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Washington University, St. Louis, Olin Business School Full Time MBA

Collegial and collaborative describe the Olin community. With approximately 1,800 students in 12 degree programs, class size is perfect for interactive learning, team-focused work and first-name-basis relationships with professors. Flexible curriculum allows for career-oriented experiences every semester like consulting projects in the U.S. or abroad, internships and board fellowships, plus study options on six continents. Entrepreneurship courses and competitions foster a thriving startup environment. Olin alumni lead with purpose, integrity and critical thinking skills required to succeed in the global economy.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 142
Tuition (Total) $100,225
Average Starting Salary $96,207

Program Information

Washington University in St. Louis John M. Olin School of Business Says

Collegial and collaborative describe the Olin community. With approximately 1,800 students in 12 degree programs, class size is perfect for interactive learning, team-focused work and first-name-basis relationships with professors. Flexible curriculum allows for career-oriented experiences every semester like consulting projects in the U.S. or abroad, internships and board fellowships, plus study options on six continents. Entrepreneurship courses and competitions foster a thriving startup environment. Olin alumni lead with purpose, integrity and critical thinking skills required to succeed in the global economy.

Specializations Offered: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration and Management, Human Resources, Investment Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Strategy, Supply Chain Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#31 Businessweek Full Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)
#12 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 34% accepted out of 1289 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.43
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 697
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Olin looks for self-directed, disciplined professionals who will be highly involved in the MBA community as demonstrated by their academic proficiency, leadership potential, communication skills, and history of participation in extracurricular activities. To apply to Olin, students must submit a completed application form (which includes several es...Olin looks for self-directed, disciplined professionals who will be highly involved in the MBA community as demonstrated by their academic proficiency, leadership potential, communication skills, and history of participation in extracurricular activities. To apply to Olin, students must submit a completed application form (which includes several essays and a resume), official transcripts from college, two letters of recommendation, GMAT scores, and, for international students, TOEFL scores. Though there are no official minimums for entry into the program, last year's incoming class had an average GMAT score of 686 and an average GPA of 3.42. There is also no minimum work requirement, though the average work experience for students in last year's entering class was 4 years.

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Important Dates

Round 1
November

15

Deadline
August

25

Start
Round 2
January

4

Deadline
August

25

Start
Round 3
February

15

Deadline
August

25

Start
Round 4
April

1

Deadline
August

25

Start

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This Program Include: Citi, Deloitte Consulting, Lumeris Healthcare, Emerson, Kimberly-Clark

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Financial Services 18% $91,071
Other 17% $90,667
Consumer Products 16% $98,857
Pharma / Biotech / Healthcare 15% $97,876
Consulting 10% $114,722
Manufacturing 8% $98,250
Technology 7% $89,000
Non Profit 4% $71,000

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 636
Percent International Students 34%
Total Full-Time Faculty 126
Full-Time Faculty 63%

Student Life

MBA candidates find Olin to be a “very inclusive” program, replete with “friendly” stu­dents who are definitely “open to building relationships.” A first-year supports this notion stating, “As a small program, I can honestly say I knew everyone in my class by the end of the first semester and had the opportunity to work with a diverse team.” And a second-year quickly follows up, “We know that our success requires teamwork and col­laboration, so we are all sure to respect each other and help out where we can.” Further, “We have insanely diverse backgrounds and experiences that lead to fun and engaging in-classroom and outside classroom discussion. We are passionate, but not cut-throat competitive.” Additionally, you can be assured that “there’s never a dull moment” at Olin. To begin with, “you have so many ways to explore all of your interests and meet incredible thinkers and business leaders.” Indeed, “there are events nearly every day of the week to attend. Workshops, fairs, club events, social events, etc can quickly fill up our sched­ules.” Beyond the campus, students can readily take advantage of St. Louis, “a fantastic city [in which] to be a student. There are a ton of free museums and activities to take part in on the weekend, and the city as a whole is experiencing a renaissance right now. [And] because rents are cheap, it’s possible to have a fantastic apartment or house on a student budget.”

