Saint Mary's College

The Saint Mary's College campus is a unique setting for graduate business students, many of whom work during the day. Located in the rolling hills of Moraga Valley, but just minutes away from the San Francisco Bay Area, the college is in a peaceful, scenic and secure environment that is a welcome change from the routine of the workplace. The 420-acre campus is renowned for its spaciousness and beauty, highlighted by Mission-style architecture, quiet courtyards and groves of redwood and eucalyptus
The School of Economics and Business Administration

The Graduate Business Programs at Saint Mary's College were founded in 1975 with the inauguration of the Executive MBA Program. In 1984, the Evening MBA Program was introduced.

All MBA programs at Saint Mary's College seek to encourage intellectual inquiry among students and approach the study of business through application of theory-based concepts. Classes average 20 students each—allowing for a high level of student/faculty interaction. Subjects are taught through a combination of seminar and case study formats.

Evening Master of Business Administration

The Evening MBA Program is designed primarily, but not exclusively, for part-time students. All courses in the Evening MBA Program are held on the Saint Mary's campus from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. The Saint Mary's College Evening MBA Program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in business.

The curriculum is oriented towards developing the perspectives, knowledge and skills needed for general management. Most Evening MBA students have worked for a number of years and have returned to school, either to increase the potential of a career they have already started or to train for a new career. Other students have substantial management experience and want to enrich their experience through theoretical content and enjoy the flexibility the program provides. This MBA Program is designed to accommodate a wide variety of educational and occupational backgrounds.

Concentrations offered include:

Information Technology Management
Evening MBA Program Features
The Evening MBA Program has been structured to provide students with considerable flexibility, even within the context of a highly organized curriculum.

Courses are taught in the evening, so students may work during the day.

Since the majority of students are fully employed, they bring real-life work experiences to the classroom and take valuable information back to their jobs the following day.

The program can be started in any of the four academic quarters of the year: Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter.

Students may vary their course load each quarter.

Students have an average of seven years of full-time business experience.

Quarterly practicums offered on current topics in management.

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

EMBA programs have become perhaps the fastest growing form of degree-based management education around the world. The reason for the growing popularity of the EMBA model is that it combines the complex and applied nature of professional practice with the analytical and conceptual rigor of graduate-level education. The result is an education in which theory and practice inform each other to an extent that is unusual in management education. Students gain a powerful new set of usable skills and understandings drawn from the applied, theory-based knowledge that is the core of EMBA education.

The Executive MBA Program at Saint Mary’s College was established in 1975 and, with 3,500 graduates, it is the oldest and largest first EMBA Program in Northern California. The EMBA is an accelerated, lock-step program that requires a student to take two classes per quarter for six consecutive quarters over a period of 18 months. The program is for experienced business professionals who have a minimum of five years full-time professional work (with expectation of a managerial position and experience). The EMBA is cohort-based and features a collaborative, professional learning environment where students are more colleagues than competitors. The program is designed to be accessible to students throughout the greater Bay Area and the Central Valley. It is offered on the Moraga campus in an Evening, Saturday, and Hybrid format; in Sacramento in an Alternate Weekend format; and in San Ramon, San Francisco and the South Bay in an Evening format. No GMAT is required.

Hybrid (Online and Classroom) Executive Master of Business Administration

The Hybrid Program uses web-based technologies (asynchronous threaded discussion, web-based simulations and real-time web-based conferencing) to reduce the amount of actual class contact time in the EMBA Program by 50%. Classes will meet on the Saint Mary’s campus in Moraga on alternate Saturdays during each 11-week quarter (on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th Saturdays of the quarter). This regular schedule of classes will provide for a continuity of engagement and relationship among students and faculty that is lacking in dedicated on-line programs. The extensive use of web-based technologies allows for both individualized instruction and the convenience of being able to complete much of the work of the program at times and places chosen by the student. The Hybrid Executive MBA Program is offered every Spring Quarter.

Master of Science in Financial Analysis and Investment Management (MS-FAIM)

The MS-FAIM provides students with rigorous analytical training in finance. The program is focused on the quantitative techniques used in corporate financial analysis, investment management and risk management. Its curriculum includes the “Candidate Body of Knowledge” from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program, which covers all three levels of the CFA exams. The program is part-time, cohort-based and is taught over five academic quarters spanning fifteen consecutive months, starting in July and ending in September of the following year. Classes are held during weekdays in a late afternoon/evening format at the American Management Association’s Executive Conference Center in San Francisco.

Students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines, such as business, economics, accounting, mathematics, statistics, engineering and science should do well in the MS-FAIM Program, but it is open to all who are qualified. Graduates of the program typically are positioning themselves for jobs with financial institutions including: banks, fund management firms, insurance companies, investment banking firms and brokerage houses, and also for jobs in industrial and retail firms. The MS-FAIM Program is better suited for these types of jobs than an MBA, since it provides a deeper understanding of quantitative methods, financial statement analysis, equity valuation, fixed income instruments, derivatives, risk management, ethics and compliance than an MBA.

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