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Investing in your education and your career is a big decision. To help you find the best fit between our MBA and MSLC (Master of Science in Leadership and Change) programs, we’ve compiled a short list of common questions and answers and that can guide you in the right direction.


What are the key differences between the two programs?

The MBA focuses on a broad array of business topics, including digital marketing, accounting and finance for managers, big data, and general management. You’ll be prepared for the digital economy, with coursework that emphasizes analysis, speed and integration. We teach the way you’ll work: in a technology-rich environment that incorporates real-life group projects and professors who serve as mentors.

The MSLC focuses on important skills of leadership influence and impact effectives, both in the business and not-for-profit worlds. These concepts include leadership and employee development, creative thinking, conflict resolution, persuasion, organizational goal setting, and self and relationship management.

What distinguishes a St. Edward’s MBA from a similar program at another school?

All MBA programs teach similar themes and ideas, but St. Edward’s adds a range of additional concepts, opportunities and scheduling options:

  • An MBA from St. Edward’s teaches the analytical skills needed in an increasingly connected and digital world.
  • While the program focuses on business success, it also promotes social and environmental good.
  • Throughout the program, students have opportunities to engage with Austin-based companies and leaders, including those at our partner organizations such as Capital Factory.
  • Students translate course concepts into real-life projects for a variety of organizations, including the City of Austin, the Texas Commission of Music and Gridmates, an Austin-based crowd-sourcing platform that allows energy to be donated to those in need.
  • The MBA is a low-residency format that requires minimal attendance on campus (three Saturdays per seven-week term). Flexible scheduling options include an accelerated, one-year program.

What distinguishes a St. Edward’s MSLC from a similar program at another school?

  • The MSLC program from St. Edward’s focuses on leadership and change-management skills from a business perspective.
  • More than focusing on your own leadership development, you’ll learn how to lead others in for-profit and not-for-profit settings.
  • The curriculum integrates ideas from the Austin business ecosystem, which means that you’ll be learning about real-life challenges business and nonprofits are dealing with.
  • Courses build in deep connections, conversations, and learning experiences from faculty, peers, and guest speakers, so you in addition to practical, relevant discussions, you’re also building a strong Austin-based network.

Are there similarities between the programs?

Both programs feature small class sizes that are designed to zero in on the practical application of the skills. They each take full advantage of the university’s relationships with local, regional, national and global partners. Classes are taught by experienced educators who often have deep professional experience outside the university. Both programs are designed to help students excel professionally, advance their career and make a positive impact in the business community.