Career

When it comes to the job market, Olin MBAs are definitely competitive applicants (as evidenced by “very high post graduation employment rates”). Indeed, Wash U. “has a great reputation with a number of outstanding companies that hire for…general corpo­rate management, finance, and operations.” Additionally, as one marketing student proudly reveals, there’s a “strong recruiting presence for brand management” as well. Many students are also “extremely impressed by [the] career services office.” The coun­selors available provide fantastic, personalized advice tailored to each student’s individ­ual skill-sets and professional interests. While you can definitely find a smattering of Wash U. MBAs scattered about the country, the majority of graduates finds jobs within the Midwest. Employers that frequently hire Wash. U. students include Citigroup, First National Bank of Omaha, IBM, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson, Emerson, and Nestle Purina Pet Care.

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Students Say

Washington University’s stellar MBA program “has a reputation for academic excellence without a hyper-competitive atmosphere.” The small class sizes really allow for a “com­munity based learning experience, [both] in and out of the classroom.” Additionally, Olin affords students a “large degree of flexibility in course selection” and many “credits can be electives.” Ultimately, this “provides students with a lot of freedom to design their own path.” Further, most MBA candidates highlight both the finance and entrepreneur­ship programs as especially strong. Just as essential, Olin manages to attract (and retain) “very friendly and smart” profes­sors who are quite “approachable and…willing to spend time talking with you and dis­cussing about current trends in business.” Indeed, they “are generally very interested in individuals outside of their presence in the classroom, and they are even willing to share contacts with past students if a connection can be made.” For the most part, students have had positive interactions with the administration as well. A second-year shares, “The administration and staff [are] very engaging and will­ing to help out wherever possible…Every challenge I have faced was resolved within a week.” A content peer chimes in, “The school’s administration and faculty met and exceeded my expectations. They strive to make the program an individualized experi­ence: one where you feel as though you, as an individual, have the potential to bring sig­nificant value to the program, the classroom, and the Olin community.” Finally, a first-year student succinctly summarizes, “The overall academic experience has been phe­nomenal.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Research in Economics and Strategy (CRES); Boeing Center for Technology, Information, and Manufacturing (BCTIM); Center for Health Care Policy; The Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; Institute for Innovation and Growth; Center for Finance and Accounting Research (CFAR)

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Several clubs including the Greater China Club (http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/gcc/about/). Korean Students Club (http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/kosa/about/) the Olin Inidian Club (http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/oic/about/) ; Olin Japan Association (http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/oja/about/) ; and the Olin International Business Association (http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/iba/about/)

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Olin BranchOut Alliance. (http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/obo/about/)

  • Minority Support Groups:

    The Business Minority Council http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/bmc/home/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Peer tutoring is arranged on an individual, as-needed basis through the MBA programs student services office. There is no charge to the student for this service.

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Research in Economics and Strategy (CRES); Boeing Center for Technology, Information, and Manufacturing (BCTIM); Center for Health Care Policy; The Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; Institute for Innovation and Growth; Center for Finance and Accounting Research (CFAR)

  • Study Abroad:

    France: EM Lyon and Paris Dauphine; Germany: Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, WHU-Koblenz; England: Manchester Business School; Spain: ESADE; Hong Kong: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)and City University of Hong Kong; India: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta

  • Women Support Groups:

    The Olin Women in Business (OWIB) group. http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/owib/about/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Washington University in St. Louis John M. Olin School of Business include:

William J. Shaw MBA 1972 - President & COO, Marriott International

W. Patrick McGinnis MBA 1972 - President & CEO, Nestle Purina Pet Care

Jim Weddle, MBA 1977 - Managing Partner, Edward Jones

Edward A. Mueller, MBA 1988 - Chairman & CEO, Qwest Communications

David Peacock, MBA 2000 - President, Anheuser-Busch

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Citi, Deloitte Consulting, Lumeris Healthcare, Emerson, Kimberly-Clark

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 40% $94,758
Technical 38% $95,819
Marketing / Sales 29% $91,800
Finance / Accounting 26% $91,300
Consulting 25% $103,217
Other 23% $92,429
Financial Services 21% $90,176
Consulting 15% $103,583
Other 13% $95,286
Manufacturing 8% $91,057
General Management 7% $93,000
Operations / Logistics 6% $85,000
Other 5% $88,467

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 79%
Three Month Employment 96%
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