Research Project, Internship or Case Study Report Procedures
The selection of a research project is a privilege given to MBA students with GPA 3.2 and above. Students, who can find employment or were employed before in the field of business administration, may select writing the internship or case study reports. These students will complete their education with analytical work of the business management. These options and obtained results may lead their future businesses or help them with a valuable employment. Students should follow the steps described below for the case study/ research project/ internship report selection and defenses.
Selection of the Project Topic and the Advisor Approval
A student must select an advisor to work on formulation of a question or hypothesis to be answered or studied during the research. It is recommended to select the topic from the field of the student's concentration or an adjacent field. The advisor should have work experience in the suggested field or teach related courses. The formulations should be clear, specific, avoid general words, and exclude triviality. The student's ability to obtain information for the research should be analyzed and explained. Research proposals should answer the following questions:
What? This includes problem statement, research questions, and key definitions.
Why? This includes the justification and objectives of the project or market research for business plans including financial projections.
How? This includes the type of methodology and data the research will use.
Whom? This describes a business activity, which benefits from the research. For business plans, it should be an explanation of the selection of the money source such as loan vs. partner.
After choosing the topic, the student fills out the Research Proposal Approval Form; gets advisor's confirmation, and then submits it to the President or the Provost for approval.
Selection of the Case Study or Internship and the Advisor Approval
After receiving an internship offer, the student must select an advisor for advising in business analysis and report writing. For case study of a previous employment, an outline must be presented to an advisor. The selected position should be in the field of business management or should allow the student to study the business from a managerial perspective, preferably in the field of the student’s concentration. The selected advisor should have work experience in the suggested field or teach related courses. During the initial advising session, the advisor helps to analyze and explain the student's ability to obtain information for the report. After choosing the topic, the student fills out the Case Study/ Internship Approval Form, gets advisor’s confirmation, and then submits it to the President or the Provost for approval.
Project or Report Defense Procedure and Grading
Once the advisor approves the project or report for defense, students must submit five (5) hard copies of the report to the Registrar’s office, and a soft copy to the Librarian for the authenticity check. Then the defense can be scheduled and at least 14 days in advance.
The purpose of the project or report defense is to confirm the student's ability to explain his/her results and to convince the committee that the conclusions are valuable and correct. The defense should resemble and represent a real-life business discussion. The defense is conducted in the form of an oral presentation (maximum of 15 minutes) in front of a committee. The committee consists of the Chairperson (President, Provost, or a specially assigned senior faculty member), and at least one other faculty member from the field of the student’s concentration. This faculty member may be selected by the student or arranged by the administration. The student’s advisor is a member of the committee, but with a restricted non-voting function. The final defense is open to the university community. However, only the committee members and the advisor can ask questions at any time during the presentation for clarification. The Chairperson has a right to stop questions if they are irrelevant or take too much time. The work passes if all voting committee members unanimously support it. The committee may request additional independent anonymous review, and/or some work corrections before the passing grade CR is given. If the student is not satisfied with the grade, he/she may appeal it in writing, following the procedure and request an independent review of the report.