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Olin MBA

2 years
2 years
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Program description

Olin MBATransform yourself into a business leader. An innovator. A problem solver. A rainmaker. An entrepreneur.

At Olin Business School, honing your functional skills is just the starting point. Because here, an MBA education is about more than what you think…it’s about mastering how you think.

"Research-driven thinking, applied.” Our entire program, including the very way we teach, is built on this operational principle. More than any other single thing, it’s what sets us apart. And it’s reason enough to put Olin at the top of your list as you consider MBA programs.

Research-driven thinking is a way of approaching business problems or issues with the same rigorously analytical mind set used to conduct research. And we take that lesson to the street by offering you applied learning opportunities to integrate your functional, critical thinking and collaborative skills to solve real-world business problems. Read more in Olin Experience.

As a student at Olin, you get the best of both worlds – the kind of personal, individualized attention from staff and faculty that only a small, exclusive program can provide, plus unlimited access to the resources of a major world-class university. Not to mention great alumni and recruiter contacts and plenty of leadership opportunities.

An Olin MBA arms you with a skill highly valued by hiring companies: the ability to drive business innovation and results. Match that with career development coaching and a robust professional network, and you get an experience that provides motivated high achievers with all the tools they need to launch new careers or take their current careers to the next level.

If you’re searching for a school that will transform how you approach business and leadership – consider the Olin MBA.

Application and Admission Requirements

  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardized test scores
    • GMAT or GRE
    • TOEFL
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interviews


MBA Core CurriculumThe core gives you a comprehensive grounding in business fundamentals. It develops your critical-thinking skills, teaching you how to frame questions, weigh alternatives, manage risk and solve complex problems.

The Olin MBA curriculum offers a comprehensive set of required and elective courses built upon a foundation of critical-thinking and leadership skills. The degree requires completion of 66 credit hours, nearly two-thirds of which are elective courses selected by the individual student. Olin MBAs, therefore, are able to shape the curriculum to meet their unique personal objectives.

The fall semester of year 1 focuses on critical thinking, leadership, career strategy and the major functional areas of business. During the spring semester of year 1 and throughout year 2, students take mostly elective courses of their choosing, often following the guidelines of concentration areas that help students navigate the curriculum toward their career goals. Elective courses include semester long (3-credit) courses, six-week “mini” (1.5-credit) courses and experiential learning opportunities. Olin MBAs can also take up to nine credits of approved course work from other graduate programs at Washington University.

Expenses / Tuition Fees

2010-2011 Academic Year Costs

Tuition $44,300

Health Fee *estimated $600*

Activity Fee $150

Washington University: Olin
One Brookings Drive
63130-4899 St. Louis, MO

Create knowledge…Inspire individuals…Transform business.

Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis is an institution of leaders: distinguished research faculty…exhilarated, brilliant students…and successful, energized alumni. Our 12 business degree and nondegree programs emphasize rigorously analytical, critical-thinking skills; applied learning; global competence; and communication...

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