La Salle University

La Salle University One-Year MBA Program Structure

The La Salle University One-Year MBA program is tailored to fit the needs of students in various stages of professional development. Those who possess an undergraduate degree or a minor in business may complete the program in as little as 12 months, while those without an undergraduate background in business must take pre-MBA foundation courses before beginning the program. A small group of faculty members teach all the courses in the curriculum, which students take in a set sequence.

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. While most courses are worth three credit hours, courses offered in the Intersession periods are generally worth one or one and a half credits each.

Curriculum

The La Salle University One-Year MBA program offers students a choice of three set course sequences. The Investment Analysis track has two areas in which students can focus their studies: the CFA/Managerial Finance Track which is comprised of 42.5 credits; and an Accounting Track of 36-39 credits. A Dual-Degree program, in which students complete an MBA in Accounting as the final year of a four-year joint degree, is also available to La Salle undergraduates.

Applicants to the One-Year program who do not have an undergraduate business degree are required to take the pre-MBA foundation courses before entry into the program. The courses introduce concepts in statistics, finance, business economics, accounting and management.

One-Year students in the Investment Analysis tracks take 16.5 credit hours in the fall semester. For all three tracks, the fall semester is followed by a 1.5-credit online Intersession period, a spring semester of 15 credits, and a summer semester of nine credits.

Class Profile

Students in the La Salle University One-Year MBA program are generally recent graduates, with an average age of 23 years old. About 55 percent are male, and a quarter of the class is international. The average GMAT score reported is 510, and the average is GPA 3.15. Enrollment for the One-Year program is capped at 50 students.

Careers

The Office of Career and Employment Services offers a variety of career services for MBA students, including connections with employers offering internships and co-ops. The La Salle Center for Entrepreneurship offers internship opportunities, forums to connect students with business leaders and workshops and business plan support.

Those who are seeking CFA designation and CPA training have a wealth of opportunities at La Salle. There are several options for reaching the 150-credit CPA requirement, and the Investment/Financial Analysis Track within the Finance major offers specialized training for the CFA exam. Additionally, the MBA program has a strong specialty for those in pursuit of career advancement in the field of Risk Management Insurance.

Among the top financial services firms that employ La Salle grads are PwC, Johnson and Johnson, KPMG, J.P. Morgan Chase, Vanguard, and Deloitte LLP.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the La Salle University One-Year MBA program is $39,900 for a full year (not including students that need to take additional pre-MBA courses) and includes all fees. In addition, full-time students at the School of Business must pay a general university fee of $135 and a technology fee of $100. Students interested in reserving parking spaces must pay $30 per semester. Books and supplies, room and board, travel and personal expenses are not calculated in the cost of attendance.

Students report living expenses ranging from $1,200 to $1,500 per month.

Work opportunities on campus are also available, and such positions compensate students at minimum wage for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

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.

Students in the One-Year MBA Program are eligible for partial scholarships of $3,000-6,000 based upon their GRE or GMAT scores. Also available is the 25 percent Beta Gamma Sigma Tuition Discount, which is offered to students worldwide who are members of the organization. The Sister Cities Scholarship offers $5,000 per year to students from one of the ten cities that are part of the program.

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 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. The application fee of $35 is waived for prospective students who apply online.

Some students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better may be admitted into the first semester of the part-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 many applicants possessing a master’s or Ph.D. degree or equivalent.

Application Deadlines

While there is no formal application deadline for the One-Year program, the school recommends that all information be received by the Office of Graduate Enrollment by August 1. Applicants are notified of admission decisions on a rolling basis – once their file is complete, candidates should hear back within two to three weeks.