor are they viewable over the web.

If you have questions regarding ordering transcripts, please contact the University Registrar’s Office at 757-221-2800 or registrar@wm.edu.

Intellectual Property Rights of Others

The university does not permit the recording, dissemination, or publication of academic presentations (including handwritten notes) for a commercial purpose without the advance authorization of the course instructor.

The posting of lecture notes on commercial websites is prohibited.

Enrollment Statuses

Students enrolled in a full-time program must stay at full-time status during the Fall and Spring semesters. Executive MBA students are considered full-time in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.  Students enrolled in part-time programs may obtain full or part-time status depending upon the number of credits for which they are registered (see “Full-time Status” and “Part-time Status” below for additional information). 

Full-Time Status

Full-time graduate registration is defined by the university as registration for nine (9) or more semester hours of graduate credit per semester during the Fall and Spring semesters. Each graduate program has specific degree requirements that may exceed the minimum credit hour of 9 required for full-time status.  A full-time degree-seeking student must register for at least nine but not more than 18 credits each semester.  (Audits do not count toward the minimum hours required but do count toward the maximum hours allowed).  Requests for overloads may be approved by the Program Director. Please see the overload section below for additional overload information.

Part-Time Status

During the Fall and Spring semesters, students are considered to be part-time if registered for less than nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit per semester. Note: Part-Time MBA students registered for nine (9) or more credit hours will be charged the applicable rate for full-time tuition and fees.

Overload

A written request to enroll for more than 18 hours must be submitted to the Program Director during the regular registration period, and before the end of the add period. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above to request an overload. Permission to carry more than 18 academic credits is granted only to exceptionally capable students. After written approval has been obtained, the Graduate Registrar will register the student for the course(s). Students already enrolled at full-time status (9 or more hours) may take an overload at no additional cost.

Enrollment in Undergraduate Courses

Graduate students may take up to a total of four credit hours, for credit or audit, of courses normally offered for undergraduate credit (i.e., language, music lessons, and dance) with approval from the Program Director. The student will not receive graduate credit for the course. Undergraduate courses do not count towards the graduate degree. This section does not apply to students enrolled in an online program. 

Auditing Graduate Business Courses

Mason School of Business graduate students may audit a graduate business course if space is available and with permission from the faculty member and program team. Online program classes are not available for audit. Students must submit a Permission to Audit form, during the regular registration period, to the program office, who will forward the completed form to the Graduate Registrar to facilitate course registration. Audited courses carry no academic credit. Full-time graduate students may audit one course per regular semester (with the exception of the very first semester enrolled or the first year for full-time MBA students) without charge, provided the total number of credit hours does not exceed eighteen (18) hours. Grades for courses taken on an audit basis will appear on the student’s William & Mary transcript as a grade of “O” for a successful audit or “U” for an unsuccessful audit. Students who stop attending class and fail to withdraw following the ‘Withdraw from an Individual Course’ policy will receive the grade “U.”  Students may not audit classes that are required to complete their degree.

Independent Study Courses

A student may enroll in an independent study course if a faculty member agrees to be the faculty advisor for the project, two additional faculty members agree to be the faculty readers, and the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs approves the independent study. An independent study course is not a replacement for a required course. The student should seek out a faculty member who has personal interest or experience in the area relating to the student’s independent study proposal. Submitting a proposal is not a guarantee for enrollment in an independent study class. A faculty member is not required to participate in an independent study. All proposals and paperwork for the course should be finalized before the end of the add/drop period. The student may seek additional guidance from the Program Director. At the conclusion of the independent study, the student’s final paper will be forwarded to the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs for final review.  Only students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher may participate in Independent study courses and exchange programs.

Summer Courses

Summer courses are offered to Part-Time MBA students at the Peninsula Center located in Newport News during two summer sessions and are also available to full-time MBA and MAcc students. Attending summer courses does not preclude the full-time MBA student requirement of attending courses full-time in the Fall and Spring semesters of the second year. Course loads could be reduced in either or both Fall and Spring to incorporate those hours taken during the summer session (with a minimum requirement of nine credit hours per semester to be considered full-time).

First-year full-time MBA students are strongly encouraged to pursue a summer internship experience prior to the second year. If a student will be located in the area, and/or does not have a summer internship, permission to take summer courses may be granted on a space-available basis.

