Best Catholic Business Schools

Jul 31, 2018

Students can choose from a variety of Catholic business schools in several different states. Learn more about the business programs and tuition rates at some of the schools that are considered to be among the best.

Although it depends on your personal criteria to define ''best'', many Catholic schools around the country are home to top business schools with diverse degree programs. These schools vary in location, size and the spiritual growth opportunities they offer students. Explore a handful of some of the best Catholic business schools here.

School Comparison

Students can pursue a business education at top Catholic schools in states like Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Compare a few of these schools' undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Georgetown University 4-year, private not-for-profit Washington, D.C. $52,300
Villanova University 4-year, private not-for-profit Villanova, PA $51,284
University of Notre Dame 4-year, private not-for-profit Notre Dame, IN $51,505
Saint Louis University 4-year, private not-for-profit Saint Louis, MO $42,166
Xavier University 4-year, private not-for-profit Cincinnati, OH $37,230

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Best Catholic Business Schools

Several of the best Catholic business schools are larger institutions that offer various undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field and unique learning opportunities. Students considering these schools may want to compare program features in addition to finding out how schools will help them grow spiritually. Here we discuss some of these characteristics for a few of the best Catholic business schools.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is located in Washington, D.C., and had a little over 7,460 undergraduate students and around 11,540 graduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university's McDonough School of Business offers several graduate-level business programs, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA) offered in a few different formats, an Executive MBA, a Master of Science (MS) in Finance and a Master of Arts (MA) in International Business and Policy. Undergraduate students take a business core of coursework, followed by coursework in their specific major, like marketing or accounting. This program offers unique opportunities, such as the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, the McDonough Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Global Social Internship Program. For their spiritual lives, students on campus can participate in worship services, interfaith programs, spiritual retreats, social justice activities and spiritual student groups, like Hoya Faith Groups.

Villanova University

Villanova University's School of Business offers six different undergraduate majors, including accounting, management and management information systems, as well as graduate degree programs, such as an MS in Church Management, Master of Taxation and a joint Juris Doctor (JD)/MBA program. The School of Business aims to be a premier global business school, and therefore, incorporates global curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels and offers international internships as well as global research, outreach and service opportunities. Students wishing to further develop their spiritual lives can participate in Catholic worship, service and justice activities, spiritual retreats and Christian fellowships, like Young Life and Antioch Bible Fellowship. In 2017, the university had 6,950 undergraduate and around 4,020 graduate students, per the NCES.

University of Notre Dame

Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana helps students grow in their faith by providing faith sharing groups, small group Bible studies, spiritual retreats and pilgrimages, choir, prayer events and spiritual internship opportunities. According to the NCES, the university had close to 8,580 undergraduate students and about 3,890 graduate students in 2017. The school's Mendoza College of Business offers undergraduate majors in areas such as management consulting, marketing and business analytics, as well as several master's degree programs in fields including nonprofit administration, management and accountancy. Students in these programs learn from award-winning faculty and have access to the school's alumni network as well as more than 260 business-related clubs worldwide, per the school's website.

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University in Missouri had 9,910 undergraduate students and around 4,670 graduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The university is home to the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, which offers ten BS degree programs, including sports business, entrepreneurship and international business. The school is also home to several master's degree programs, four graduate dual-degree programs and a Ph.D. in International Business and Marketing. Business students can take advantage of career planning services and the School of Business's commitment to continuously improving its programs. Saint Louis University also invests in students' spiritual lives by offering prayer and worship services, spiritual retreats, faith and justice activities, days of reflection, spiritual direction and Christian Life Communities.

Xavier University

Xavier University in Ohio has more than 15 business-related undergraduate majors, including interdisciplinary programs like life sciences for business or modern language and international economics. The university also has more than ten business-related graduate degree programs, including an online health economics and clinical outcomes research program and customer analytics program. The Williams College of Business boasts a 97% placement rate for graduates within six months of graduation, according to the school's website, and provides internship and other unique learning experiences, like the Peer Leader Program and Learn 2 Lead Ethics and Service Program. Students on campus can demonstrate their faith in practical ways through numerous local and global service opportunities with different organizations on campus and in the community, including the school's Office for Interfaith.

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