Erivan K. Haub School of Business

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the MBA Program's FAQ page. Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please call us at (610) 660-1690 or contact us by email.

Can I be waived from the GMAT or GRE exams?

The Associate to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is the accrediting body for the Haub School of Business, requires most applicants to take the GMAT or the GRE. Unfortunately we cannot exempt students on account of work experience or undergraduate GPA. It is possible, however, than we can waive the GMAT or GRE requirement on a case by case basis if an applicant already has a Master's Degree that required one of these exams from an accredited college or university or if a prospective student is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honors Society. 

What is your average GMAT or GRE score?

Among students most recently accepted into the Professional MBA Program, the average GMAT score is 580. Our accepted applicants average a 1200 combined score on GRE exams administered before August 2011. Once we have a good sample size of GRE exams administered after the August 2011 revision, we will post an average score for those tests as well. Please note, however, that while the GMAT or GRE score is only one component of a student's application, prospective students are advised to score as high as possible on this exam. 

What is your average cumulative undergraduate GPA?

Among students most recently accepted into the MBA program, the average undergraduate GPA was a 3.30 on a 4.00 scale.

What is the cost of a course?

Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is $918 per credit or $2,754 per 3-credit course.

Is work experience required for admission?

A variety of factors will influence your decision of when to apply for graduate study. MBA students at Saint Joseph's University possess, on average, 4 years of professional work experience before entering the program. However, the Admissions Committee does NOT require that applicants possess a specific amount of experience. Each year, the Admissions Committee admits a small number of qualified students directly from their undergraduate institution. Please note that, in all cases, a business resume is required to complete your MBA application.

Can I take MBA courses without applying?

No, all students must be accepted into the program in order to pursue coursework.

If I took the GMAT or GRE seven years ago; will it still be accepted?

No. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the exam.

Whom should I ask for a recommendation?

The Admissions Committee requires applicants to submit two (2) letters of recommendation. Generally, students submit recommendations from their supervisors or professors. In any case, recommenders should have direct knowledge of your leadership abilities, and should be able to affirm your competence for graduate study. Please note: the Admissions Committee requires that all recommendations be submitted on official letterhead and/or signed if not submitted through the automated online application.

Does the MBA program offer fellowships?

Yes, the Haub School of Business offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships to highly-qualified full-time students. Generally, students who are offered an assistantship conduct research for a specific academic department. Compensation (and time requirements) vary by department, and can include course benefits and/or a stipend. Requirements for renewal vary according to department guidelines.

How long does it take to complete the MBA?

The length of time required to complete the MBA depends on two factors: (a) the number of Foundation Courses waived due to prior undergraduate coursework; and (b) whether you pursue studies full- or part-time. A full-time student with the maximum number of courses waived can complete the degree in as little as one year. Conversely, a student who must complete all foundation courses (and who takes one class/semester) may take 4-5 years to complete the degree. In all cases, students must satisfy the requirements of the MBA in 6 years after completing their first Gateway or Core Level course.

When do classes meet?

During the Fall and Spring semesters, which are 15-weeks in length, classes begin at 6:30 PM and end at 9:10 PM and meet weekly. During the Summer I and Summer II terms, which are 6-weeks in length, classes begin at 6:30 PM and end at 9:50 PM and meet twice weekly.

Do I have to go to another school to take my prerequisite courses?

No, students can take their Foundation Courses at Saint Joseph 's University with other graduate business students. We strongly recommend that students complete all of their coursework through Saint Joseph's University.

Who has to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE?

The sole determining factor of whether you have to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE is the language of instruction of your undergraduate degree. Residency status and/or citizenship do not supersede this requirement. In some instances, an applicant who received his/her undergraduate degree from a non-English speaking university also possesses an advanced degree from an English-speaking university. These students are waived from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE requirement.

What are the minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores required for admission?

Students required to complete a language exam have a choice of one of the above named examinations. The Haub School of Business requires that applicants earn a minimum grade of 80 on the TOEFL IBT, 6.5 overall on the IELTS, 60 on the PTE, or 550 on the written TOEFL exam. The computerized TOEFL has been discontinued and is no longer accepted. 

For how long will my TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score be valid?

Language exams are valid for two years from the date of the exam. If your score is older you must retake the exam. 

I am an accepted international student, but have not received my I-20. Whom do I contact?

I-20s are issued through the Center for International Programs. Please contact Meryl Halpern, International Student Advisor, at mhalpern@sju.edu.

Can non-online students take online courses?

Non-online students who wish to take online courses may do so on a first-come, first-come space available basis. Please check your email for announcements about online course availability and information regarding registration.

What internship and job opportunities are available to graduate business students?

Many businesses in the Philadelphia area seek to fill temporary, full, and part-time positions with graduate business students at Saint Joseph's University. Students can also visit the Career Development Center for additional opportunities.

I have a question about my bill. Whom do I contact?

All billing questions should be directed to Hawk Central at 610-660-2000.

I tried to register for a particular course, and I'm told I have a pre-requisite error. What should I do?

First, review the course description and check the pre-requisites for the class. If you confident that you have satisfied these requirements, contact the Graduate Business Office at 610-660-1690. Please note: Most students wishing to register for MGT 795 or MGT 789 Global Business Strategy will encounter a pre-requisite error. To enroll in this class, you must contact the Graduate Business Office at 610-660-1690.

