MBA - Professional Practice Management Program

  • 1. How long does it take to complete the Program?
  • 2. How soon can I get started?
  • 3. I’m not sure I want to complete the entire Program; can I take just one course rather than enroll in the entire Program?
  • 4. Is there ever a need to attend a physical class?
  • 5. I am not an attorney and don’t work for a law practice. Is this the right M.B.A. program for me?
  • 6. How are proctored examinations handled?
  • 7. What research tools are available to students?
  • 8. Is this Program approved for Federal Student Aid?
  • 9. Where can I find more information regarding Taft and the Federal Student Aid that is available at the University?
  • 10. What is the cost of attendance for the MBA-PPM Program at Taft?
  • 11. What other steps are required to complete the packaging of Federal Student Aid?
  • 12. Where can I apply for Federal Student Aid to cover my tuition and fees at Taft?
  • 13. When will I get my Federal Student Aid money to cover my tuition, fees, and living expenses during my enrollment in the Program?
  • 14. Will I get reimbursed for my books and will I have to get all of them before I begin?
  • 15. When do you need my transcripts?

1. How long does it take to complete the Program?

The Program’s three semesters may be completed in a year and a half. The maximum time allowed to complete the Program is five years.

2. How soon can I get started?

Students may apply to the Program at any time.  The MBA-PPM program has two starts each year, one in the Spring beginning in February and one in the Fall beginning in August.

3. I’m not sure I want to complete the entire Program; can I take just one course rather than enroll in the entire Program?

No. Students are enrolled in twelve units each semester. However, a student who elects not to complete the Program or enroll in additional semesters has no financial obligation to the University beyond the current semester.

4. Is there ever a need to attend a physical class?

No.  Academic and administrative procedures are carefully designed so that students can complete all requirements for graduation entirely online without unreasonably disrupting their professional or family lives.

5. I am not an attorney and don’t work for a law practice. Is this the right M.B.A. program for me?

No – the focus of the Program relates specifically to the goals, objectives, concerns, and problems of the management of a professional practice.  While many of the courses address matters equally applicable to other business organizations, the University offers other M.B.A. programs probably better suited to your needs.  All applicants should have as an objective the practice of law as a solo practitioner or as a member of a small legal practice. 

6. How are proctored examinations handled?

Students are required to pass one proctored comprehensive examination at the end of each of the first two semesters (i.e. two proctored examinations for the entire Program).   These are comprehensive examinations that encompass material from all courses completed during that semester and are graded on a Credit/No-Credit basis.   Students must pass the exams to earn academic credit for that semester.

 

The exams can be proctored online under the supervision of a web camera and microphone or students can select a member of the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC).  CCTC offers proctoring services at over 300 locations throughout the United States.

7. What research tools are available to students?

The University provides all students in the School of Business with independent online research tools to assist in performing coursework through the Library & Information Resources Network (LIRN) Virtual Library Collection. LIRN is an extensive collection of full text articles, journals, television and radio transcripts, photographs, video and audio clips, encyclopedias, books and reference titles from a number of databases including ProQuest, Gale InfoTrac,  eLibrary, Bowker, and Ebsco Host. Students pay only the $45.00 Computer Library Fee.  (There are no hourly charges.)

8. Is this Program approved for Federal Student Aid?

Yes. Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Practice Management (MBA-PPM™) program may be eligible to receive Title IV loans.

9. Where can I find more information regarding Taft and the Federal Student Aid that is available at the University?

William Howard Taft University through The Taft University System participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program.  The loans that students may receive are Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and/or Federal Direct Grad Plus Loans.  Additional information may be found on the United States Department of Education’s website:  https://www.StudentLoans.gov.

 

All applicants should review the Consumer Information Guide which is posted on the University’s website: http://www.taft.edu/catalogs.htm. Topics such as loan limits, entrance and exit counseling, cost of attendance, and the timing of the disbursements are explained in detail.

 

For more financial aid information please contact The Taft University System’s Financial Aid Office at 800-882-4555 between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (PST) Monday through Friday.

10. What is the cost of attendance for the MBA-PPM Program at Taft?

There are many factors that are required to determine the amount of Federal Student Aid that may be available to an individual. The University’s cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and minimal Internet fees.  The University recommends that students request Federal Student Aid that will cover only their direct cost of attendance.  When it is time to package a student’s Federal Student Aid Loan Award, our Financial Aid Office will contact the student to discuss options, calculate specific need and award what is allowed under the Department of Education guidelines.

 

All applicants should review the cost of attendance information listed under this Program in our Consumer Information Guide.  The amount a student may borrow will be determined upon the Financial Aid Office’s review of a student’s application for admission and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information.

11. What other steps are required to complete the packaging of Federal Student Aid?

After a student’s application for admission to the Program has been approved the student will receive an e-mail from the Financial Aid Office with detailed instructions.  The Financial Aid Office will assist with determining eligibility, entrance counseling, signing a master promissory note and the preparation of a packaged award.

 

https://www.taft.edu/federal-student-aid

12. Where can I apply for Federal Student Aid to cover my tuition and fees at Taft?

For your convenience the link to the FAFSA website is https://www.StudentLoans.gov/ and our School Code is G41004.  You will need to complete and submit a current FAFSA form to the Department of Education.  The Federal Award Year is from July 1st through June 30th.  Select the appropriate FAFSA for the start date that you have chosen.

 

Once you have done this, your FAFSA information will be sent to the University’s mailbox.  This takes two to three days. The University will need this information to begin your Federal Student Aid process.

13. When will I get my Federal Student Aid money to cover my tuition, fees, and living expenses during my enrollment in the Program?

If approved, your Federal Direct loan for your first and second semesters will be paid in one disbursement per semester.  In your third and final semester you will receive two disbursements.

 

If you are requesting a loan greater than the amounts payable to the University, the excess proceeds for the first and second semester disbursements will be processed approximately seven weeks after the start of instruction of each semester.

 

In the third semester, you will receive two equal disbursements. The first disbursement will be processed approximately seven weeks after the start of instruction and the second disbursement will be processed approximately three to four weeks after the first disbursement. (Excess proceeds checks will be sent via the U.S. postal service mail to your address of record.)

 

All disbursements are conditioned upon your satisfying all University and Federal requirements.  These requirements are set forth in detail the Student Handbook for the Program.

14. Will I get reimbursed for my books and will I have to get all of them before I begin?

Your loan will not be funded prior to the time you will need books for your courses.  You will need the required textbooks for the first semester courses at the start of the semester. The approximate cost of new text books for first semester courses is $374.00.  This cost can be reduced significantly by purchasing e-books, or used books when available.

15. When do you need my transcripts?

Official transcripts must be received by the University within 30 days of the date of enrollment. Receipt of official transcripts is one of the requirements to receive a Federal Loan disbursement.

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