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4 + 1 BS Biology MBA


The 4+1 Biology MBA degree at East Carolina University offers ECU undergraduate biology majors the opportunity to build business skills upon a science foundation. The program can be completed in as little as five years, featuring unparalleled quality, flexibility, and customization – plus personalized support in advising and career placement.

Future leaders within biotech and medicine will be expected to command a comprehensive understanding of science as well as the fundamentals of business. Our program offers individuals interested in these industries the tools to excel as leaders throughout their careers.


Program Details

4+1 Biology MBA students combine undergraduate business classes with 5000-level biology electives. Qualified students can earn an MBA with just 11 extra classes taken in one additional year.

The 4+1 Biology MBA degree option is designed specifically for ECU undergraduate biology majors. There is no minimum work experience requirement. The 4+1 Biology MBA curriculum consists of a maximum of 18 classes, but may be reduced to as few as 11 depending on your undergraduate coursework. The MBA course work is divided into two groups of classes.

The first group of seven classes is the foundations component, which gives a non-business undergraduate student the knowledge base needed to be successful in the program. These courses may be waived if you have taken the coursework at the undergraduate level and received an A or B. With the 4+1 Biology MBA program, undergraduate biology majors typically take enough undergraduate business classes to waive four of the seven graduate foundations classes. If you do not take some of the business courses with your biology undergraduate program, the corresponding graduate course will become part of the MBA program.

The second group of eleven classes is the common body of knowledge component and is required of all students. There are eight required breadth classes and three required breadth electives. 4+1 Biology MBA students take three 5000-level biology electives during their undergraduate program that dual count satisfying biology elective requirements and the MBA elective requirement. Optional certificate classes for specific industries are also available.

Customized Delivery

Most MBA foundations classes and all common body of knowledge classes are offered both online and face-to-face each fall and spring semester. Courses are also available during summer sessions. Online classes do not require campus visits and may be completed from anywhere in the world.

Customized Pace

Although the MBA classes may be completed in as little as one year, you also have the option to set your own pace throughout the program – taking between one to five classes each semester. The number of classes you take each semester can change to suit your schedule; you can even take a semester or more off if needed. Students who are working full-time typically take two classes each fall and spring semester, and one class each of the two summer sessions. You may take the courses in any order, provided you meet the prerequisites.

Admission Criteria

Acceptance is dependent upon, but not limited to, earning at least 950 points based on the formula: (200 x GPA) + GMAT ≥ 950, with a minimum GMAT score of 450. You should plan to take the GMAT exam in the summer between your junior and senior year.

The College of Business Graduate Office adheres to the following domestic application deadlines:

Fall Deadline - June 1

Spring Deadline – October 15

First Summer Deadline – March 15

Second Summer Deadline - May 1

A completed application packet includes the application itself, application fee, official GMAT score, and official copies of transcripts for each institution attended since high school. The Graduate School must receive the complete application packet no later than the date indicated above for each semester. We do not require an essay or letters of reference.

Helpful Links

College of Business Graduate Programs home page - http://www.ecu.edu/cs-bus/grad/

Applications – https://gradapply.ecu.edu/

4+1 Biology MBA Curriculum and Planning Sheet - http://www.ecu.edu/cs-bus/upload/MBANonAcctMajorPlanningSheet.pdf

Optional Certificates - https://www.ecu.edu/cs-bus/grad/optcerts.cfm

Tuition - http://www.ecu.edu/financial_serv/cashier/tufee.cfm

Financial Aid -http://www.ecu.edu/financial/

Scholarships - https://www.ecu.edu/cs-bus/grad/scholarships.cfm

College of Business Graduate Assistantships - https://www.ecu.edu/cs-bus/grad/assistantships.cfm

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please feel contact the Graduate Business Programs office at gradbus@ecu.edu or 252.328.6970. You may also visit us in 3203 Bate Building.


About the College of Business at East Carolina University

The College of Business at East Carolina University was founded in 1936 and has been continuously accredited by the AACSB since 1967. Located in Greenville, N.C., the college continues to grow substantially and now has more than 3100 undergraduate students, 870 graduate students, 135 faculty members, as well as 30 degrees, majors, and concentrations.