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Xavier University, Williams College of Business Executive MBA

The Williams College of Business educates students of business, enabling them to improve organizations and society, consistent with the Jesuit tradition. Our goal is for all our graduates to achieve their career goals and improve society. For undergraduates, the College builds on Xavier’s strong liberal arts program to provide each student with proficiency in each of the core competencies, with excellent technical skills in his/her specific major, and with a successful transition to business. For MBAs, the College strengthens student proficiencies in the core competencies and enhances students’ business acumen.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 24
Tuition (Total) $61,274

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 53% accepted out of 345 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.29
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

To be considered for admission to Xavier's graduate programs, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 from their undergraduate studies—though, on average, entering students had a 3.0 GPA, on a 4.0 scale. Students must also have a minimum GMAT score of 470. Letters of recommendation are optional, but are recommended for students whose test scores o...To be considered for admission to Xavier's graduate programs, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 from their undergraduate studies—though, on average, entering students had a 3.0 GPA, on a 4.0 scale. Students must also have a minimum GMAT score of 470. Letters of recommendation are optional, but are recommended for students whose test scores or GPA fall below the average applicant. Previous career experience is not a requirement of the program; however, it is highly recommended.

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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 748
Percent International Students 24%
Total Full-Time Faculty 101
Full-Time Faculty 60%

Student Life

Most students in the MBA are part-time and working, though a recently added full-time program has changed the dynamics of the school somewhat (in a good way). Students are “a mix of quirky and straight-laced” (“ages range from early twenties to mid fifties”) which “creates an eclectic atmosphere” in which everyone is “very friendly and willing to help others.” “Fine new facilities aid in the learning process” and are “beautiful, plus they are wired with technology”, such as the Bloomberg trading center. Clubs and social gatherings take place in the “bustling” great lobby of the business college every night, and Xavier offers “a host of amenities” so commuting students can “easily pack up a bag and spend the day at the College of Business interacting with fellow classmates, studying on my own, and more.” Students don’t even have to stray far from the building, as “the library is across the street, there are restaurants within walking distance, [and] private study rooms and computer labs in the building.” “It really is my home away from home,” says a student.

Student Testimonial

“Because I do not have a business background, my coursework at Xavier has been instrumental in helping think about marketing in terms of how it impacts the bottom line financial results of our business. It has helped me think in more practical ways about what needs to be done to make the business successful.”

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Career

Though the school is completely “well respected in the Cincinnati area” and has “a strong alumni base,” many admit that “Xavier needs a more national presence.” “Right now it’s mostly Cincy-based financial services companies that show up to the career fairs,” says one student of the region, which has a high concentration of marketing and management companies. “Many Fortune companies located in the city don’t directly recruit from my school, however they do send their current employees to get their MBA at my school,” explains a student. Still, the school’s star is on the rise, and “many of the big companies in the area recognize it as a leader.” Recent top employers of Xavier graduates are Procter & Gamble, Fidelity Investments, The Kroger Company, Fifth Third Bank, and General Electric.

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About

Networking. Knowledge. National Reputation. These are the key elements of the Xavier MBA degree. The MBA degree in and of itself is often the prerequisite for career advancement-the difference between middle management and executive status. The Xavier MBA makes it possible for students to accomplish this achievement by building their personal business plan and utilizing the student-centered resources of University to go to the next level.The evening program, also known as the Working Professional Program, features unparalleled flexibility permitting students to set their own academic pace while taking courses that are compatible with their level of knowledge and experience.Xavier's Weekend MBA Program is designed for students who find enrollment in weekday classes inconvenient. The weekend MBA program offers the 36 hours of the core curriculum on Saturdays. The off-campus programs in West Chester, Deerfield Township and Northern Kentucky offer the benefits of the Xavier MBA Program in an accelerated format and convenient location. With cohort based instruction, students complete their degree within 24 months while attending classes two nights a week. Xavier's Executive MBA program educates today's leaders so that they can make better business decisions tomorrow. The EMBA program is an intense, fast-paced, and highly selective program for the experienced business professional on track for a top leadership role. At Xavier, your commitment is one day a week-alternating Fridays and Saturdays-plus study time. Your rewards-in just 19 months-include more effective management skills, enhanced career advancement potential, networking opportunities and an advanced degree from a highly respected institution.

