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. In order to complete in 24 months, you must take 2 courses each term (including summer) and one additional course during one of the terms. Please Note: If you need foundation courses, you may need to add an additional semester.

Business Program Options

Finance

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 concentration 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)

Generalist/Individualized

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 you with a deep understanding of current U.S. health care reform issues now transforming all sectors of this industry.

Our primary goal is to transition graduate students into healthcare leaders who can effectively oversee team delivery of outstanding care across all outpatient, health system and community treatment centers. Across all graduate courses in this major, we develop leader competencies by directing your thinking from theory to actionable results using these instructional methods:

  • Contemporary articles and media-rich presentations actively engage students to learn best practices that industry leaders implement to build success.
  • We challenge students to develop complete plans where strategic concerns, process improvement and workforce-training needs are addressed to make optimal leadership decisions each day.
  • Immersion into actual employer practice gives you experience in assisting organizations with updating strategic plans, performing market analysis, evaluating managed care contracts or refocusing goals to meet pediatric, adult and geriatric patient populations' health needs.

What skills will I gain as an MBA in Health Care Administration?

  • Contemporary knowledge of the health care industry: You will learn about root causes for why our U.S. health care industry is now being reshaped to better address the controversy regarding health care cost and clinical outcomes compared to other major nations of the world.
  • Data-driven decision-making: You will focus on most effective techniques to evaluate electronic medical records (EMRs), patient surveys, quality measure reports and financial data, using health care analytics tools that will support making the best leadership decisions.
  • Ethical and legal responsibilities in a diverse world: You will study patient and family needs for special support considering cultural, ethnic, racial and age factors that must be given high priority when supplying personalized care.
  • Professionalism: You will strengthen your communication skills and effectively present sensitive reports to key stakeholders and patients who need your support to cope with life-threatening health conditions.

Why should I study health care administration as my MBA?

  • Our graduate health care administration faculty are experienced professionals who have worked in challenging industry leadership roles. With their in-depth, first-hand knowledge, our faculty offers you an excellent learning experience through mentorship and one-on-one advising.
  • Our graduate health care students succeed through our continuous coaching, counseling and early intervention.
  • Our entire graduate health care administration major program is built around exceeding your expectations so that you excel as you work as a leader in the industry sector of your choice.

Human Resource Management

Human resource management emphasizes the basic foundation of any organization: the people. Involved with recruiting, managing and directing people of an organization, human resource management (HRM) covers a wide territory, as all the processes and programs that involve people are included in HR. Professionals in HRM are growing in demand; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a job demand increase of nine percent over the next few years!

Our MBA in human resource management is designed for both seasoned professionals who wish to advance in HRM and beginners who seek a career change into this growing profession.

What skills will I gain as a student of the Human Resource Management program?

  • In-depth knowledge of critical HRM topics: You will become an expert in critical HRM areas, including diversity, leadership, change management, training, managing teams and strategic HRM.
  • Practical application to real-world problems: Through the help of our instructors who have real-world HRM experience, you will apply conceptual thinking to specific, day-to-day issues faced by HRM professionals.
  • Scientific inquiry and critical thinking: You will learn to access and apply the most current and relevant management theories regarding a comprehensive range of local and global HRM issues.
  • Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world: You will study and integrate into practice the ethical groundings of business in historical and modern contexts.
  • Communication: You will become highly skilled at expressing your ideas and work through speaking, professional writing and working in teams.
  • Professionalism: You will be prepared to interact confidently with others in local and global professional environments, becoming a more effective citizen and a greater asset to your organization and society.

Why should I choose the Saint Xavier University Human Resource Management program?

  • Networking opportunities: Insight into real-world issues and opportunities to connect with other working professionals abound through the Society of Human Resource Management student chapter.
  • Engaged faculty: HRM experts who are active in the profession provide guidance and support throughout your studies.
  • AACSB accreditation: This premiere accreditation standard ensures the highest quality of business education.
  • Flexibility: This program is highly flexible, offering both online and classroom courses at our Chicago and Orland Park campuses.
  • Accelerated courses: Our classes are all configured in an eight-week format, rather than typical 16-week offerings, which allows well-prepared students to complete the program in approximately one year.
  • Our 171-year history of excellence: Founded in 1846, Saint Xavier University has long been a part of Chicago history, with a strong and enduring reputation for high-quality academics and community engagement.
  • Cost: The cost of our program is competitive with other AACSB-accredited programs.

