Haub School of Business – Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Joseph’s Professional MBA Program Structure
The Haub School of Business does not offer a daytime MBA program and instead maintains a Professional MBA program for which candidates do not need work experience to apply. The Fall and Spring semesters are each 14 weeks long, and classes meet once a week from 6:30 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. The Summer semester consists of two, six-week sessions, and classes convene twice weekly from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Online classes meet for eight weeks, and chat session times vary in length and frequency. Those enrolled in the online program are welcome to take courses on campus, while those enrolled on campus can apply for online courses on a space-available basis. Students finish the program at their own pace and do not need to enroll each semester so long as they complete their degree within six years. Students using online courses can complete the program in just one year.
The Saint Joseph’s Professional MBA curriculum consists of 19 courses for a total of 53 credits required for graduation. However, students may waive up to seven of the eight Foundation Courses—those that cover basic concepts in topics such as accounting, economics, and management—by showing proof of previous academic study in relevant areas or by performing well on placement exams. Besides the eight Foundation Courses, the curriculum consists of two Gateway Courses, five Core Courses, three elective Concentration Courses, and the Global Business Strategy capstone course. While there are no sequential requirements for completing the Gateway Courses and the Core Courses, some students experience a smoother transition into their studies when taking Gateway Courses before the Core Courses. Students must complete their Elective Courses in one of 10 available concentrations: General MBA, Accounting, Business Intelligence, Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health and Medical Service Administration, International Business, International Marketing, Managing Human Capital, and Marketing. HSB also offers a new online concentration called the Data Intelligent MBA with a focus on analytical tools and “actionable data.”
The average Saint Joseph’s Professional MBA student has a GMAT score of 540-580 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.3.
HSB’s Career Development Center sponsors a number of on-campus recruiting events and personal appointments. The school also maintains relationships with businesses in the Philadelphia area and states that on average, students who remain employed while enrolled in the MBA program receive two promotions.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The Saint Joseph’s Professional MBA costs $1003 per credit for 2016-17, totaling $52,159 if no foundation courses can be waived.
HSB offers merit scholarships each semester to outstanding students applying to the Professional MBA Program. The scholarships are based on undergraduate records and GMAT scores. All applicants are considered, and potential recipients are contacted during the application process. Award amounts vary, but they are typically between $2,000 and $4,000 and last for one year only. Merit Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the MBA Program in order to retain their award and receive additional networking opportunities and access to lectures by noteworthy guest speakers.
The school also offers Graduate Assistantships, in which highly qualified students conduct research for a specific academic department for approximately 16 hours per week. Graduate Assistants must maintain a GPA of 3.0.
The Saint Joseph’s Professional MBA requires international students to receive a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT or 550 on the written TOEFL, a 6.5 overall on the IELTS, or a 60 on the PTE.
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all credits earned during undergraduate and graduate programs; two letters of recommendation; a résumé; a $35 application fee; and a personal statement that in 250 to 500 words covers applicant’s career objectives, reasons for seeking admission to the Saint Joseph’s Professional MBA, and any other additional information. Official GMAT or GRE scores from tests taken within the last seven years are also required.
For U.S. applicants, Application deadlines are as follows:
- Fall Semester deadline: July 15
- Spring Semester deadline: November 15
- Summer Semester deadline: April 15
International student deadlines are as follows:
- Fall Semester deadline: May 15
- Spring Semester deadline: November 15
Summer Semester deadline: February 15