University

01. What programs does PECB University offer?

PECB University offers MBA degree programs and Graduate Certificate programs.

MBA programs:

  • Business Continuity Management
  • Information Security Management
  • IT Service Management
  • Quality Management
  • Risk Management

To review our MBA programs in more detail visit: https://pecb.com/en/mba-programs

Graduate Certificates programs:

  • Business Administration
  • Management Systems Implementation
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Information Security Management
  • IT Service Management
  • Quality Management
  • Risk Management

To review those programs in more details visit: https://pecb.com/en/graduate-certificates

02. What is the difference between an MBA degree and Graduate Certificate program?

MBA graduates are awarded a degree, while Graduate Certificate graduates are awarded a professional certificate. The programs differ also in scope and length, where MBAs require more time to complete compared to Graduate Certificate programs.

More specifically, MBA programs blend advanced skills in business and management with real-world experience to prepare graduates for starting or advancing their management careers. Whereas, Graduate Certificate programs are focused programs designed to give students advanced skills in a particular subject or area of specialization.

03. What is the duration of an MBA program?

The duration of an MBA program can range between 12 and 36 months, depending on the program and the pace of students.

The average time it takes one student to complete the program is 24 months. However, if a student chooses to follow a faster pace they can complete the program in 12 months. Completing the program in one year is very ambitious and requires a lot of focus and dedication throughout the year. Alternatively, students who follow a slower pace will have up to 36 months for program completion.

04. What is the duration of a Graduate Certificate program?

It will take students 6 to 12 months to complete a Graduate Certificate program. The completion time depends mostly on students’ work, dedication, and pace.

05. Where can I get more information about the course requirements?

All information and course requirements concerning a program can be found in the brochure of that particular program. A course list with specific requirements can also be found on our website under each program profile.

For MBAs please visit: https://pecb.com/en/mba-programs

For Graduate Certificates please visit: https://pecb.com/en/graduate-certificates

You may also request a brochure at university@pecb.com

06. I cannot decide on a program of study. Who can help me?

PECB University tries to match students profile with a corresponding program. Our student advisors are available for assistance and consultation with applicants before selecting a program. They can assess your qualifications, career goals, and other interests to help you find the right program.

You may request help at university@pecb.com

07. What are the prerequisites for being an eligible candidate?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience. For candidates with no prior professional experience, a GMAT score above 620 is required.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above in their bachelor’s studies.
  • English proficiency test scores, TOEFL iBT 75 or IELTS 6.5.

08. Can you tell me if I am eligible for admission before I submit the application?

Admission at PECB University is competitive. The admissions committee considers a number of factors when selecting applicants, including but not limited to academic background, work experience, test scores (if applicable), letters of recommendation, personal statement, and other strengths related to the position. Before applying, we encourage applicants to review the program requirements and assess whether they meet the criteria. Candidates can contact the university by filling out the Expression of Interest form.

09. Is it necessary to have work experience prior to applying?

Yes. Since our programs are career-focused, all candidates must have at least 2 years of related work experience. Those that do not meet the work experience requirements must submit their GMAT test scores.

10. Is the GPA based on weighted or unweighted calculation?

PECB University uses the cumulative unweighted GPA, based on a 4.0 scale.

11. Where do I begin in the application process?

  1. Review the list of our program offerings: MBA Programs or Graduate Certificate Programs
  2. Complete the Expression of Interest form
  3. Check if you meet the eligibility requirements
  4. Review the University Catalog. All information that a student must know about the PECB University experience is included in the catalog.
  5. Request an official application form at university@pecb.com
  6. Submit the application and supporting documents

12. What supporting documents do I need to submit with my application?

  1. Completed application form (available upon request)
  2. Copy of the bachelor’s diploma
  3. Official grade transcript
  4. 2 reference letters
  5. English proficiency test scores (if applicable)
  6. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  7. Personal statement
  8. Copy of passport
  9. Application fee

13. Where do I find the application form?

The application form is available upon request at university@pecb.com. You should fill all the relevant information before submitting your application. You should also attach all required documents as part of the application. No changes can be made once an application is submitted.

14. How do I submit my application and supporting documents?

The application form and supporting documents should be scanned and sent as PDF files to university@pecb.com.

15. Is there an application fee I should pay?

Students should pay an application fee of USD 100 that is related with processing their applications.

16. How do I pay my application fee?

The application fee is paid via bank transfer. Contact university@pecb.com for payment details.

17. Can the application fee be refunded if I am not admitted to the university?

No. The application fee is one-time, non-refundable fee. Regardless of student’s admission status this fee is never refunded.

