Business Administration

Saint Louis University’s AACSB-accredited Master of Business Administration program, offered by the John Cook School of Business, equips you to excel in the global business marketplace.


About the Program

There are two options for completing SLU’s business administration master’s program: the evening option is designed for currently employed professionals, and the one-year option is for full-time students.

One-year MBA

The one-year MBA is a cohort-based program that begins each summer and spans three terms — summer, fall and spring. Prior work experience is not necessary. The summer session is an accelerated schedule, where the fundamentals of the MBA program are met. The fall session builds on the summer courses and allows students to take electives in the evenings. The spring session has fewer courses allowing more time for internships and a focus on career development. During the final session students also complete the capstone course, a live consulting case where students work in teams, using the skills they have developed during the previous two semesters.  

Between the fall and spring semesters, students will study abroad for one week in Hong Kong to gain valuable hands-on international business experience.

Evening MBA

The Cook School has tailored the part-time, evening MBA program to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Courses are offered weekday evenings (Monday through Thursday), generally 6 to 9 p.m. To increase flexibility, you can begin the program in February, May or September.

While most AACSB-accredited schools only allow you to transfer up to six credits if needed, SLU’s agreement with the Jesuit MBA network allows you to transfer more credits to partner Jesuit schools.

Both offer the option to concentrate your elective coursework in emphasis areas that include accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.

Program Highlights

SLU’s MBA program makes you a marketable, business savvy job candidate who is capable of meeting large challenges.

In the one-year MBA program, a week-long study abroad trip to Hong Kong is included in the curriculum. The trip is in early January, between the second and third semesters, and includes a mixture of classroom discussion about Asia-focused business case studies, guest speakers and visits around Hong Kong’s business community.

One-Year MBA Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s one-year MBA spans three terms — summer, fall and spring. You’ll start in the summer, taking MBA foundation courses during the weekdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and then average 15 credits hours per semester in the fall and spring. Over winter break, you’ll go on a one-week travel abroad experience.

Evening MBA Curriculum and Program Details
In the part-time evening MBA program, courses are offered in the evenings Monday through Thursday, allowing you to complete the program while working and maintaining your personal responsibilities. On average, SLU evening MBA students complete the program in two-and-a-half years but are allotted up to five years, if necessary, allowing you to maintain a balance between your personal and professional life.  
Faculty
  • Michael Alderson, Ph.D.
  • Hadi Alhorr, Ph.D.
  • Mark Arnold, Ph.D.
  • Heather Bednarek, Ph.D.
  • Mamoun Benmamoun, Ph.D.
  • Palash Bera, Ph.D.
  • Brian Betker, Ph.D.
  • Laurel Pope Boone, J.D.
  • Brett Boyle, Ph.D.
  • Rob Boyle, Ph.D.
  • Brad Carlson, Ph.D.
  • Bidisha Chakrabarty, Ph.D.
  • Jaya Dey, Ph.D.
  • Scott Duellman, Ph.D.
  • Mark E. Ferris, Ph.D.
  • Jim Fisher, Ph.D.
  • Ross Heller, M.D.
  • Helen Hurwitz, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Islam, Ph.D.
  • Neil Jansen, M.Pacc.
  • Anastasios Kaburakis, Ph.D.,J.D.
  • Andrew Kaikati, Ph.D.
  • David Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Jerome Katz, Ph.D.
  • Timothy Keane, Ph.D.
  • Seung H. Kim, Ph.D.
  • Ik-Whan Kwon, Ph.D.
  • Reuven Levary, Ph.D.
  • Carl Maertz, Ph.D.
  • John McGowan, Ph.D.
  • Elouise Mintz, Ph.D.
  • Alireza Nasseh, Ph.D.
  • Fred Niederman, Ph.D.
  • Debbie Pike, MBA
  • David Rapach, Ph.D.
  • Scott Safranski, Ph.D.
  • David Sanders
  • Ananth Seetharman, Ph.D.
  • Michael Shaner, Ph.D.
  • Nitish Singh, Ph.D.
  • Yan Sun, Ph.D.
  • Jintong Tang, Ph.D.
  • Vincent Volpe, J.D.
  • Patrick J. Welch, Ph.D.
  • Hongxin (John) Zhao, Ph.D.
  • Weimin Wang, Ph.D.
  • Xu (Frank) Wang, Ph.D.
Careers
 

Advisers at the John Cook 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. Through the Nexus Series courses, as well as individualized career advising, you will explore topics and skills related to effective professional development and career management. The center’s support, resources and advisement 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, Brown Shoe, Edward Jones, Emerson, Express Scripts, Forest Pharmaceuticals, Netchemia, Parkside Financial, Prairie Farms, Scottrade, Spectrum Brands, UMB Bank, U.S. Bank and Yurbuds.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

All students admitted to SLU’s MBA program are considered for merit-based scholarships. Awards range from the cost of one course up to six courses. Students are evaluated on the strength of their GMAT score, their undergraduate GPA and work experience.

A limited number of competitive graduate assistantships are also available to full-time MBA students in the one-year program. Graduate assistantships offer a stipend of up to $1,800 per semester in exchange for 10 hours of work per week, and are available only for fall and spring semesters.  

Applicant Criteria

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
Transcript(s)
Two references
GRE or GMAT scores
Résumé
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 intostudy.com/slu/programs for more information.

Application Deadline

Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis. For priority consideration for the one-year MBA program, apply by May 31.

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.


Accreditation

Accredited by AACSB International

The John Cook School of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business.