What is the online experience like (live lectures, etc)?
Some classes have optional live online lectures, but most work is asynchronous with weekly deadlines for virtual discussion work and other assignments. Since the classes are online, there are no set hours for class, allowing students to complete work within the week at their pace. Lectures and other resources are embedded in the course. Students participate in weekly discussion boards and occasionally use video technology for teamwork or a presentation.
Does the online format provide the same quality education offered by a traditional campus?
Absolutely, we use the exact same standards and every course is evaluated using an online parity matrix and approved prior to being taught. Online classes are taught by the same professors as in-person classes covering the same set curriculum.
Is it possible to work full-time while completing my degree?
Yes, most of our students are working full time.
How is the School of Business accredited?
The Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business at The Citadel is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB accreditation is the symbol of excellence in business education.
How many credits is the MBA?
The MBA program consists of 36 credit hours (2 essential courses, 7 core courses, 2 electives and 1 capstone).
What is the time commitment for this program? How flexible is the schedule?
Programming is offered on a yearly rotation and we have classes starting 6 times a year (programs start every 8 weeks). The commitment is based on how long you want to take to graduate. We work with you to meet your goals. On average, students finish in 2 years, but one can finish as quickly as 1 year as a full-time student.
Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE to be accepted into this program?
For the MBA program, we do have a testing requirement. This can be waived with professionals that have 10 years of work experience and/or a previous master’s degree.
Do I have to live a military lifestyle like the Corps of Cadets to participate in this program?
There are no uniform or physical fitness requirements. While we welcome those who come from a military background, it is not required to participate in our evening and graduate programs.
Does The Citadel accept transfer credits?
Yes, up to 6 hours, pending department approval.
How large will my classes be?
The average class size is 18 students.
What happens if I am suddenly deployed or need to take a leave of absence from a course or the entire program?
We have many students who are deployed and take a break for a term. Most deployed students continue their studies, the online and asynchronous nature allows the program to be completed in your own time wherever you are in the world. Our institution works well with active duty, veterans and working professionals to do our best to meet your needs.
Are there networking opportunities for online students?
Yes, online students are invited to join the active Citadel MBA private LinkedIn group and can partake in any of the yearly networking events.
Can online students participate in the graduation ceremony?
Yes, all our students are invited to participate in commencement practices on The Citadel’s campus.
What credentials do the faculty have?
A vast majority of professors have a Ph.D. To learn more, please our faculty and staff page.
What materials do I need to submit with my application?
What kind of financial aid or scholarships are available?
To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships page.