Master of Business Administration Program Details
The MBA Program of the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business provides students with close personal contact with faculty in a learning environment characterized by a wide range of teaching and classroom experiences that provide students with the theoretical and practical experiences they will need for success in the managerial stages of their professional careers. These experiences are enriched by the diverse intellectual perspectives available at a liberal arts university as well as by the wealth of resources in the Louisville professional and business communities.
Learning Goals for the Master of Business Administration
- MBA graduates will demonstrate knowledge of core business functions.
- Each MBA student will demonstrate the ability to work effectively in teams.
- Each student must demonstrate the ability, through clarity, content and composition to convey information to others in written communication.
- Each student must demonstrate the ability to recognize and analyze ethical problems and select and defend resolutions for practical solutions that occur in business.
- Students shall be able to express themselves clearly and professionally.
Requirements for Admission
All applicants must submit the following:
- A completed graduate application form.
- A non-refundable application fee of $40 is required from all applicants (except BU alums).
- Official report of GMAT scores mailed directly to Bellarmine. (EMBA applicants are excluded).
- Two letters of recommendation (included in packet). In general, recommendations from persons who are
able to evaluate either academic or professional potential are the most valuable.
- Current resume.
- A type written response to the two essay questions listed on the application.
- If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the United States,
or English is your second language, you will be required to submit an official TOEFLiBT (internet-based
test) score and receive a total score of 80 or higher. We will also consider an equivalent score on the
IELTS or MELAB tests. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to
require a TOEFL score from any applicant.
- Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be mailed to the Office of
Graduate Admission and not be marked “Issued to Student”.
- If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) are from an international institution you must provide an
official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation. The following organizations offer
this service and information regarding processes and fees are available at: www.aacrao.org, www.wes.org, and www.ece.org. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy
of the original transcript(s).
International Applicants Please complete the items above under Procedure for Admission and submit the
U.S. law requires financial statements from a bank or other financial institution certifying the student’s ability
to fund the cost of attendance for one academic year minus the amount of any scholarship dollars received. Figures
should be in U.S. dollars and must be certified as an official document by the bank or financial institution. A sponsor
may be used if the sponsor attaches a signed affidavit stating that he/she will financially support the student
until completion of a degree at Bellarmine University. If a sponsor is used, the sponsor’s bank statement should
accompany the letter. The amount that would need to be shown by program include: Weeknight MBA $41,327,
Weekend MBA $48,032 and Executive MBA $55,797. These amounts include tuition and fees associated with
the program and an average cost for living expenses, books, supplies, health insurance, transportation and
All applications and correspondence relevant to admission should be directed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Allen Hall, 4th Floor
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
MBA Student/Alumni Advisory Committee
MBA students are eligible to join the MBA Student/Alumni Advisory Committee. The Committee provides opportunities for students to assist with the continuous improvement of academic policies and curriculum.
Requirements for Degree
- Completion of 48 hours of graduate credits in MBA courses as specified in the curriculum below, at least 36 hours of which must be earned in residence at Bellarmine University
- Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale throughout the program
- Completion of all degree work within six years from date of entry
MBA Program Structure
To facilitate team formation and development of group problem solving skills, students in the Bellarmine MBA program take the majority of their courses with the same group of classmates. The cohort of students is registered for the same core classes throughout their MBA experience.
Planned Pace of Progress
Upon admission to the MBA program, students must select a Planned Pace of Progress from the following:
- Weeknight MBA: Classes meet one or two nights per week. Students will graduate in approximately 2.5 years in the two night program and 4.5-5 years in the one night program.
- Weekend MBA: Accelerated format for individuals desiring a weekend schedule, as well as students completing the 150-hour requirement for the CPA exam. Classes typically meet on alternate weekends (Friday evenings/Saturday). Students have the option of graduating in 16 or 22 months (depending upon when electives are taken).
- Executive MBA: Accelerated format for individuals with significant management experience. Classes typically meet on alternate weekends (Friday/Saturday). Students will graduate in 16 months.
Students are expected to maintain their selected cohort throughout their enrollment at Bellarmine’s MBA program. Students may, however, transfer to a different cohort with the approval of the MBA committee.
MBA Tuition and Fees Graduate Tuition Rates
Student loans are available to all students who can demonstrate financial need. Students applying for assistance must be registered for three or more graduate credit hours and submit a Stafford Loan application to the Office of Financial Aid.
For information on financial aid, click here.