Frequently Asked Questions


What information do I need to provide in order to be admitted to the MBA for Executives in Vietnam program?

See the MBA for Executives in Vietnam admissions page. Please note that the University of Hawaiʻi graduate programs admissions standards require transcripts for all degree programs attended.

How are admissions determined?

The Executive MBA admissions applications forms indicate the standards used by the Shidler College to determine admission to the program. Note that admission is not based solely on quantitative criteria such as prior grade-point average (GPA) or TOEFL scores. Rather, the admissions committee looks at the whole person, especially prior work experience and the results of the admissions interview.

When are admissions decisions made?

The practice of the Shidler College and the University of Hawaiʻi Graduate Division is to make admissions decisions as soon as the complete application has been received by the admissions committee in Hawaiʻi. In the case of the Executive MBA in Vietnam, this takes a little longer than our other programs because of the time required to validate the transcripts of prior academic work and to have the results of the interview and essay transmitted and reviewed.

What admissions decisions are made?

Upon receipt of the applicant’s completed admissions dossier (including all supporting documents as required), the admissions committee may decide as follows:

  • Immediate acceptance to the program.
  • Rejection of acceptance to the program.
  • Deferred acceptance to the program conditional on further review by the admissions committee.

What is the English Language requirement for admission to the MBA for Executives in Vietnam ?

Students must earn a 500 TOEFL (or IELTS equivalent of 5.5) to be eligible for admission to the MBA for Executives in Vietnam program. In rare cases a TOEFL between 490 and 499 will be considered if the student is very strong on all other criteria: prior grades, work experience, personal interview and essay test. Any student who does not earn above a 600 TOEFL or 7.0 IELTS will be required to take two English courses.

Financial Aid

Am I eligible for scholarships even though I am not a U.S. citizen?

All admitted candidates can be considered for scholarships if applied. Scholarships for 2017-2019 intake are yet to be announced.

English Courses by UH English Language Institute (ELI)

Who will be required to enroll in the English Courses?

Any admitted student who does not earn above a 600 TOEFL (or IELTS equivalent of 7.0) will be required to take the two English courses offered by the Executive MBA Vietnam program in cooperation with the University of Hawaii English Language Institute (ELI).

Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS once I have been admitted to the program?

No. Once you have been admitted to the program you do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS again. If you were admitted but your TOEFL was not 600 or above (IELTS of 7.0 or above) you will be required to take the two English courses that form the English bridging program.

When are the ELI courses being offered to those who need them?

ELI 1 will be offered in the first Fall semester of the program.

ELI 2 (online) will be offered in the first Spring semester of the program.

Who has to pay for these courses and how much?

The ELI courses require that the student pay an additional $1,100 tuition payment. These fees are needed to pay for the extra course administrative overhead as well as the instructors, their travel and accommodations.

Are there alternative ways to meet the English language requirement?

Regrettably, the University of Hawaiʻi requires that English language training of graduate students be done by the ELI. Hence alternative coursework at other universities or online will not be allowed. The best way to avoid this is to make sure your TOEFL score is 600 or above before entering the program.

Will these courses be graded?

Yes. Students who need to take ELI courses must earn a B or better (or CR passing grade for non-credit course) in each ELI course.

What if a student does not pass the ELI courses with a B or CR?

If this occurs, University of Hawaiʻi regulations do not permit that student to graduate.

Teaching Styles and Grading

What are the typical teaching styles at the MBA for Executives in Vietnam program?

Shidler faculty members are diverse in their training and skills. The teaching styles reflect this diversity. Some classes will be predominantly lecture and discussion; some will be very case-focused. Some will involve experiential learning. Some will have all of these. Regardless of the teaching style, the faculty are experienced and committed to your learning. The faculty brings real-world experience to the classroom both through their own knowledge but also through the students.

How are grades determined?

The University of Hawaiʻi, and thus the Shidler College, uses a standard United States 4.0 grading system (A, B, C, D, or F), including plus and minus grades. In graduate work, a student must maintain a B or better grade-point average in order to continue with the program and to graduate. A grade lower than a C- for core and capstone courses must be retaken at the student’s expense.

Academic Issues

What if I have to miss some class time?

Students may not miss more than 12 hours (6 for a 1.5-credit hour course) classroom time in any MBA for Executives in Vietnam course and receive a grade higher than a “C” for that course regardless of their work on course assignments. Any student who misses more than 16 hours (8 for a 1.5-credit hour class) of classroom time in any MBA for Executives in Vietnam course will not be allowed to receive credit for the course.

What if I miss an entire course?

Students may miss only one core course and continue in the program, taking all other core courses and electives. However, the missed core course must be made up as follows:

  1. By taking the course in the next MBA for Executives in Vietnam cohort;
  2. By taking the same course in the other Vietnam location. Both Faculty Directors must approve and the request must be made in advance.
  3. In both cases, there may be a financial charge for taking the make-up course. The amount of the charge will vary depending on the course proposed. The Shidler College of Business Executive Education Center will determine the appropriate charge for the make-up courses.

Where can I find more details on academic procedures such as grade disputes?

The detailed Student Handbook has information on topics such as academic procedures and grade disputes.