18. What are the deadlines for applying to PECB University?

The University accepts applications all year round. However, please consider that term dates are set in advance, so depending on the application time some might have to wait until the nearest term begins. To review enrollment dates please consult the University Catalog.

19. What if my documents are not in English?

If your original degrees, certificates, academic transcripts, or other relevant documents are not in English, you must provide an officially certified translation.

20. Do you require official transcripts for the admission review and decision?

Yes. We only accept official transcripts issued and stamped by the issuing institution. Scanned copies are accepted; however PECB University has a right to request hardcopies in case further validation is required.

21. Do I need to submit a personal statement and a resume?

Yes. All applicants are required to submit an updated resume and a 700-1000 word personal statement in one of the topics specified in the application form.

22. Can I change the referees once I have submitted the application?

Yes. If your referee is not responding please list which referee you wish to change, and provide the contact details of the new referee. You must also provide a brief explanation of the reason for the change. We will then update your records and your new referee will be contacted with details of how to submit the reference.

23. I graduated many years ago; do I have to provide academic references?

References impact your application significantly and help us determine whether you are a right candidate for the program of interest. Therefore, it is in your best interest to include references. However, in case you have finished your academic undertakings many years ago and it is impossible for you to obtain an academic reference now, you may compensate by submitting one reference from your employer/previous employer or a well-established professional who knows you well and can critically evaluate your capacities.

25. How can I check if my application has been received?

Upon submission of the application, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation, you can contact the university and request an update on the status of the application. Please ensure you provide your full name and date of birth when submitting your request.

26. How long before I receive a decision on my application?

A response will be sent to you within 3 weeks after submitting your application.

27. Will I have an interview with the Admissions Committee?

Interviews are not part of the application process. However, we contact applicants who we feel should be further evaluated in order for us to make an admission decision.

28. Can I withdraw my application once admitted?

Following a student’s confirmation on the enrollment offer, the student has three (3) days to withdraw from his/her place at PECB University. The cancellation period will expire after three (3) days from the date the student has accepted registration or enrollment at PECB University.
Any student has the right to withdraw from enrollment without a reason. To exercise this right, students must inform the University about their decision by submitting the completed Cancellation Form within three (3) days of being accepted.

29. Can I transfer previously earned credits to the university?

Yes. PECB University offers generous transfer of credit opportunities.

Typically, our Specialization and Elective courses are the ones that qualify for transfer of credits. Because these courses are the equivalents of the corresponding PECB training, students have the chance to receive course credits for their existing PECB certificates and fast track their way towards the degree. The condition is that the training should be of a comparable level (Implementer, Auditor, Manager) and that the candidate should present the Attendance Records and the Professional Certificate to qualify for a credit transfer.

The university is more stringent when it comes to approving transfer credit for Business Administration Core courses. However this is possible if students satisfy the following conditions:

  • Provide a course description including learning outcomes
  • Provide the course syllabus
  • Provide evidence that the course is equivalent to a master level course
  • Must have received a grade of B or above for the course
  • Provide the official grade transcript
  • Provide evidence that the course was taken at an accredited institution
  • Must have completed the course within the last 5 years.

30. What happens if I have credits to transfer?

Credits are transferred officially only after the student has been admitted to the university. Students have to submit the Transfer Credit Request (available upon request), where they should list the courses for which they are seeking credit transfer. The form is then evaluated by university officials and returned to the student with a final confirmation on the number of credits transferred.

For purposes of the evaluation, the student shall provide credible documentation to support the equivalency of the previously earned qualification. Depending on the request for transfer, documentation may include: official grade transcript, attendance records, certificate awarded, course syllabus outlining the course objectives and course descriptions, a copy of a course catalog.

31. Can I see how my credits could transfer before I apply?

Yes. Our Student Affairs office may provide an unofficial assessment of your previous qualifications and provide a plan on how those could apply to the program of your interest. To receive such information, interested candidates should complete the Expression of Interest form or submit their inquiry at university.studentaffairs@pecb.com.

32. Can I get academic credit for work experience?

No, PECB University does not accept work experience for credit transfer.

33. How many of my previously earned credits can be transferred to my program of interest?

Up to 50 percent of all credits required for the program.

34. How does studying at PECB University look like?

Our programs are career-focused so we strive to give our students hands-on experience, which they can apply in the workplace right after graduation. Online lectures make our programs unique and flexible for employed candidates to fit studies in their daily schedules. With the picture of adult learner in mind, we try our hardest to keep flexibility at the center of our attention.

We guide students from enrollment to graduation, by advising them on the adequacy of programs, handling enrollment, obtaining study materials, and other academic matters.

