Graduate Business Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What Graduate Management Education programs are offered at The University of Missouri - Saint Louis College of Business?
  2. What accreditations are held by the UMSL College of Business?
  3. Why is accreditation important?
  4. What are the application deadlines?
  5. Is there an application fee?
  6. What is the cost per credit hour?
  7. When are fees due?
  8. What are the hours of the Graduate Business Programs office?
  9. Where are we located? / Directions to Campus
  10. Do I need to provide transcripts from all of the schools I attended?
  11. How do I find out what courses will be necessary to complete my degree program?
  12. How long will it take to complete my degree?
  13. When do classes meet?
  14. When do final examinations begin?
  15. What financial aid is available?
  16. How do I apply for an assistantship?
  17. What career services are available?
  18. How do I know if classes are canceled due to inclement weather?
  19. Is the campus safe?

What Graduate Management Education programs are offered at The University of Missouri - Saint Louis College of Business?

There are five graduate degree programs and four graduate certificate programs offered through the College of Business Administration.

Degree Programs:

Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration- LSCM emphasis
MBA Master of Business Administration (Flex MBA program)
PMBA Professional MBA (blended weekend/online program)
IMBA International MBA (offer overseas experience)
MS in Master of Science in Information Systems
MAcc Master of Accounting

Certificates:

Business Administration
Business Intelligence
Digital and Social Media Marketing (pending approval Fall 2014)
Human Resource Management
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Marketing Management

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What accreditations are held by the UMSL College of Business?

In addition to campus-level accreditation, all College of Business Administration programs carry the top accreditation for graduate management education: that of the AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In St. Louis, only the Washington University and St. Louis University Colleges of Business have achieved this level of accreditation. No other MBA program in St. Louis carries this accreditation.

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Why is accreditation important?

AACSB accreditation assures you of a high-quality education. Accreditation entails scrutiny of faculty, curriculum and student satisfaction, among other things. Only about one-quarter of all of the MBA programs in the U.S. are AACSB accredited. To read more about the AACSB's Accreditation and its Standards, click here.

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What are the application deadlines?

Application deadlines are as follows:

Domestic Application Deadlines:
Fall
Spring
Summer
Flex MBA
July 1
December 1
May 1
Professional MBA
July 1
N/A
N/A
International MBA
March 15*
N/A
N/A
Master of Accounting
June 15
October 15
March 15
MS Information Systems
July 1
December 1
May 1
Graduate Certificates
July 1
December 1
May 1
PhD Business Administration
January 1
N/A
N/A

*UMSL students planning to participate in the International MBA program must apply and be admitted to UMSL and one of our partner universities. Please review the web site of the partner university that you plan to attend to learn more about their application requirements.http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/business/imba/

Note: International Applicants
Detailed information regarding the international student application process can be found online at http://www.umsl.edu/~intelstu/. It is strongly recommended that international applicants submit all application materials two-three months prior to the domestic deadlines. Additional time is required for document processing.

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Is there an application fee?

The application fee for domestic students is $50.00; the fee for international students is $40.00.

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What is the cost per credit hour?

For up to date fee information, please visit the Cashier's Office and view the fee information for the appropriate semester.

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When are fees due?

For Information about fee payment and payment options visit the Cashier's Office - Payment Information site. A minimum payment plan is available for the Fall and Winter semesters. A finance charge will be assessed on the unpaid balance at the rate of 1% per month. Students with delinquent accounts will not be allowed to register in subsequent semesters.

For further inquiries about fees and overdue accounts visit the Cashier's Office Online. They may be contacted by phone at (314)516-5151, or via email: umslcash@msx.umsl.edu.

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What are the hours of the Graduate Business Programs office?

The Office of Graduate Programs in Business is open generally two evenings per week until 6:00.

The evening hours are subject to change. Please call 314-516-5885 to schedule an appointment.

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Where are we located? / Directions to Campus

For directions to our campus, please click here.

