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What is it like to attend the Sellinger School?

Loyola University Maryland's Sellinger School of Business and Management offers multiple Master's of Business Administration degree options and specialized business master's programs, including a full-time MBA, part-time MBA, and Master of Accounting program. The Professional's MBA program (PMBA) is a part-time program tailored to working professionals seeking a flexible and self-paced program with evening classes and online/hybrid options. The Emerging Leader's MBA program (ELMBA) is a fast-tracked, one-year cohort experience tailored for recent college graduates and early career professionals. The Master of Accounting program (MAcc) for individuals seeking immediate, high-quality coursework toward the 150-hour education requirement for CPA licensure. The Sellinger School of Business is accredited by AACSB International in both business administration and accounting.

As a nationally recognized Jesuit business school, the Sellinger School of Business takes a values-centered approach to business education with emphasis on reflection, discernment, and ethical commitment. “As a current Master of Accounting student, it is important to have a strong foundation in ethics and Loyola has provided that in every aspect,” says Louis Campbell. “I am confident that I’ve been given a strong foundation that will help guide me throughout my career.”

Sellinger’s small class sizes allow professors to engage with students as individuals. For example, on the first day of class, Kerry Tan, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, says “I like to learn what the students do for a living, and I’ll try to tie a lot of the course material to the industries they work in to make it as current as possible.” Sellinger works with students to help make the MBA curriculum relatable and immediately applicable.

At the Sellinger School of Business, education happens both inside and outside the classroom. Students in the Professional’s MBA take traditional business core courses, but also benefit from the opportunity to expand upon this knowledge base through elective courses and specific program specializations. “My professors consistently find a way to relate course material to the real world and encourage us to think about how we can do well, not just in the classroom, but also in our current roles and in the greater business community,” says Michelle Oosterwijk, a current Professionals' MBA candidate. 

Sellinger students have several options for MBA experiential learning as a way of deepening the classroom experience. For the Professional's MBA program, experimental learning options such as the Chilaen Study Tour have been providing students the opportunity to combine traditional academic study with an immersion in South American culture for more than 15 years. “These study tours provide students an opportunity to experience a business climate and business culture outside the US. It provides a global context to what they’re learning in class,” says Tan.

Students in the Emerging Leaders MBA program have the opportunity to participate in “First Friday” site visits, leadership and career development workshops, networking, and team building exercises throughout their time in the cohort. “We’ve participated in corporate visits with local companies such as CareFirst, Under Armour, and Morgan Stanley and also traveled together with field study tours to Silicon Valley and Vietnam," says Connor Flach, who received his MBA from Loyola in 2018 and currently serves as a wealth advisor at Oxenham Financial. "Sellinger goes the extra mile to immerse students in areas that pertain to their field,

Sellinger offers a well-rounded MBA curriculum and an educational experience that gives students an edge in their careers. “The elective coursework is always changing to meet current business needs,” says Jack Owens, a current Professional's MBA candidate and correspondence group writer at T. Rowe Price. “I’ve gained the opportunity to work on projects and gain project management experience that has worked well in interviews and in overcoming daily work obstacles.”

As a student and alumnus of the Sellinger School, students have access to Loyola’s Career Center, which is dedicated to connecting you with organizations in need of your expertise. Upon graduation, you become a part of our expansive alumni network in Baltimore and around the globe. “In the Master of Accounting program, we’ve had a number of Sellinger alumni speak to us in class,” says Campbell. “These meetings have provided me with new connections that I will be able to utilize in the future. Being a Sellinger alumni will undoubtedly provide me with an invaluable network that I will have for the rest of my life.”

Sellinger stands out from other Maryland business schools because of its focus on values. As a Jesuit institution, Sellinger embraces the notion of building a better world through business. In Tan’s words, “the emphasis on being a global citizen is really important, and we hope to develop business leaders that will have an ethical perspective on business and will help facilitate positive change in the world.” 

Learn more about the Sellinger School of Business by attending an upcoming information session or comparing programs.