Business Administration, M.B.A. (One-Year)

Saint Louis University's One-Year MBA program integrates data analytics throughout the curriculum to prepare graduates for successful careers making informed decisions in today's data-driven business environment. 

The One-Year MBA at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business is a cohort-based program that begins each summer and spans three terms — summer, fall and spring. This unique program features integrated courses team-taught by faculty from different business disciplines to help students develop multi-functional approaches to solving business problems.

Curriculum Overview

Saint Louis University's One-Year MBA is a 48 credit hour analytics-driven curriculum. Each cohort starts in June, taking 18.5 credits of integrated MBA courses during the summer. Students complete 13 credits in the fall term and 16.5 hours in the spring. All classes are held between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the fall and spring, meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Summer courses equip students with foundational business concepts and theories to prepare them for team-based business simulations in the fall semester. Between the fall and spring terms, students study abroad for one week.

The spring semester includes a live, team-based data analytics practicum in which students work with local corporations or non-profit organizations. Each student will spend roughly 20 hours a week with business partners analyzing data collaboratively and delivering real solutions to data-intensive problems. Totaling over 1,000 contact hours, this practicum experience provides support and additional training from a faculty mentor and allows students to utilize the skills they have developed during the previous two semesters.


The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business has a dedicated Career Resources Center and a specialized graduate career advisor to help MBA students define professional goals, build essential career skills, create robust professional networks, and develop job search strategies. Through the Professional Effectiveness Series, as well as individualized career appointments, students will explore topics and skills related to effective professional development and career management. The Career Resources Center is also committed to supporting alumni.

Recent graduates of the One-Year MBA program are leveraging their data analytics skills working in roles including: supply chain analyst, automation solutions portfolio project manager, e-commerce specialist, consulting associate, business valuation analyst, global mobility services associate, marketing associate, business analyst consultant, consulting analyst.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Professional goal statement of fewer than 500 words
  • Interview (scheduled with program director upon receipt of all application materials)

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once all application materials are received. Application files are reviewed holistically (undergraduate performance, internship or professional experience, professional goal statement and interview). The average time for admissions decisions is two weeks.

Requirements for International Students

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will also need to submit:

English Language Proficiency Scores: For non-native speakers of English, an official English Language test score report is also required and must be sent directly to the institution. Scores should be no more than two years old. This program requires a TOEFL score of 80 and an IELTS broadband of at least a 6.5, or a Duolingo score of 110.

  • The Graduate Programs Office reserves the right to evaluate an applicant's English based on an admissions interview and/or an English language test. Based on the results from either or both, applicants may be referred to INTO SLU for additional coursework. 

Official Academic Transcripts: An official transcript articulating both GPA and grades for all previous coursework is required and will be evaluated at the time of admission.

  • The Graduate Programs Office reserves the right to request an applicant submit a WES or ECE evaluation.

Documentation of Financial Support: After an admission decision has been made and scholarship consideration has been assessed, students will need to complete an addendum form outlining certification of financial support for one year of study (if a student visa is required) submitted with the necessary documentation. Documentation will include:

  • A letter (declaration) of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency providing funds for your tuition and living expenses for the duration of your study at Saint Louis University.

  • A letter (certification) from the sponsor’s bank verifying that such funds currently are available and will be so for each subsequent year of your study at this University. The financial evidence must cover at least the amount of expenses needed for the first year of your study.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Chaifetz School offers generous scholarships to make a graduate degree from our nationally ranked institution accessible. All applicants to the One-Year MBA program are automatically considered for merit scholarships at the time of admission. Additional competitive donor scholarships are also available to admitted One-Year MBAs on an application basis. Learn more about One-Year MBA scholarships.
For more information about other financial aid, please visit the student financial services office online at  


The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education alliance and accrediting body of business schools, ensuring continuous quality improvement in terms of curriculum, instructional resources, student selection, career placement and intellectual contributions and qualifications of the faculty. Fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB accreditation. 

  • Graduates will develop a strategic level understanding of the key functions of business- accounting, economics, finance, international business, management marketing, operations and statistics.
  • Graduates will practice problem analysis and decision-making. Present results of analysis, both individually and as part of teams and groups, using vehicles such as problem- and case-analysis, integrated modules, and live consulting opportunities. 
  • Graduates will be able to identify global trends and local practices and evaluate their impacts on organizations.
  • Graduates will develop oral and written business communication and teamwork sills through a variety of methods such as case studies, simulations, experiential learning and presentations.
  • Graduates will understand, recognize and evaluate ethical decision making styles/approaches. 
Summer Courses
MBA 6000Professional Skills and Business Concepts2
MBA 6001Organizational Structure, Money, Markets, Metrics and Morality3
MBA 6002Management of People and Accounting Information2
MBA 6003Financial Decision Making3
MBA 6004Managing Markets, Consumers and Competition4
MBA 6005Leading People and Organizations2
MBA 6006Firm and Operational Performance2
MBA 6016Professional Effectiveness0.5
Fall Courses
MBA 6007Decision Tools and Traps1
MBA 6008Decision in Action: Making the Right Decisions1
MBA 6009Optimization of Resources3.5
MBA 6010Digital Marketing and Analytics3.5
MBA 6011Building and Sustaining Global Excellence3.5
MBA 6016Professional Effectiveness0.5
Spring Courses
MBA 6012Global Immersion3
MBA 6013Corporate Risk Management3.5
MBA 6014Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship3.5
MBA 6015Industry Practicum6
MBA 6016Professional Effectiveness0.5
Total Credits48

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment, unless otherwise noted. This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
MBA 6000 Professional Skills and Business Concepts 2
MBA 6001 Organizational Structure, Money, Markets, Metrics and Morality 3
MBA 6002 Management of People and Accounting Information 2
MBA 6003 Financial Decision Making 3
MBA 6004 Managing Markets, Consumers and Competition 4
MBA 6005 Leading People and Organizations 2
MBA 6006 Firm and Operational Performance 2
MBA 6016 Professional Effectiveness 0.5
MBA 6007 Decision Tools and Traps 1
MBA 6008 Decision in Action: Making the Right Decisions 1
MBA 6009 Optimization of Resources 3.5
MBA 6010 Digital Marketing and Analytics 3.5
MBA 6011 Building and Sustaining Global Excellence 3.5
MBA 6016 Professional Effectiveness 0.5
MBA 6012 Global Immersion 3
MBA 6013 Corporate Risk Management 3.5
MBA 6014 Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3.5
MBA 6015 Industry Practicum 6
MBA 6016 Professional Effectiveness 0.5
 Total Credits48

MBA 6016 Professional Effectiveness is a 1.5 credit course split into three parts and taken each of the three semesters (summer, fall and spring) of the one-year MBA program.

For additional admission questions, please contact:

Graduate Business Admissions Team 314-977-3800 

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