Applying for admission
The business world is ready for a different kind of MBA. Are you?
Get started now. The priority application deadlines are July 1 (fall semester) and December 1 (spring semester). Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
There is still space available in our Fall 2014 cohort, so apply today!
Questions? Need help? Contact your admission counselor, Anita Cline-Cole: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.690.6030.
Requirements for consideration
All students applying to the MBA program must have the following:
- A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement must be included to address any factors that influenced previous academic performance, and how the applicant plans to ensure future academic success. Additional information, such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, also may be required.
- Minimum of two years of work and/or volunteer experience in a professional setting(s). For Healthcare Concentration applicants, exposure to the healthcare industry is required, either through undergraduate course work (for example, an undergraduate degree in a healthcare-related field) and/or healthcare- related work or volunteer experience.
Steps to applying for admission
Get started by printing and completing all sections of the paper application form.
Submit a $35 non-refundable fee as part of the online application process. This fee is waived for students who:
- Previously enrolled at the University (completed at least one course at either the undergraduate or graduate level)
- Previously attended a graduate information session within the past five years
- Previously completed an individual appointment with graduate faculty/staff within the past five years
If one or more of the above statements applies to you, choose the “waiver” option when asked for a form of payment.
Please note that your application fee will not be refunded if you submit the payment but are eligible for a fee waiver.
Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in business administration. Do not exceed three typed, double-spaced pages. Handwritten statements will not be accepted. Please address the following questions in your essay:
- Critically assess an important issue about which business professionals should be concerned, now and in the next decade. Incorporate one of the following concepts into your response: sustainability, social and global responsibility, and/or innovation. Provide evidence to support your assessment, including citations as needed. Include your own perspective on the role and responsibility of business leaders in relation to this issue.
- What are your professional goals? How would the MBA program at St. Catherine University help you to achieve your professional and personal goals? Provide specific examples.
Personal statements should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed below. Applicants who wish to submit their statement via e-mail should send the completed attachment to email@example.com with “MBA Personal Statement” in the subject line. Please include your full name at the top of the statement.
Submit a current résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences. You should have the professional experience and commitment that would typically be demonstrated by two or more years of work or volunteer experience. Healthcare Concentration applicants should highlight their experiences within the healthcare industry.
Résumés should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed below. Applicants who wish to submit their résumé via e-mail should send the completed attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MBA Résumé” in the subject line. Handwritten résumés will not be accepted.
Two MBA recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable. References must complete both the checklist and the accompanying statement sections of the form.
These are confidential recommendations and must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission. Original documents must be sent to our office. Applicants who wish to view a copy of the completed recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. Transcripts should be mailed directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University.
Applicants who do not meet the academic performance requirement (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) must submit an explanatory statement to address any factors that influenced previous academic performance, and how the applicant plans to ensure future academic success.
Applicants may also be required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Either exam may be completed to satisfy the application requirements. The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. To have official scores submitted to St. Catherine University, applicants completing the GRE should use the institution code 6105, and applicants completing the GMAT should use the institution code DPC.
The GRE/GMAT and explanatory statement requirements are waived for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) or who have completed a graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
TOEFL / IELTS scores
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services, as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Application and Certification of Finances, in addition to the MBA program application. No additional application fee is required.
Selected qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the Admission Committee.
Submit application materials to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.