Master in Business Administration

Benedictine's MBA program draws professionals from all walks of life.  Our MBA students share a desire to challenge themselves and to grow as individuals as well as professionals. By emphasizing both theory and practice, the power of ideas, a strong general management perspective, and academic rigor, the Benedictine MBA Program provides you with a lasting foundation for leadership and prepares you for current and future opportunities in your professional life.

The mission of the Benedictine MBA program is to provide business professionals with a collaborative educational experience that imparts superior, practical knowledge and management skills; enables learners to analyze complex, real-world business problems and implement best practices, and instills a sense of personal commitment to improve the responsible, strategic leadership of organizations.

Benedictine's MBA students have an average of 7 years of experience, and are already successful professionals who bring knowledge and skills from diverse industries - technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, finance, government services, law, health care, and other private and nonprofit backgrounds. The student community includes not only managers and executives, but also doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, and consultants.

The Benedictine MBA program will inspire you, broaden your perspective, and enhance your professional skills. Through the Benedictine MBA program you will build an enduring foundation of knowledge that will serve you well in leadership roles throughout your career.

We look forward to an exciting time of learning together.

Ricky M. Holman

Ricky M. Holman, J.D.

Assistant Professor and Chair, Graduate Business Administration

For over 35 years, Benedictine M.B.A. Programs has been preparing students to prepare for executive and managerial positions in both the private and public sectors. Leaders in the 21st century must make their way through the maze of market uncertainty, global competition, ethical challenges, and constant change. The Benedictine MBA has prepared over 5,000 students to meet these challenges.

Flexible Program Options:

Evening M.B.A.

Benedictine University's Traditional M.B.A. Program is designed for working adults with at least two years of significant professional work experience. Evening and weekend classes are ideal for those who seek flexibility in their course schedules, an academic concentration and time to complete their degrees as part-time students. Students usually complete one to two courses per quarter. Classes are conducted one evening per week per class on the main campus in Lisle or in a weekend format. Students may select from more than 17 concentrations to fulfill degree requirements. The M.B.A. program may accept up to 16 quarter credit hours in transfer toward the master's degree for graduate coursework completed at another institution. An additional 16 quarter credit hours may be waived for prior undergraduate coursework taken within the last seven years, pending department chair approval. This means that you can complete your degree in as little as one year, although most students complete the program within two years.

Internship M.B.A. Program

Our full-time Internship M.B.A. Program is developed specifically for recent college graduates and offers a professional internship experience as the M.B.A. concentration. Students complete 64 credits in 13 core M.B.A. courses plus three internship courses. The Internship experience is supervised by a faculty advisor to prepare students without significant professional career experience for their future roles and responsibilities in the workplace. Classes are conducted in evenings, weekends and on-line to allow for the demands of day time internships.

4+1 M.B.A. Program

Well-qualified Benedictine University students who complete their undergraduate degree in accounting or business administration are eligible to complete the M.B.A. degree with one additional year of graduate study. The full-time 4+1 M.B.A. Program is developed specifically for recent college graduates. Admittance to the M.B.A. program is not automatic and an application must be completed during the student's senior year of undergraduate work. M.B.A. classes are conducted in evenings, weekends and online to meet the needs of students.

Dual Degree Programs

Benedictine University offers four dual M.B.A. degrees with graduate programs in Management Information Systems (M.B.A./M.S.M.I.S), Management and Organizational Behavior (M.B.A./M.S.M.O.B), and Master of Public Health (M.B.A./M.P.H.)and M.S. in Accountancy (M.B.A./M.S.A.). Dual degree programs require of 96 quarter credit hours for completion. Application and admission is required to each graduate program and students must complete all requirements for the selected dual degree. M.B.A.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs are designed for a concentrated focus for those professionals looking to expand their knowledge in a specific area or introduce professionals to the core M.B.A. curriculum. Courses may be taken throughout the year, in a traditional or on-line format, and may be applied toward the M.B.A. degree for students who are accepted into the degree-seeking program. Students in Certificate Programs must meet all enrollment requirements for Student At Large status. Courses must be completed at a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher to apply toward the M.B.A. degree. All students entering into a Certificate Program must schedule an advising appointment with the M.B.A. Chair before they initiate their first Certificate course. 

