Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment for completing the University of Saint Mary MBA online education program?
This is an accelerated program that may be completed in as little as one year, if you take two classes each term. You can also choose to take one class at a time and complete in as few as two years. Courses are offered in eight-week-long sessions. Most students plan on spending about 15 hours a week on coursework, per class.

If it's an online program, will my degree be considered as professional as a traditional degree?
The material covered in the University of Saint Mary MBA program will be the same as a traditional on-campus degree.

Because it's online, can I can choose when to do my coursework?
Yes, the online format allows students to complete coursework on their own schedule from anywhere as long as they have a computer and an Internet connection. This allows more students to work while pursuing their MBA degree.

Does the University of Saint Mary offer other MBA programs?
Yes, we also offer a campus-based MBA program.

What will my MBA online education enable me to do?
Upon completion, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify critical business issues facing an organization
  • Analyze business issues from a cross-disciplinary perspective and form practical responses to these issues
  • Assess global influences on business decisions
  • Formulate ethical approaches to business decisions and understand how to apply them
  • Communicate effectively in both a written and oral manner

I've already completed some work on an MBA. Can I transfer my credits?
Upon approval, you may transfer up to nine credit hours of comparable coursework from another graduate or professional degree program. Credit hours for MGT 795 Strategic Management and Ethics, which is the program's capstone course, may not be transferred into the program. Requests for transfer credit are subject to the requirements described in the graduate division academic policies.

Is there a comprehensive final exam?
A comprehensive final assessment is required to complete the program. That provides the student with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to analyze, critique, synthesize, and integrate critical ideas, concepts, theory, research, and practical experience. The assessment takes the form of a description, analysis, investigation and/or explanation of important business/management problems, issues, or in selected business cases. The assessment is generally done in conjunction with capstone course MGT 795 Strategic Management and Ethics.

Can I receive financial aid?
Yes, if you qualify. For more information about financial aid, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Are exams proctored?
For most courses, final exams will be completed in the online classroom.

Will I need to visit the main campus?
No. You will do all MBA online education coursework online. You may participate in graduation ceremonies on the main campus in Leavenworth, Kansas, which take place in May.

What is the tuition rate for online courses?
Tuition for the MBA is currently $598 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

How much time each week should I allot to course assignments?
Expect to spend about 15 hours each week on coursework.

What kind of support does the University of Saint Mary offer?
We have Technical Support that is there whenever you need it, 24 hours a day, seven days a week that offers technical support. You will also have a dedicated student services counselor to assist you during your program.

Are the University of Saint Mary and the Master of Business Administration program accredited?
Yes. The University of Saint Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Olathe, Kansas. The University of Saint Mary is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), one of the six regional accreditation agencies in the U.S.

Are there any entrance exams required for your program?
No. The University of Saint Mary does not require any entrance exams, such as the GMAT or GRE, for acceptance into the program.

Have more questions about the MBA online education program or studying online at the University of Saint Mary? Call us at 877-307-4915 or request more information.