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Students Say

The Williams College of Business at Cincinnati’s Xavier University offers multiple MBA programs across the main and satellite campuses, as well as five different study abroad locations as part of the school’s International MBA program. The school “definitely caters to part time students”: small classes take place at night and create an “atmosphere [that] is intimate,” and the school works to provide great diversity in the MBA curriculum. Beyond the usual in concentrations like Health, Finance, and Management, they contin­ue to add areas such as Business Intelligence and International Business in an effort to be “constantly improving.” In addition, Xavier’s roots in the Jesuit learning experience are “a remarkable approach to education.” “Excellent” professors and “efficient and understanding” administrators “put the stu­dent first.” Most are working in the field or maintain contact with the business commu­nity, “therefore, the material is constantly evolving.” Teaching is important here, but “Xavier still manages to keep on the cutting edge in terms of research.” The faculty is “great, somewhat crazy, and always thoughtful,” “highly analytical and intelligent, out­going, and fun,” and “very attentive to students’ needs and business expectations.” The students are as “strong contributors to the classroom as the professors.” Most professors have office hours outside of the standard nine-to-five, and the MBA office has later evening hours, “making it easy for part time students to reach someone after work.” Administrative communication is “stellar.” “Within the first week of class, the administration knew me by first name from our MBA orientation,” says a student. “I feel I am valued.”

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Academic

The curriculum of the M.B.A. program for working professionals consists of five components:

Foundation Skills Business and System Skills Integrated Functions Matrix Course Concentrations & Electives

These are the basis of an educational experience hallmarked by a high degree of flexibility and responsiveness to the scheduling and developmental needs of students. Courses are offered for two or three credit hours. Three credit hour courses meet for 16 weeks while two credit hour courses meet for seven weeks, thus allowing students the flexibility of completing three classes during the semester, but only attending two nights a week.

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Second Year Curriculum

Fall Semester 2

FINC 901: Managerial Finance MKTG 901: Marketing Strategy

Spring Semester 2

INFO 903: Systems of Operation and Technology Elective

Summer Session Year 2

BUAD 904: Global Strategic Thinking Elective

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First Year Curriculum

XavierÂ’s MBA weekend program is designed for students who find that taking classes during the week is inconvenient. The weekend MBA program offers the 36 hours of the core curriculum (900 level courses) on Saturdays.

Fall Semester Year 1

BUAD 901: Legal, Ethical & Regulatory Environment MGMT 901: Managing Organizational Systems MGMT 902: Interpersonal Skills

Spring Semester Year 1

ECON 901: Global Economic Environment ACCT 901: Accounting Analysis for Management Decisions

Summer Session Year 1

MGMT 903: Managing Team Processes HRES 901: Human Resources Elective

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Degrees Awarded

MBA Plus Post Graduate Concentration in 7 different areas; Approximate Length 2 semesters; Executive MBA Off-Site MBA in N.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Cintas Center for Business Ethics at Xavier Sedler Family Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center for Applied Finance Center for International Business Center for the Study of the American Dream

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.xu.edu/internationalstudents/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    We are members of the National Society of Hispanic MBA's (NSHMBA) and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). We are also involved with the Network of Executive Women, Cincinnati HYPE, and the YP group of the American Marketing Association.

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    URL not available

  • Research Facilities:

    Cintas Center for Business Ethics at Xavier Sedler Family Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center for Applied Finance Center for International Business Center for the Study of the American Dream

  • Study Abroad:

    ESC - Bordeaux, France

    Catholic University of Lyon

    Beijing International MBA at Peking University, China

    Annual Summer Study trips to Asia, Europe and South America.

    Spring Break tips to China, London, Korea & Japan and Jordan & Egypt.

    Through Jesuit Business School Network agreement, students have access to study abroad trips with other 23 Jesuit AACSB MBA schools.

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.xavier.edu/williams/mba/working-professional/wmba.cfm

    http://www.xavier.edu/williams/mba/working-professional/wmba.cfm

    http://www.xavier.edu/wox/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Xavier University Williams College of Business include:

Mary Jean Ryan, F.S.M. MEA. - President and CEO SSM Health Care

Carlos Alcantara - President/CEO Chalaco

John Lechleiter - President & CEO, Eli Lilly & Company

Robert J. Kohlhepp - Vice Chairman, Cintas Corporation

George Schaefer - President/CEO FIfth Third Bancorp

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $30,750

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Procter & Gamble, Fidelity Investments, The Kroger Company, Fifth Third Bank, General Electric

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 27% $74,292
Other 25% $61,335
Marketing / Sales 21% $71,036
Financial Services 21% $71,135
Other 18% $65,142
General Management 10% $64,125
Consulting 9% $76,829
Consulting 9% $84,717
Information Technology 6% $109,467
Operations / Logistics 4% $46,750
Human Resources 3% $60,500
Non Profit 2% $60,000
Manufacturing 2% $120,000
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