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Sacred Heart University John F. Welch College of Business Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Finance, General Management, Marketing
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 49% accepted out of 111 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.41
  • Average Years Work Experience: 7
  • In State Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

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

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants to the MBA program at SHU's Welch College of Business must submit the following materials: a completed online application; official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended (showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA); a personal statement of career and academic goals and a summary of relevant business experience; two letters o...Applicants to the MBA program at SHU's Welch College of Business must submit the following materials: a completed online application; official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended (showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA); a personal statement of career and academic goals and a summary of relevant business experience; two letters of recommendation; a current professional resume; and an official GMAT score report (applicants with at least two years professional work experience must score a minimum of 400; for all others, the minimum score is 500). International applicants, including applicants to the MBA program in Luxembourg, must submit transcripts in English; foreign language transcripts must be translated and analyzed by an approved professional service. Applicants whose first language is not English (except those with a degree from an English-language institution) must submit an official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS. Students should anticipate at least a three month wait in the issuance of student visas for the Luxembourg program. The Luxembourg program runs approximately nine six-week sessions per year; students may apply for admission and begin the program during any session. The Fairfield campus operates on a trimester calendar.

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Important Dates

Round 1
September

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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 146
Total Full-Time Faculty 25
Full-Time Faculty 89%

Student Life

“Most students are commuters who hold jobs during the day” at Welch, although “The students who come directly from undergraduate work appear to do a lot together.” MBAs agree that in its current manifestation, the school's extracurricular life “is mainly geared towards the full-time undergraduates (concerts, clubs, student activities, sports). The graduate schools tend to just focus on classes and not student life.” However, they also note that “The business school is just starting to survey its students about how we want help: network with alumni and other community leaders [versus] speakers, etc.” That bodes well for the future. For now, though, “If you are not already a part of the uni­versity via undergrad work or currently working at the school, there is a major gap between the university and its graduate students.” The student body is a mix of seasoned professionals and freshly minted BAs. The older students “are personable and knowledgeable without being ‘know-it-alls.’” All students in the program enjoy a “strong sense of collegiality and collaboration.”

Career

SHU's Office of Career Development offers a range of services to MBA students. Staff members provide assistance with resume creation and critique; conduct seminars on interview skills; maintain online job postings; and organize on-campus job fairs and interview sessions. The office hired a full-time Assistant Director whose primary focus is on MBA student internships and job placement. During a recent academic school year, 105 employers attended the school's annual career fair and 19 employers interviewed on campus, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Electric, Target, Ernst & Young, Sikorsky, KPMG, and Legg Mason.

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Students Say

The imprimatur of Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, impresses many MBAs at Sacred Heart University. “I'm a big fan of Jack Welch,” one current student tells us; “the name Welch being attached to the school will hopefully bring much more recogni­tion,” another adds hopefully. The GE connection isn't lost on students either; the fact that the program “is held in high regard by GE in Connecticut,” where many of these graduates will eventually seek employment, is a key factor in their decision to pursue the Welch MBA.Sacred Heart is not merely relying on a famous name to attract and satisfy students. In 2009, the school introduced a new curriculum that begins with a fixed integrated core curriculum that “is very applicable to the real world” and culminates in concentration work in accounting, finance, marketing, or management. Students note that “the new Welch MBA format has been a monumental task to get rolling” and commend “the staff and professors[, who] go above and beyond to make sure each student is heard and pre­pared for the tasks at hand.” They call the new curriculum “an interesting and exciting new take on the traditional MBA” with a “dynamic new format [that] is very interesting and keeps us on our toes!” The program “fully embraces the fast-paced changes of the modern world” and “trains students to be more than analytical” in order to produce “effective leaders and decision makers, ready to go.”Students commend “the breadth and depth of knowledge of the faculty” at Welch, call­ing their teachers an “outstanding group of professors with diverse backgrounds to teach various aspects of the business world. Their skills and knowledge in their particular sub­ject is outstanding and…[set within] today's business world.” Because “the school is not too large,” students benefit from “the opportunity to get to know one another” and their teachers in the classroom. Through an international MBA in Luxembourg offering con­centrations in finance and general management, Welch students have the opportunity to undertake internships in finance, marketing, international business and information technology in Luxembourg.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.sacredheart.edu/campuslife/internationalstudentservices/internationalstudentguide/

  • Study Abroad:

    We offer our MBA program and Graduate Certificates in Business (Finance, Leadership and Accounting) at our campus in Luxembourg.

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