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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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FAQ

ADMISSIONS

What is Olin's accreditation?

We’re accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Do you have any full-tuition scholarships?

Yes, we have both full- and partial-tuition scholarships. See the Tuition & Financial Aid section of this site.

Can I apply for MBA and MS/Finance programs at the same time because I'm interested in both?

Yes, you may apply for both. However, we recommend that you apply to your first choice and ask to be considered for your second choice. Additionally, if you are granted admission to both programs, you may only enroll in one. Students can only take classes as part of one business program.

I was late for your April 20 admission deadline. Can I still finish my application?

All applications received after April 20 will be reviewed on a rolling-admissions basis. These applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received, and decisions will be made on a space-available basis.

Do you require specific undergraduate classes?

No specific undergraduate courses are required. We just require a four-year undergraduate degree.

Do you offer night classes to receive an MBA? I work full time and am looking forward to continuing my education.

Yes, our Professional MBA (PMBA) program is a part-time program in the evenings leading to an MBA degree. Please look at the PMBA Web site.

I am interested in the MSW/MBA double major. Where can I locate information about that?

We refer to this as a Combined Degree Options. See our Combined Degree Options page for program options.

I am a minority applicant and am interested in applying through the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. What is my next step?

You’ll need to apply using the Consortium application.

International students can’t visit Olin easily. Is this considered a drawback to admissions?

Although we strongly encourage students to visit Olin if they can, there’s no penalty for individuals who can’t make it to campus. Keep in mind, we send representatives to MBA Fairs in many parts of the world and offer personal interviews in these locations. We also conduct telephone interviews. Fairs and off-site interviews don’t take the place of a campus visit, but they do allow for specific questions to be answered individually.

Can I transfer credits from another University?

Once you’ve enrolled at Olin, you may submit for review up to nine credits for transfer from other graduate business programs accredited by the AACSB. Any transfer credit must be reviewed and approved by our Academic Review Committee.

FINANCIAL AID

Do you have any full-tuition scholarships?

Yes, we have both full- and partial-tuition scholarships. See the Financial Aid section of this site.

Are graduate assistantships available?

Yes, we do have some graduate assistantships available after the first semester of the program. They don’t include any tuition remission and must be coordinated by you after your arrival on campus.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

I am currently a master's student at another university. I would like to take some MBA classes at Washington University.

Classes can be taken on a space-available basis as long as you meet all of the prerequisites and are currently enrolled at another AACSB accredited MBA program.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE/RESOURCES

Do you offer classes via the Internet?

No.

What companies recruit Olin MBA graduates?

For complete information, see the Weston Career Center's Annual Report.

What is the breakdown of the MBA Program’s total credit hours and core hours? And how long are the classes?

Your MBA degree requires 66 credit hours; 27 are core requirements. You take most of your core courses in the first semester of the program. Class length is based on the number of credit hours assigned: Core classes worth two credits meet for two hours per session (two times per week). Electives worth 1.5 credits meet for 1.5 hours per session.

Do you offer an MBA in Finance or Accounting?

Our MBA is a general MBA. You can take electives in specific subject areas, but you will receive a general Master of Business Administration degree. We do have, however, have a program leading to a Master of Science in Finance, and one leading to a Master of Accounting, and one leading to a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management.

Do you have an English program international students can take before entering the program?

Yes, we have an outstanding two-week program at the beginning of August that’s designed to help non-native speakers jumpstart their business communication skills. Washington University also offers a six-week English as a Second Language course in June and July.

Can I take courses during the summer?

No. The summer is reserved for students to pursue internships or participate in one of our summer exchange programs.

Can I complete the full-time MBA Program in less than two years?

No. Four semesters of coursework are required.

How does your PMBA Program differ from your MBA program?

The programs are similar and result in the same degree. The main distinction is that the PMBA program is for professionals who want to work full-time while attending school. As a result, PMBA classes generally meet in the evening. Go to our MBA and PMBA sites to learn more.

TUITION

What is the per-semester cost of the MBA Program?

Please see the financial aid section of this site.

Does the cost of tuition increase each year?

Yes. On average, tuition increases between four to six percent every year.