Frequently Asked Questions
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There is a good chance you will find the answers here.
HOW IS THE MBA PROGRAMME STRUCTURED?
WHEN WILL THE MBA PROGRAMME START?
WHAT MAKES THE MBA PROGRAMME FROM ALUSB DIFFERENT?
WHY DO I NEED A GENERAL MBA DEGREE?
Many students are deciding between earning a general MBA degree, and a degree in a more narrow specific business discipline – listen as Vice Dean Catherine Duggan addresses this inquiry from a recent webinar.
WHERE CAN I FIND A DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION GUIDE?
You may download our brief application guide right here. But please continue to explore the answers on this page to the most frequently asked questions regarding ALUSB and our programmes.
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME?
Applicants will generally have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and have demonstrated high academic achievement in their programme. In addition, applicants should have a minimum of five years work experience and preferably some management experience.
WHAT DOES THE IDEAL MBA CANDIDATE LOOK LIKE?
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
We have established 3 application rounds as part of the Regular Decision process to give you more flexibility to choose when to submit your application. The earlier you apply, the sooner you will receive your admissions decision.
- December 31, 2016 – Round 1 Application Deadline
- March 5, 2017 – Round 2 Application Deadline
- May 7, 2017 – Round 3 Application Deadline
HOW DO I APPLY TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME?
IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE, AND IF SO, HOW MUCH?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION?
HOW WILL MY APPLICATION BE EVALUATED?
WHEN WILL I KNOW WHETHER MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL?
DO I NEED REFERENCE LETTERS TO APPLY TO THE ALU MBA PROGRAMME?
WHO SHOULD I CHOOSE TO SUBMIT MY REFERENCE LETTERS?
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR SUBMITTING REFERENCE LETTERS?
IS THE REFERENCE LETTER DEADLINE THE SAME AS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
DO I NEED TO GET APPROVAL FROM MY EMPLOYER BEFORE APPLYING TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME?
CAN I APPLY TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME IF I AM SELF-EMPLOYED?
CAN I APPLY TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME IF I DON'T HAVE A BACHELOR'S DEGREE?
HOW DO I ADD NEW INFORMATION AFTER I HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION?
DO I NEED TO TAKE THE GRE OR THE GMAT IN ORDER TO APPLY?
I APPLIED TO THE ALUSB MBA PROGRAMME LAST YEAR. CAN I REAPPLY THIS YEAR?
I ALREADY HAVE AN MBA. CAN I APPLY TO ALUSB?
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM ACADEMIC GRADE NEEDED TO APPLY TO THE MBA PROGRAMME?
CURRICULUM & LEARNING
WHAT ARE THE CORE CLASSES THAT EACH PARTICIPANT IS REQUIRED TO TAKE?
WILL I NEED INTERNET ACCESS TO COMPLETE MY ONLINE COURSES?
WHAT IS THE CAPSTONE PROJECT IN YEAR 2?
The Capstone Project is designed to allow you to impact your organisation immediately. You will be asked to identify and solve a large problem that your organisation is currently facing. You will submit a project proposal and it will be refined and accepted by ALUSB and possibly your manager at work. This will require coordination between your employer and ALUSB’s curriculum team to design a beneficial real-world management experience that will impact your organisation.
ALUSB will work with self-employed candidates to design suitable Capstone Projects.
FEES & FUNDING
HOW MUCH DOES THE ALUSB MBA COST PER YEAR?
The ALUSB MBA costs $15,000 per-year ($30,000 total), which includes tuition fees for online courses and costs of all in-person workshops. Travel and accommodation costs during in-person workshops are not included in this figure.
DOES ALUSB OFFER FINANCIAL AID?
We understand that every student’s financial situation is different, and we are committed to working with every admitted student to try to organize available sources of financing in a way that makes it possible for them to attend the ALUSB MBA.
ARE THERE ADDITIONAL GRADUATE PROGRAMMES OFFERED AT ALU?
In addition to the MBA programme, the ALU School of Business offers:
- Open enrollment executive education
- Custom executive education programmes
- Case studies and research
For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE ALUSB MBA COHORT?
WHO IS THE FACULTY FOR THE ALU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS?
A complete list of programme faculty can be reviewed on our faculty page here. You can hear Vice Dean Catherine Duggan’s perspective in this brief video.
HOW DO I CONTACT ALU MBA FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/ IN CASE I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
WHAT IS THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AT ALU?
IS ALUSB ACCREDITED?
The ALUSB MBA is awarded by ALU Rwanda and is accredited by Rwanda’s Higher Education Council.
Which universities appear on the final certificate?
The MBA degree will be awarded by the African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB), which is the school that will appear on the degree certificate. While ALUSB is collaborating with other institutions to deliver a number of the online courses in the ALU MBA programme, the bulk of the degree will be designed and delivered by ALUSB, consistent with our commitment to creating a degree that is as relevant as possible to African business leaders. As such, while the ALU MBA will provide alumni status at ALU and access to a number of ALU-related networks (ALU alumni; the African Leadership Network), the MBA degree will not confer special status (alumni or other) at the other institutions.