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Ethics in business has been imbedded in our curriculum from the beginning, as Jesuit tradition demands excellence in research, teaching and service to humanity.  The university’s mission requires that we honor human dignity as we promote the common good by becoming men and women for others in everything we do. 

A 10-day study abroad to Hong Kong is included in the curriculum which takes place between the second and third semester (early January).  The course includes a mixture of classroom discussion about Asia-focused business case studies, guest speakers, and visits around the Hong Kong business community.

Dual degree students who join the One Year MBA program enhance the classroom experience.  Dual degrees offered alongside the MBA include MHA, JD, MD, MA of Educational Leadership and MA of Sustainability.

Long tradition of national recognition for our Centers of Distinction in Entrepreneurship, International Business and Supply Chain Management.

Recent Guest speakers and panelists invited to the John Cook School of Business include William Thompson, President and CEO of SSM Healthcare;  General Paul Selva, Commander of America’s Worldwide Air Mobility Command;  Bob Costas, sportscaster; William DeWitt III, St. Louis Cardinals President.  

In your job search, you will work in partnership with a Career Advisor and our Career Resources Center (CRC) to refine 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, students will explore topics and skills related to effective professional development and career management.  Support, resources, and advisement from the CRC is available to you as a current student, after graduation and beyond.

Employers recognize the accelerated pace of the One Year MBA means our graduates are able to handle heavy workloads and multiple deadlines.  Our students learn skills which are highly valued by employers, give our students a competitive edge and translate successfully to the workplace.

Names of employers who have hired our One Year MBA students include Anheuser Busch,  Ascension Health, Boeing, Brown Shoe, Edward Jones, Emerson, Express Scripts, Forest Pharmaceuticals, Netchemia, Parkside Financial, Prairie Farms, Scottrade, Spectrum Brands, UMB Bank, US Bank, and Yurbuds.

A prerequisite before beginning classes includes the completion of MBA Math, an online course which covers business fundamentals (accounting, economics, statistics).   

The 2016 classroom profile includes a student body of 37 students consisting of 20% international and 49% female.  The average GMAT score was 580, the average post-bachelor degree work experience was 2.5 years, and the average GPA was 3.4.  

Countries represented in the past five years include Australia, Barbados, Canada, China, Columbia, Turkey, Hungary, India, Iraq Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates.


One-Year MBA Frequently Asked Questions

No work experience is required for non-business degree holders

Why did SLU decide to revise the admission criteria?

Historically, we have always accepted students without work experience into the dual degree programs. Over the last few years, we have seen a growing interest from individuals early in their professional careers with little to no work experience.

What is the advantage of the One-Year MBA?

The intensive nature of the Saint Louis University One-Year MBA program encourages thinking across disciplines and learning by immersion so students graduate with a thorough understanding of the business world. Each cohort is comprised of students from diverse educational backgrounds and experiences. Additionally, the program can be completed in less than one calendar year; nearly half the time (and cost) of a traditional two-year full-time MBA program.

What distinguishes SLU’s program from other one-year programs?

Saint Louis University offers the only AACSB accredited One-Year MBA program in the region. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide receive the distinction of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The accelerated (or one-year) format is well established and offered at schools such as Northwestern, SMU, and Emory, but these programs require work experience and pre-requisite coursework. SLU’s One-Year MBA is unique in the fact that no pre-requisite courses are required prior to entry. Seattle University and Xavier University also offer similar programs for students early in their professional careers.

What is the international component to the program?

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

Who does this program attract?

The One-Year MBA is designed for high academic achievers who are interested in experiencing a program that combines academic rigor, experiential learning, professional development, and a team-centered environment in the Jesuit tradition.

When does the next class start?

Summer 2017

When does the application process begin?

Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline is May 28, 2017.

How much work experience is required?

Non-business majors may begin the One-Year MBA following completion of their undergraduate degree.

The One-Year MBA is a cohort program and there are no course waivers. Since business majors will have taken the foundation business classes as part of their undergraduate curriculum, they are first encouraged to gain some work experience before considering the Professional MBA program at Saint Louis University. GMAT scores are valid for five years so business majors may wish to consider taking the exam while still pursuing their undergraduate degree.

Will One-Year MBA students take classes with Professional MBA students?

One-Year MBA students will take all of their core classes together, but share elective courses with students from the Professional MBA program. This provides One-Year MBA students with the opportunity to build professional networks with Professional MBA students.

Where can I learn more?

Call (314) 977-6221 or (800) 570-1801

Email: gradbiz@slu.edu

How much will this program cost?

Tuition for 2017-2018 of $57,910. Airfare and lodging for the study abroad trip are included in the tuition cost. Merit-based scholarships are awarded at admission, and are determined by GMAT score, work (or internship) experience, and overall strength of a student’s application. Competitive scholarships are also available.

Does SLU offer a part-time MBA program?

Yes. Saint Louis University’s Professional MBA program continues to attract individuals who want to earn their degree while building their career. Classes are offered at both our campus in midtown St. Louis and on the campus of Logan University in Chesterfield.

Does SLU offer other graduate-level business programs?

Yes. Saint Louis University offers the Master of Accounting, Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, Master of Science in Applied Financial Economics, and Master of International Business, Executive (EMIB) format programs. We also offer a PhD in International Business and Marketing.