St. Bonaventure University

Master of Business Administration

Our MBA is offered as a traditional in-person, on-campus program, which may be taken on a full- or part-time basis. We also offer a fully online format.

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What sets our MBA program apart from many others? Let's start with the our accreditation by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.

It's a designation claimed by only 5% of the world's business schools. It assures that you're getting a top-quality education, and it tells prospective employers that you're ready to perform from day one.

Our MBA program comes with something else companies desire in employees today: a skill set resting on pillars of compassion and integrity. As a St. Bonaventure graduate, your decision-making will be influenced by the moral and ethical values that define our Franciscan tradition.

Choose an on-campus option that best suits you

Too busy to enroll full time? Take our part-time format and begin classes in any term.

Our MBA program is open to eligible students from all undergraduate majors. It is a 42 credit (14 course) program consisting of foundation courses (9 credits), business core courses (12 credits), graduate electives (14 credits) and a capstone course (3 credits).

  • Part time/full time
    Full-time students are those registered for a minimum of 9 credits in any semester.

  • Class schedules
    Classes are held once a week in the late afternoon (typically 2:30 to 5:10 p.m.) or early evening (6 to 8:40 p.m.). Students may take up to five courses per semester in a traditional semester-length format.

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

  • Completion dates
    Most students complete degree requirements in approximately two years. Students with the appropriate academic background, however, may be able to complete degree requirements in about 15 months. Some students — those in good academic standing, with the appropriate academic background, and with flexible schedules — may be able to complete requirements in one year.

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Study international business in China

The opportunity of a lifetime awaits those who enroll in our China Studies program, a two-week summer course that takes you to Beijing and Shanghai in mainland China.

In addition to attending briefings, lectures, cultural visits and sightseeing excursions, you will complete the course MGT/MBA 646. International Business/China Studies, earning three credits toward completion of your MBA. Learn more at China Studies.

MBA Program admission requirements

Students are encouraged to apply to the MBA program at least six weeks before their desired start date. Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • a satisfactory score on the GMAT or GRE (see test waiver information below)
  • a résumé
  • official transcripts of all previous college work
  • a completed bachelor's degree by the time your MBA studies begin
  • for International applicants: a score for the TOEFL or IELTS (English proficiency tests). International applicants should Online & International Student Services for additional requirements.
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    Accelerated programs for SBU students

    Students who earn an undergraduate general business degree from St. Bonaventure can earn an MBA in an accelerated time frame, based on their academic record. In many cases, these students can earn their MBA in as little as one calendar year (summer, fall & spring).

    We also offer a 4+1 BBA/MBA in accounting program, enabling students to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and an MBA in five years. Learn more on our accounting website.

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