Students enrolled in the Online and Executive MBA programs take courses throughout the academic year, including the summer semester.

Enrollment in other William & Mary Graduate Courses

With permission from the Program Director and respective faculties, an MBA or MAcc student may register for and apply up to six (6) credit hours of graduate elective course work earned at William & Mary outside of the Mason School of Business towards the Full-time MBA, Part-Time MBA, or MAcc degree. In order to exercise this option, the student must complete a Request to Take Non-Program/Business form prior to registration. Additional documentation, such as course description and/or syllabus is required. Once approved, the Graduate Registrar will facilitate course registration.

The Online MBA, Online MS in Marketing, Online MSBA, Online Foundations in Business Analytics Certificate, and Online MS in Finance are designed as an integrated, cohort-based program. Students must register for all classes in the curriculum to complete the program.  

The MSBA is designed as an integrated, cohort-based program. Students must register for all classes in the curriculum to complete the program.  

Course work taken at the Marshall-Wythe Law School and counted toward Mason School of Business elective requirements must be approved by the Program Director, instructor, and Law School Associate Dean prior to enrollment in the course. Grades for Marshall-Wythe Law School courses will be transferred in as a Pass (“P”) provided a grade of “C-” or above is received or as a Fail (“F”) if a grade of “D+” or lower is received. Passing credits will apply towards credit hours needed for graduation, but not towards the cumulative GPA. Any other grade earned outside of the Mason School of Business will be applied towards the student’s degree and used in calculating the cumulative GPA. A grade of “D+” or lower will become a grade of “F” as Mason School of Business graduate programs do not recognize the “D” grade as passing. A grade of “F” automatically qualifies a student for an academic dismissal from the program. Please refer to the Academic Dismissal policy for the complete policy.

Enrollment within the Raymond A. Mason School of Business

Graduate students may register for courses outside their program with permission from the faculty member and Program Directors of both programs. In order to exercise this option, the student must complete a Request to Take Non-Program/Business Course form prior to registration. This form is not needed for registration in elective courses between the Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA programs. Permission to register is granted upon availability and if the prerequisites have been met. Once approved, the Graduate Registrar will register the student for the requested course.

Registration and Add/Drop

The Graduate Registrar oversees all student semester course registration. Each student is responsible for their own progress towards degree requirements, however, the Graduate Registrar and Program Directors will also monitor student progress towards degree completion. 

Adding or dropping a class may impact your ability to continue in your program or graduate on time. Advisement from the program is highly recommended.

Registration Process for 1st year full-time MBA Students

The first-year MBA courses are concentrated and sequenced in an integrated lock-step program. All first-year students will be registered by the Graduate Registrar. Students must verify course registrations for accuracy each semester. To do this, students should go to the student menu in Banner Self Service under myW&M, select “Registration” and then view their “Student Detail Schedule.” Students are responsible for notifying the Graduate Registrar immediately of any errors requiring correction.

All students are assigned to a 5 to 6 member learning team, chosen to maximize diversity and breadth of experience. Students will work with the same team in the first year of the MBA Program. MBA courses meet in two sections to increase the opportunity to interact with more classmates. Sections are re-assigned after each session.

Registration Process for 2nd year full-Time MBA Students

Each second-year student will register online using the Banner Self Service system through myW&M for Fall and Spring semester classes. (Pre-registration will occur during the prior semester.) Course information is available online at http://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/coursecatalschedules/courseschedules/index.php

Registration Process for Part-Time MBA Students

The Part-Time MBA program will register entering Part-Time MBA students for their first semester courses. In subsequent semesters, students will register online using the Banner Self Service system through myW&M. (Pre-registration will occur during the prior semester). Course information is available online at http://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/coursecatalschedules/index.php. Students should seek academic advising from Program staff as needed.

Registration Process for Executive MBA Students

The Executive MBA Program will provide the Graduate Registrar with a list of courses for each student each semester and the Graduate Registrar will register Executive MBA students. Students must verify course registrations for accuracy each semester. To do this, students should go to the student menu in Banner Self Service under myW&M, select “Registration” and then view the “Student Detail Schedule” to see the courses. Students are responsible for notifying the Graduate Registrar immediately of any errors that require correction.

Registration Process for Online Program Students

All Online Program students will register for courses online using the Banner Self Service system through myW&M. (Pre-registration will occur during the prior semester).  Course information is available online.

