Student Handbook 2020-2021

Walsh

Graduate Admission Requirements

For consideration for admission to a Walsh degree program (with the exception of the Tech Master of Business Administration), an applicant must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or higher from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and U.S. Department of Education (USDE), www.chea.org. Credits completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by an agency that is a member of NACES (www.naces.org).
  • Have an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.750 or better on a 4.000 scale. Students with a cumulative grade point average lower than 2.750 – but not below 2.000 – are admissible on a provisional basis (see Provisional Status for more information).

For consideration for admission to the Tech Master of Business Administration program, an applicant must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing), Physics, or Computer Science from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and U.S. Department of Education (USDE), www.chea.org. Credits completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by an agency that is a member of NACES (www.naces.org).
  • Have an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.750 or better on a 4.000 scale. Students with a cumulative grade point average lower than 2.750 – but not below 2.000 – are admissible on a provisional basis (see Provisional Status for more information).

Individuals for whom English is not their first language must provide proof of English language proficiency. This proof may be in the form of one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of 79-80 internet based, or 550 written
  • MELAB score of 80
  • MTELP score of 80
  • IELTS score of 6.5 (www.ielts.org)
  • PTE A score of 53
  • Duolingo English test score of 105, plus GCA of 3 upon admission
  • Successful completion of Level 112 from ELS Language Centers
  • Successful completion of the highest level of ESL accredited program
  • Successful completion of an English Composition course from an accredited U.S. institution
  • Completion of a college degree from an accredited English speaking/teaching institution

An official document of these test scores must be sent to Walsh for consideration in processing the admissions application. The TOEFL & IELTS scores are valid for two years; the MTELP/MELAB scores are valid for five years. Transcripts from the degree-granting institution may be accepted as proof of English language proficiency. Walsh retains the right to require reexamination or further English language studies at a qualified institution for any non-native speaker of English. For additional information on international transcript evaluation and admission to Walsh for those individuals pursuing a student visa, please see the section entitled Admission on a Student Visa.

Walsh administers the MTELP exam at no charge. Please contact an international student advisor for more details.

 

For consideration for admission to the International Tech Master of Business Administration (MBAITECH) program in partnership with the International School of Engineering (INSOFE):

An applicant must be enrolled as a student in the partnership program with the International School of Engineering (INSOFE) in India.

An applicant must possess:

  • A four year bachelor’s degree completed in India OR
  • A three year bachelor’s degree and two year master’s degree completed in India OR
  • A three year bachelor’s degree and one year of additional coursework completed in India OR
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher equivalent to a U.S. degree with transcripts evaluated by an agency that is a member of NACES (www.naces.org).

English language proficiency will be waived with admission to the partnership program with INSOFE as prior education completed through English language education systems. Students will be admitted contingent upon receipt of official documentation/transcripts of prior education including INSOFE coursework. Students will be admitted fully upon receipt of official documentation/transcripts of prior education and successful completion of INSOFE coursework to transfer credit to Walsh.  An I-20 will be provided upon completion of the International Student packet and submission of copy of student's passport and financial backing documentation.  Health insurance will be needed for duration of studies in the United States. Students will provide their own coverage, or may join group health insurance plan available through Walsh.

 

 

Graduate Communication Assessment

New graduate students entering the MAB, MAC, MSF, and MSITL are required to complete the Graduate Communication Assessment (GCA) prior to their first COM 510 Leadership Communication or COM 525 Applied Organizational Communication class session.

It is highly recommended that students take the communication assessment immediately upon admission to Walsh. Students are not charged a fee for the communication assessment and the assessment may only be taken one time and is not repeatable.

The Graduate Communication Assessment will assess writing skills in three areas:

  • Grammar and mechanics
  • Style
  • Organization and development

For more information on the communication assessment please visit our website at www.walshcollege.edu/communication-assessments.

Provisional Status

Graduate students with a cumulative grade point average lower than 2.750 – but not below 2.000 – will be admitted on a provisional basis. Provisional admission requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.000) in the first 2 graduate courses taken within their degree program to meet provisional admission requirements.

Failure to meet the requirements of the provisional status will result in dismissal which prohibits the student from enrolling in any further courses at Walsh for a period of one year. After a period of one year, provisionally dismissed students may be eligible to reapply to a Walsh graduate degree program. Upon readmission, all admissions policies in effect at that time will be applied toward a student’s application and evaluation process. A second provisional dismissal is considered final, and the student will not be eligible for readmission to Walsh.

