Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration

The Graham School of Management's Master of Business Administration provides graduate students with the knowledge and ethical training necessary to lead with confidence in the business industry. While the program incorporates an integrated curriculum that provides both practical application and foundation theory, students also gain experience through internship and mentorship opportunities as well as receive the guidance and support of expert faculty, GSM alumni and business leaders to help them succeed. 

For more information about the MBA curriculum, please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog.

Quick Snapshot

Campus Location
Chicago, Orland Park & Online
Length of Program
6-12 terms
Courses per Term
Average of 2 courses
Total Number of Courses
13 courses

All students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will take nine core courses in management theory, business fundamentals and practical application in addition to four courses in their chosen concentration, totaling 13 courses for all MBA programs. These courses may be completed in online or in-class (hybrid) formats that are taught in an eight-week term. Two terms taken consecutively would form the length of a semester, allowing students to graduate with an MBA in under two years!

Business Program Options


The graduate concentration in finance is designed to provide practical graduate education in issues related to finance in various industries.

Financial Fraud Examination and Management

The need for financial fraud examiners is rapidly growing, largely due to new federal laws requiring auditors to take additional steps to identify fraud as well as new accounting standards regulated by the American Institute of CPAs since the Enron scandal.

Among other initiatives, the AICPA has teamed with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to encourage colleges and universities to develop financial fraud examination programs.

Completion of the MBA financial fraud examination and management assists students in meeting the educational and testing requirements of the certified fraud examiner (CFE) certification.

Program Information Sheet (English) (PDF)

Program Information Sheet (Spanish) (PDF)

Forensic and Investigative Accounting

The demand for accounting students who have a specialized qualification in fraud and forensic accounting has grown significantly and various studies indicate that the demand for well-trained fraud and forensic accountants will likely continue to grow.

The Forensic and Investigative Accounting MBA program will not only prepare students for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification, but will also assist students to complete the needed hours for the CPA. The Forensic and Investigative Accounting concentration gives our students another option in the field, compared with our Financial Fraud Examination and Management concentration.

Program Information Sheet (PDF)


The master of business administration (MBA) with a generalist/individualized concentration is designed to allow students to customize a program by choosing any four courses from the other concentrations.

The program provides practical graduate education for those who wish to enhance their careers in a specific area of business. The core MBA courses, along with a coordinated sequence of concentration courses, provide both breadth and depth in issues related to management in various industries.

Health Administration

The master of business administration (MBA) with a concentration in health administration is designed to provide in-depth practical graduate education for those who wish to enhance their careers in the health care industry. The core MBA courses, along with a coordinated sequence of concentration courses, provide both breadth and depth in issues related to the business of health care.

The flexible program design allows person with and without prior education in business or health care to achieve the certificate and the MBA. Saint Xavier's convenient campus locations and schedule of classes make it easier to add graduate coursework to a busy family and professional life.

Human Resource Management

The concentration of Human Resource Management is designed for students to develop their skills with today's Human Resource needs; which include: recruitment and selection, succession planning, compensation policies, and performance appraisal systems.

Internet and Social Media Marketing

The concentration in Internet and Social Media Marketing is a highly interactive hands-on concentration designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Internet marketing and the strategic use of social media in the marketing function.


The concentration in management is designed to provide students with an in depth knowledge of issues and related organizational structure, personnel administration and operational productivity.


The concentration in marketing is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the marketing mix and strategic decision making in the marketing function.

Profitability Management

Profitability Management is designed to provide structure and foundation for aspiring CFO's based on the strategic projects related to operations and marketing with a goal of cost reduction, strategic analysis and improved profitability. CFO's spend almost half their time on such projects with the CEO and other senior managers.

Project Management

The concentration in project management is designed to prepare new or aspiring project managers to oversee complex projects from the initial planning stages while balancing competing demands of time, cost and quality.

The Graham School of Management's coordinated sequence of graduate courses focuses on industry-standard processes to help successfully manage any type of project regardless of scope or industry. Students will practice these concepts in a project-based team environment.

Important Information

Non-Business Students

For graduate students who do not have prior undergraduate business course experience, the foundation modules are required to give a basic understanding of business essentials. For more information, please review the foundation modules in the SXU Academic Catalog.

Course Title Changes

Please be aware that there have been some minor changes in our GSM Curriculum in regards to course listings and course titles. A number of our course titles and listings have changed to the Business Analytics (BANA) title. Please see below. Please be aware for future registration. If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Lipman, graduate program director, at or 773-298-3664.

The following courses have been effected:

  • MGMT 530 (Operations and Technology Management) is now BANA 530
  • MGMT 541 (Project Management Overview) is now BANA 541
  • MGMT 543 (Project Management Tools and Systems) is now BANA 543

Contact Information

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Bruce Lipman
Director, Graduate Programs
Phone: 773-298-3664