Registration Process for MAcc Students

The Graduate Registrar will register incoming MAcc students for summer Boot camp classes. During the Spring semester, students will register online using the Banner Self Service system through myW&M. Course information is available online at http://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/coursecatalschedules/index.php.

Registration Process of MSBA Students

The Graduate Registrar will register MSBA students for all courses.  Students must verify course registrations for accuracy each semester. To do this, students should go to the student menu in Banner Self Service under myW&M, select “Registration” and then view the “Student Detail Schedule” to see the courses. Students are responsible for notifying the Graduate Registrar immediately of any errors that require correction.

Registration Verification

Students should verify course registrations for accuracy regardless of whether the registration request was completed through the Graduate Registrar or Banner Self Service. To do this, students can go to http://my.wm.edu; select the student menu in Banner Self Service under myW&M, select “Registration” and then view “Student Detail Schedule” to see courses. Students are responsible for notifying the Graduate Registrar immediately of any errors that require correction.

Full-Time MBA Add/Drop

Full-time MBA students wishing to add or drop a course may do so in Banner Self Service through a 10-calendar-day add/drop period. The add/drop period begins on the first day of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters. Courses dropped through the end of the add/drop period are not displayed on the student’s transcript. Full-time MBA students registered for Part-Time MBA courses, must abide by the Full-time MBA 10-calendar day add/drop period for the Part-Time MBA courses. Students may drop courses that run for 8 weeks or less within 5-calendar days from the start of class by contacting the Program Office.

First-year full-time MBA courses are concentrated and sequenced in an integrated lock-step program; therefore, no individual course can be added or dropped during the semester.

Part-Time MBA Add/Drop

Part-Time MBA students wishing to add or drop a course may do so in Banner Self Service through the add/drop period. The add/drop period begins on the first day of classes for all semesters.  During the fall and spring semesters, the add/drop period will run for 10 calendar days.  During the summer sessions, the add/drop period will run for 5 calendar days.  During the fall and spring semesters, after the 10-day add/drop period, an extended drop period for Part-Time MBA students runs through the end of the third week of class. Courses dropped through the end of the extended drop period are not displayed on the student’s transcript. The withdrawal period for Part-Time MBA students begins after the end of the drop period. A Part-Time MBA student who withdraws from a course after the drop period, but remains registered for other academic work will not be eligible for a refund. Students may drop courses that run for 8 weeks or less within 5-calendar days from the start of class by contacting the Program Office.

Executive MBA Add/Drop

The Executive MBA Program courses are concentrated and sequenced in an integrated lock-step program; therefore, no individual course can be added or dropped during the semester.

Online Programs Add/Drop

The Online Programs add/drop period ends at 11:59pm on the Sunday after the first day of class. Online program students wishing to add or drop a Session A course may do so in Banner Self Service through the add/drop period for Session A. Students who wish to add or drop a Session B course may do so in Banner Self Service prior to the add/drop deadline for Session A. After the Session A add/drop deadline, students who wish to add or drop a course in Session B should contact the program department for the appropriate form prior to the add/drop deadline for Session B. Courses dropped through the end of the add/drop period are not displayed on the student’s transcript.

MAcc Add/Drop

MAcc students wishing to add or drop a course may do so in Banner Self Service through a 10-Calendar-Day add/drop period. The add/drop period begins on the first day of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters. Courses dropped through the end of the add/drop period are not displayed on the student’s transcript. MAcc students registered for Part-Timecourses must abide by the MAcc 10-calendar day add/drop period for the Part-Time courses. Students may drop courses that start mid-semester within 5-calendar days from the start of class by contacting the program office.

MSBA Add/Drop

The MSBA Program courses are concentrated and sequenced in an integrated lock-step program; therefore, no individual course can be added or dropped during the semester.

Withdrawals

Withdrawal from Individual Courses

After the add/drop period, students may withdraw with a grade of ‘W’ from a course before 60% of the course is completed.  Students who withdraw from one or more courses must follow procedures established by the degree program. Petitions for late withdrawal will be approved only for extraordinary reasons. Please see your Program Director for more information.

Graduate students may not withdraw from an individual course more than two (2) times.  Should the student withdraw from an individual course a third time, they will be ineligible to take the course again.  If the course the student is withdrawing from is a core course, the student will be automatically dismissed from the program upon the third withdrawal. 

