SHIELDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

INTRODUCTION

Earn an impactful MBA Degree at Saint Francis University

The Master of Business Administration program through the Shields School of Business can fulfill your potential for greater job satisfaction, career advancement, and having more impact in your organization. As part of the rich Franciscan heritage of the University, our MBA program challenges you to explore ethical dilemmas that face managers every day and learn to manage with responsibility and compassion.

 

Offered Online, On-Campus or Combined

Flex-MBA: in-person & online executive education with a personal touch
Faculty with exceptional credentials & real-world experience
8 concentrations to align your MBA with your career aspirations.
The SFU LEARNING EXPERIENCE

An MBA the Saint Francis Way

At the heart of the Master of Business Administration program is a solid core that focuses on integrative business and management skills. Beyond that, you have the ability to customize your curriculum to your personal career goals.

 

 

  • Choose your area of specialization or stay broad.
  • Fast track your career with our direct entry/accelerated undergrad path.
  • Make an impact by focusing on leading with ethics and integrity.

Why pursue an MBA at SFU?

 

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For your convenience, the Shields School of Business offers the MBA degree online, in person, or a combination of the two.  Here are some reasons a student might consider obtaining their MBA online.

 

Flexibility. We know your schedule is filled with career, family, and life demands. The classes in our online MBA program can be completed whenever, wherever, so you can learn at your convenience.

 

Quality. We don't cut corners with your education. The MBA online curriculum is the exact same as the face-to-face program. You’ll receive the same degree in our accredited online MBA program as you would on campus.

 

Award-winning faculty. You won't be staring at a blank screen when earning your MBA online. The video lectures and critiques are given by our accomplished professors with care and concern for your success.

 

Highly rated. Saint Francis University's online school has been heralded by bestcolleges.com as one of the best in Pennsylvania, providing access to the highest quality e-learning tools and education.

CURRICULUM & COURSES

What You’ll Learn in the MBA Program

The Master of Business Administration program is designed for practicing managers and those who aspire to be managers. Small classes (both online and onsite) are taught under the direction of a talented and dedicated, practitioner-grounded business faculty, who genuinely care about your personal goals.

Our MBA is a results-oriented and values-based program that delivers the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed for you to be an impactful executive in the 21st Century economy.

Concentrations:

  • Accounting

  • Finance

  • Health Care Management

  • Human Resource Management

  • Information Systems & Project Management

  • Leadership and Ethical Management

  • Marketing 

  • Sports Management 

  • Graduate Entry Paths
  • Learning Objectives
  • Choose On-Campus or Online: 

    Degree Type Description Course Catalog  Plan of Study

    MBA, Generalist Track

    Broad-based MBA to prepare for leadership roles in non-profit or profit-based organizations.

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    Plan of Study

    MBA, Concentration Track

    Tailor your MBA degree to align with specific career aspirations

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    Plan of Study

     

  • The Shields School of Business will graduate students who have the knowledge, skills, love of learning, confidence, drive, and ethical and moral values needed to be spiritually fulfilled in life and successful in professional careers.

     

    Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

     

    • Students will acquire a strong knowledge of the functional fields of business and the various environments in which business operates.
    • Students will demonstrate skills in problem recognition and critical decision making applying qualitative and quantitative methods to empirical business situations. 
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to professionally communicate.
    • Students will display skills in strategic analysis and integration.
    • Students will develop the ability to effectively work with a team of colleagues on a project.
    • Identify and analyze the ethical obligations and responsibilities of managers and their organizations.

ACCELERATED MBA

Graduate business fast-track options for high-achievers

Our exclusive accelerated business B.S. to Master's degree programs provide an opportunity to earn both your bachelor's degree in on of our undergraduate majors, as well as you MBA in as little as 4 years.

  • Degree Path
  • Admission Standards
  • Accreditation
  • Degree Awarded:

    Successful graduates earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Or they may choose to enter the workforce after completing the accelerated undergraduate portion of the program with 9 graduate credits to put toward earning your MBA or MHRM later.


    CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR

    Accelerated Degree Options

    Degree  Description Catalog  Plan of Study

    Accelerated MBA/Accounting

     

    earn both an undergraduate accounting degree and an MBA in 4 years

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    Accelerated MBA/Business Analytics

    For high achievers: earn both an undergraduate business analytics degree and an MBA in 4 years

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    Plan of Study

    Accelerated MBA/Economics

     

    For high achievers: earn both an undergraduate economics degree and an MBA in 4 years

    Course Catalog

    Plan of Study

    Accelerated MBA/Finance

     

    for high achievers: earn both an undergraduate finance degree and an MBA in 4 years

    Course Catalog

    Plan of Study

    Accelerated MBA/Management

     

    For high achievers: earn both an undergraduate management degree and an MBA in 4 years

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    Plan of Study

    Accelerated MHRM/Management

     

    For high achievers: earn both an undergraduate management degree and an MHRM in 4 years

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    Plan of Study

    Accelerated MBA/Management Information Systems

     

    earn both an undergraduate MIS degree and an MBA in 4 years

    Course Catalog Plan of Study

    Accelerated MBA/Marketing

     

    earn both an undergraduate marketing degree and an MBA in 4 years

    Course Catalog Plan of Study
  • Exclusively for High Achievers:

    • the accelerated program has higher admission standards than other undergraduate business programs

    • open to qualified incoming freshman and transfer students who meet the following requirements: 

      • SAT score of 1150 or higher in critical reading and math or an ACT composite score of 22 or
        higher

      • GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale

  • Saint Francis University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.

 

Saint Francis University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.

 

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About the MBA and Saint Francis University

  • How do I apply to the MBA program?

    Please see the requirements below before applying. You may complete your application online, but you must mail your application requirements separately. 

     

    Please send all required materials to:

    Graduate Business Programs & HRM
    Saint Francis University 
    P.O. Box 600
    Loretto, PA 15940

  • What are the admissions requirements for U.S. Residents?

    All Applicants  are responsible for submitting a completed application packet to the Graduate Business Programs & HRM for consideration and admission to the Master of Business Administration program.  This packet should include the following materials:

     

    1. Completed Online Application -  MBA Application Form

    2. Non-refundable application fee of $30.00, in the form of a check or money order, made payable to Saint Francis University

    3. Two (2) letters of professional recommendation -  MBA Recommendation Form

    4. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. If a candidate's GPA is <3.0, he or she may be accepted on a provisional basis while taking up to six (6) credits. The student must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the first six credits to be admitted to the program. If these requirements are not met the student will not be admitted to the program.  

    5. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work completed by the applicant must be sent directly from the college/university to the Graduate Business Programs & HRM. (Copies from students will not be accepted.)

    6. GMAT Exam.  Waived if the applicant has 4 years of professional working experience or undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.3 or higher.

  • What are the admissions requirements for international residents?

    All international applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application packet to the Graduate Business Programs & HRM for consideration and admission to the Master of Business Administration program. This packet should include the following materials:

    1. Completed Online Application

    2. A non-refundable application fee of $30, in the form of a check or money order made payable to Saint Francis University.

    3. Two (2) letters of recommendation, written in English, one professional and one personal which include information about English proficiency. 

    4. Official undergraduate transcripts must be submitted, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, the transcripts must be submitted with certified English translations (if applicable). The independent credentialing report needs to be completed by a NACES-member organization, and WES is recommended.

    5. Applicant must complete Affidavit of Financial Support, International Clearance Form, and submit a copy of passport.

    6. Minimum testing requirements include:

      1. TOEFL Internet-based test score: 75-80; paper-based: 550; computer-based: 213

      2. IELTS band score: 6.5

      3. iTEP score: 4.0

    Note: International applicants who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution that English is the primary language of instruction are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Any applicant, who does not meet the English proficiency requirement, but, has a strong academic record, may be admitted to the University and will enroll in the University’s intensive English program, for appropriate course work, until suitable English proficiency is acquired. Upon acceptance to the Graduate Business Program, international applicant must complete the I20 process through the University Admissions Office.

  • Who do I contact if I have questions about applying?

    We are happy to walk you through the application and answer any questions you may have along the way!

     

    Contact:

    Nicole M Bauman

    Director,
    Graduate Business Programs & HRM 
    814-472-3026 
    nbauman@francis.edu

    Fax: 814-472 -3369

Experienced business administration faculty who love to teach 

Our faculty team is an advantageous mix of accomplished practitioners and academicians experienced in teaching adult learners. They teach subjects within their areas of professional expertise and represent the best blend of theoretical and practical knowledge appropriate to professional graduate education. Guest speakers and site visits augment the instruction in several courses to enrich the value of the program.

 

Program Director: Nicole Bauman, nbauman@francis.edu, 814-472-3026