FAQs

Below are common questions of those business leaders considering the Executive UST MBA. If your question is not included, we are always happy to answer your emails or phone calls at execmba@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-4230.

Executive MBA student in class

Do I have to be a CEO or other "executive" to be admitted?

No, we are not rigid about the job titles of our students. We are concerned about your personal and professional accomplishments as well as what you can contribute to a learning community.

What exactly is an Executive MBA program, then?

In general, Executive MBA programs allow business leaders to complete a degree program in a relatively short time period while continuing to work full-time. They enter and complete the program with the same group of students, a cohort. The content of the curriculum will address the needs of senior level managers and leaders.

Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in business?

No. You must have a U.S. baccalaureate degree (in any discipline) from an accredited institution or its equivalent. We recruit and admit students from diverse backgrounds, i.e., business (small, medium and larger organizations), government, technical/engineering, nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations.

What GPA do you require?

A high undergraduate GPA will enhance your overall application, but the admissions committee looks at the whole person and assesses the applicant's potential for success in the program. We weigh academic performance and promise and give great consideration to the full range of the applicant's leadership and management experience.

Do I have to take the GMAT?

Applicants to the Executive UST MBA program are not required to take the GMAT. However, if you have taken the GMAT within the past five years, you may include your scores with your application.

What is the time commitment?

The class schedule accommodates a life that's already busy with work and personal responsibilities. On average, our students report spending 15-20 hours per week in study. This varies according to an individual's personal strengths and areas of expertise. 

When does the next cohort start?

We start one cohort annually in October. At admission you will be given your full 20-month program schedule.