La Salle University

La Salle University Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The La Salle University full-time MBA program may be completed in 12 to 22 months on the Philadelphia campus, depending on students’ specializations, electives selected and the number of prerequisites fulfilled. Students not enrolled in a business major can finish the program within 14 to 24 months. Full-time students can enter in the fall, spring, or summer and is available for students who plan to take 12 credits per semester in daytime classes. Students may take up to 13 credits per semester without incurring additional tuition fees. Students who major in Accounting, Finance, Management or Marketing may be required to attend some classes at the Bucks County or Plymouth Meeting locations depending on their course selections.

La Salle’s academic calendar is divided into fall and spring semesters of 15 weeks each, a 12-week summer semester, and two Intersession periods that fall between semesters and span two to three weeks each.

Curriculum

La Salle University full-time MBA students may specialize in Accounting, Finance, Management, Business Systems, Marketing or General Business Administration, with a minimum of 34 credits required to graduate and a maximum of 49. The curriculum includes four required course sequences, known as the Foundation, Core, Executive Perspectives and Integrative Capstone blocks. Students are also required to take three courses in their area of specialization and one elective. The Foundation courses may be waived if a student has received a B or higher in equivalent undergraduate coursework, and students may test out of these courses as well. Students may transfer up to six credits from another AACSB-accredited MBA program.

There are five Foundation courses, Applied Economic Analysis, Financial Accounting, and Financial Markets, each worth three credits; and two one-credit basic skills courses – a Professional Development Seminar and Written Communication Skills.

Meanwhile, the Core comprises three courses: Creating Customers Through Effective Marketing Management, Managerial Accounting for Decision Making, Planning and Control; and Financial Performance: Control and Measurement. The Executive Perspectives block requires students to take four additional courses in the form of Leadership: Theories and Skill Development; Information Technology For Decision-Making, Financial Statement Analysis, and Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making. In their final semester, students must complete the Integrative Capstone course in Competitive Strategy.

Class Profile

La Salle University full-time MBA students average 30 years of age. International students from approximately 15 different countries constitute 35-40 percent of the student body. The average reported GPA for students entering the program is 3.0, and the average GMAT score is 520.

Careers

The Office of Career and Employment Services offers a variety of career services for MBA students, including employer contacts and networking opportunities. The La Salle Center for Entrepreneurship offers internship opportunities, forums to connect students with business leaders and workshops and business plan support.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In the current academic year, the full-time MBA program costs $11,855 per semester, or $37,695 for the three semesters available in a year. In addition, full-time students at the School of Business must pay a general university fee of $135 and a technology fee of $150. Books and supplies, room and board, travel and personal expenses are not calculated in the cost of attendance.

Partial scholarships are available for U.S. and international full-time students with strong academic profiles – students with GMAT scores over 500 are considered for these rewards of up to $3,000 per semester. Graduate assistantships for American and international students are available on a competitive basis, paying one-half of tuition for a maximum of three terms. Graduate assistants work 15 hours a week during the school terms.

LaSalle also provides merit-based scholarships of up to $5,000 through the Sister Cities Program for students in the Full-time or One-Year Programs. Students from Sister Cities in France, Cameroon, Germany, Japan, Russia, Korea, Israel, and Poland are encouraged to apply. The deadline for fall admission is June 1.

Federal Direct Loans are available to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In-depth information about loans may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. The University also provides a deferred payment plan so that students may pay in installments over the course of the semester. A deferred payment plan for students who qualify for tuition reimbursement from their employer is also available. The plan allows students to defer payment of the portion of their tuition reimbursable under their employer’s program until 45 days after the end of the semester.

Admissions Procedures

La Salle stipulates no requirements beyond an undergraduate degree in order for prospective students to be considered eligible for any of the School of Business’s programs.

To apply to any of La Salle’s MBA programs, applicants must submit an online application form, official transcripts from all schools attended, a résumé, an essay or personal statement, and GMAT scores. Applicants may submit GRE scores with permission from the Director of their target program. All applicants who earned their undergraduate degrees outside the U.S. must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. The minimum TOEFL score required for full-time students is 230, and students submitting IELTS scores must have a minimum of 6.0.

Some students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better may be admitted into the first semester of the full-time program without the GMAT test scores. Conditionally accepted students are required to successfully complete the GMAT by the end of their first enrolled semester and are not eligible for financial aid or loans until they are fully accepted to the program. Applicants with an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited program who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or above may apply for a GMAT and GRE waiver, as can applicants possessing a master’s, Ph.D. degree or equivalent.

Application Deadlines

La Salle recommends that all documents be submitted by August 1 for the fall semester, December 15 for the spring, and April 15 for summer. At the program’s discretion, students may be admitted up to the first day of classes of each term. While there is no formal application deadline for the One-Year program either, the school recommends that all information be sent to the Office of Graduate Enrollment by August 1. Applicants are notified of admission decisions on a rolling basis – when their file is complete, candidates should hear back within two to three weeks.