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Fontbonne University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and also holds accreditation for several academic programs for discipline specific accreditors. Learn more about our accreditation here .

Yes, we accept transfer credits for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Your admission counselor will evaluate your transcript and advise you on which credits are eligible for transfer.

Most courses follow our 8-week format, offered 6 times a year. Some courses will follow the 16-week semester format in the fall and spring.

You need to complete an online application, request official transcripts, submit a self-statement, resume and letters of recommendation. If you will be applying for federal aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA and other required financial aid forms. 

Yes. Upon admission, you will be assigned an advisor and that advisor will be your main point of contact. He or she can assist you with questions about your core courses, registration, changes or additions to your schedule, and course withdrawals.

Prerequisites vary by major. Please see curriculum guides under each program for specific requirements.

Please review the evening/online program chart for an overview of how each program is currently offered.

If you enroll in two courses at a time, the minimum time required to complete either degree is about 12 to 14 months, subject to course availability. Enrolling for one course at a time, withdrawing from courses, and needing prerequisite requirements will lengthen degree completion time.

The Master of Management & Leadership focuses more on qualitative skills in the areas of management and supervision, compared to an MBA‘s quantitative focus on accounting and finance. The Master of Management & Leadership also concentrates more on the internal business functions of an organization, with students learning how to read and understand financial reports, while an MBA has a broader external focus, with students learning to prepare financial reports.

Yes. Students in both business programs come from many different academic disciplines, as well as a myriad of industries, occupations and work backgrounds. You’ll be interacting with and learning from other adults and their areas of expertise.

You need your own computer, and it should be convenient to use. For example, it would be difficult to take an online course and only have a computer available for use at work. For most courses you should have Word, PowerPoint and Excel within the MS Office suite.

There are several ways to contact your instructor. You can email your instructor through Canvas; you can refer to the course’s supplemental statement for your instructor’s contact information; or you can contact your academic advisor to get your instructor’s contact information.

Instructors are professionally and academically qualified, generally bringing a minimum of a master’s degree and three years related experience to the classroom. This business experience allows our instructors to provide unique insight into the application of the theories you will be learning and bring real world experience into the classroom.

Contact the Office of Graduate Admission and Professional Studies at 314 863 2220 or


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