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University of Missouri - Saint Louis College of Business Administration Part Time MBA

A weekend-based Internet-enhanced version of the MBA program exists as an alternative to the traditional part-time evening program. This program is a 48-credit-hour program for professionals with busy work or travel schedules. Students meet on campus monthly, with the remainder of the interaction between instructor and students taking place online. Students proceed through the program as part of a cohort group and complete the requirements for the degree in two years.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 18

Program Information

University of Missouri—St. Louis College of Business Administration Says

A weekend-based Internet-enhanced version of the MBA program exists as an alternative to the traditional part-time evening program. This program is a 48-credit-hour program for professionals with busy work or travel schedules. Students meet on campus monthly, with the remainder of the interaction between instructor and students taking place online. Students proceed through the program as part of a cohort group and complete the requirements for the degree in two years.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Professional.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 80% accepted out of 225 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.36
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Out of State Application Fee: $35
  • In State Application Fee: $35

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

The traditional (evening) MBA enrolls students three times a year, in the fall, spring, and summer terms. For the professional MBA and the international MBA, classes only start once a year, in the fall term. To apply, all programs require undergraduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and GMAT scores. Admission is selective, with only ab...The traditional (evening) MBA enrolls students three times a year, in the fall, spring, and summer terms. For the professional MBA and the international MBA, classes only start once a year, in the fall term. To apply, all programs require undergraduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and GMAT scores. Admission is selective, with only about 60 percent of applicants receiving an offer of admission. To be competitive, students should have a GMAT score of 500 or better, and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Promising students who fall short of these minimum standards may be considered for provisional admission.

The Princeton Review

Important Dates

Round 1
July

1

Deadline
September

5

Start

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 487
Total Full-Time Faculty 43
Full-Time Faculty 70%

Student Life

With a convenient evening or weekend schedule, UMSL attracts a lot of working profes­sionals, who are “busy juggling work, school, and home responsibilities.” While they have worries outside the classroom, this is a “hardworking” bunch, and “students are focused on doing well in their classes while also working a full-time job.” When course work requires collaboration between classmates, students are “friendly and profession­al,” and they “work well together in groups.” By and large, “UMSL is a commuter school” and most people “are there to learn and leave.”As a part of the largest research university in the St. Louis area, UMSL has an “ethnical­ly diverse” and active student body. As graduate business students, MBA candidates have access to numerous facilities on this 350-acre campus. For example, “The campus houses the largest Performing Arts Center in the Saint Louis Area. There are weekly and sometimes nightly events on campus, available for free or at a discount to UMSL stu­dents.” Within the business school, however, students would like the administration to “upgrade our facilities and buildings.” Located in suburban St. Louis, this school offers excellent access to the largest metropolitan center in Missouri. However, some students feel the campus is “set in a rough part of St. Louis,” so there aren’t many options for recreation or nightlife in the local area.

Career

Most UMSL programs are designed for working professionals who are looking to advance in their current position, rather than find a new job. However, for those seeking a career change, the UMSL Office of Career Services helps undergraduate and graduate students prepare for the job search through career counseling and job preparation work­shops. The Office of Career Services also connects the university with local employers through networking events and job fairs. (At recent UMSL job fairs, numerous prominent companies attended, including Aflac Insurance, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Commerce Bank, FedEx, Maxim Healthcare Services, Mutual of Omaha, Northwestern Mutual, Sherwin-Williams, St. Luke’s Hospital, Target, Walgreens, and many more.) Through Career Services, students can also post their resume online, where it can be elec­tronically matched with recruiting companies.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

The University of Missouri—St. Louis is a smart choice for local professionals who want to complete an MBA without interrupting their career. One of four “AASCB-accredited schools in the St. Louis area,” UMSL offers several MBA options: the traditional evening MBA, the professional MBA, and the international MBA, offered in conjunction with part­ner universities overseas. For students in the evening program, “convenient class sched­ules” make UMSL a great choice (though evening students also say, “there is a great need for online course options” to provide greater flexibility). While classes in the evening pro­gram generally meet once a week, the professional MBA is a hybrid program, which com­bines weekend course work with online communication. As these options illustrate, the school’s programs are principally geared toward “working professionals that attend UMSL and come to class and go home.” However, the student body seems to be “shifting to younger students as they recognize the education level being received…surpasses the minimal cost to attend.” On that note, USML is an excellent value. This school maintains a “good reputation in the St. Louis area for providing a good, quality business education,” while also maintaining a “very affordable” tuition price.The curriculum in both the evening and professional format provides training in the functional areas of business (though students in the evening program may also pursue an area of emphasis through elective course work). By all accounts, the administration is very “well-organized” and the curriculum is “up-to-date on trends and technology.” At the same time, some students would like to see the core courses more ably synched. In some cases, “courses are repetitive,” and students feel the MBA “should encompass a more general/integrated look at business and manage[ment].” Throughout the MBA, there is an emphasis on “combining the practical knowledge with the theoretical knowl­edge” in the classroom. At UMSL, “The professors are almost all professionals in their field,” who “teach about real-world work experience and tie current events into the cur­riculum.” Here, talented professors “make the course work interesting by providing practical knowledge in addition to theoretical knowledge, and truly being engaged in the industry.” In fact, in the rare case that a teacher doesn’t excel in the classroom, they nonetheless are experts in their fields. A student remembers, “There have been a few that were poor teachers but were good technically on the subject matter.” Despite their real-world credentials, faculty “all seem to teach for the love of teaching versus for the pay,” and they are “readily available outside of class and are always willing to help.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Business and Industrial Studies, Center for Transportation Studies, Bank Data Institute, Student Investment Trust

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.umsl.edu/~intelstu/about/infonew.html

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.umsl.edu/~prizm/

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Business and Industrial Studies, Center for Transportation Studies, Bank Data Institute, Student Investment Trust

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $10,052

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Human Resources 100% $39,000
Finance / Accounting 100% $51,400
Marketing / Sales 100% $45,000
General Management 88% $68,600
Information Technology 83% $48,600
Operations / Logistics 67% $85,000
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