Overview

Applicants
184
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.20
Years Work Experience
4.5
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
520 - 620
GPA
3.1 - 3.5

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
89

73
Full-time
27
Part-time
15
Female
4
Minority


Students Say

If there's one pervasive reason that students choose Saint Louis University for their MBAs, it's the school's "impeccable reputation" in the local business community. In practice, students say the program lives up to its solid gold credentials. "The overall academic experience is both challenging and rewarding," combining business theory and real-world practice with a refreshing "ethical consciousness" for the modern workplace. Depending on a student's professional goals, SLU offers two different MBA options, as well as dual-degree programs in law, health administration, medicine, and education. Those who want a quick but professional degree can pursue an MBA through the school's new "full-time, one-year timeline," which runs students through a rigorous interdisciplinary business program over the course of one calendar year. For working professionals, the part-time MBA is "flexible enough to accommodate students with active careers," allowing them to "shape the classes to better fit their needs and interests." "Professors understand the difficulties in working full-time while pursuing an MBA," and administrators "provide outstanding services to part-time MBA students."

Both part-time and full-time students must complete a series of foundation, breadth, and required courses in advanced business topics. After that, the curriculum "allows students to choose an area of emphasis for their MBA" through elective coursework in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, health industries, nonprofit organizations, real estate, management, information technology management, marketing, project management, or supply chain management. Business trends and world events are integrated into the curriculum, and students can expect to "spend a lot of time learning about current (and therefore extremely relevant) business issues." A student enthuses, "The John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University has challenged me to think domestically and globally, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and with a sense of social responsibility, ethics, and morals." Even while attending the program part time, MBA candidates benefit from "the flexibility to customize the program," along with the "the opportunity to study abroad for a week or two."

SLU's business program is "competitive and academically challenging," but well balanced. Within the faculty, students find "a combination of full-time professors who are very knowledgeable in their fields, as well as adjunct, who are actually doing what they are teaching." At the same time, students admit that "faculty members are inconsistent in quality." Researching professors before signing up for classes can vastly improve the experience. The total graduate enrollment at the Cook School of Business is fewer than 400 students, making the school feel rather small and manageable. Students feel comfortable expressing their opinions, and "the administration is very approachable and willing to listen to feedback." A current student attests, "Everyone I have interacted with in the Graduate Business School office is friendly, knowledgeable, and quick to help resolve any question or problem you might have."


Concentrations

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MD/MBA - Dual Degree
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Center for Entrepreneurship

Boeing Institute of International Business

Emerson Ethics Center

The U.S. Bank Advancing Women in Leadership Programs

Center for Supply Chain Management Studies

Simon Center for Regional Economic Forecasting


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description
We launched a new cross-disciplinary Master in Sustainability in Fall 2010.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$57,435
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
69%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
68%
Graduate Facilitated
32%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

30%
Marketing
26%
Consulting
17%
Other
13%
Operations/Logistics
13%
Finance/Accounting

Graduates Employed by Region

64%
Midwest
12%
International
8%
Northeast
4%
Mid-Atlantic
4%
South
4%
Southwest
4%
West

Students Say

The John Cook School of Business has its own dedicated Career Resource Center, which serves both undergraduate and graduate business students through one-on-one career counseling, job search strategies, and resume revisions. "The Career Resources Center is top-notch," and it "frequently holds seminars and networking sessions" for MBA candidates. Among other programs, the School hosts company information sessions and casual meet-and-greet events with local businesses. In addition, SLU has done "a great job integrating with the local business community and in connecting with alumni." However, students in the part-time program mention that the school might improve the process of "mentoring and advising those of us looking to change careers," though those who want individual attention can seek out the dedicated graduate career advisers.

Saint Louis University graduates work at companies that include Anheuser-Busch/ InBev, The Boeing Company, Express Scripts, Wells Fargo, Cintas Corp, Monsanto, and Emerson. Graduates have a mean base salary of $57,450, with a range from $40,000 to $82,000. Marketing and sales are the two most popular career fields for SLU graduates.


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
Marketing / Sales 30% $55,000 $56,943 $37,000 $82,000
Consulting 26% $63,700 $62,567 $49,000 $72,000
Other 17% $55,000 $59,000 $50,000 $76,000
Finance / Accounting 13% $44,000 $43,667 $40,000 $47,000
Operations / Logistics 13% $60,000 $60,000 $50,000 $70,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 30% $50,000 $55,286 $37,000 $76,000
Financial Services 22% $47,000 $51,600 $40,000 $67,000
Manufacturing 22% $55,000 $61,800 $50,000 $82,000
Consulting 13% $62,400 $61,467 $50,000 $72,000
Consumer Products 13% $60,000 $60,867 $55,000 $67,600

Prominent Alumni

August A. Busch, IV
President, Anheuser-Busch, Inc

Mark Lamping
CEO of New Meadowlands Stadium Company

Robert Ciapciak
General Partner, Edward Jones

Alison Talbot
VP of Operations, Miss Elaine

Patrick J. Sly
Executive Vice President, Emerson Electric Co.

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$11,840

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
90%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
90%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
90%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
90%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$52,035
Fees (In-State)
$440

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$935

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$0
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,000
Academic Expenses
$1,500

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
387
Part Time
85%

In State
50.0%
Out of State
50.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
87

Demographics

9.00%
Minorities
11.00%
International

35% female
65% male

Campus Life

Students Say

No matter whether a student is in the part-time, full-time, or joint degree programs at SLU, the curriculum is challenging and time-consuming. At the same time, "the culture is very welcoming," and students in the business school enjoy a surprisingly "laid-back environment" amid group work and case studies. "There is a real sense of camaraderie" between students and a surprisingly bustling atmosphere around the business school building, where there are frequent regional, national, and international speakers. "There are a variety of study areas in the business school," and "there are always students hang- ing out in the common areas studying and eating." While the environment is comfort- able, students say it isn't always functional. Fortunately, the University Library, located right next to the business school, is undergoing a large-scale renovation.

Unlike most professional or executive programs, "SLU makes the extra effort to make commuter and part-time students really feel at home on campus." For example, "the last week of every month, the Graduate Business office provides dinner each night during the part-time MBA courses." Students also point out the value of "the social events that are planned for the business school," through which "full-time and part-time students can meet and socialize."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Nancy Biscan
Program Coordinator

Address
3674 Lindell Blvd.
Cook Hall Suite 132
St. Louis, MO 63108
Abu Dhabi

Phone
314-977-6221

Fax
314-977-1416

Email
gradbiz@slu.edu


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