Online Program classes are completed in 7.5 weeks. The withdrawal deadline is the fifth Wednesday after the class start.  Specific dates are available on the Online programs’ academic calendar. 

The Executive MBA Program courses are concentrated and sequenced in an integrated lock-step program; therefore, no individual course can be added or dropped during the semester.

The MSBA Program courses are concentrated and sequenced in an integrated lock-step program; therefore, no individual course can be added or dropped during the semester.

Medical Withdrawal

If considering a medical withdrawal, students should contact the Program Director for guidance. Students must petition and receive approval from the Dean of Students Office for a medical withdrawal before it is official. Under extraordinary circumstances, a retroactive medical withdrawal may be considered but no financial refunds will be granted.  All petitions must be submitted to the Dean of Students Office for review by the Medical Review Committee (MRC). Required elements of a petition are a completed letter (explaining what occurred during the semester to interfere with academic and/or personal success) and a detailed letter from a medical professional appropriate to the case. The letter should indicate diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. For full details, please visit the Dean of Students website at: http://www.wm.edu/offices/deanofstudents/topicforms/index.php. Readmission following a medical withdrawal is not automatic and involves a clearance procedure that includes submission by the student of all necessary documentation addressing the behaviors or conditions which caused the original withdrawal. The student is expected to begin the clearance process not less than one full month prior to the beginning of classes for the requested return semester. Readmission may be contingent upon additional restrictions or requirements for the student’s safety and success.

Withdrawal from The University

Letters of withdrawal should be submitted in writing to the Program Director. The withdrawal timeframes and withdrawal grading policies for individual courses apply to withdrawals from the university as well. Please see the “Withdrawal from Individual Courses” section above for withdrawal timeframes and withdrawal grading policies. The Graduate Registrar will process all withdrawals.

Please see the tuition refund policy by clicking here.

The above withdrawal policies are separate from the university Refund of Tuition Policy.

Military Withdrawal

The William & Mary has a military withdrawal process for those students called to active duty in the Military Services during a time of national emergency in which sudden withdrawal or prolonged absence is necessitated. Options are available for tuition relief, refund of payments, and reinstatement with a copy of official active duty orders. Please see your Program Office for further details if necessary.

Leave of Absence

Students who wish to request a leave of absence for any reason should submit a written request to the Program Director. A student may request up to a one-year leave of absence from the program.  Please refer to the “Readmission” policy for information on reactivating a student’s status.

Grades

Grading System

  Grade Quality Points per Semester Credit Hour  
  A 4.00  
  A- 3.70  
  B+ 3.30  
  B 3.00  
  B- 2.70  
  C+ 2.30  
  C 2.00  
  C- 1.70  
  F (Failure) 0.00  
  Grades not calculated in GPA    
  W (Withdrawal)    
  I (Incomplete)    
  O (Successful Audit)    
  U (Unsuccessful Audit)    
  Pass/Fail (P/F)    

Final grades for graduate business courses split across both fall and spring semesters (1.5 or 3 - 4.5 credit hour courses split across both semesters) will remain ungraded (not an “I”) at the end of the Fall semester. During the spring semester, final grades will be posted for both fall and spring semesters.

Unless specified as (P/F) in the course description, business course cannot be taken on a P/F basis.

Incomplete Grade

A grade of Incomplete (I) indicates that a student has not completed essential course work due to illness or other extenuating circumstances. Incompletes are given only if a student has made satisfactory progress in the majority of classwork. Approval of an incomplete is at the discretion of the instructor. An “I” automatically becomes an “F” at the end of the following regular semester and before that semester grades are transcribed if the course work has not been completed satisfactorily. Any deferred or incomplete grade must be completed as agreed upon with the instructor, and within the time allowed to complete degree requirements. If you receive an I it may prevent you from taking a post-requisite course. Students will not be allowed to register if they have three unresolved incompletes on their record.

Grade Change

The course instructor can initiate a grade change for legitimate reasons, including a change for a grade of “I” (Incomplete). For grade completions, a Grade Completion/Correction form should be completed by the Instructor and submitted to the Graduate Registrar, who will then submit the form to the University Registrar’s office for processing. Grade corrections should also be completed by the Instructor, but require the Associate Dean of Faculty’s signature before processing. Faculty submit grade corrections to the Graduate Registrar, who will then submit the form to the University Registrar’s office. Students are prohibited from handling grade change forms.