The Office of Graduate Programs in Business is located on the third floor of the J.C. Penney North Building/Conference Center, in room 350.

Our mailing address is:

University of Missouri - St. Louis
Graduate Business Programs
350 J.C. Penney North Building/Conference Center
College of Business Administration
One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121

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Do I need to provide transcripts from all of the schools I attended?

Yes, you must submit an official transcript from each institution where you completed course work. Transcripts should come to UMSL directly from the institution.

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How do I find out what courses will be necessary to complete my degree program?

If you would like more information about any of our programs, please contact us to schedule an appointment with our advisors, or sign up for one of our information sessions. If you bring a copy of your transcript to the information session, you can leave it with an advisor, who will review it and reply to you about the number of hours you need to complete the program.

Once you have been admitted, you should meet with an advisor to discuss program requirements and select courses for the upcoming semester. Daytime and evening appointments are available. To make an appointment or find out about dates for information sessions, please call the Graduate Business Programs office at 314-516-5885. Of course, you can also reach us via e-mail at MBA@umsl.edu.

Please note: Advising is required for all new students.

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How long will it take to complete my degree?

Our programs vary in length depending on a student's undergraduate background and grades. (For example, the MAcc program may require as few as 30 credits for a person who waives the maximum number of courses,) while someone with no business preparation will complete more courses.

A 45-hour program pursued part-time (15 credit hours per year) could be completed in three years. This schedule assumes six credits of course work (two classes) in both the fall and winter semesters and three hours (one class) in the summer session. A student attending full-time (12 credits per semester) could complete a 45-hour degree program in two years.

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When do classes meet?

Classes are generally scheduled in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, weekends, or online. The majority of classes meet one night per week from 6:55-9:35 p.m. A few classes are scheduled to meet two nights per week on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, and meet from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Classes for the Professional MBA program meet one weekend per month (Friday and Saturday from 8:30 am-5:30 pm).

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When do final examinations begin?

The Final Examination Schedule is printed in each semester's "Schedule of Courses" and is posted online. Click here to visit the Office Of the Registrar and then click on the Final Exam Schedule link.

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What financial aid is available?

Several monetary awards based on performance in one of the graduate business programs are available on an annual basis. Additionally, numerous student loan programs, some of them targeted to graduate business students, are available. The Student Financial Aid Office can provide more specific information about the availability of aid and student loan programs. You can reach Student Financial Aid by telephone: (314)516-5526, by e-mail: financialaid@umsl.edu or on the Web. Finally, graduate assistants can earn reduced tuition, the amount of reduction is based on the number of hours employed by the College of Business.

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How do I apply for an assistantship?

Graduate Assistantship information and forms can be found on the graduate school web site at http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/graduate/current/assistantship.html .

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What career services are available?

The Office of Career Services on campus can assist you with finding full or part-time employment while you are pursuing your degree or after graduation. You can reach their office at: (314)516-5111, or http://www.umsl.edu/depts/career/. In addition, job opportunities are posted to the e-mail listservs for each degree program.

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How do I know if classes are canceled due to inclement weather?

Notification announcements for day and evening closings normally will be placed by 6 a.m. and evening-only closings by 3 p.m.
 
University Marketing and Communications personnel will notify the following radio stations: St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU-FM 90.7) and KMOX‑AM 1120. Three television stations, KTVI-Channel 2, KMOV-Channel 4, and KSDK-Channel 5, also will broadcast the closing.  These radio and television stations have established reliable procedures to handle such inclement weather calls.
 
University Marketing and Communications personnel also will place an announcement on the campus Home Page, as well as distribute an email to students, faculty and staff.

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Is the campus safe?

Statistics compiled by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education indicate that the University of Missouri - Saint Louis is one of the safest campuses in the region. The University Police Department has an authorized strength of 24 sworn police officers (not security guards) and a civilian support staff of nine. The mission of the police department is to protect and support the education mission of the institution of higher learning. Police officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Campus Police Department can be reached by calling (314)516-5155.

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