Dr. Don E. Eskew, Chairperson and Director, MBA Program
Department Office: Room 419, Roush Hall
The mission of the Department of Business, Accounting, and Economics at Otterbein College is to provide a personalized education of distinction that leads our graduates to enquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens. The Department seeks to produce well-rounded, professionally prepared graduates, ready to serve their community, employers, and family.
To accomplish this Mission, the faculty and staff of the Department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College strive to create regionally acknowledged, leading edge business education programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. These programs focus on the development of an integrative and interdisciplinary curricula within the department, while increasing our connection with the liberal arts components of the college. We establish structures and processes to develop faculty as educators, scholars, and citizens. We also develop our students so as to meet their personal goals and bring to fruition their innate potentials. We encourage a culture of quality in all we do and hold our students and ourselves to the highest ethical, academic, and good citizen standards.
It is the goal of the Department to be a nationally recognized business program utilizing an interconnected liberal arts and professional curriculum. We seek to educate students in business administration, accounting, and economics through a curriculum where values, leadership, and ethics are modeled and taught. In accordance with the College’s mission, and in partnership with all areas of the College, the Department seeks to reach beyond the boundaries of the classroom to develop each student through both the intellectual and social dimensions of their college experience.
The Department is committed to an educational philosophy that stresses personal and professional development of both students and faculty, and incorporates the various disciplines of business as a part of a broad liberal arts education. Respect for others, community involvement, leadership, and service on a regional scope are encouraged and demonstrated through the professional and personal conduct of students, faculty and staff. Classroom instruction is conducted in a setting of personal attention and small class size. Faculty members advise and counsel students in such areas as course scheduling and career planning.
Otterbein College is a learning community dedicated to core values that define the college’s character and help guide the actions of its members. Given this, we expect all faculty and students of the Department of Business, Accounting, and Economics to:
• Adopt holistic thinking and decision making;
• Reflect an enduring spirit of curiosity and life-long learning;
• Act as ethical and humane leaders;
• Display a professional demeanor in appearance and attitude;
• Balance personal, professional, and civic responsibilities;
• Provide and appreciate experiential learning;
• Become globally aware and locally engaged; and
• Adopt an appreciation for cultural and intellectual diversity.
The MBA Program at Otterbein College is a multidisciplinary, ethics-supported, technology enhanced program with a global focus that furthers the mission of a liberal arts education while providing the skills for lifelong learning necessary to provide value to the individual, the workplace and society.
Since early in its inception in 1997, the MBA Program has been working with local, national and international senior executives on curriculum, mentorship, networking opportunities for students, marketing and resource development issues. The idea is to seek executive input to ensure that our “product” remains market-driven and our program is reviewed as a market leader. The executives’ “real-world” perspectives are critical for the success of our students.
Upon admission to the MBA program, the student will be assigned an advisor. Students are encouraged to seek advice from faculty in the department and based on their professional goals and interests, students can request another advisor.
Academic Standing Policy
Academic standing policies apply to all degree, non-degree, and workshop participants. For graduate level courses, please refer to the section on Academic Policies in this catalog. For undergraduate level courses, please refer to the Academic Standing Policies in the Undergraduate Course Catalog.
If a grade lower than a C is earned the course must be repeated and a grade of C or higher must be earned in order to satisfactorily complete the course. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required in order to remain in good standing and to graduate. Please refer to the section on Academic Standing Policy in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.
To meet the residence requirement for a Master of Business Administration, a student must complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours of graduate course work at Otterbein University.
Time Limit for Program Completion
The time limit for course work to be applied to the degree is five years. The time limit is computed from the date credit is recorded on the University transcript until the degree requirements are completed. Extension of time requested for adequate and unusual cause beyond the control of the student may be submitted to the Director of the MBA Program.
Interruption in Attendance
After admission to a graduate program, continuous progress toward completion of the degree is expected. Students not enrolled for one year must submit an updated admission application to the Graduate School. Official college transcripts must be submitted if additional college or university courses were taken during the time of absence. Additional documents may need to be resubmitted depending on the length of the absence. Please contact the Graduate School to verify required materials. Students should be aware that new program requirements may be in effect and are encouraged to contact the program director prior to reenrollment. Students should also be aware that there is a time limit for program completion. Please see the section on Time Limit for Program Completion.
A maximum of 12 quarter hours of graduate work with a grade of B or higher may be transferred from an accredited graduate program upon approval of the MBA Director. The course(s) must be from an MBA Program or a program closely related to business (e.g., Accounting, Economics, Information Technology).
- Evaluation of transfer credit is to be made at the time of admission.
- If a student decides to transfer courses from another MBA program while completing the degree at Otterbein, prior approval from the MBA Director must be obtained for transfer credit to be awarded.
- The content of the course must satisfy a requirement or be a suitable elective in Otterbein’s MBA program.
- Credit will not be recorded until an official transcript has been received from the offering institution.
- Grades associated with the course do not transfer and have no effect on the Otterbein University GPA.