Graduate Catalog

D. Inez Andreas School of Business

Joan M. Phillips, Ph.D., Dean

Jessica Fernandez, Assistant Dean

Faculty: Beauchesne, Broihahn, Carioni, Castater, Doss, Kemerer, Morrell, Payne, Rosenberg, Rutherford, Sadler, Sheng, Tejeda, Tyler, Wang, Wong, Workman

Mission

Our mission is to deliver high quality education that will enable our students to succeed as responsible business practitioners and leaders.

We strive to develop in our students a strong sense of ethics, social responsibility, and an entrepreneurial attitude within a global perspective.

We are committed to excellent teaching, engaged learning, and collaboration with our community. Our intellectual contributions emphasize practical applications, with our faculty also engaging in theoretical and empirical research and instructional development.

We operate in a highly cosmopolitan, multicultural setting, with students from around the world, as part of a Catholic, international University, and we function as a collaborative, inclusive community of caring faculty, staff, and students in the tradition of the Adrian Dominicans.

Uniqueness

We offer a student-friendly, caring environment and international diversity that allows our students to not only study the global business environment but to experience it on a daily basis, in a dynamic and vibrant center of global trade and finance. We are positioned as the only institution in South Florida that strives to meet the most rigorous international standards while still offering all the attractions of a small, private school including small class size, an accessible faculty whose first responsibility is teaching, and the ability to respond quickly to the evolving needs of our students and the business community. Barry is accredited by AACSB-International, the gold standard for schools of business. It is a major part of our uniqueness that we are the only AACSB-accredited Catholic school in Florida.

Vision

Our aim is to become the school of choice for students desiring a truly international, high-quality, ethically-based, student-centered education in a uniquely diverse, exciting yet intimate environment.

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate programs requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Admission to the School of Business graduate program is granted only to those with a high promise of success in graduate business study. The School of Business recognizes that many factors determine a person’s potential. Consequently, the School adopts a comprehensive application review by taking into consideration all aspects which support the candidate’s admission. The Admissions Committee evaluates undergraduate preparation, entrance exam scores, managerial work experience, community service, and motivation.

The documents required for submission include:

GMAT Score. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a standardized exam, delivered in English, which helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. The GMAT exam is scored out of 800 and it does not require previous knowledge of business subjects. The GMAT is offered throughout the year in the United States and regularly in most other countries. Applications are available from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541, from the Graduate Admissions Offices at Barry, or by visiting the GMAT official website (www.MBA.com)The GMAT is required for those applicants who:

  • Have little managerial-level work experience.
  • Want to be considered for the merit grant or scholarship (only for the face-to-face program).
  • Wish to apply for a graduate assistantship.

Transcripts. Official college and/or university transcript attesting to the receipt of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college/university or a listed international institution and your cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA).

References. Two references that directly address the applicant’s potential for study at the graduate level and for a successful career in business.

Resume. All applicants must submit an updated professional resume. The resume needs to outline relevant work experience and, where applicable, include detailed information on managerial/supervisory roles.

Statement of Purpose. The statement of purpose is an essay where applicants have the opportunity to express why they wish to pursue graduate studies in business and the desired career path. The Admissions Committee in the School of Business asks of all applicants to be thoughtful and succinct when writing the statement of purpose. Applicants are welcome to include, if applicable, a detailed description of the applicant’s business or management experience, preferably in positions of significant or increasing responsibility.

Admission Interview. The Admissions Committee may require an interview.

In addition, the general admission requirements for graduate business programs must be met (See: Graduate Program Admissions Requirements).

Transfer Credit

Acceptance of graduate transfer credits from approved institutions is dependent on the pertinence of the work to the M.B.A. program. No more than six credits may be transferred to the School of Business graduate programs from all sources regardless of whether the credits are from other institutions or other programs within Barry University. At the discretion of the Dean or the Dean’s designee, the transfer of up to six credits of graduate work before entering the program may be allowed subject to the following restrictions:

  1. All transfer credits must be a B (3.0) or better and courses must be directly parallel to required or elective courses in the M.B.A. program. If the credits originate from a business program, that program must be accredited by AACSB International.
  2. Graduate credits are not transferable if they were previously applied to a graduate degree that was awarded to the applicant.
  3. No graduate credit will be allowed for correspondence or extension work.
  4. Students may not transfer credits after they have entered the program.

Grading Policy

The A grade is for the outstanding student, one who has mastered nearly all the material presented in the course and demonstrates exceptional performance or who, in very difficult courses, has mastered much more than the typical student in the class.

The B grade is for the student who has mastered most of the material presented and who is deemed ready for more advanced study in the discipline or for practical application.

The C grade is for students who grasp much of the material, but who have not mastered some important or basic material.

The D grade is not used in the School of Business for graduate students.

The F grade is for students who must repeat the course and perform at a much higher level to be deemed worthy of a graduate degree.

Instructors may use, at their discretion, 1/2 grading as noted in the course syllabus.