Once a student’s degree has been conferred, the academic record is closed and grades cannot be changed or amended.

Appeal of Grade Received

A continuing student has 30-calendar days after grades are posted to begin the grade appeals process. Once a student’s degree has been conferred, the academic record is closed and cannot be changed or amended. When a student has a question regarding the grade received for a course, the process for appealing the grade is as follows:

  1. The student contacts the professor to find out how the grade was compiled. If the issue is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, they should then contact their program office to learn about the grade appeal process.
  2. If the grade remains in dispute, the student may write and submit an appeal letter to the Graduate Registrar. This appeal letter note specific reasons for the appeal
  3. The Associate Dean of Faculty will review the appeal and may work with an appeal committee to come to a decision.
  4. The Associate Dean of Faculty will inform the student of the action.
  5. To dispute the decision of the Associate Dean of Faculty, the student must submit a written request for review of the decision to the Dean of the Mason School of Business. The decision of the Dean is final.

Academic Status

The Graduate Registrar is charged to review the academic progress of all graduate business students.   A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required to graduate.

Academic Probation

Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 any semester will be automatically placed on academic probation and will receive a letter from the Graduate Registrar.  The respective graduate programs will monitor the academic progress of probationary students. Students on academic probation will not be removed until they achieve a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  Students who are on academic probation may not receive any Incompletes (I) for coursework during the semesters of probation.

Academic Dismissal

A student will be dismissed from the program if the student:

  1. Receives a grade of “F” in any course at any time during the program;
  2. Fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 upon completion of 50% of the program; or
  3. Fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 upon completion of the program.

Under extraordinary circumstances, a dismissed student may be reinstated upon appeal to the Graduate Academic Status Committee. The Committee is comprised of the Associate and Assistant Deans for all the Mason School of Business graduate programs, one faculty member appointed by the Chair and the Associate Dean of Faculty (who serves as the Chair). The Graduate Registrar serves as an ex officio member of the committee and the Program Director may also attend as an ex officio member of the committee. All appeals must be submitted in writing to the Graduate Registrar no later than 7-calendar days after receipt of the notification.

Appeal of Academic Dismissal

Under extraordinary circumstances, a student may be reinstated despite having been dismissed by appealing to the Graduate Academic Status Committee. Any student receiving more than one F will be dismissed from the degree program without appeal.

If a student wishes to appeal Dismissal from the Program by the Graduate Academic Status Committee:

  1. The student must submit a letter justifying why the dismissal should be reversed and include a detailed plan for improving the student’s academic status.
  2. This letter should be sent to the Graduate Registrar, no later than 7-calendar days after receipt of the notification.
  3. A student can request to be notified of the time and location of the meeting of the Appeals Committee so they can speak to the committee in person, although it is not required.
  4. If a student disagrees with the decision reached by the Appeals Committee, they may submit a written appeal to the Dean specifying reasons for the appeal to the Dean.  The Dean’s decision is final.

Transfer Credits

Part-Time MBA Program: It is expected that all work for the MBA degree will be completed at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary.  Under certain circumstances, transfer credits requests will be considered.  Transfer credits must have been completed within (3) years of the start of the student’s first Part-Time MBA semester and must not be applied to another graduate degree. 

At the time of admission, a maximum of (9) semester hours of acceptable graduate credit earned at an AACSB-accredited institution may be transferred and applied to the graduate degree if the credit was earned prior to entering the Part-Time MBA Program.  These requests must be received by the program office by the last day of the student’s first semester in the program.  After the student is enrolled, a maximum of (6) semester hours of acceptable graduate credit in a degree program at an AACSB-accredited institution may be transferred and applied toward the graduate degree unless an extenuating circumstance exists and your written request is approved by the program director.

Transfer credits requested after the student is enrolled will be considered only for extenuating circumstances such as relocation or business courses needed for employment that are not offered in the Part-Time MBA Program.  Approval from the Program Assistant Dean must be obtained in advance for transfer credit to be considered.

MGJW MBA Program: Up to 6 transfer credit hours of ACE credit for the logistics training may be approved.

Executive MBA Program: Transfer credits from another AACSB-accredited school will be reviewed on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Program Associate Dean. If approved, the maximum number of transfer credit hours allowed is nine (9).