Management

Management is about managing people and processes. As an MBA student of management, you seek to reach your full career potential, while leading your business organizations to higher levels of performance. You consider your own personal growth and satisfaction, the profitability of your organization, and mindful ethical practices in the pursuit of business excellence.

As a leader, you engage on a daily basis with diverse individuals and groups, from local to global levels. At Saint Xavier University, our shared mission is to offer you an environment where you can develop a deeper appreciation of the roles played by business leaders in the community, city, country and world by learning about what makes great leaders and businesses thrive in competitive environments.

The Graham School consists of an excellent group of dedicated faculty who serve in two state-of-the-art facilities, allowing convenient locational options for students in both Chicago and the suburbs.

While the program incorporates an integrated curriculum that provides both practical application and foundational theory, students also network through mentorship opportunities, and receive guidance and support from the engaged faculty, GSM alumni and business leaders.

What skills will I gain as a Saint Xavier MBA in Management graduate?

  • Knowledge of all functions of business: You will learn to understand all business functions in the modern organization, through programs that often offer professional certifications expected by the business community.
  • Scientific inquiry and critical thinking: You will learn how to access and apply the most current and relevant management theories about a comprehensive range of local and global business issues.
  • Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world: You will study and integrate into practice the ethical groundings of business in historical and modern contexts.
  • Communication: You will learn how to become highly-skilled at expressing your ideas and work through speaking, professional writing and working in teams.
  • Professionalism: You will be prepared to interact confidently with others in local and global professional organizations. You will become a more effective citizen and a greater asset to your organization and greater society.

Why should I choose the Saint Xavier MBA in Management program?

  • Our 171-year history for excellence: Founded in 1846, Saint Xavier University has long been a part of Chicago history, with a strong and enduring reputation for high-quality academics and community engagement.
  • AACSB accreditation: AACSB accreditation ensures the highest quality of business education.
  • Flexibility: The MBA in Management program is highly flexible, offering both online and classroom courses on our Oak Lawn and Orland Park campuses.
  • Fast-track courses: Our classes are held in eight-week formats, instead of typical 16-week offerings, which allows well-prepared students to complete the program in approximately one year.
  • Cost: The cost of our program is competitive with other AACSB-accredited programs
  • Ease of application: No GMAT score is required, and application is free.

Marketing

As a marketer, you will meet with clients to determine their goals and develop and implement successful digital marketing strategies to reach those goals and measure their success. As a marketing manager, you will oversee a marketing team for several different activities, such as: releasing new products; tracking how products are selling; advertising new and existing products; networking among supply chain channels; and liaising between a company's research and development, design, advertising and brand strategy teams.

An MBA in Marketing has become one of the most desired degrees by employers and students because this degree doesn't limit you to pursuing marketing careers alone -- the skillset can be put towards dozens of other career options, from consulting to entrepreneurial management.

This program incorporates an integrated curriculum that combines practical application and foundational theory. Students also network through mentorship opportunities, work on student-led consulting projects for real companies and receive guidance and support from the engaged faculty, GSM alumni and business leaders.

What skills will I gain as a Saint Xavier MBA in Marketing graduate?

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of digital marketing: You will learn how the implementation of digital marketing strategies can optimize business outcomes.
  • Expertise in web analytics: You will learn how to leverage web analytics to make better strategic decisions through an understanding of search engine marketing and optimization.
  • Social media trends: You will understand the most current and relevant theories in social media.
  • Content strategy: You will develop an understanding of content management and its strategic applications. You will also explore your role in ethical and social responsibility in a digital world.
  • Communication skills: You will learn to express your ideas and work through formal speaking, professional writing and working in teams.

Why should I choose the Saint Xavier MBA in Marketing program?

  • Our 171 years of excellence: Founded in 1846, Saint Xavier University has long been a part of Chicago history, with a strong and enduring reputation for high-quality education and community engagement.
  • AACSB accreditation: AACSB accreditation ensures the highest quality of business education.
  • Flexibility: The MBA in Marketing program is highly flexible, offering coursework both online and on our Chicago and Orland Park campuses.
  • Accelerated courses: Our classes are held in eight-week formats, instead of the typical 16, which allows well-prepared students to complete the program in approximately one year.
  • Ease of application: No GMAT score is required, and the application is free.

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.

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.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Graduate Admission
Phone: 773-298-3053
Email: graduateadmission@sxu.edu