Business

Dean: M. Taylor

Director of Graduate Business Programs: F. Policastro

Director of Doctor of Business Administration Program: S. Mankins

Faculty

Professors: D. Caudill, E. Godfrey, C. Metcalf, A. Negbenebor, F. Policastro

Associate Professors: G. Gilsdorf, S. Johnson, S. Mankins, L. Xiao

Assistant Professors: S. Kim, C. Sutton

Mission

The Godbold School of Business provides undergraduate and graduate professional training within the scope of a Christian-based, liberal arts university, building on the skills in learning and critical thinking that the liberal arts foster.

Vision

The Godbold School of Business functions to support the mission of Gardner-Webb University by providing both graduate and undergraduate professional training in the business disciplines to a diverse student population. It enhances the scope of the University by applying the learning and analytical skills fostered by the liberal arts and the moral and ethical values of the Christian faith to the practice of business activities in the domestic and worldwide arenas. It also encourages both its faculty and its students to pursue lifelong learning, to value service to God and humanity, and to build character in students.

Motto

“For God and Humanity through Business”

Degrees Offered

Brinkley Financial Group Master of Wealth and Trust Management (MWTM)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

International Master of Business Administration (IMBA)

Master of Sport Management (MSM)

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Two other degree programs are jointly offered with the School of Divinity (MDiv/MBA) and the School of Nursing (MSN/MBA). In addition, the School of Business offers a post-master’s (Master’s-Plus) Certificate and a Business Foundations Certificate.

Accreditation

The Godbold School of Business is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.

Application Requirements

  1. Submit an application form along with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  2. Submit a curriculum vitae or detailed résumé of professional experience.
  3. Arrange for the required transcripts to be sent directly from each regionally accredited institution attended. Unofficial transcripts may help expedite the admission process, but full admission will not be granted until official transcripts have been filed.
  4. If required, arrange for submission of an official report of GMAT or GRE test scores. Unofficial scores may help to expedite the admission process, but full admission will not be granted until official scores have been filed.

Application materials are available online or from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

When an application is complete, it will be evaluated by an admissions committee. The applicant will receive official notification of the committee’s decision from the Director of Graduate Business Programs. Due to the confidential nature of some items of information required for admission, the University reserves the right to reject any applicant without stating a reason.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the University’s graduate programs is based on a balanced appraisal of the applicant’s total academic and professional record, his/her Graduate Management Admissions Test score or Graduate Record Examinations score, and overall excellence. While the Admissions Committee looks for responsible academic performance and excellence on test scores as evidence of the applicant’s ability to do well in graduate study, it also looks for qualities of personal development, which are relevant to career success. Extracurricular involvement and leadership in college, useful assignments in military service, or substantial work experience will strengthen the application.

Admission to graduate study in Business is granted in the following categories.

Full Admission

An applicant who meets all of the formal requirements for admission to the MBA, MAcc, IMBA, MSM, or MWTM degree program or Graduate Business Certificate program is granted full admission. These requirements include the following Business-specific items.

  1. A graduate degree from a regionally accredited university, OR
  2. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA or minimum 3.0 GPA in last 60 credit hours of courses, OR
  3. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of courses, AND at least three years of professional work experience within a relevant industry sector as determined by the Admissions Committee and verified by a professional résumé, OR
  4. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.25 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of courses, AND
    1. a minimum GMAT score of 450 (GRE is accepted using the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent), AND
    2. a minimum score of 950 points based on 200 points times the GPA plus the GMAT score (for example, a 2.25 overall GPA and a 500 GMAT would result in a total of 950, which is acceptable for full admission).  

NOTE: Consistent with the Bylaws of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Gardner-Webb recognizes degrees from non-US-degree institutions with degree-granting authority in their home country. Prospective graduate students in the Graduate School of Business must present a certified copy of an evaluation of their degree by AcademicEvaluations.org, World Education Services, or an equivalent organization reflecting the conversion of their international academic work to the U.S. system.

Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a résumé and any requested supporting documents. Our admissions committee evaluates an individual’s accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who show potential for graduate study but do not meet the criteria for full admission may be admitted for up to six hours of graduate work under provisional admission. Deficiencies may include low graduate admission test scores or low undergraduate grade point averages. All applicants with GPAs below 2.25 must complete the GMAT or GRE to be considered for provisional admission. The Admission Committee strives to take a holistic view of the applicant to determine the likelihood for success in graduate business programs and may grant provisional admission based on the following.

  1. QAI-GMAT or a QAI-GRE using the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent between 750-949, OR
  2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university, with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 on all baccalaureate work attempted or the last 60 credit hours of work attempted, OR
  3. Minimum 2.25 GPA and proof of significant years of experience or substantive managerial/leadership experience that may be evidenced through résumé review, personal interviews, or telephone interviews, OR
  4. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a GPA between 2.00-2.24 on all baccalaureate work attempted or the last 64 credit hours of work attempted, AND
    • a minimum score of 750 points based on 200 points times the GPA plus the GMAT score (for example, an overall 2.0 GPA and a 350 GMAT would result in a total of 750, which is acceptable for provisional admission), AND
    • successful completion of three business foundations courses (BADM 501, 502, and 503) with a grade of “C” or better.

A student admitted provisionally must meet any condition attached to his/her admission before being granted full acceptance. The Admissions Committee may elect to place additional application requirements on the student, including submission of a written essay or taking extra prerequisite classes, among others. A student admitted provisionally may be granted permission to register for no more than six graduate credit hours. The student’s progress will be monitored, and the student may be granted full acceptance if all other requirements for admission are met and the student receives an “A” or “B” in both courses. If a “C” is made, the student may be given one opportunity to repeat the course with the “C” grade. If the student does not make an “A” or “B” on the second attempt, the student will be barred from continuation in any of the programs. Credit earned will be considered graduate-level work but may not be counted toward any of the degree programs at Gardner-Webb University until the student meets admission criteria after all credentials are assessed, or until the student is granted full admission. Students must have full admission to register for graduate coursework beyond six credit hours and must submit all supporting documentation.

Academic Grievance and Appeal Procedures

A student who experiences a problem concerning a grade or any other aspect of a course, including issues relating to but not limited to academic dishonesty, should:

    1. Discuss the matter with the instructor.
    2. If the problem is not resolved, the student should go next to the Director of Graduate Business Programs. In some instances, the Director may take the matter to the Graduate School of Business Committee (GSBC). The GSBC consists of the Director of Graduate Business Programs, who serves as chair, and two Graduate School of Business faculty members.
    3. If the issue is not resolved by the Director (or GSBC), the case will be taken to the Associate Dean or Dean, who will hear only those parties involved and make a decision in the case.
    4. Finally, if the student is not satisfied with the decision regarding his or her academic matter, the case will be referred to the Dean of the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies.

To initiate an appeal, the dissatisfied party should complete the Appeal Form and address it to the Director of Graduate Business Programs. If the student and/or the instructor are asked to appear before the committee, he or she at that time may bring a representative from within the University to act as counsel. The deadline for an academic dishonesty appeal is seven days after the date of the decision being appealed. Grade appeals must be completed on or before the last day of the following semester. The deadline for all other types of academic appeals is eighteen months after the date of the decision being appealed.

The Graduate Appeals Form is available in the Registration folder inside WebbConnect.