Full-time MBA, MAcc, and MSBA: The courses in our programs have been tailored to meet specific learning objectives that support appropriate student development at the appropriate time. It may not always be the case that a direct course equivalent will exist outside of our programs. However, students may request that an outside course be reviewed as a possible substitute, subject to the following:

  • Courses must have been completed within (3) years of the student’s matriculation in the Mason program.
  • Courses may not have been applied to another graduate degree. 
  • Transfer credit review must be requested by the end of the student’s first semester.
  • Transfer credits must have been earned from an AACSB accredited institution with a grade of B or better.
  • Transfer credits are not accepted into the residential MSBA program.

Credit for Military Training: Students with prior service in the Armed Forces of the United States may present the Joint Services Transcript or other documentation to the Program Office.  Equivalencies to William & Mary courses rarely exist, but where they do, credit may be granted with departmental approval.  The ACE Guide will be consulted, but its recommendations do not automatically apply.

Note about transfer credits: To ensure credit will be granted, students should seek approval for transfer credits prior to enrolling in the course. To obtain approval for a course, students should contact the Program Director. Transfer credits are not included in the cumulative grade point average because only the credit transfers, not the grade. A minimum grade of “B” (a B- is not acceptable) is required for all transfer courses. All transfer credit hours must be posted on the student record before a student is eligible to graduate. If an official transcript is not received in time to process transfer credit in the semester a student intends to graduate, a revised Notice of Candidacy for Graduation form must be submitted for the following semester, at which time the student will graduate.

Online Programs:  Courses in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business Online Programs are tailored to meet specific learning objectives that support appropriate academic progression.  The expectation is that students will complete all of their coursework through the online program in which they are enrolled. Prior to matriculation, prospective students may request a transfer credit review of courses completed at another institution. Courses must meet the following criteria for consideration.

  • Courses must have been completed within (3) years prior to the student’s matriculation into the Mason program.
  • Courses must have been taken for credit at the graduate level.
  • Courses may not have been applied to another graduate degree. 
  • Transfer credits must have been earned from an AACSB-accredited institution with a grade of B or better.
  • Course academic content must be equivalent to the Mason School course.

A maximum of eight (8) credit hours of acceptable graduate credit may be reviewed for transferability and applied to the graduate degree. Transcripts must be submitted through the application process. The program office must receive requests no later than the last day of Session A during the student’s first semester in the program. Transfer credit approval is at the discretion of the Mason School of Business.

Note: A direct course equivalent may not exist outside of our online programs. The number of credits in a previous course may not match the number of credits in an online course. In this case, the student will need to make up the missing credit/s. Furthermore, exceptions to the maximum number of credit hours may be considered for students transferring into an online program from another Mason School graduate business program. 

Degree Completion

The maximum length of time for degree completion in graduate business degree programs is:

Full-Time MBA Program 3 calendar years
Part-Time MBA Program 5 calendar years
Executive MBA Program 4 calendar years
Online MBA 3 calendar years
Online MSBA 2 calendar years
Online MS in Marketing 2 calendar years
Online MS in Finance 2 calendar years
MAcc Program 2 calendar years                            
MSBA Program 2 calendar years  

All course and degree requirements must be completed within the listed time period, which begins at the time of initial enrollment. The time periods listed above include time away for any leave of absence with the exception of military deployment. Under extenuating circumstances, please contact the program office.

Degree Evaluations

Degree audits are available via myW&M Banner self-service for students and show the requirements for the degree and whether or not they are complete.  Contact the Program Director if there are any omissions or errors, or if you have any questions.

Notice of Candidacy (NOC) for Graduation

Students must file a Notice of Candidacy for Graduation by the following dates:

  • January Graduation: June 30 (of the year prior to graduation)
  • May or August Graduation: October 1 (of the year prior to graduation)

The degree will not be conferred if the student does not file the NOC. If a student subsequently fails to complete the degree requirements, a revised Notice of Candidacy for Graduation must be filed for the semester requirements are to be completed. A one-time, non-refundable Graduation Fee (per degree) will be charged to all students by the university after they have filed their Notice of Candidacy for Graduation. Students can file online by clicking: NOC Application.

