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St. Bonaventure's MBA program is offered at the Olean campus and at the Buffalo Center in Hamburg.


Only 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.
St. Bonaventure's School of Business is proud to display the AACSB seal, signifying accreditation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
This assures that you're getting a top-quality education, and it tells employers that you're ready to perform from day one.
What's more, we're in the business of preparing our students to be not only truly outstanding professionals, but truly outstanding people as well. You'll develop skills and insights to help you compete in the global economy while learning to make decisions rooted in moral and ethical values that define our Franciscan tradition.

Flexible programs, two campuses and online

St. Bonaventure's MBA program is designed to meet the needs of the busy consumer. We offer our program in four formats – part time, full time, weekends only and an online MBA program – and at two locations: our main campus in Olean, N.Y., and at our Buffalo Extension Center on the Hilbert College campus in Hamburg, N.Y.

The Olean and Buffalo Center academic calendars can be found here.
  • PART-TIME FORMAT: Classes are generally held once a week in the late afternoon or evening at the main campus in Olean.
  • FULL-TIME FORMAT: Classes are generally held once a week in the late afternoon or evening at the main campus on a semester basis. Students with the appropriate academic background may be able to complete degree requirements in one year.
  • WEEKEND FORMAT: Classes are held on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Extension Center at Hilbert College. Students take one course at a time in five weekend modules. (NOTE: MBA 649, the required capstone course, is offered on the main campus only; students must travel to the Olean campus to complete this course.)
  • ONLINE FORMAT: Classes are available fully online.

NOTE: For the on-campus MBA, elective and foundation courses are occasionally offered ONLINE.

Students typically enter the program at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters, though summer entrance is also possible for most students.

Students with appropriate academic background may be able to complete degree requirements in 15 months. Most students, however, are able to complete degree requirements in approximately two years.

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Golf executives to talk about global impact
of game March 20 at St. Bonaventure

Mar 06, 2014 |

Some heavy hitters from the golf industry will be at St. Bonaventure University later this month to take part in the second annual Kearns Global Business Lecture.

“The PGA TOUR: Driving Charitable Giving, Community Service and Corporate Responsibility” is the theme of this year’s lecture, beginning at 4 p.m. March 20 in the Rigas Family Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Established in 2013 thanks to a grant from Dick, class of 1972, and Maureen Kearns, the Global Business Lecture Series brings industry leaders to campus to underscore the need for today’s business students to develop a global mindset as they prepare to enter the work world.

Dick Kearns, now a senior advisor for Zurich Insurance Group, will moderate an expert panel representing a cross-section of stakeholders involved in PGA TOUR tournament activation.

Panel members include Julie Tyson, vice president of business development for the PGA TOUR; Dan Robertson, publisher of Golf Digest Magazine; Ben Gannett, co-head of golf for CAA Sports; Patrice Parente, global head of events for Zurich Insurance; and Zack Rosenburg, co-founder and CEO of the St. Bernard Project, a nationally renowned leader in disaster resilience and recovery.

“In January, the PGA TOUR achieved an incredible milestone, surpassing $2 billion in all-time charitable giving. This a great story that involves the highly successful organizational model of the PGA TOUR, volunteers in communities across the country giving their personal time to support their communities, and corporate sponsors doing the right thing by supporting these causes,” said Dick Kearns, a retired chief administrative officer of Zurich Insurance Group. 

“There are lots of lessons to be learned from this success story and I am happy we have a team of experts to tell us how and why it works so well.”

Dr. Pierre Balthazard, dean of the School of Business, said the panel discussion “isn’t about golf, per se, but about the PGA TOUR as a business model and how they’ve built their brand largely through charity in the communities where they play.”

The PGA TOUR and its players have been invested in giving back for decades — even at St. Bonaventure.

Seventy years ago, the legendary Byron Nelson and fellow tour star Harold “Jug” McSpaden visited the college’s nine-hole course and raised more than $100,000 in war bonds. Area fans purchased the bonds for $18.75 each to watch an 18-hole match with a pair of top local amateurs. (McSpaden and his partner shot 64 to beat Nelson’s team by a stroke.)

“Even back in 1944, the PGA TOUR was running a very Franciscan model of business,” Balthazard said. “And with the tour just breaking the $2 billion milestone, this topic seemed like a perfect fit for the lecture series this year.”

The dean said the topic touches many aspects of the School of Business curriculum.

“From an academic perspective, we are preparing for this event by doing research on the marketing and branding aspects of sponsorship, sports management, broadcasting and organizational structures,” Balthazard said. “A key area of interest is how these efforts support effective corporate responsibility. It’s a timely topic.”

The panel discussion and subsequent question-and-answer period will also focus on the global reach of the golf business, Dick Kearns said.

“The golf industry generates annual revenues of more than $300 billion, employs 3.5 million people and is played on more than 32,000 courses in more than 100 countries,” he said. “The game really has spread globally at a remarkable pace.”

The event is closed to the general public, but can be viewed live online at


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