Contact an Advisor Curriculum overview

The academic calendar is organized around four 10-week academic quarters. The Benedictine M.B.A. program offers a rolling admission so students may be admitted into any of these quarters. It is possible to follow either a part-time or full-time program.


An application to the Benedictine M.B.A. Program requires the following items have been received:

1.    A completed application form.

2.    A non-refundable application fee.

3.    Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended. The student should request that all transcripts, including any from Benedictine University, be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at Benedictine University.

4.    Two letters of reference from persons who know the applicant from a professional or academic perspective.

5.    A one-page statement of educational and career goals.

6.    Resume which includes chronological work history.

7.    Interview with the M.B.A. Program Director, at the director's discretion.

8.    Test scores (i.e., TOEFEL).

Applicants having a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better may be waived from the GMAT requirement. Applicants wishing to apply for a GMAT waiver, but who do not have a GPA of 3.2 or better, may be considered pending successful completion of a specified quantitative and qualitative course.

Applicants who have not completed college algebra within the past five years may be required to demonstrate math proficiency or participate in a math refresher course MBA 400 Math Review.

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The M.B.A. is widely recognized as a powerful professional credential in business and other organizations. The MBA combines quantitative and qualitative courses to prepare you for the demands of contemporary business leadership, in a complex, uncertain environment. The M.B.A. conveys practical knowledge and competence to better run organizations in a competitive environment. Essential skills needed in management include accounting, economics, project management, finance, strategy, marketing, and ethics. The M.B.A. is an essential factor for your career growth and leadership development. 

M.B.A. Curriculum

Our curriculum requires 64 quarter credit hours of graduate course work and can be broken into three primary sections:

1.    Foundation: six (6)

2.    Managerial Process: seven (7) 

3.    Electives: students are required to choose three (3) elective courses suited to their personal or professional interests

Concentration options

A unique feature of the Benedictine M.B.A. Program is the option to earn a concentration in one or more of over 17 areas. A concentration is earned by completing 12 elective credits from the specific courses designated for each concentration. Earning a concentration is optional, although the majority of M.B.A. students select at least one concentration. Students must comply with all course pre-requisites when planning a concentration.

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Further information about concentrations can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Benedictine University offers several dual M.B.A. degrees with graduate programs. Dual degree programs require of 96 quarter credit hours for completion. Application and admission is required to each graduate program and students must complete all requirements for the selected dual degree.

Master of Business Administration/ M.S. in Accountancy

The Dual Degree Programs combine the comprehensive accounting core of the M.S. in Accountancy with the competencies of Business Management. Students enrolling in the dual degree program can develop powerful credentials and specialized expertise enabling them to successfully meet the challenges of today's marketplace. The M.B.A./ M.S. in Accountancy dual degree programs consist of 96 quarter credit hours for completion.

MBA/MSA Curriculum Planner

Master of Business Administration/ M.S. in Business Analytics

 The M.B.A./ Business Analytics dual degree combines the comprehensive business core of the M.B.A. with the in-depth technical expertise in business analytics.  The M.B.A./ Business Analytics program requires 96 credits.

MBA/ MSBA Curriculum Planner

Master of Business Administration/M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior

 The M.B.A./M.S.M.O.B. dual degree combines the comprehensive business core of the M.B.A. with the strong people and organizational focus of the M.S.M.O.B. program. Students have sufficient elective courses to earn a concentration in any of the areas available in the M.B.A. program or to continue study in the M.S.M.O.B. area. The M.B.A./M.S.M.O.B. Program requires 96 credits.

MBA/MSMOB Curriculum Planner 

Master of Business Administration/M.S. in Management Information Systems

The M.B.A./M.S.M.I.S. dual degree combines the comprehensive business core of the M.B.A. with the indepth technical expertise in information systems provided by the M.I.S. courses. This option requires application and admission to each degree program and the completion of all requirements for both degrees. The M.B.A./M.S.M.I.S. program requires 96 credits.