Does the Haub School of Business offer any dual-degree programs?

Students who have completed or are currently studying toward a Master's Degree in the Haub School of Business may be able to apply shared credits toward another SJU Graduate Business Program. Please contact the Graduate Business Office at 610-660-1690 or sjumba@sju.edu for further information. Students enrolled in the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)'s DO Program may jointly pursue an MBA at Saint Joseph's University. Students must apply and be fully accepted into each program. Interested PCOM students should contact Dr. Robert Cuzzolino, Vice President for Graduate Programs and Academic Planning, PCOM.

Is an interview required for admission?

An interview is not required for admission, and is not a part of the application process. However, we invite all interested students to visit our Main Campus and speak with an Advisor or Graduate Assistant to learn about how Saint Joseph 's MBA can benefit you personally and professionally. Students can schedule appointments via the website.

What is the difference between the MBA and E-MBA? Which should I pursue?

The Executive MBA is an accelerated graduate business degree designed for mid- to high-level executives. For more information on the EMBA program, contact Chris Anderson at chris.anderson@sju.edu.

It is inconvenient for me to travel to the Philadelphia campus. Can I take MBA classes through Saint Joseph's University elsewhere?

MBA students at Saint Joseph's University can pursue their degree at two (2) distinct locations: our Main Campus on City Line Avenue; and through limited offerings at Ursinus College in Collegeville , PA; as well as online. Classes at all campuses are the same as those on our Main Campus and are taught by the same faculty. MBA students are not restricted to one physical campus or the other. Please see above for restrictions on online courses.

What services are available for students with disabilities?

Saint Joseph's University makes every effort to accommodate students with special needs. For more information on the services available, visit the Office for Students with Learning/Physical Disabilities.

I would like to be a full-time student. Is career advising available to me?

The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services to undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. Career Fairs at Saint Joseph's University are open to all groups. In addition, Saint Joseph 's students have privileged access to the career services at other Jesuit institutions in the United States . Visit the CDC at http://www.sju.edu/careers/ .

When do you admit new students?

The MBA Program offers rolling admission to successful applicants. Students can begin coursework during the spring, summer, or fall semesters. Application deadlines for these terms are listed on our website.

Does SJU offer new student orientation?

New student welcome sessions are offered at the beginning of every semester. Specific dates will be announced by the Graduate Business Office at the beginning of each semester.

How do I meet with an advisor?

You can make an appointment with our academic advisor online here or by calling 610-660-1690. You are welcome to make an advising appointment at any point during the admissions process or during your academic career here at SJU. Your advising appointment can be conducted in-person or on the phone. If you plan to call in for your advising appointment, please contact the Graduate Business Office at 610-660-1690 or sjumba@sju.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Professional MBA Online Program

Is the Professional MBA Online Program accredited?

Yes, our program is AACSB accredited. Additionally, we have been ranked the #1 Online MBA in Philadelphia by BusinessWeek and the #3 Online MBA in the nation by businessMBA.org.

How are online courses scheduled?

Online courses are scheduled in 8-week sessions. Each traditional semester is broken into 8-week sessions in which courses are scheduled. Courses usually meet once a week during these 8-week sessions.

When do online courses meet?

Online courses are delivered through a variety of methods, depending on the course. Online courses may require a synchronous login time, during which you must attend a virtual class. Additional coursework may be required outside of the synchronous login time, much like any on-campus course.

Who can take online courses?

Students who have accepted to the Online campus are eligible to register for online courses when semester registration opens. They are also able to take campus-based courses. Non-online students who wish to take online courses may do so on a first-come, first-come space available basis. Please check your email for announcements about online course availability and information regarding registration. 

I am a campus-based student. Can I switch to the Online Professional MBA?

If you live more than 2 hours away from the Philadelphia or Collegeville campuses, we may be able to switch you to the online program. Please contact the Graduate Business Office at sjumba@sju.edu for further information. If you do not live more than two hours from a campus, we are unable to switch you to the online program at this time without exception. You may, however, be able to take online courses on a space available basis. Please keep an eye on your email or our website for announcements regarding online courses open to campus students.

Will my degree be different if I graduate from the online campus?

No. The Online Professional MBA Program is merely a different method of delivering coursework. The admissions process and criteria is the same for both the online and campus based programs. All courses are taught by Saint Joseph's professors, most of whom also teach campus-based courses. The curriculum is the same for both methods as well. In addition, neither your diploma nor your transcript will contain any references to your online or physical campus.

When do you admit new students?

The MBA Program offers rolling admission to successful applicants. Students can begin coursework during the spring, summer, or fall semesters, at the beginning of any of the online sessions. Application deadlines for these terms are listed on our website.

Can I take online MBA courses without applying?

No, all students must be accepted into the program in order to pursue coursework.

Do I ever have to come to campus if I am an online student?

Online students are never required to come to campus unless they want to. All courses required for degree completion are offered online. However, online students are always welcome to reigster for on-campus courses or come to campus for advising appointments.  

Is there orientation for new online students?

SJU offers an online orientation through Blackboard for new online Professional MBA students. Please contact the Graduate Business Office for more information.