Overview

Applicants
225
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.36
Years Work Experience
3.4
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
490 - 540
GPA
3.17 - 3.70

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
July 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
No

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
43

70
Full-time
30
Female
30
Part-time
9
Underrepresented Minorities


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."


Concentrations

Accounting
Human Resources
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
Leadership/Management
Marketing
Organizational Behavior
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$57,200

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
77%
Graduate Facilitated
23%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

100%
Marketing
100%
Finance/Accounting
100%
Human Resources
88%
General Management
83%
Information Technology
67%
Operations/Logistics

Students Say

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 work- shops. The Office of Career Services also connects the university with local employers through networking events and job fairs. (At recent UMSL job fairs, numerous promi- nent 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.

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 100% $47,000 $51,400 $29,000 $85,000
Human Resources 100% $39,000 $39,000 $39,000 $39,000
Marketing / Sales 100% $51,000 $45,000 $21,000 $61,000
General Management 88% $77,000 $68,600 $18,000 $85,000
Information Technology 83% $41,000 $48,600 $19,000 $85,000
Operations / Logistics 67% $85,000 $85,000 $85,000 $85,000

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$12,741

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$7,390

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
46%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
20%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
51%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
18%

New Students Receiving Loans
37%

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$349
Tuition (Out-State)
$900
Fees (In-State)
$89
Fees (Out-State)
$89

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$10,300
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$10,300

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
487
Part Time
100%

Foreign Countries Represented
73

Demographics


Campus Life

Students Say

With a convenient evening or weekend schedule, UMSL attracts a lot of working pro- fessionals, 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 profes- sional," 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 some- times 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.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Francesca Ferrari
Associate Director, Graduate Business Programs

Address
One University Boulevard, 350 J.C. Penney North
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499
Abu Dhabi

Phone
314-516-5885

Fax
314-516-7202

Email
mba@umsl.edu


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