MBA/MSMIS Curriculum Planner

Master of Business Administration/ Master of Public Health

The M.B.A./M.P.H. dual degree option adds to any administration concentration of the M.P.H. program the comprehensive business core of the M.B.A. program.  The M.B.A./M.P.H. program results in both the M.P.H. and the M.B.A. degrees and requires 96 credits. The Managed Care certificate can also be earned as part of the program.

MBA/MPH Curriculum Planner

For inquiries about the admissions process or to have information on any of these programs sent to you, please contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

Ms. Courtney Hatcher, B.A.

Associate Director

Graduate Business Administration

Phone: (630) 829-6205  |  Send Ms. Hatcher an Email  |  Office: Scholl Hall 221

Lecturers and Senior Lecturers
David Baker, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Kimberly Beck, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Duffy Blackburn, C.I.S.A., C.P.A., C.F.E., M.A.F.M., M.B.A.
George Chakrabarty, M.B.A., M.C.P.M., Senior Lecturer
Patrick Cooper, Ph.D.
Cyril V. Crane, M.B.A., C.P.A.
David Dibblee, M.B.A., C.P.A., Professor Emeritus
Chris Fernandez, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.
John Frech, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Ann Fulmer, M.S., Senior Lecturer
R. David Fulton, M.S., C.P.A., Senior Lecturer
Darryl Franklin, Ph.D.
Sharolyn Franklin,M.B.A., C.P.A., C.T.P.
Kenneth Hansen, J.D., M.S., Senior Lecturer
George Hay, Ph.D.
James Hill, M.B.A., Senior Lecturer
Philip L. Hupfer, M.S.
Thomas Janus, M.T., C.P.A.

Joe Kocinski, M.B.A., Senior Lecturer
Mark Kozak, M.A., M.B.A.
Richard Magner, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
John Malec, M.A., Senior Lecturer
Peter Papantos, M.B.A., Senior Lecturer
John Potocki, M.B.A.
Kevin Pugh, M.B.A., M.S.
Ronald Revers, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
Greg Sellers, Ph.D., M.S.
Bernard Silverman, Ph.D., M.A., Senior Lecturer
Mark Martin Sowa, M.A., M.B.A.
Martin Terpstra, M.S., C.P.A.
Derrick Walters, M.B.A., P.M.P., I.T.I.L., Ed.D. (ABD)
Joseph Youchison, M.S., M.B.A.,Senior Lecturer
Jim Zoda, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

The Lecturers listed are individuals who have been employed as instructors on an as-needed basis, within the last several years, to teach courses at Benedictine University. Instructors listed may not currently be employed by Benedictine University. The University is fortunate to be able to provide our students with part-time faculty whose experience, credentials and commitment to education add to the high quality of our resident faculty.

Benedictine University is pleased to announce a new partnership with The John Marshall Law School.  A dual M.B.A./J.D. program will be offered and allow a student to earn an M.B.A. from Benedictine University and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. The dual-degree program is fully integrated for students seeking to gain an advantage in today's global business environment and the corporate world. 


Students must apply to both schools separately and meet the admissions requirements for both institutions. Upon admission, both institutions will accept the equivalent of nine semester hours from each other towards each institution's degree. These courses are subject to the approval by the respective Deans.

Students enrolling in the dual degree program can attend classes part-time or full-time. However, full-time law students must attend the first year of law school exclusively at John Marshall. After successfully completing the first year of law school, the student can combine law courses with Benedictine M.B.A. courses for the remainder of the program. Part-time students can attend classes simultaneously at Benedictine and John Marshall.

Both Benedictine and John Marshall accept applications on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year. Applicants seeking information about Benedictine's M.B.A. program can visit or contact Admissions at or (630) 829-6300. 

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For inquiries about the admissions process or to have information on any of these programs sent to you, please contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

College of Business
 benedictine university

Sandra L. Gill, Ph.D., C.C.S., Dean
Dawn Smith, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6206
Fax: (630) 829-6226

Goodwin Hall, Room 250
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.