GRADUATE PROGRAM IN BUSINESS & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MBA, MPA)
The Graduate Program in Master Business Administration (MBA)/Master Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Liberia is designed for the working student.
Although full-time students may pursue a full-time master program, the classes are
scheduled to be convenient for working students. Classes are generally scheduled in
the evening and on weekends in a semester. A student may complete a degree program in the period of one and a half (1½) years; however, normal progression is for
a period of two (2) years. The faculty includes full-time academics and practitioners,
thus providing the students with a unique mix of educational experiences. The practtitioners provide the application of theory frequently missing in the academic sector.
Graduate Admissions to the University
All students desirous of entering the graduate program at the University of Liberia
are encouraged to visit the director for Graduate Program in MBA/MPA, and the Office of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services to discuss programs and
curricular as well as admission requirements, respectively. Applications may be made
at any time. Students may make themselves familiar with the academic policies, and
the academic support programs and services.
Requirements for Admission in the Graduate Programs
All applying to enter the University of Liberia Graduate Degree in the MBA/MPA
Program must sit the University of Liberia Graduate Management Admission Test
(GMAT) and those applying for other graduate degree programs including the Kofi
Anan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT), the Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS), RESM, GPED) must sit the University of Liberia Graduate
Record Examination (GRE) Test at the time of their application. Applicants who do
not have undergraduate training in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Business and
Statistics, will be required, as pre-requisite to entering the graduate degree program,
do twenty-seven (27) credit hours of introductory courses in the subjects mentioned
above. Student with GPA of at least 2.7 may be admitted provisionally upon the approval of the appropriate Graduate Program and the Admission Committee. Student
in this category must present UL-GMAT and UL-GRE scores as condition for admission. No degree seeking student shall be admitted with a GPA of less than 2.7.
Categories of Graduate Admission
All students are identified by the graduate school as being in one of the following
➢ Full Admission may be given to any applicant who is desirous of pursuing a
graduate degree and has a bachelor or first degree (with an overall GPA of
3.00) from an accredited university.
➢ Provisional Admission may be granted to an applicant who has not met all the
requirements for full admission.
➢ Non-Degree Admission may be granted to an applicant who wishes to take
particular courses but who is not working toward a graduate degree. Under this
admission arrangement the student is permitted to take limited courses that do
not exceed 9 credits.
How to Apply for Graduate Admission
Liberian citizens who are applicants for graduate programs to the University of Liberia must follow the procedures below.
1. Application Form and Fee: submit the graduate application form along with
a non-refundable application fee to the Director of Admission;
2. Transcripts: Arrange to send your transcript covering all undergraduate
course work to the Vice President for Enrollment Management office. All such
documents become the property of the university;
3. UL-GMAT and UL-GRE Test Scores: must be officially submitted at the
time of application to the university.
How to Apply for Graduate Study (International Students)
International students desiring admission to the University of Liberia Graduate Program must do the following:
1. Application Form and Fee: Submit a Graduate Study Application Form with
non-refundable fee to the Director of Admission.
2. Undergraduate Transcripts: Official transcripts of undergraduate course
work must be submitted to the Director of Admissions at the University of Liberia by the registrar of the institution at which the bachelor degree was earned.
3. Graduate Transcripts: Official transcripts of all graduate level course work,
(if any) must be submitted to the Director of Admissions at the University of
Liberia by the Registrar of the institution(s) previously attended.
4. GMAT/GRE Scores: Official scores on the Graduate Management Admission
Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) must be submitted at the end
of the semester of enrollment.
5. Statement of Financial Support: Statement of Financial Support must
demonstrate the source and availability of adequate funding to cover all costs
related to the student’s educational and living expenses while pursuing study
6. Translations: Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations in original form. Both the foreign language and English versions of such documents will be evaluated for admission
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS
All Master’s Degrees require a minimum of forty-eight (48) semester hours; 27 of the
48 hours must be earned in residence- i.e., at the University of Liberia.
All students in graduate degree programs (except those in Accounting) are required
to write a thesis. The Thesis accounts for 6 credit hours towards graduate requirements. Accounting students are required to do special projects in lieu of a thesis.
Duration of Study
Duration of study should not exceed five years as of the date of initial enrollment. An
extension may be granted in an unusual case when approved by the Graduate Program
Requirements for the MBA
Core Requirements 15
Thesis (Optional) 6
ADMISSIONS OF CANDIDACY FOR DEGREES
When students are admitted to a graduate program, they are not candidates for the
Masters Degree until they have successfully completed: (1) all of the admission prerequisites, (2) Core Course Requirements, (3) Specialization Courses, (4) Comprehensive Examination, (5) Filed a petition of candidacy for the Master’s Degree with
the Director of Graduate Programs, and (6) been advanced to candidacy by the Graduate Faculty.
The Master of Business Administration Program consists of three parts: (1) Core Requirements, (2) Thesis or Comprehensive Examination, and (3) Specialization. All
masters students must normally complete six (6) of the nine (9) core courses prior to
being permitted to register for specialization courses.
The College of Business & Public Administration, University of Liberia has Graduate
Degree Programs in the Department of Accounting, Banking and Finance, and Management. The following are the areas of specialization in Business and Public Administration.
2. Banking and Finance
4. Public Administration