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Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

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  • DurationHow long it normally takes to complete the program.
    18 months
  • Avg. GMATAverage GMAT score for the program.

Full Time MBA Overview

Founded in 1912, the DePaul University’s College of Business was among the first 10 business colleges in the US, and the first at an American Catholic university. Its graduate school and MBA program were introduced in 1948, the school being named after Charles H. Kellstadt in 1992 to honor the former CEO and chairman of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Located in Chicago, the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business is committed to hands-on experiential learning, offering an entrepreneurial and innovative curriculum with a vibrant network of alumni and business professionals alike to provide access to industry.

The DePaul full-time MBA is an 18-month program for early career professionals, and career changers, that places at its heart an emphasis on practical knowledge. Students learn how to apply theory to practice and get things done, and leave DePaul with new ideas and skills that can be applied immediately. The student body is small (around 28 students per intake) and the acceptance rate is low at 45.9%. The school, however, is undeniably prestigious, enviably located in the heart of burgeoning business and financial districts. On top of this the program is consistently ranked in the top 100 best MBA programs nationwide. Applicants are required to submit an essay, references, a resume, GMAT/GRE scores, official transcripts, and may also be called for an interview. Fees for the full-time MBA are US$70,560 for both Illinois residents and non-residents.

Academically, DePaul MBA students follow a core curriculum and can choose from several MBA concentrations to tailor the program to their career goals. In addition to the required core courses, students can choose seven electives, of which two must be dedicated to a Vincentian service project. The faculty advances knowledge through a balance of theoretical and applied scholarship, that informs business practice and enhances student learning. DePaul is aware of the advantages of a Chicago location, which it leverages to develop socially responsible leaders and managers, who are prepared to add immediate value in today's diverse and globalized environment.

The practical focus pays off for DePaul MBA graduates, who can be found working at top companies in Chicago, and around the world, from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to financial advisers at top investment banks, real estate analysts working for major developers, digital marketing strategists and CEOs of startups. For the most recent graduating class, the median post-graduation salary was $82,000 with a list of employers including leading names such as Tesla Motors, UBS, and PwC.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, 20th Feb 2020
18:00 - 21:30
Saturday, 22nd Feb 2020
10:00 - 13:30
Monday, 24th Feb 2020
18:00 - 21:30
Friday, 28th Feb 2020
12:00 - 15:30

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