La Salle University

La Salle University Part-Time Hybrid MBA Program Structure

The La Salle University part-time Hybrid MBA program allows working professionals the flexibility of completing their degree with courses that are 50 percent online and 50 percent in-person. Courses take place at the Newtown, Plymouth Meeting, and Philadelphia campuses. The courses that comprise the part-time Hybrid MBA are divided into five sections: Foundation, Core, Specialization, Executive Perspectives, and the Integrative Capstone. 33 to 45 credits are required for the degree, and the required number of credits varies according to each student’s professional and academic background.

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

Three courses make up the Foundation portion of the part-time MBA. These three-credit courses are required, but may be waived commensurate with each student’s professional and academic background. The classes – Applied Economic Analysis, Financial Accounting: A User Focus, and Financial Accounting, are meant to provide a functional basis in business theory that will inform future work.

Core courses are also worth three credits each, and extend the student’s practical knowledge and applied skills. Focused on the areas of marketing, accounting, and financial management, the core classes offer a conceptual framework that students can apply directly in workplace situations. The core classes are Creating Customers Through Effective Marketing Management; Managerial Accounting for Decision Making, Planning, and Control; Financial Performance: Control and Measurement; and Business Analytics for Informed and Effective Decision Making.

Students are required to decide upon one area of specialization, and course availability at each campus location is dependent upon student interest. With offerings in Accounting, Finance, Business Systems and Analytics, Management, Marketing or General Business Administration, the Specialization section of the part-time MBA allows students to gain specificity in their studies. Notably, the General Business Administration course offers students the opportunity to design their own specialization made up of three courses. A dual specialization is also available. Consultation with an adviser is strongly suggested for those who wish to choose either of these options.

The Executive Perspectives section is also comprised of three-credit courses, which inform students’ leadership skills in addition to training them in the technological aspects of management. Classes in the Executive Perspectives area are Developing Your Leadership Skills; Information Technology for Decision Making; Financial Statement Analysis; and Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making.

The part-time MBA culminates with the Integrative Capstone course, Competitive Strategy. Meant to combine prior knowledge with the ethical, strategic, legal and global perspectives that are vital in business, the Integrative Capstone challenges students to further apply their learning in real-world scenarios.

Class Profile

On average, students in La Salle’s part-time programs are 32 years old and have seven to nine years of work experience. The average GMAT score reported is 520, and the average undergraduate GPA 3.0.

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

Part-time students in the flexible MBA program pay the university $1,000 per credit hour; all MBA courses are three credits. In addition, students at the School of Business must pay a general university fee of $135 and a technology fee of $150 per semester. 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.

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 who have served in the military are qualified to receive Veterans’ benefits to help fund their studies.

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, 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 Admissions Committee states that it does not require minimum GPAs and GMAT scores. Rather, the entire picture of the applicant’s professional accomplishments along with academic experience are taken into account. Based upon each applicant’s level of experience, the Committee offers three levels of admission: Full, Qualified, and Conditional.

Fully admitted students are issued a Model Roster. With Qualified Admission, applicants who have at least a 3.0 GPA in their bachelor’s degree can take four courses. Upon successful completion of these courses with an overall GPA of 3.3, students can gain full acceptance without the necessity of taking the GMAT or GRE. 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

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 – one their file is complete, candidates should hear back within two to three weeks.