Master of Business Administration

  • Overview

    This online MBA program focuses on leadership development through emphasis on skills aimed at increasing credibility and capacity for strategic thinking. Your studies will prepare you to be a skilled manager of organizations and a respected leader of people.

    Business management requires more than basic operational oversight; it demands both a competency in fundamental business skills and an understanding of interpersonal relationships. Our curriculum covers everything from economics to ethics, and will equip you with the skills necessary for career advancement.

    At a Glance

    • You will learn the essentials of effective leadership from our experienced faculty. Our dialogue-intensive method will engage you as a learner, while fostering the critical thinking skills needed for credibility in any endeavor.

    • 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 other institutions’ programs. Optional visits to our idyllic Maine campus can fast-track degree completion to as little as 18 months.

    • 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.

    • Learn with your classmates in expertly facilitated dialogues that emphasize engagement, credibility and quality over quantity through small class sizes and constructive guidance from your instructors. With our flexible online format, you'll have the freedom to study where you want, when you want.

    Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point of 2.5 or better and a minimum of only two years full-time work experience. The GMAT is not required; however a 750-word essay is required upon application.

  • Curriculum

    The courses in this MBA program allow you to develop leadership skills at a variety of operational levels.

    Courses are grouped into four levels. 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 when they log in to mySJC.

    Level 1: Leading Context-understanding the levels of the system-the individual, the organizational and the institutional.
    MB500   Business/Organizational Dynamics
    MB540   The Economy as a System
    MB642   Systems Thinking

    Level 2: Leading Relationships-influence is in the relationships one is able to develop at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, community and societal levels.
    MB520   Self-Leadership
    MB530   Ethical, Social & Environmental Responsibility
    MB650   Cross-Cultural Leadership

    Level 3: Leading Sustainability-sustainable competitive advantage requires sound decision-making, improvement of quality, and innovation.
    MB505   Knowledge-Based Decision Making
    MB560   Quality Leadership
    MB641   Statistical Thinking
    MB643   Leadership: Order & Change

    Level 4: Leading Strategically-continued viability of the organization requires the insight and foresight that ensures the organization realizes an improved future in its strategies for growth.
    MB510   Financial Principles & Policy
    MB550   Corporate Strategic Leadership
    MB651   Strategic Leadership of Human Capital
    MB660   Economics: Past, Present & Future

  • Some of our faculty

    • Edward J. DeJaegher

      PhD, Case Western Reserve University

      MBA, University of Notre Dame

      MA, Marquette University

      BA, St. Ambrose University

    • Joyce Shelleman

      PhD, University of Pennsylvania

      MPA, Pennsylvania State University

      BA, Millersville University

    • Mark Friedman

      M.I.A., Columbia University
      B.A., Dartmouth College

    Edward J. DeJaegher

    PhD, Case Western Reserve University

    MBA, University of Notre Dame

    MA, Marquette University

    BA, St. Ambrose University

    Joyce Shelleman

    PhD, University of Pennsylvania

    MPA, Pennsylvania State University

    BA, Millersville University

    Mark Friedman

    M.I.A., Columbia University
    B.A., Dartmouth College

  • Student Stories

    • Kate Roberts, Veteran's Service Representative, Togus, Augusta, ME

      I love the education I get from St Joseph's along with how military friendly the college is. I'm getting ready to retire from the Army reserves and I'll be well prepared for the next step in my civilian career thanks to the superior staff and faculty at St Joseph's.

    • Maureen Bowers, RN Case Manager Specialist, Phoenix, AZ

      My Advisor Jesse Lane has made a significant impact on my experience at SJCME - he has been approachable and responsive, really wonderful.

  • Career Moves

    Keen competition is expected in management positions because the prestige and high compensation of these jobs attract a substantial number of applicants.

    Top executives are among the highest paid workers; however, long hours, considerable travel, and intense pressure to succeed are common.

    The formal education and experience of top executives vary as extensively as the nature of their responsibilities, but many of these workers have at least a bachelor's degree and considerable experience.