In the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at St. Edward’s, you’ll build skills that are highly aligned with and sought after in the dynamic business ecosystem of Austin and beyond.
Our MBA program focuses on entrepreneurial thinking, social enterprise, innovation, global collaboration and business analytics — key competencies industry leaders tell us are needed in today’s business world. As part of your coursework, you’ll go out into the community to work with organizations on consulting projects that address their strategic business needs. You’ll also learn from business leaders we bring to campus. And our partnerships with organizations, such as Capital Factory, open opportunities for networking and internships.
Courses are offered in a flexible, low-residency structure that accommodates your career and personal life. You'll have the flexibility of choosing how fast you want to complete your MBA, adapting the program to fit your personal needs.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. MBA Foundation Course (3 Credit Hours):
The foundation course provides the necessary business background to enter the MBA program, including Financial and Managerial Accounting, Statistics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, and Finance. It is delivered online through an instructor-guided, 7-week format.
The requirement can be satisfied through evidence of the completion of a Bachelor of Business Administration from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of B or higher, within the last 5 years.
II. Core Courses (24 Credit Hours):
III. Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours):
To best serve your career goals, you have the flexibility to complete three elective courses in accounting, business management, finance, marketing, digital management and/or global business. Or you can focus on a concentration in Accounting or Digital Management. (Accounting electives are offered through the Master of Accounting program.)
IV. Management Consulting (3 Credit Hours):
In your final course, you’ll apply all you’ve learned throughout the MBA program to a strategic consulting project for a private, nonprofit or public organization. Students work in teams and can choose to collaborate on a local project or a global project with travel required.
Classes meet on Saturdays three times during each 7-week course, with all other coursework delivered online.
MBA graduates go on to apply their knowledge and skills in key roles in Austin and beyond. Earning your MBA in Austin provides many advantages. It's one of the fastest growing cities in the country and is home to promising startups and iconic corporations such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Intel, Qualcomm, and IBM and recruiting new talent. Austin is known for its vibrant and eclectic culture which nurtures a strong creative industry. This provides unparalleled opportunities, such as the SXSW conference, which attracts some of the most innovative companies and iconic creative leaders on a global scale.
An MBA degree can open up new doors for graduates, and it's a requirement for advancing in some careers. This is generally true in fields such as investment banking and management consulting.
For Daniel Hawthorne ’08, MBA ’12, an MBA helped him better navigate the corporate world. He's now a Senior Data Protection Specialist at Dell, after being promoted quicker than anyone else in his division’s history. He also holds the record in many sales categories. Daniel is able to incorporate his dedication to service by serving on the board of GenNext, a Dell young professionals group focusing on social responsibility and business readiness.
As part of the coursework, MBA students connect with the Austin business community to work with organizations on consulting projects that address strategic business needs. They also learn from business leaders we bring to campus. Our partnerships with organizations such as Capital Factory open opportunities for networking and internships.