Advanced Standing Credit

Advanced standing credit for graduate-level coursework that is directly equivalent to a required and/or concentration course in students specific Walsh degree program may be awarded for up to a maximum of 12 semester credit hours towards the appropriate degree program.

Advanced standing credit will only be awarded once for a transfer course within a graduate degree or certificate program; in subsequent programs, the course may be used to obtain a waiver or exclusion, if time limits and equivalencies are met. Approved courses taken at the graduate level while an undergraduate student may not exceed 12 semester credit hours of advanced standing toward the graduate program.

Advanced standing credit awarded for a “course set” can be used to fulfill elective and concentration requirements but will not be designated on the student’s transcript as a concentration. A student will not be awarded a certificate for courses completed for a concentration. A student who is pursuing a second graduate degree at Walsh will not be awarded a concentration that was previously completed in the first degree.

Eligibility for advanced standing coursework requires:

  • The course must be equivalent to a course offered as a part of a Walsh graduate degree program.
  • The graduate transfer course must have been completed with a grade of “B” (3.000) or better from a college or university accredited by approved accrediting body as noted for admission. Graduate courses completed in residence at Walsh must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.000) or better to be considered for advanced standing.
  • The course must have been completed within the 60 calendar months (five years) preceding the date of initial admission. Graduate courses taken within ten years preceding the date of initial admission in residence at Walsh may be evaluated for advanced standing with the exception of ACC/TAX courses, which must be taken within five years.

Students may contact admissions at admissions@walshcollege.edu for additional information.

Course Waivers

Applicants may be eligible to receive waivers for required and/or elective coursework in a graduate program. Applicants will not receive credit for a waiver. A waiver requires the applicant to replace the waived course with an allowable elective course. Waivers may be awarded for coursework that is determined to be equivalent to courses required in the graduate degree program. Courses must have been completed at Walsh or at another institution prior to admission to Walsh. If the student desires to take a course that has been waived for a grade, they must contact their academic advisor.

Eligibility for a course waiver requires:

  • The coursework must be equivalent to a course offered as part of a Walsh graduate degree program.
  • The coursework must have been completed with a grade of “C” (2.000) or better, from a college or university accredited by and approved accrediting body as noted for admission.
  • The coursework must have been completed within 60 calendar months (five years) preceding the date of initial admission. Graduate courses taken within ten years preceding the date of initial admission in residence at Walsh may be evaluated for waivers with the exception of ACC/TAX courses, which must be taken within five years.

Credit for Extra Institutional Learning

Walsh awards credit and/or course competency waivers for documented postsecondary-level extra-institutional learning. Extra institutional learning is defined as learning that is attained outside of the sponsorship of legally authorized and appropriately accredited postsecondary education institutions. Reliable and valid measures of learning outcomes are used to assess and grant such awards.

When applying for admission to Walsh, a student may request credit for learning already acquired in settings outside of Walsh. The request will be evaluated as part of the admissions process. Documentation verifying attainment of college level learning is required. Walsh may determine possible equivalency to courses through American Council on Education (ACE) recommended guidelines, accredited college acceptance of credit, and/or academic department chairperson review.

Exclusions

Exclusions may be granted for foundation or prerequisite courses within a graduate degree program. Exclusions may be granted for equivalent course/prior experience (including undergraduate coursework) and are evaluated at the point of admission. Excluded foundation courses do not have to be replaced by another course in the student’s graduate degree program.

Dual Graduate Degrees

Dual degrees are available at the graduate level. The following programs are available as a dual degree with the Master of Business Administration: Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Marketing, and Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership. All required foundation, professional core, and/or required elective coursework within both graduate degrees must be completed prior to graduation. The student will be awarded two degrees, the Master of Business in Administration and the Master of Science in Finance, Management, Marketing, or Information Technology Leadership. The student’s official transcript will reflect the two degrees earned and two diplomas will be issued.

Pursuing a Second Graduate Degree at Walsh

Students may apply for a second graduate degree at Walsh upon completion of their current academic degree program. Students must follow all procedures outlined for application to graduate programs. Consideration of prior graduate academic coursework that has been successfully completed at Walsh will be reviewed as outlined in sections entitled Advanced Standing Credit, Course Waivers and Exclusions. Students who have graduated with a MBA degree from Walsh are not eligible for admission to the MSM or MAB program.