Kellstadt Graduate School of Business – DePaul University

Kellstadt Weekend MBA Program Structure

To fit the diverse needs of part-time students, DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business offers Evening, Morning, and Weekend MBA options. The Kellstadt Weekend MBA program is comprised of 18 courses for a total of 72 quarter hours and takes place exclusively on the O’Hare Campus. On alternating Saturdays, classes meet from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., to accommodate for student work schedules. During the interim weeks, students have distance learning responsibilities. The cohort structure ensures that students begin and complete the required coursework as a unit. Once the core courses are finished, students have the freedom to pursue more personalized concentrations.

Curriculum

The Kellstadt Weekend MBA curriculum is delivered through a hybrid combination of traditional lecture and online learning. The every other Saturday coursework is supplemented by distance learning during the interim weeks using DePaul’s Course Online and Desire2Learn tools. These resources provide course materials, email, discussion boards, workgroup space, document sharing, video/audio clips, incorporate PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and more to encourage interaction between students and faculty in an online learning environment.

DePaul’s MBA curriculum is consistent regardless of the delivery format. The core curriculum of 18 required courses–11 core courses plus 5 electives – although certain core courses may be waived based on prior academic work. Kellstadt’s MBA core curriculum is supplemented by a choice of 15 MBA concentrations based on personal business interest within the following departments: Accounting and Management Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Hospitality, Management, Marketing, and Real Estate. However, only the Finance and Operations Management concentrations of the 35 total are guaranteed to be available in the Weekend MBA format on the O’Hare campus. In order to pursue any of the other concentrations it may be necessary for students to travel to the Main Loop campus, potentially outside of traditional Weekend MBA Program classroom hours.

Careers

Kellstadt full-time MBA students have access to the Kellstadt Career Management Center, where they can develop career action plans. Career experts offer in-depth resources and personalized advice while connecting students to employers and industry leaders. The center has also launched Handshake, an online hub for job and internship postings, career fair and event registration, mentor connections, and more.

Ninety-four percent of all MBA students from the most recent graduating class found employment after graduation while 1 percent continued their education. The accounting industry was the top industry for jobs, followed by financial services, consulting, manufacturing and healthcare.

There are around 56,000 DePaul business alumni, providing in-roads at top corporate employers: Abbott, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McGladrey, PNC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton LLP, Coyote Logistics, Crowe Horwath LLP, Northwestern Mutual: the Effner Financial Group, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., BDO Seidman, LLP, JPMorgan Chase, and Kraft Foods.

There are also an array of student organizations on campus that play an important networking role including the Circle of Finance Opportunities (CFO), Graduate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (GWB), and the Kellstadt Finance Community (KFC) to name a few.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2016-17 Kellstadt course rate is $1,040 per credit hour. Housing costs for the Lincoln Park room vary between $7,095 and $11,106 per person for the academic year. Housing costs for the University Center rooms vary between $8,646 and $14,352.

All permanent U.S. residents and citizens can apply for federal student loans via fafsa.gov. DePaul offers a direct payment plans for students who are eligible for tuition benefits from their employers. Admitted students are also able to apply for graduate assistant positions if they don’t have full time work commitments. Limited scholarship funding is also available upon offer of admission.

Admissions Procedures

Kellstadt domestic student applicants must submit the following materials:

A $60 application fee, resume, official transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores (may be waived for certain applicants), two letters of recommendation, and an essay. The essay must explain their personal/professional interest in the program to which they are applying. Applicants may submit a second optional essay to provide details to the admission committee that the applicant would like for the admission committee to consider in the admission decision.

Interviews are only required for applicants to the Accelerated full-time MBA program, other applicants may be required to schedule an interview if the Admission Committee deems it necessary.

International applicants with non-U.S. credentials are required to submit all transcripts, marks sheets, degree certificates, and graduation diplomas for review to one of three evaluation companies listed on the admissions website: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.; Educational Perspectives; or One Earth International Credential Evaluation.

Non-native English speakers who have not completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States are asked to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English (PTE).

Application Deadlines

The Weekend MBA program starts in the fall, but students may submit their applications any time of year. The admission committee meets in February, April and July to make decisions on applicants. Students who apply after August 1 may have their applications considered if space remains available.