MBA Advising

MBA Academic Advisor

Amy Estey Becker

Contact: amyeb@udel.edu

Ms. Becker serves all campus-based MBA students and students in the on-site MBA Program at AstraZeneca.

To contact Ms. Becker, please use email for maximum clarity and a record of the conversation details. Provide your correctly spelled name and SID# so your information can be looked up on UDSIS and your question/comment/concern can be easily forwarded to the appropriate person.

Advising Appointments

Please come to your advising appointment prepared with notes about your questions and anything you may want to discuss.

Appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons between 4 and 5:20 pm. Each appointment slot is 20 minutes, so if you have a lot of questions or want to discuss concentrations or specializations in depth, sign up for two adjacent appointment slots.

If you would like to meet by phone rather than in person, sign up for an advising slot and then let us know it will be a phone call. At your appointment time, please call the front desk (302-831-2221) and let them know you have an appointment with Ms. Becker. They will forward the call.

Set Up an Appointment

Log into UDSIS and follow these instructions:

  1. Click Self Service – UD Appointment Sign Up
  2. Select Department Calendar – Academic Advising (magnifying glass)
  3. Select Appointment Reason – ex: Pre-Registration Advising (magnifying glass)
  4. Select Faculty/Staff Name – Select Amy Becker (magnifying glass)
    If you do not see Amy Becker listed as your academic advisor on UDSIS, please email mbaservices@udel.edu with your full legal name, SID# and a request to have Ms. Becker added as your advisor. Once she is listed, you can continue.
  5. Click View All to see all available appointments.
  6. Find the appointment time you want and click the Schedule button.
  7. A pop-up box will appear stating that a Confirmation Email has been sent to you.
  8. Review your email for appointment details, such as date and time.

About Grades

See the University catalog for the complete set of grading policies. Below are the issues that come up most often.

The University of Delaware runs on a 4.0 scale. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Index (commonly referred to as a GPA) to remain in good standing. Remember that the GPA is an average of your grades. A grade of C in one class may be offset by a grade of A in another.

Only graded, graduate-level classes with grades of C- or better count toward your degree. If you receive a D+ or lower in a Core/Required class, you must repeat (and pay for) the course until you pass. If you receive a grade of D+ or lower in an elective course, you do not have to repeat it, although you must make up the credits via another graded elective.

In order to graduate, you must have completed 48 graded credits (30 core/18 electives) with a final GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Disputing a Grade

First, being polite and professional at all times only helps the situation. Prepare your argument and then state your case.

Review the syllabus and calculate your grades based on the weights listed. Go as far as you can, then contact the professor to see where the grades differ. Politely inquire to make sure it’s not a clerical error. A calm conversation focused on the numbers will keep it moving forward.

Remember that grades can be changed by the issuing professor at any time until your transcript is closed at degree conferral. If the disputed grade is in your final semester class, then you do have a time limit and need to visit with the professor sooner rather than later.

Please note that the we do not get involved except in extenuating circumstances (car accidents, medical emergencies, etc.). The dispute process stays between the student and the professor issuing the grade.

Special Advising Requests

Please allow a minimum of 2 business days (more during the first/last two weeks of a semester/session) for us to deliver the following correspondence.

International Students: embassy letters

Embassy letters invite your close friends/family to graduation events. We cannot proceed without the following information: please send your full legal name, SID#, the address of the US Embassy your guests will use, and their names and relationships to you to mbaservices@udel.edu. We will send the letter back to you as a scan.

International Students Reduced Enrollment Form

Find this form at OISS. It is used if you need only 1 or 2 classes in your final semester.  We need to review and sign prior to the last day of Drop/Add for the respective semester.

Library Carrel Reservation Form

We need to verify & sign these forms from the Library.

Grade Letters

If your employer requires grade letters prior to reimbursement, contact us with the required information (check with your human resources department) and then let us know when your grade has posted. Help the process by contacting mbaservices@udel.edu with your request prior to the end of the semester so we can have it set up and waiting for the grade.

Letters of Recommendation

We do not write recommendation letters for students unless you have worked in our office. We suggest that you contact a professor from a class you enjoyed or did well in. Your professors have observed your group work, leadership and class participation.

Degree Letters

These are issued by the Office of Graduate & Professional Education once your degree has been cleared and conferred, usually 3-4 weeks after your final semester/session concludes.