Move your future forward.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UMSL is a flexible program designed for motivated professionals who are focused, goal-oriented, and ready to take the next step in their career. The Flex MBA program provides working professionals with the flexibility to work at their own pace and design a program of study that meets their needs and fits into their schedule.

More than 27,000 professionals have graduated from the UMSL College of Business Administration nationwide, many of whom continue to live and work in the St. Louis metropolitan area. That translates into a powerful alumni network and access to the region’s top corporations, nonprofits and start-ups.

 

Program type:

Graduate, MBA

Format:

On-Campus

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Overview

Master of Business Administration

The MBA program is designed to accommodate a busy professional’s life by offering classes in the evening, online or in a hybrid format, enabling students to balance school, work, and life. MBA students may choose to build a general, broad-ranging program or focus with an emphasis in accounting, business analytics, cybersecurity, finance, information systems and technology, international business, management, marketing and supply chain management.

Emphasis areas are available in: Accounting, Business Analytics, Cybersecurity, Finance, Information Systems and Technology, International Business, Management, Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of at least 30-credit hours, graduates should be able to apply what they’ve learned to real-world business situations and:

  • Understand complex business financial affairs
  • Maintain awareness of legal and compliance issues
  • Critically evaluate emerging markets and technologies
  • Lead and manage groups and teams
  • Develop effective marketing and promotion strategies
  • Communicate effectively and develop healthy working relationships

MBA graduates are in demand with employment growth dependent on the industry and specialty with a median annual salary of $90,489, according to wage and employment data from Payscale.com.



90,489

Median annual salary

 

 

Career Opportunities

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Computer & Information Systems Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • General Manager
  • Health Services Manager
  • Investment Banker
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Analyst/Manager
  • Management Analyst/Consultant
  • Marketing/Advertising Manager
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Project Manager

 

Admission Requirements

The admissions decision is based on a combination of factors. Consideration is given to a candidate’s academic record, scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), work and leadership experience, a personal narrative on the application form and recommendation letters.

Applicants are generally required to submit Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores. A waiver of GMAT requirement may be requested if applicants meet certain criteria.

Degree Requirements

Depending on the student’s previous background, programs will require a minimum of 30 hours. Coursework must be completed within a maximum six-year period. At least 2/3 of coursework must be taken while enrolled as an MBA candidate at UMSL.

All students must satisfy the following requirements in professional written and oral communication, business law and ethics/ and social responsibility, economics, and business statistics. The Graduate Business Office in collaboration with department chairs will determine whether a student satisfies these requirements. In general:

The Professional and Written Communications skills requirement can be satisfied by any one of the following:

  • Evidence of prior coursework
  • Completion of BUS AD 5100

The Business Law and Ethics/Social Responsibility requirements can be satisfied by any one of the following:

  • Evidence of prior coursework
  • Completion of BUS AD 5900

The Economics requirement can be satisfied by any one of the following:

  • Evidence of prior coursework
  • Completion of BUS AD 5000
  • Completion of Economics boot camp

The Statistics requirement can be satisfied by any one of the following:

  • Evidence of prior coursework
  • Completion of SCMA 5300
  • Completion of Statistics boot camp

More information about pre-requisites and requirements can be found in the Bulletin.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1
Summer semester: May 1

Choose your emphasis

Accounting
Business Analytics
Cybersecurity
Finance
Information Systems & Technology

Information Systems & Technology

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International Business

International Business

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Management
Marketing
Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Master of Business Administration (MBA) students seeking an emphasis in Supply Chain Management (SCM) must complete SCMA 5320 and 6 additional hours of approved Supply Chain Management electives beyond SCMA 5310 (SCMA 5310 does not count toward the emphasis in Supply Chain Management). A maximum of 15 hours in any functional area will count toward the degree requirements. Only courses that are substantially different from courses taken for credit in a student’s undergraduate program will be acceptable. Students must complete at least 30 credit hours to earn the MBA.

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student Organizations – UMSL is home to more than 100 student organizations with many serving graduate students. This includes graduate organizations in business, creative writing, psychology, biology and more in addition to graduate honors societies and student veterans organizations.

Career Services – Students have access to professional career counselors who can assist in everything from resume development and interview preparation to lining up an internship or connecting you with your next fulltime career. UMSL alumni also enjoy high quality, lifelong career management programming, services, events and resources to assist in all phases of career development.

Networking – with the largest alumni network in the region, UMSL graduate students have access to leading professionals engaged in business, research, entrepreneurship, non-profit, government, community organizations. Our academic units engage this network in curriculum development to ensure our graduate students gain the skills needed to advance along their choose career path.

Research – There are many opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research including our annual Graduate Research Fair, which is open to students from all graduate programs. Doctoral and thesis master’s students can also compete in the Three Minute Thesis challenge to be evaluated by a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes.