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Business Degree Programs in St. Louis, MO with Course Summaries

Research business programs in St. Louis, currently offered by at least seven schools within 15 miles of downtown. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three St. Louis schools and decide which program is right for you.

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St. Louis Business Schools

Students seeking business degrees in St. Louis will find no shortage of options at public and private schools within a 20-minute drive of downtown. Schools in this region offer several levels of degrees with many specialization options. Within this article is a table that makes it easy to compare important facts about each school, followed by a brief paragraph on several other schools worth considering.

  • The main campus of Saint Louis University is located downtown and offers a range of business programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Among the options at this school are unique dual degrees that combine a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with another advanced degree.
  • About 12 miles from the city center, the University of Missouri - St Louis offers business minors, MBAs and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. Many of these programs provide options for students to study internationally.
  • Webster University , about 10 miles from downtown, also offers a variety of business programs at the bachelor's and master's levels. Many of the graduate programs at this school are offered online.

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Comparison of Schools

Size, tuition and the acceptance rate for applicants are all factors students consider when choosing a college. This table contains facts about several aspects that should be examined when making a decision about education.

Saint Louis University - Main Campus University of Missouri - St Louis Webster University
School Type Four-year; private, not-for-profit Four-year; public Four-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 17,052* 17,072* 16,769*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $39,226* $9,394 in-state; $23,812 out-of-state* $25,500*
% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 93%* 94%* 97%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2014) 61%* 76%* 72%*
Retention Rate (2014) 88% for full-time students* 79% for full-time students; 33% for part-time students* 77% for full-time students; 27% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 72%* 42%* 64%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Saint Louis University - Main Campus

The main campus of Saint Louis University is located downtown and offers a variety of business programs through the John Cook School of Business. This school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Students can choose from a variety of concentrations within the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program or pursue a graduate degree.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

Students begin their BSBA program by taking arts and science courses as well as 44 credits of business courses, also known as the common body of knowledge (CBK). The CBK covers all disciplines of business and includes a business capstone course. Students also complete 18 credits of concentration courses and electives. Concentration options include accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology management, international business, leadership and change management, marketing and sports business. Double concentrations are also available.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Students can follow a one-year MBA plan or earn their degree by taking evening classes. The one-year program spans three semesters and incorporates a two-week study abroad program. The evening MBA curriculum includes four to six electives. Students can use elective coursework to focus in a particular aspect of business or explore multiple areas of emphasis.

Master of International Business

The Master of International Business program was ranked number 20 on U.S. News and World Report's 2013 list of international business schools. This 21-month program is offered in an executive format to accommodate experienced working professionals. In addition to traditional MBA and international business coursework, students complete a study abroad component and a final thesis. The School of Business also offers master's degrees in accounting, financial economics and supply chain management.

Dual Degrees

Saint Louis University offers a variety of dual degree programs that combine a Master of Business Administration with a master's or doctoral degree in another field. Students can choose to add a Master of Arts in Education Administration, Doctor of Medicine, Master of Health Administration or Juris Doctor to their MBA program. Combining programs allows students to complete their degrees faster and may reduce tuition costs. Each program features a study abroad component.

PhD in International Business and Marketing

This school's business PhD program is research and teaching intensive. Students take 12 hours of coursework designed to improve research skills. Elective options include accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and international business. Twelve additional credits of special research topics must be completed by working with department faculty. Doctoral candidates must complete a proposal, dissertation and research defense to complete the program.

University of Missouri - St Louis

The College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri - St Louis (UMSL) is accredited by the AACSB. This school offers a variety of business program options, including minors and a PhD.

Business Minors

This school offers multiple business minors. Options include general or international business, accounting, finance, logistics and operations management, marketing, transportation studies, information systems or management. While every minor is different, each one requires that students take at least four courses in the minor subject area. Some programs have strict course requirements, while others give students significant flexibility when choosing the courses to complete their chosen minor.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The business bachelor's degree program at UMSL allows students to focus their studies in finance, international business, logistics and operations management, marketing or management. All students must complete a 30-credit business core that covers accounting, business law, management, marketing, statistics and business assessment testing. Elective courses in a specialization area make up the remaining 18-30 hours of business coursework required for the BSBA. Students also have the opportunity participate in internships, study abroad programs and cooperative education. Regardless of a student's chosen specialization, they also need to complete six credits of global awareness courses, which can be business or non-business related.

Master of Business Administration

This school offers professional, traditional and international MBA programs. The professional option is a 23-month program, and students take 12-week courses online and meet at the campus one weekend each month. The traditional program meets during the evening and contains 39-54 credits, depending on a student's background. This program covers a wide breadth of business topics and includes nine credits of elective courses that allow participants to choose a specialization or explore various areas of interest. The International MBA is a two-year program that includes a year of international study at a partner university, an international internship and a year of study at UMSL.

PhD in Business Administration- Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The PhD program at UMSL allows students to focus their studies in logistics and supply chain management. Students complete foundational research and business courses. Students must also pass annual evaluations and a comprehensive exam, present papers, teach at least two semesters in the College of Business Administration and propose and defend a dissertation.

Webster University

The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University is home to a variety of business programs. Many programs include on-campus and online courses to accommodate working students.

Business Minors

Business minor options at this school include business, economics, finance and management. Each minor requires 18 credits of coursework. Some minors, such as the business and finance programs, require students to complete a set of required courses, while some options allow students to select from a list of approved courses.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

This BSBA program includes a core curriculum that covers accounting, statistics, economics, finance, business law, marketing, business policy and operations management. This program also features three elective courses that must be chosen from the School of Business and Technology. Students can also pursue a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance or Information Systems, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Management.

Master of Business Administration

The MBA at Webster can be taken online or at the campus. General MBA course requirements cover marketing, organizational behavior, corporate responsibility, project management, accounting and managerial economics. Students can opt for the global track, which requires additional coursework and an international experience. MBA students may choose an emphasis area, such as environmental management, finance, international business, marketing, media communications and Web services. This school also offers master's programs in a variety of management fields, accounting and marketing.

Other School Options

Fontbonne University is located 7.7 miles from downtown St. Louis and offers traditional, evening and online business programs. Harris - Stowe State University is home to the Anheuser - Busch School of Business and is located only 1.8 miles from the downtown area. Saint Louis Community College is located downtown and offers business certificates and two-year programs, while the Washington University in St. Louis sits 7.1 miles from downtown and also has business degrees.

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