35. What are the advantages of online education?

A clear advantage of online education is flexibility, which otherwise is difficult to have in traditional education formats. Online programs remove distance and time barriers that might prevent a student from attending university. This allows students to incorporate higher education around their lives, and study from anywhere as long as they have access to the internet and an electronic device. Technology enables our faculty and staff to provide a better learning experience for our students.

36. Learning resources available for students

PECB University uses technology to help accelerate the learning process of students. With all resources online, we ensure that virtual platforms and tools adequately support the students throughout their studies.

With admission support, academic services, technical support, library services, class sessions, and office hours, we have designated platforms and supporting staff that support and guide students.

37. Are there any mandatory courses that I should complete in my program?

Students enrolled in our MBA programs must first complete the four Business Administration Core courses:

  • International Business Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing and Strategic Management
  • Project Management

These are prerequisite courses that all students must complete to be able to proceed with the rest of the program requirements. These courses are the same for every MBA.

 

38. Who will teach my courses?

The faculty at PECB University is comprised of various international field experts, allowing students to gain a broader view on fields of interest. Our online model removes the location barriers for the faculty and students thus enabling us to cooperate with renowned experts. Typically faculty members are professionals with many years of experience in their respective fields.

39. How are classes organized and delivered?

Classes are online and instructor led, synchronous or asynchronous. Typically the classes are delivered on a weekly basis at the predetermined schedule and students are encourages to attend the live sessions. However, for those students who are unable to attend the live sessions, video recordings will be published a day after the live lecture for students to review at their convenience.

40. How long is the academic term at PECB University?

PECB University operates on semester basis. The semester at PECB University consists of 15 calendar weeks of instructional time.

41. What is the length of a course?

It depends. Business Administration Core courses and Specialization and Elective courses have different length times.

Business Administration Core courses are provided on semester basis. These courses are offered during the weekdays for 15 consecutive weeks.

Specialization and Elective courses are intensive courses provided on accelerated modes. Although the breadth of those is equivalent to that of the Business Administration Core courses, these follow intensive schedules. Specialization and Electives are offered either during the weekdays or on weekends. If delivered during the week, a course is provided four times per week for three weeks in total. If delivered on weekends, a course takes up to 3 intensive weekends to complete.

These courses are taken one after the other so that the student can complete all the required 4 within the duration of a semester.

42. What are my study options?

Students can join the university as a full-time or part-time student.

Full-time status: Students must take at least 9 credits per term in order to qualify for and maintain the full-time student status.

Part-time status: students must take at least 6 credits per term in order to qualify for and maintain the part-time student status.

For details please review our University Catalog.

43. Does the University offer student accommodation?

PECB University does not offer student accommodation. All programs offered at PECB University are through online learning platforms. Facilities of PECB University are used for coordinating operations and ensuring that quality services are provided to our students through the online platforms.

Through our online learning platforms, we ensure that PECB students have access to all necessary resources for a fruitful learning experience, and compensate for the lack of face-to-face interaction.

44. What language is used at PECB University?

English is the official language used at PECB University.

45. How do I demonstrate English proficiency?

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit an official transcript from previous studies indicating that the program has been completed in English, or submit one of the English language test scores (TOEFL or IELTS).

 

46. What score do I need to obtain on the TOEFL iBT or IELTS?

The minimum required score for TOEFL iBT is 75
The minimum required score for IELTS is 6.5

47. Where can I take TOEFL or IELTS?

PECB University does not offer any English proficiency exams. Students must themselves locate the nearby test centers that provide such services and schedule an exam session at their own convenience. However, students should plan ahead so that the test scores are provided in time for them to meet the application deadline.

 

48. Does the University offer any English enhancement courses?

PECB University does not offer English language courses. However, we encourage applicants to attend English prep classes before taking English language tests.

49. Do I need to take the GMAT, and what is the required minimum score?

GMAT is required only for applicants who do not fulfill the work experience requirements. For those applicants, we expect a score of no less than 620. The equivalent of GRE score will be accepted.

 

50. Should I submit the test scores before I apply?

Yes. If you are an applicant whose test scores (TOEFL/IELTS or GMAT/GRE) are required, you should submit them as part of your application.

51. What are the requirements for international students?

The admission criteria are the same for all students, whether residing in the U.S. or outside.

52. Can PECB University sponsor or provide me with an invitation for U.S. entry visa?

No. PECB University does not sponsor any visas or provide invitations for students for visa related purposes. As a distance learning institution, PECB University does not require face-to-face interaction with students, and as such it does not provide either sponsorship for immigration status or any type of student visa.