RESEARCH PROJECT / INTERNSHIP REPORT PROCEDURES

The selection of a research project is a privilege given to MBA students with GPA 3.2 and above. Students, who are able to find employment in the field of business administration, may select writing the internship reports. These students will complete their education with analytical work of the business management. Both options and obtained results may lead their future businesses or help them with a valuable employment. Below are the main steps in the research project / internship report selection and defenses.

Selection of the Project Topic and the Advisor Approval

A student selects an advisor to work on formulation of a question or hypothesis to be answered or studied during the following research. The topic should be selected 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 confirmation of the advisor, and then submits it to the President or the Director of Graduate Programs for approval.

Selection of the Project Topic and the Advisor Approval

After receiving an internship offer, the student must select an advisor for advising in business analysis and report writing. The selected internship position should be in the field of business management or should allow the student to study the business from a manager's position, 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 Internship Proposal Approval Form; gets confirmation of the advisor, and then submits it to the President or the Director of Graduate Programs for approval.

Project or Report Defense Procedure and Grading

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 results 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 (maximum of 15 minutes) presentation in front of a committee. The committee consists of the Chairperson (President, Director of Graduate Programs, Deans, 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 advisor is a member of the committee, but with a restricted non-voting function. The defense procedure is open to the public. Only the committee members and the advisor may ask questions at any time during the presentation if something is not clear. 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 or NC) is given.

The defense must be scheduled at least 14 days in advance, during designated time periods in the beginning and end of each term. At least 5 hard copies of the report must be provided for the committee's initial review, and a soft copy should be provided to the Librarian for the authenticity check. If the student is not satisfied with the grade, he/she may appeal it in writing, following the procedure described in the catalog (page 25), and requests an independent review of the report.