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Pathway to the MBA

Saint Louis University’s Pathway to the Master of Business Administration program saves you both time and money. Prepare for graduate school while pursuing a bachelor’s degree from our School for Professional Studies.

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Prepare for an MBA

After completing your bachelor's degree through SLU’s School for Professional Studies, you could be only 12 courses away from your Master of Business Administration. The Pathway to the MBA program is not a major, minor or certificate but, instead, a series of courses that can be taken alongside any bachelor’s degree in the School for Professional Studies to expedite the time it takes to complete your MBA.

You will take five courses as part of the Pathway to the MBA program. Then, during your senior year, you will take the GMAT and apply for admission to SLU’s part-time, evening MBA program at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business. If you are accepted into the MBA program, you will then complete 12 additional courses.

You must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in your major, minor and MBA coursework in order to register for graduate-level courses. If a student receives a letter grade below a “B” in a course, that course will not be accepted toward the MBA.

Pathway to the MBA - SPS Courses (6 hours)

  • PST 1900: Survey of Economics
  • CIS 2850: Principles of Data Analysis
Pathway to the MBA - CSB Courses (9 hours)

  • ACCT 5010: Accounting for Managers
  • OPM 5050: Operations Management
  • ECON 3120: Intermediate Macroeconomics
    ECON 3140: Intermediate Microeconomics

Advisers at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business Career Resources Center help our MBA students define professional goals, build essential career skills, create a robust professional network and develop a job search strategy. The center’s resources and advisers are available to you as a student and after graduation.

Graduates of the SLU MBA program have been hired by Anheuser Busch, Ascension Health, Boeing, Caleres, Edward Jones, Emerson, Express Scripts, Prairie Farms, Scottrade, Spectrum Brands, UMB Bank and U.S. Bank.

Applicant Criteria

Apply to the School for Professional Studies

Students interested in the Pathway to the MBA program must apply and be accepted into both the Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies and the part-time, evening MBA program at SLU’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business.

Applications to the School of Professional Studies are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply for admission at least one month before the beginning of the term in which you wish to enroll.

To be eligible for admission, School for Professional Studies students must be at least 22 years old (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). You must have a high school diploma or a GED composite score of at least 2250, and have at least three years of work experience or the equivalent. You must also successfully complete an admission meeting with a SPS admissions counselor.

Apply to the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Applicants are reviewed for past undergraduate work, internship experience, and GMAT or GRE scores. While there is no minimum GMAT score required, the average GMAT score is 590. Average GRE scores are 150-153 on each section, quantitative and verbal. Successful applicants demonstrate a 3.0 grade point average in past academic programs.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements
Application form
Two references
GRE or GMAT scores
Personal goal statement of fewer than 500 words
Interview for one-year MBA, if necessary

Requirements for International Students
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will also need to submit:

  • Addendum form outlining certification of financial support for one year of study (if a student visa is required) submitted with necessary documentation.
  • For non-native speakers of English, an official TOEFL or IELTS score report is also required and must be sent directly from ETS or the British Council (SLU’s school code is 6629 for ETS). TOEFL and IELTS scores should be no more than two years old. We require a TOEFL score of 88 and an IELTS broadband of at least a 6.5.
  • The Pearson Test of English scores can be accepted as well.
  • A GPA on a 4.0 scale is required and should be reflected on official transcripts or documentation. All international transcripts must be calculated by the World Education Services (WES) or the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and include a course-by-course evaluation, including GPA and course levels.
  • The graduate business programs office prefers WES, but will accept ECE.
  • INTO SLU offers a pathway program for international students who are interested this course but do not meet the direct entry requirements. Visit for more information.

Application Deadline
Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis.

Review Process
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once all application materials are received. Application files are reviewed holistically (undergraduate work, internship experience, test scores and personal goal statement). The average time for admissions decisions is one week.