Resource guide for the MBA program

I work full-time. How can I fit the MBA into my schedule?

Our MBA program is low residency, meaning students come to campus three Saturdays each 7-week course. All other coursework is delivered online.

Can I complete my degree online?

No. While the program is low residency, students come to campus three times each term.

Where are you located?

We have two campuses available in Austin. Our main campus is located on South Congress. We also have a campus located in North Austinnear the Arboretum.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The MBA program is 36 hours in length. Students may take two 7-week courses per semester (one course at a time) to complete the program in two years or four 7-week courses per semester (two courses at a time) to complete the MBA in one year.

Where should I mail transcripts and recommendation letters? 

Application materials can be mailed to:
St. Edward’s University
Attn: Office of Admission
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

Can my references email you their recommendation letter? 

Yes; the recommendation form and accompanying letter can be emailed as a scanned PDF to your admission counselor, Ross Nelson.

I’m not sure if the MBA program is right for me. How can I learn more?

We highly recommend that all prospective applicants attend an information session. We hold information sessions every 4-6 weeks, depending on the time of year. Though most sessions are in the evening at our main campus in South Austin, we occasionally offer evening sessions at our North Austin campus. RSVP for an information session. If you live out-of-state or are not available to attend a session, you may schedule a phone appointment with the admission counselor by calling 512-448-8500.

When is the application deadline? 

The MBA program currently offers three start terms each year. View the application deadlines.

Is the GRE/GMAT required for admission? 

To apply for unconditional admission, the GRE or GMAT is required. However, there are two scenarios in which we waive the GRE/GMAT requirement:

  1. If you have previously completed a graduate degree (or a minimum of 12 graduate-level semester hours) with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and no individual grade below a B, the GRE/GMAT requirement is waived; OR
  2. If you have more than three years of consecutive, full time (40+ hours a week) work experience and a minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 undergraduate credit hours, you may apply for conditional admission without a GRE/GMAT score.

Are recommendation letters required?

Recommendation letters are optional, but strongly recommended. Recommendations can come from a professor, supervisor or colleague. You should choose a recommender who can speak to either your professional or academic ability to complete a rigorous graduate program. 

Is there a required recommendation form? 

We do offer a recommendation form that you can give to your recommenders, which offers more structure. The recommendation is posted on our website under additional resources. 

How many recommendation letters should I send? 

We prefer between one and three recommendation letters.

I am an international student. Can I apply to the MBA program?

Yes, we welcome a diverse student population and have a number of international students in our MBA program. While the program is designed as a part-time program, it is possible to attend full-time in order to comply with F-1 Visa requirements. At the graduate level, taking nine credit hours is considered a full-time course load. In addition to the standard MBA admission requirements, international students must submit:

-An official TOEFL or IELTS score dated within two years. We require a minimum score of 79 on the computer based TOEFL and 6.0 on the IELTS.

-An official course-by-course Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) dated within one year.

What is St. Edward’s school code for the FAFSA form?

003621

How much is tuition? 

Graduate tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $1,321 per credit. The MBA program is a 36 credit hour program. The graduate tuition is inclusive, as we do not charge additional fees for advising, career services, the library, the recreation center, etc. However, there is a separate technology fee ($50 per term) and a $250 annual parking charge. The cost of books will vary by semester.

Are there scholarships, fellowships or other types of aid available to help me pay for my degree?

We do not offer institutional scholarships or fellowships to incoming graduate students. However, after completing six credit hours with our program, graduate students are eligible to apply for a Presidential Fellowship if they have at least a 3.5 GPA. This fellowship is equivalent to the cost of one credit hour. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for federal financial aid in the form of student loans to help pay their tuition and fees. Students will be assigned a designated financial aid advisor upon admission to help answer questions about financing their education.

We also recommend that you research outside scholarship opportunities, such as the ones listed on our Student Financial Services page.

How will I know if my application is complete? 

Once you submit your application, you will receive an e-mail within 48–72 hours that contains directions to "claim your account" and obtain access to the online status checker. The status checker will allow you to see when we receive documents, which items are missing, and when your file goes to the Admission Committee for review.

How long will it take for the admission committee to review my application? 

Once all required application materials have arrived, your application will go to the committee for review. The review process generally takes 2–3 weeks. You may be contacted by email if the committee has additional questions or a request for more information, in which case your file would be placed on “hold” status. Once the requested information is received, your application will return to committee review and will be reviewed within 2 weeks. It is best to apply early to ensure that the committee has plenty of time to review your application.

I’ve been admitted! What is my next step? 

Congratulations! Students who have been admitted will receive a Statement of Intent (SOI) form with their acceptance letter. To secure your place in the class, you will need to return the SOI form along with a deposit of $150. The $150 deposit will be credited to your student account and can go toward the payment of tuition or parking, etc. Once we receive the SOI and your deposit, your academic advisor will contact you to set up an advising appointment, go over your degree plan and clear you for registration.

My application was denied. Can I reapply? 

In order to re-apply to the MBA program, the committee asks that you submit new information for them to review along with your second application. New information could take the form of a new GRE/GMAT score, new/additional recommendation letters, and/or more work experience and should include a new or updated essay. If denied, you may contact your admission counselor to ask for feedback from the committee.