Students Say

Washington University’s stellar MBA program “has a reputation for academic excellence without a hyper-competitive atmosphere.” The small class sizes really allow for a “community based learning experience, [both] in and out of the classroom.” Additionally, Olin affords students a “large degree of flexibility in course selection” and many “credits can be electives.” Ultimately, this “provides students with a lot of freedom to design their own path.” Further, most MBA candidates highlight both the finance and entrepreneurship programs as especially strong.

Overview

Applicants
1,685
Acceptance Rate
27%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.43
Years Work Experience
4
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
680 - 720
GPA
3.20 - 3.70

Deadlines


Round 1
October 1

Round 2
November 15

Round 3
January 5

Round 4
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience
Other Factors

SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Washington University’s stellar MBA program “has a reputation for academic excellence without a hyper-competitive atmosphere.” The small class sizes really allow for a “community based learning experience, [both] in and out of the classroom.” Additionally, Olin affords students a “large degree of flexibility in course selection” and many “credits can be electives.” Ultimately, this “provides students with a lot of freedom to design their own path.” Further, most MBA candidates highlight both the finance and entrepreneurship programs as especially strong.

Just as essential, Olin manages to attract (and retain) “very friendly and smart” professors who are quite “approachable and…willing to spend time talking with you and discussing about current trends in business.” Indeed, they “are generally very interested in individuals outside of their presence in the classroom, and they are even willing to share contacts with past students if a connection can be made.”

For the most part, students have had positive interactions with the administration as well. A second-year shares, “The administration and staff [are] very engaging and willing to help out wherever possible…Every challenge I have faced was resolved within a week.” A content peer chimes in, “The school’s administration and faculty met and exceeded my expectations. They strive to make the program an individualized experience: one where you feel as though you, as an individual, have the potential to bring significant value to the program, the classroom, and the Olin community.” Finally, a first-year student succinctly summarizes, “The overall academic experience has been phenomenal.”


PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
129

67
Full-time
33
Part-time
21
Minority
20
Female


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
MGT 550D. Sustainable Development: Challenges for Business The primary objective of this course is to sensitize future managers to the basic issues and contentions about sustainable development. There is a plurality of views and diversity of concerns. The priority of issues in mature market economies is different from the urgency of problems in emerging market economies. Yet all these problems dovetail into one view of ensuring adequate productive resources for future generations that will inhabit the earth. The aim is to encourage each participant to take a position about concrete problems that are being debated and discussed: to benchmark every technology, organizational design and business plan against the yardstick of sustainability. The last, but not the least, objective is to learn to appreciate that the future of business is inextricably linked to the future of the world. 1.5 credits MEC 500J. Markets, Business and the Environment This course will cover environmental management from the perspectives of government regulators and private corporations. In the first half of the course, you will learn about innovative market-based approaches to environmental policy, such as tradable pollution permits. You will also gain an understanding of the economic underpinnings of a variety of market-driven non-governmental initiatives, such as eco-labeling and certification. In the second half of the course, you will learn about proactive corporate endeavors through a series of case studies, arriving at answers to questions such as: 'can firms shape regulation to secure competitive advantage?' or 'what is the potential for product differentiation along environmental lines?' In short, you will gain a better understanding of when it “pays to be green.” Throughout the course we will emphasize the interactions among the public and private spheres of activity. Designing sound environmental policies, for example, requires creating the proper incentives for regulated firms to reduce their pollution. The major theme of the course is the interaction between markets and the environment. How can environmental policies be designed to create or mimic markets, in order to provide regulated firms with the right incentives for environmental protection? What profit opportunities do markets provide innovative firms? This is the first of the two-course sequence in Sustainable Business. In this course we focus on the economic underpinnings of environmental regulation, the regulatory compliance offirms, and the use of markets for environmental protection. The second course, Strategy and Social Responsibility, focuses on the integration of Socially Responsible Business Practices with firm strategy. Prerequisites: MBA core Course credits: 1.5

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Olin Sustainability Case Competition

School's environmental commitment 2:
Olin Energy Club

School's environmental commitment 3:
Olin Chapter of Net Impact

Career overview

Career Rating
96
Average Starting Salary
$98,297

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
73%
School Facilitiated
26%
Graduate Facilitated
1%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
73%
School Facilitiated
26%
Graduate Facilitated
1%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

31%
Finance/Accounting
27%
Marketing
15%
Consulting
12%
Operations/Logistics
11%
General Management
2%
Human Resources
2%
Information Technology
1%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

56%
Midwest
15%
Southwest
9%
West
8%
Northeast
6%
South
3%
International
3%
Mid-Atlantic

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 31% $100,000 $97,700 $60,000 $115,000
Marketing / Sales 27% $97,000 $100,861 $75,000 $135,000
Consulting 15% $100,000 $100,208 $65,000 $135,000
Operations / Logistics 12% $90,000 $90,686 $78,000 $105,000
General Management 11% $100,000 $99,000 $77,000 $114,000
Human Resources 2%
Information Technology 2%
Other 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 21% $100,000 $95,320 $70,000 $110,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 18% $95,000 $93,167 $65,000 $110,000
Consumer Products 17% $96,500 $95,143 $60,000 $114,000
Technology 12% $98,500 $99,570 $77,000 $120,000
Consulting 10% $110,000 $105,867 $65,000 $135,000
Manufacturing 9% $97,500 $97,333 $90,000 $105,000
Petroleum / Energy 6% $112,500 $110,833 $100,000 $115,000
Media / Entertainment 2%
Real Estate 2%
Non-profit 1%

Prominent Alumni

Shelley Lavender, MBA 2003
President, Boeing Military Aircraft

Edward A. Mueller, MBA 1988
Chairman & CEO, Qwest Communications

Jim Weddle, MBA 1977
Managing Partner, Edward Jones

W. Patrick McGinnis MBA 1972
President & CEO, Nestle Purina Pet Care

Jerry Kent, BSBA 1978, MBA 1979
President & CEO, Cequel IIII

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$51,500
Tuition (Out-State)
$51,500
Fees (In-State)
$773
Fees (Out-State)
$773

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,500
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,500
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$17,696
Academic Expenses
$5,564

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
643
Part Time
56%


Demographics

18.00%
Minorities
38.00%
International

28% female
72% male

Campus Life

Students Say

MBA candidates find Olin to be a “very inclusive” program, replete with “friendly” students who are definitely “open to building relationships.” A first-year supports this notion stating, “As a small program, I can honestly say I knew everyone in my class by the end of the first semester and had the opportunity to work with a diverse team.” And a second-year quickly follows up, “We know that our success requires teamwork and collaboration, so we are all sure to respect each other and help out where we can.” Further, “We have insanely diverse backgrounds and experiences that lead to fun and engaging in-classroom and outside classroom discussion. We are passionate, but not cut-throat competitive.”

Additionally, you can be assured that “there’s never a dull moment” at Olin. To begin with, “you have so many ways to explore all of your interests and meet incredible thinkers and business leaders.” Indeed, “there are events nearly every day of the week to attend. Workshops, fairs, club events, social events, etc can quickly fill up our schedules.” Beyond the campus, students can readily take advantage of St. Louis, “a fantastic city [in which] to be a student. There are a ton of free museums and activities to take part in on the weekend, and the city as a whole is experiencing a renaissance right now. [And] because rents are cheap, it’s possible to have a fantastic apartment or house on a student budget.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Evan Bouffides
Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
1 Brookings Dr.
Campus Box 1156
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

Phone
314-935-7301

Fax
314-935-6309

Email
mba@wustl.edu
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Key Stats

1,685
Applicants
643
Size
27%
Acceptance Rate

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