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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - School of Business Full Time MBA

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at SIUE is designed to develop the professional capabilities of managers working in business. The central objective of the curriculum is to enhance quality and innovation in the analysis, interpretation, and use of information for formulating, communicating and implementing managerial decisions in business organizations. The ethical management of resources in a global environment is emphasized through the curriculum. Students completing the program should be prepared to engage in managerial careers leading to advancement through middle and upper level positions in business and not-for-profit organizations. Required courses in quantitative analysis, decision making and negotiation will sharpen the ability of students to apply models and skills and integrate knowledge across disciplinary areas. Students will be exposed to disciplinary knowledge in accounting, information systems, economics, finance, marketing, management, and production. Students can select a specialization in management information systems, a concentration in project management, or four elective courses that will fit their specific career objectives. Beginning with Fall 2014, courses will be offered in the hybrid and online formats in an eight week terms! Hybrid format courses meet once a week in the evening on the Edwardsville campus within 30 minutes of downtown St. Louis. Online format courses may require some in person meetings or exams. Explore the Program Options link to the left and learn more about the formats!

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Program Information

Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville School of Business Says

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at SIUE is designed to develop the professional capabilities of managers working in business. The central objective of the curriculum is to enhance quality and innovation in the analysis, interpretation, and use of information for formulating, communicating and implementing managerial decisions in business organizations. The ethical management of resources in a global environment is emphasized through the curriculum. Students completing the program should be prepared to engage in managerial careers leading to advancement through middle and upper level positions in business and not-for-profit organizations. Required courses in quantitative analysis, decision making and negotiation will sharpen the ability of students to apply models and skills and integrate knowledge across disciplinary areas. Students will be exposed to disciplinary knowledge in accounting, information systems, economics, finance, marketing, management, and production. Students can select a specialization in management information systems, a concentration in project management, or four elective courses that will fit their specific career objectives.

Beginning with Fall 2014, courses will be offered in the hybrid and online formats in an eight week terms! Hybrid format courses meet once a week in the evening on the Edwardsville campus within 30 minutes of downtown St. Louis. Online format courses may require some in person meetings or exams. Explore the Program Options link to the left and learn more about the formats!

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 72% accepted out of 126 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.15
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 495
  • Average Years Work Experience: 6
  • Application Fee: $30

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

Admission Information

Applicants to the SIUE MBA program must apply for admission to the university Graduate School, which includes submitting official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work and an official GMAT score report (applicants holding a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree need not submit GMAT scores). Admissions decisions are based primarily on undergradua...Applicants to the SIUE MBA program must apply for admission to the university Graduate School, which includes submitting official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work and an official GMAT score report (applicants holding a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree need not submit GMAT scores). Admissions decisions are based primarily on undergraduate performance and GMAT scores (recent entering class had an average GPA of 3.2 and average GMAT score of 529). The school recommends at least two years of work experience prior to entering the program. Entering students must demonstrate proficiency (typically through undergraduates coursework) in statistics and computer software; students lacking these proficiencies will be required to complete nondegree courses in the subjects in order to gain proficiency. International applicants must meet all the above criteria and submit an official TOEFL score report (minimum score of 550 paper-based test or 213 computer-based test). Rejected applicants may appeal the admissions decision to the MBA program manager. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs of at least 2.8 may be admitted conditionally, pending subsequent successful completion of six credit hours of coursework in the program.

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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 133
Total Full-Time Faculty 39
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

The students at SIUE are “a near equal mix of recent undergraduate graduates and returning adults,” all of whom are “very competitive, yet helpful and friendly.” Everybody “is nice,” and “it helps that everybody is working on their MBA for similar reasons.” Though many in the MBA program just drop in for classes (one student says that “social life is not existent among MBA students”), there are “many various clubs, sports, Greek life, and volunteer options at SIUE” on this “vibrant and active campus” for those who do choose to participate.Aside from its extremely convenient location near St. Louis, the campus is located on its own 2600 acres, “making it non-commercialized, which is another plus.” Furthermore, “the size is perfect and the accommodations are excellent.”

Career

Most students at SIUE “seem to be working professionals pursuing their MBA in order to enhance their income or receive a promotion,” and “SIUE has the best value for the level of accreditation of all St. Louis area schools.” Some wish that the school would “align coursework with skills needed for upper management”; the more experienced students are pretty much in agreement that classes are a breeze. “The instructors are good, but anyone who breathes gets a B,” says one. A couple of students who are look­ing to get placed into a new job directly after graduation wish that the school would “add more networking and recruiting efforts aimed specifically at MBA students,” but others have lauded the school for its “helpfulness when acquiring an assistantship,” among other things. Its base efforts are also appreciated: “I went to a mock interview at the CDC, and I was treated seriously and went away from the experience pleased that I'd spent the time. Plus, they've always offered (organized) career fairs, resume services, and other professional events to the MBA students, as well as the undergraduate students.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Located just thirty minutes away from downtown St. Louis, the School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville offers an “exceptional and…convenient” MBA program with courses in evening and weekend formats on the Edwardsville campus. This “up and coming school” offers “a well-rounded program” that is “taught by profes­sors with real world experience.” The school’s curriculum, which includes condensed ten week courses, tends to be more general, meaning that students “take a wide variety of classes” and follow a pretty standard structure. Though some wish that there were “more possible concentrations” and the program was less geared towards “non-business under­grads,” most are quite pleased with the degree they obtain here since the school is “in the midst of an expansion.”Students love most of their “exceptional” professors and feel that “they relate the course­work to everyday life.” They “seem to truly care about students learning and being able to apply information in the real world,” and “know how to communicate their informa­tion to their students effectively.” “Their ability to answer questions from their experi­ence in the field has earned my respect,” says one admiring student. “Most of my profes­sors still consult in their respective industries. They are very current on business trends and developments,” says a student. Though the overall satisfaction level is quite high, people agree that the school could stand to “weed out some of the less effective professors”; while most “are readily avail­able for appointments or have preset office times,” a handful “could not be inconve­nienced with meeting with students outside normal class time.” The school's administra­tion is known for being “easily accessible and friendly,” “has made planning classes easy,” and has “a great concept of real-world work life [that they] implement . . . in the classroom.” Classes here place a great deal of emphasis on group work, which is fur­thered by the “ease of communication through online resources (great e-presence).”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Lovejoy library; 20 million items at 45 member libraries as well as 800 other Illinois libraries can be identified and borrowed.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.siue.edu/business/international

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.siue.edu/lgbt

  • Minority Support Groups:

    OMBUS Student Organization

  • Research Facilities:

    Lovejoy library; 20 million items at 45 member libraries as well as 800 other Illinois libraries can be identified and borrowed.

  • Study Abroad:

    Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales D'Angers, Angers, France (semester and short-term exchange) Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales D'Angers, Budapest, Hungary (semester and short-term exchange) Fachhochschule Hannover, Hannover, Germany (semester and short-term exchange) Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom (semester exchange) University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom (semester exchange) Xiamen University, Xiamen, China (research collaboration and short-term exchange)

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville School of Business include:

Jan-Patrick Schmitz - President & CEO, Montblanc North America

John Martinson - General Partner & Founder, Edison Ventures

James Schlueter - Director of Communications, The Boeing Company

Robert Knight, Jr. - CFO, Union Pacific

Gail Liniger - Co-Founder & Vice Chair, RE/MAX

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