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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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‘Sultan and the Saint’ docudrama to be shown Dec. 26 on PBS; film features SBU scholars

Dec 14, 2017 |

In 1219, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life and crossed Crusade lines to meet Egypt’s sultan. This remarkable story of two men of faith that occurred nearly 800 years ago is captured in the docudrama “The Sultan and the Saint,” which will be premiering nationwide on PBS Dec. 26.

Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M.,Ph.D., a Franciscan who was interviewed on camera for the film, said the story continues to have tremendous relevance in the contemporary world.

Fr. Michael, director of St. Bonaventure University’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, is among several scholars affiliated with the university who provided input on the film.

The film will air at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 for those whose PBS station is WNED/WBFO Buffalo-Toronto (check your local listings).

Told with cinematic-style re-enactments and interviews with renowned historians, art experts, religious thinkers, and brain scientists, the film centers on these two men who had an improbable meeting during a terrible period of religious conflict between their faiths, and discovered a way of finding peace between them.

Sultan and the Saint During the height of the bloody Christian-Muslim conflict known as the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Muslim ruler al-Malik al-Kamil in Damietta, Egypt. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, presented an alternative to the persistent call for war.

Last February, St. Bonaventure held a screening of “The Sultan and the Saint,” which was well received by the university and local Muslim community. 

Fr. Michael says it is because of St. Francis’ encounter with the sultan that the Franciscan order has had an ongoing presence in the Holy Land.

“This is the real beginning of a consistent Franciscan presence in the Holy Land and a consistent Franciscan engagement with Islamic authorities there,” he said. Fr. Michael, who holds a doctorate in Islamic Studies, has studied, taught, lived, traveled and ministered in the Islamic world. Fr. Michael also serves as the Special Assistant for Dialogue with Islam for the Franciscan Order, and is currently involved in planning the commemoration of the historical encounter for 2019.

Several members of the Islamic Society of the Southern Tier visited campus recently to meet the university’s new president, Dr. Dennis R. DePerro, including Dr. Shazia Siddiqi, an Islamic Society member; Dr. Naheed Hilal, treasurer on the society’s executive board and chair of the Board of Trustees; and Dr. Adil Al-Humadi, Islamic Society president.

The society presented a $5,500 donation to SBU’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, while Al-Humadi presented $10,000, the final payment of a $50,000 pledge by his family to help establish the Dr. Adil and Jehan Al-Humadi Lecture Series in Arab and Islamic Studies. Inspired by the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan, the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies was established at St. Bonaventure in 2015, and seeks to promote an understanding of Arab and Islamic cultures, an appreciation of both their historical and contemporary significance in the global community, and respectful relations between Muslim and Christian people.

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