Graduate Requirements

The John Cook School of Business graduate business programs are designed for current and aspiring business professionals to grow their expertise while reaching their personal and professional goals.

MBA Areas of Emphasis

The Master of Business Administration is intended to be an advanced management degree width breadth; therefore, our MBA curriculum includes as many nine elective hours as part of the degree. Students may decide to concentrate the electives in a particular area of study to create an area of emphasis.

Each area of emphasis requires specific coursework. Note that a course may not be applied as a requirement for more than one area of emphasis. 

Area of Emphasis Course Requirements Contact
Accounting Any nine credits of graduate accounting coursework (ACCT 5010 is not eligible) Neil Jansen at 314-977-7267 or neil.jansen@slu.edu 
Economics Any nine credits of graduate economics coursework (ECON 5010 is not eligible) Hailong Qian, Ph.D. at 314-977-3866 or hailong.qian@slu.edu 
Entrepreneurship

Nine credits of graduate courses in entrepreneurship, which must include MGT 6200 or MGT 6201 and MGT 6210, and one of the following:

  • MGT 6202
  • MGT6204
  • MGT 6350
  • FIN 6090
  • FIN 6360
  • MKT 6120
  • MKT 6150
  • MKT 6400
  • or a relevant graduate course with petition approval
David Kaplan, Ph.D. at 314-977-7156 or david.kaplan@slu.edu 
Finance Nine credits of graduate finance courses that must include FIN 6160 and FIN 6210, and one graduate finance course (FIN 6090 and FIN 6100 are not eligible) Students must take FIN 6150 as required breadth course (in lieu of FIN 6000) Brian Betker, Ph.D., at 314-977-7154 or brian.betker@slu.edu 
International Business Any nine credits of graduate international focused courses (IB 6000 is not eligible) Hadi Alhorr, Ph.D. at 314-977-3853 or hadi.alhorr@slu.edu 
Information Technology Management Any nine credits of graduate information technology courses (ITM 6000 is not eligible) Reuven Levary, Ph.D. at 314-977-3804 or reuven.levary@slu.edu 
Management Any nine credits of graduate management courses (MGT 6000, MGT 6003 and MGT 6006 are not eligible)  David Kaplan, Ph.D., at 314-977-7156 or david.kaplan@slu.edu 
Marketing Any nine credits of graduate marketing courses (MKT 6000 is not eligible) or IB 6220 Mark Arnold, Ph.D., at 314-977-3612 or mark.arnold@slu.edu 
Project Management

Nine credits of graduate project management courses that must include ITM 6050; one of the following courses:

  • OPM 6050
  • OPM 6430
  • OPM 6440 or ITM 6100;

As well as one course from the following:

  • MGT 6200
  • MGT 6201
  • MGT 6105
  • or ACCT Managing Risk Enterprise.
Reuven Levary, Ph.D. at 314-977-3804 or reuven.levary@slu.edu 
Supply Chain Management

Nine credits of graduate supply chain courses that must include OPM 6440 and OPM 6460, and three credits of any graduate-level supply chain management course.

Reuven Levary, Ph.D. at 314-977-3804 or reuven.levary@slu.edu 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

One-Year MBA

What is the advantage of the one-year MBA?

The intensive nature of SLU’s 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 in 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. Fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide are accreditated by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

How is ethics in business a part of SLU’s coursework?

Ethics in business has been embedded in SLU’s business 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.

What is the international component to the one-year MBA?

Between the fall and spring semesters, students study abroad in Hong Kong to gain valuable hands-on international business experience in fields such as marketing and finance.

Who does the one-year MBA 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 one-year MBA class start?

The next cohort will begin in the summer of 2018.

When does the one-year MBA application process begin?

Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline is May 15, 2018.

How much work experience is required?

Non-business majors may begin SLU’s one-year MBA following completion of their undergraduate degree.

SLU’s 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.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores are valid for five years so business majors may wish to consider taking the exam while still pursuing their undergraduate degree.

Evening MBA

Who is the ideal candidate for SLU’s evening MBA program?

Our ideal candidate is a working professional who values a quality AACSB-accredited graduate business education with at least one year of post-bachelor degree full-time work experience.

How is ethics in business a part of SLU’s coursework?

Ethics in business has been embedded in SLU’s business 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.

Is a business major required for admission consideration?

No. Non-business majors are eligible for admission consideration. The committee will review the quantitative academic background and the quantitative percentile of the GMAT.

Are there prerequisites before beginning SLU’s evening MBA program?

No. Those who recently graduated with a business major are eligible to petition to have some courses waived.

Is an emphasis required in the evening MBA program?

No. About one-third of our students will concentrate in a specific area. Some of the choices include entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, project management and supply chain management.

Do evening MBA students only work on a cohort basis?

No. SLU MBA students are provided many opportunities to interact with all students in the Cook School. Current students and alumni value this optimized opportunity for networking with diverse business professionals.

What if my employer requires me to travel?

We have found that most of our students have managed their schedule around their work commitments. If missing a class is unavoidable, students are asked to communicate this to their professor as soon as possible so that class notes can be obtained from the professor or a classmate. Missing more than one class is highly discouraged; however, if unavoidable, students may be asked to withdraw from the class.

What if I have an opportunity for career advancement in another city and I am halfway through my program? Will more than six credits transfer?

Yes. Our evening MBA program participates in the Jesuit MBA Network's JEBNet. Because of this  unique agreement among select Jesuit schools across the country, it is possible that more graduate credits from SLU will transfer if you relocate to another region of the country.  

This agreement provides students with an unparalleled flexibility to transfer as many graduate credits as possible to complete their MBA degree at another participating Jesuit or Catholic university. The majority of Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States, along with three Catholic, non-Jesuit universities, participate in the Jesuit MBA Network's JEBNet. Participating students are required to meet the admission requirements of the school to which they wish to transfer. More information and a list of participating schools are available at jesuitmba.org.

What is the class profile of the evening MBA program?

The average full-time post-bachelor degree work experience is six years, the average GMAT score is 580 and the average GPA is 3.3.

Who are some of the employers students work for while pursuing their SLU MBA?

Recent employers include Ameren, Anheuser Busch InBev, Boeing, Caleres, Edward Jones, Emerson, Energizer, Ernst and Young, Fleishman-Hillard, Monsanto, Nestle Purina, Novus International, Inc., Peabody Energy, Saint Louis University Hospital, Scottrade, United States Air Force and World Wide Technology.

If my company offers tuition reimbursement, how would I pay for my classes?

SLU offers a deferred payment option. Students are asked to complete the online form for the specific term to be enrolled in the deferred payment option if your employer offers a tuition reimbursement program.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes, students who receive limited education benefits from their employer are especially encouraged to apply.

Master of Accounting Requirements

The John Cook School of Business, with its continuing mission to provide excellence in business education, has developed a program to help students develop strong ethical, technical and professional accounting skills, and provides in-depth expertise in general accounting, taxation and auditing.

While all students will complete a core of required courses that will prepare them for a career in accounting and the CPA examination, the graduate accounting programs offer distinct areas of emphasis which allow students to further their knowledge in a specific discipline of accounting. Students will achieve an area of emphasis if they complete at least three elective courses in one of the three areas offered: audit, taxation or financial reporting.