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Retention Policies

Grading, Probation, Dismissal, and Failure

The grading system in effect at Saint Joseph’s University will apply to courses in the MBA Program. As per university guidelines for graduate study, students enrolled in the MBA Program who receive a single grade of C or below will receive a warning letter. Students who receive a grade of C or below for six (6) credit hours will be placed on academic probation and will be so notified in writing by the Program Director. Students that receive a grade of C or below for nine (9) credit hours will be dismissed from the program.

Graduate students must fulfill all credit hour requirements for the MBA degree. Each candidate for graduation must have at least 3.0 cumulative GPA, no more than two grades below a C, and no F grades outstanding in order to be certified for graduation. The student, with support from the Program Director and Registrar’s Office is responsible for monitoring their own academic progress throughout the course of the program.

Retention Processes and Policies

Students enrolled in the MBA Program have six years to complete their MBA degree from Saint Joseph’s University. This six-year limit begins with the student’s first Gateway level or above course registration. Extensions beyond this limit can only be made with the approval of the Dean, and only for unusual and serious circumstances.

Students who exceed the time limit to complete the MBA Program will be dismissed from the program. Such students may reapply for admission into the program as new students under current admissions standards. Reinstated students may not receive credit for previous coursework.

Admissions Committee

The decision for accepting applicants into the program will be made by the Associate Dean with the advice of the Admissions Committee after they have reviewed completed applications. Members of the Admissions Committee are selected from faculty in multiple areas of study.

The Admissions Committee places emphasis on the following factors when making admissions decisions:

Evidence of intellectual competence as shown by academic achievement and other accomplishments. Therefore, the committee requires official grade transcripts, a standardized test (GMAT/GRE), and letters of recommendation.

Motivation for pursuing the MBA degree which information should be contained in the applicant’s essay portion of the application, the letters of recommendation and, optionally, a personal interview. Accordingly, information about past work achievements, work experience, and future goals should be contained in the documentation provided, although work experience is not a prerequisite to admission.

Evidence of leadership capability which has been exhibited in college, in the community, and in the workplace. The applicant’s potential to become a leader in business, government, or other enterprise is a factor in the admission process.

Students are admitted for enrollment in August, January, and May of each year. Students applying to the Online Professional MBA Program may also be admitted in October, March, and June. Applicants should submit their complete application package as far in advance as possible of the following deadlines:

Enrollment expected

Application package deadline


July 15


November 15


April 15

International students seeking visas are strongly encouraged to submit their application materials about a month earlier than the above-published deadlines.

Matriculated Students

Students who have met all entrance requirements and are working in the MBA program are classified as matriculated students.

Probationary Students

Students who have academic deficiencies in their records and/or unacceptable GMAT or GRE scores but who otherwise show promise of being able to successfully complete the graduate program may be allowed to take a limited number of graduate courses on a probationary basis. The conditions of the probationary period are clearly stated in the letter to the prospective student and should be observed in order to obtain favorable consideration by the Admissions Committee for full admission to the graduate program. Students who do not complete their probationary requirements in a satisfactory manner by the deadline specified in their admissions letter will be dismissed from the program.

Visiting Students

Students in good standing in a graduate program at another accredited educational institution may take graduate courses on a visiting student basis if they provide a letter from the head of the graduate program of their degree-granting school stating that they are in good standing and that the institution will accept the course for credit. Visiting students must complete a graduate school application and pay the appropriate fee.

Graduate Business Student Association

The Graduate Business Student Association is a student-run organization which promotes fellowship among Graduate Business students and serves as a communication link between faculty and students. The Association furnishes students with an opportunity to network among their peers and make business contacts. Activities sponsored by the Graduate Business Student Association are both academic and social in nature, broadening the scope of the Saint Joseph’s Graduate Business experience.

Professional MBA Program Inquiries:

Graduate Business Office

284 Mandeville Hall

Saint Joseph’s University

5600 City Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395

Phone: (610) 660-1690

Fax: (610) 660-1599