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Valparaiso University Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Average Age Admitted: 30
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 527
  • Average Years Work Experience: 7
  • Out of State Application Fee: $30
  • In State Application Fee: $30

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis with six different entry dates offered during the year (thanks to the program's eight-week course schedule). Valparaiso makes admissions decisions holistically, assessing a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate academic performance, applicable professional experience, letters of recommendatio...Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis with six different entry dates offered during the year (thanks to the program's eight-week course schedule). Valparaiso makes admissions decisions holistically, assessing a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate academic performance, applicable professional experience, letters of recommendation, GMAT scores (working professionals can apply for a GMAT waiver), and a one-page personal statement describing the applicant's goals in order to determine the candidate's potential to benefit, and to benefit from, a Valpo MBA. In addition to the qualifications listed above, international students whose first language is not English must submit an official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS. All international students must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support.

The Princeton Review

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 66
Percent International Students 19%
Total Full-Time Faculty 20
Full-Time Faculty 95%

Student Life

Valpo MBAs are primarily part-time students. Part-timers range from 22 to 54 years old and have, on average, almost seven years of professional experience coming into the pro­gram. They typically “exhibit strong leadership skills with an emphasis on integrity, fair­ness, honesty and trust.” Full-timers tend to be younger, less experienced, and less like­ly to be valued class partners. “Those students who have been in the workforce follow­ing undergrad are good learning partners. Those straight from undergrad tend to be detrimental to the learning experience,” one MBA opines. International students make up 1 percent of the part-time student body and 3 percent of the full-time population. There is “little to do” in the small town of Valparaiso, so most students who live on cam­pus “stay in on the weekends either to study or talk with friends.” On campus, there are athletic events and multicultural events weekly for our enjoyment,” and the program “encourages interaction with fellow students outside the classroom throughout the week.” For those seeking big city entertainment, Chicago is only 50 miles to the north-west—you can’t get much more “big city” than that! On the other hand, part-timers are typically too busy for any of that.

Career

Valpo’s MBA program is only a decade old. Students admit that “the word has not spread about Valpo,” and the business community is just beginning to catch on to this new source of talented recruits. However, with the power of the Valparaiso name behind it and the strength of the MBA curriculum, students know it’s just a matter of time before their program begins to draw its rightful share of attention from recruiters. Many Valpo students are already employed when they begin their MBA and plan to con­tinue at their current companies after graduation. However, those who are looking for new positions have access to the Valparaiso University Career Center. The Career Center serves the school’s graduate and undergraduate community and offers a variety of pro­fessional development workshops and career counseling, an annual campus career fair, and a job search database.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Lutheran-run Valparaiso University offers “strong academic programs with an emphasis on values-based leadership and sustainability,” thereby creating MBAs who are “well­equipped to be the leaders of the future green economy,” students report. It’s a big deal; Valpo’s “commitment to moral and ethical standing” is frequently cited by students when asked to explain why they chose to attend this northwest Indiana university. Convenience, especially for the part-time students who make up about half the MBA stu­dent body, is another factor. Valpo offers evening classes and “the integration of online class options,” through which live on-campus classes are broadcast over the Internet (allowing those participating remotely to participate in class). Valpo’s online software also allows students to collaborate on group projects remotely. Valpo’s MBA program is small and relatively new. It is also innovative, particularly in its scheduling. Valpo’s eight-week bloc system creates six different entry dates during the academic year and allows a pick-and-choose approach that accommodates both fast-trackers and those who need take a little more time to complete the degree. The Valpo MBA entails 14 core courses and six elective, or “enhancement” courses; the latter run the gamut from business reporting to brand management to e-commerce. Students who lack adequate undergraduate training in business are required to complete a series of foun­dation courses in addition to their core and enhancement work. The small size of the MBA program and a “low student-to-professor ratio” mean plenty of “individual attention from professors,” which students appreciate. “Access to mentors and extra projects is excellent” here, and students report that “it’s easy to get into the classes you want” (although class selection, due to the size of the program, is limited). Professors bring “real-world experience” to the classroom to “provide real-world exam­ples that we can immediately implement at work.” Administrators are “constantly look­ing to improve the available programs. They seek student input [on] topics [ranging from]…new courses offered to the overall strategic plan of the university.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Group on campus: http://www.valpo.edu/student/alliance/index.html

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    http://www.valpo.edu/grad/resources/academicservices.php

  • Study Abroad:

    Reutlingen, Germany

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Valparaiso University College of Business Administration include:

Jeff Perry - Global Risk Manager, Kellogg

Paul Stark - Manager of Logistics & Planning, ArcelorMittal

Jay Jorbin - Director of International Finance, Walgreens

Joan Fischmann - AVP, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank

Rachel Saxon - President, Horizon Trust & Investment Management

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Northern Illinois University, Teach for America, UGN, Silgan

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 75% $58,667
Manufacturing 50% $65,500
Finance / Accounting 25% $55,000
Financial Services 25% $55,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 67%
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