Master of Educational Leadership and MBA Dual Degree Program

Saint Louis University's MBA and MA (Ed) Dual Degree Program

Through SLU's MA(Ed)/MBA dual degree program, students earn a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, as well as eligibility for principal certification in Missouri. 

Students in the MA(Ed)/MBA program have a variety of career interests in the field of education, nonprofit management, education technology, and policy. This unique program equips students with the business and educational leadership skills necessary to guide educational and organizational change in the organizations they will lead. 

New students begin the program each fall semester. During their first year, students take educational leadership courses, while most of them continue to work full-time. Students may continue working and going to school at a part time pace when they take MBA courses in the second year, or they may enter the full-time MBA program which includes classes during the day.

Scholarships:  Substantial scholarships and financial support are available for students in this MA/MBA program. Through a special scholarship opportunity, students are able to earn two highly regarded masters degrees for approximately $25,000.  Additionally, students are able to stay fully employment during the program, if they choose to do so.  Student may apply and compete for graduate assistantships also.

Professional Opportunities:  The School of Business career counselors consult with MBA students regarding career opportunities. Additionally, students participate in Nexus, a professional and career development course designed to provide students with leadership and networking skills essential for today's professionals.  An Educational Leadership Program faculty member advises each graduate student and supports that student as he or she moves through the program and into a career in educational leadership.  The advisors are well-known educational leaders. 

Networking: The cohort design of this program enables students to develop close relationships with their peers and their teachers.  And, numerous networking events with local leaders in business and education further allow students to expand their professional network.

Study Abroad:  During the MBA coursework, students study abroad for two weeks between one fall and spring semesters. In recent years, students have studied business practices in Hong Kong, China. The cost is included in the program's scholarship support.

Internships: Through Saint Louis University's connections with area businesses and schools, students complete principal and non-profit internships through their first and second years.

Application Process:  Students apply to the John Cook School of Business (for the MBA) and to Graduate Education (for the MA). Most applications are submitted by May 1, though applications received after this deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

On-Line Application Requirements:

   •     Applications

   •     Current resume

   •     2 letters of recommendation

   •     Personal statement

   •     Official transcripts from all universities previously attended

   •     Official GRE or GMAT scores (required by the Business School)


Life in Saint Louis:  Located in the heart of the city's art district, Saint Louis University is central to everything the city has to offer. Saint Louis is best known for its rich culture, sports teams, museums, beautiful parks, festivals and historic architecture. Not only is there a variety of exciting activities, Saint Louis is consistently ranked among the most affordable cities in the United States. 

Contact Information:

John Cook School of Business School of Education

Nancy Biscan
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Sally Beth Lyon


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