Or a paper form can be turned in to the Graduate Registrar or the University Registrar’s office. The paper form can be found at:

http://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/documents/degree/notice_of_candidacy.pdf

Combined degree students must file a separate form for each degree. Both forms should be filed for the semester in which both degrees will be complete. The degrees will be conferred at the same time when all requirements for both programs are complete.

Graduation

Degrees are conferred by the university in January, May, and August following the fall, spring, and summer semesters respectively. The Mason School of Business holds a diploma ceremony each year in May. Graduate students are automatically eligible to walk in the May ceremony if they complete their degree requirements in May, or the December preceding the May ceremony. Students who will complete their degree requirements in August are also eligible to walk in the May ceremony preceding their graduation, but will not receive a diploma until degree requirements have been met.  Students must have a grade point average of 2.75 in order to graduate.

Winter graduates coming back for the May ceremony must inform their Program directly if they wish to attend Program events. All graduates must complete the online Commencement Ceremony Registration Form in order to attend the main ceremony. All combined degree students who graduate in January will be permitted to walk in the previous May ceremony.  However, they must inform their Program directly if they wish to attend Program events.

The Executive MBA and the MGJW (Armed Forces MBA) hold separate diploma ceremonies each year at the end of the semester.

Academic Achievement Awards

Academic awards are given by the Mason School of Business each year at the May graduation ceremony. These awards reflect outstanding academic achievement.  All graduates who have completed their degree requirements in the prior 3 semesters (Aug-May) will be considered for these awards. 

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the only honor society for collegiate schools of business recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), our international accrediting association. Its membership consists of individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance in the study of business and management. The guiding principles of Beta Gamma Sigma are honor, wisdom, and earnestness.

The William & Mary Chapter invites to membership only those with academic standing in the top twenty percent of each graduate program. Combined degree students are considered for recognition based on their combined transcript.

Class Rank

It is the policy of the Mason School of Business that class rank is not released. Students will be notified if they are in the top 20% of the class through Beta Gamma Sigma.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, the University of William & Mary will announce any closings or delayed openings on local radio stations, television stations, and on the university’s home page. If the university is closed, the Peninsula Center is also closed. Students may also obtain updated closing information by dialing (757) 221-1SNO (221-1766.) For further information and a complete list of radio and television stations, please visit the university’s Inclement Weather Policy at http://www.wm.edu/about/administration/provost/forfacstaff/weather/. Executive MBA students should check with the Program Director for specific weekend closures. See below for more information about inclement weather for Peninsula Center courses.

For courses at the Peninsula Center

Please be aware that sometimes the weather differs in severity between Newport News and Williamsburg. In such instances, class cancellations will be determined by the Associate Dean and will be communicated through email, and myPTMBA no later than 4:00pm on the night of class. If students have any questions regarding the Peninsula Center’s status, they may email the Part-Time MBA Program staff. As in any situation, we ask that students use their best judgment and exercise caution when severe weather occurs. If a student feels unable to drive to or from class safely, then we ask that the student contact the professor via e-mail as well as the Part-Time MBA Program.

Delayed Opening

Should the William & Mary experience a delayed opening, students should report to the first regularly scheduled class beginning after the university opens (for example, if the university opens at 10:00am, students would report to their 10:00am or 11:00am class, not to any class which began before 10:00am.)

Should William & Mary close early, all classes must dismiss at the time of the closure (for example, if the university closes at 2:00pm and your class begins at 1:30pm, the course must dismiss at 2:00pm.).

Students will receive their revised class schedule from their faculty or Program staff. Students may also obtain updated delayed opening information by dialing (757) 221-1SNO (221-1766.) For further information and a complete list of radio and television stations, please visit the university’s Inclement Weather Policy at http://www.wm.edu/about/administration/provost/forfacstaff/weather/. Executive MBA students should check with the Program Director for specific weekend delays.

Honor Code

Among the most significant traditions of William and Mary is the student-administered honor system. The honor system is based upon the premise that a person’s honor is their most cherished attribute. The Honor Code outlines the conduct that cannot be tolerated within a community of trust. Prohibited conduct is limited to three specific areas of lying, cheating, and stealing. The Honor Code is an agreement among all students taking classes at the school or participating in the educational programs of the university (e.g., study abroad or internship activities) not to lie, cheat or steal. This agreement is made effective upon matriculation at the university and through the student’s enrollment even though that enrollment may not be continuous.