Master of Business Administration and Concentrations

  • Overview

    Whether you have an interest in pursuing a career in business or simply want to build a solid professional foundation, SJC’s MBA program delivers. The online program is perfect for emerging leaders who are motivated to attain the invaluable MBA academic credential and to hit the road running through their choice of concentrated learning.

    Entering the workforce as a student or recent graduate of business can be daunting when the field itself is so broad. Successful professionals begin their careers as ready, willing and able learning leaders. Our distinctive curriculum prepares young professionals to find relevance and to learn and grow from any experience. Through exploration of today’s business concerns students will develop skills in critical thinking, credible communication and problem solving. As a result, graduates will be well equipped to achieve their career goals right from the start.

    At a Glance

    • Choose from in-demand concentrations.
    • You will learn the essentials of business from our experienced faculty.
    • Tuition for the MBA online degree accommodates any budget. Saint Joseph’s College offers a quality education at a cost significantly lower than other institutions.
    • Get your degree quickly; this MBA program requires nearly 20 fewer credit hours than many other institutions’ programs. There is a fast-track option where you can complete your degree in as few as 18 months.  Transfer credits will be considered.
    • No matter when you decide to begin your path to career advancement, you’ll never have to wait. Applications are reviewed on a regular basis. Accepted students can start during any of the five, 10-week terms scheduled each year offered in January, March, May, July and October. Check out our course calendar to learn more. 

    Concentrations

    The program includes a number of concentrations to choose from, each consisting of three courses that are embedded throughout the four operational levels of the program.

    • Sports Administration –  The field of sports administration is expected to continue growing in tandem with the leisure and hospitality industries as a direct result of the growing population of retiring, yet health conscious baby boomers.  The degree is relevant and adaptable, especially in combination with general business, ensuring numerous career paths with advancement potential that graduates of this program would be well suited for.
    • Social Entrepreneurship – The essential fundamentals of creating and launching a new venture and focus on how innovative thinking can help to create new value for new ventures or existing organizations.  This may be in terms of new services or products, new technologies and processes, new ways of doing business and forms of organization, or, new logistics and distribution channels.  The curriculum provides ample opportunity for applying the tools of entrepreneurship to sustainable enterprises.  Social entrepreneurs who seek to solve social, economic, and ecological problems will also find value in this program.
    • Marketing– Building on a core foundation that fully integrates marketing with business strategy, the concentration provides avenues for deeper exploration of the essentials of marketing in the context of today’s international, multi-national, distributed and decentralized markets.  There is no mistaking that the world of business has and will continue to undergo profound changes resulting from the many impacts of technology.  This concentration will prepare you to be an adept and savvy contributor within any organization. 
    • Human Resources – Drawing from a broad but focused foundation course, the concentration provides students with ample opportunity to explore, practice and apply the critical competencies of the human resource function.  Through careful analyses of the roles of “generalist,” and the highly specialized functions found in any human resource department, students will benefit from the best resources available and begin developing their professional network and expertise in their first course.

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point of 2.5 or better. A 750-word essay is required for application.  Work experience is not required. The GMAT is not required. Business prerequisite coursework may be taken online at any time prior to the start of graduate courses on an as needed basis, determined from an individualized evaluation of prior learning.

  • Curriculum

    Each level must be completed before progressing to the next level. There is no thesis requirement for this MBA program. Current students can find a full schedule of what is offered. Students complete their first four courses in sequence and who then elect to enroll in two courses per each of the five scheduled terms and successfully complete the coursework, may be able to complete their graduate degree in as few as 18 months.

    Level 1: Thinking Ahead-Foundational in content and preparatory in strategy, with a focus on what is needed to be successful.
    MB515: Leadership & Lifelong Learning
    MK500: Strategic Marketing
    HR500: Human Resource Management (HRM): Foundations in Leadership
    Concentration Course

    Level 2: Thinking Systemically-Big picture thinking, with an emphasis on the language and tools needed to understand systems and our place within them.
    MB500: Organizational Dynamics
    MB540: Economy as a System
    MB642: Systems Thinking

    Level 3: Thinking Responsibly-A framework for thinking and acting responsibly through the discipline of exercising foresight.
    MB530: Ethical, Social & Environmental Responsibility
    MB641: Statistical Thinking
    Concentration Course

    Level 4: Thinking Strategically-Concerning the fundamental relationship between assessment and planning.
    MB510: Financial Principles & Policy
    MB### (TBD): Risk-Based Thinking
    Concentration Course

    Accelerated Program

     

    • 4 + 1 Accelerated MBA Degree– Exclusive for SJC undergraduate students Fast track into the Master of Business Administration program.
      •   Begin taking graduate courses in your junior year.
      •   Benefit from the flexibility of online course options at any time.
      •   Choose from carefully selected concentration options.
      •   Apply credits earned to graduate degree program immediately following final semester of undergraduate program, or at a later date.

  • Some of Our Faculty
    • Irene Dickinson

      MS, Antioch New England University
      BA, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

      Learn more about Irene

    • John Kenneally

      Assistant Professor

      DBA (candidate), Capella University
      MBA, University of Connecticut
      BA, University of Maine

      Learn more about John

    • Joyce Shelleman

      PhD, University of Pittsburgh
      MPA, Pennsylvania State University
      BA, Millersville University

      Learn more about Joyce

    Irene Dickinson

    MS, Antioch New England University
    BA, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

    Learn more about Irene

    John Kenneally

    Assistant Professor

    DBA (candidate), Capella University
    MBA, University of Connecticut
    BA, University of Maine

    Learn more about John

    Joyce Shelleman

    PhD, University of Pittsburgh
    MPA, Pennsylvania State University
    BA, Millersville University

    Learn more about Joyce

  • Student Stories
    • Janet Maguire

      MBA ’15

      Janet chose the MBA program because it was flexible, highly regarded, and offered her the ability to focus her program around her personal goals and career interests. Learn more about Janet.

    • Kim Volk

      MBA ’15

      Kim, a mother and full time worker, chose the program because she could do it at her own pace, which was important to her for business and was how she was able to apply it to her career.  

  • Career Moves
    Professionals who earn a master's degree early in their career are well prepared to advance as opportunities present themselves. Regardless of profession or industry, an MBA can serve to open doors, increase starting salaries and pave the way for accelerated advancement. MBA graduates who have concentrated studies in an area of particular interest to them are the best equipped to find meaningful jobs without delay and as a result of studying the many facets of business and organization, are well prepared to optimize every chance to learn and grow in the years to come.