2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

The John E. Simon School of Business

The John E. Simon School of Business is named after the late St. Louis businessman, philanthropist and Maryville trustee emeritus. The School offers a variety of programs leading to baccalaureate and masters degrees.

The mission of the School of Business is to develop leaders and managers for profit and nonprofit organizations. Its curriculum provides students with opportunities to broaden their perspectives, to develop their critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills and to enhance their technological skills. The curriculum seeks to achieve a balance between theory and practice. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and other business practitioners participate in the continual improvement and testing of the relevance of the content and methods of instruction. The School strives to create an environment for innovation, lifelong learning, community service and integrity.

An important component of the mission is to build significant relationships with corporations within Maryville Centre and throughout the St. Louis region. These relationships provide professional expertise and internship opportunities for our students and are a model of collegiate/corporate cooperation. As the business environment becomes increasingly complex and global, specialties of business become more interdisciplinary. Education for this changing world must emphasize grounding in liberal arts and business fundamentals to allow adaptability for the future. 

Tammy Gocial, PhD, Interim Dean
Somer Anderson,PhD, Assistant Dean
Christopher Gourdine, DMgt, Assistant Dean
Stacy Hollins, PhD, Assistant Dean
Jason Williams, EdD, Assistant Dean

The John E. Simon School of Business website: http://www.maryville.edu/academics-bu-contact.htm

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements in the Simon School of Business majors (Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Business Administration, Cyber Security, Financial Services, International Business, Management Information Systems, Management, Marketing and Sport Business Management):

Maryville-SLCC Articulation Agreement

The formalization of an articulation agreement between Maryville University and the St. Louis Community College allows a student to transfer an Accounting Associates and Applied Science degree, in its entirety, into Maryville’s B.S. degrees in Accounting, Accounting Information Systems or Business Administration.

Business Core Requirement

All majors in the School of Business must complete a business core of 39 credit hours.

* All majors in the School of Business must take a minimum of MATH 117 College Algebra.


Graduate Program Application Requirements

Click Here  for the Simon School of Business graduate admission requirements.

Conditional Acceptance

Applications to the Simon School of Business graduate programs with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or with a baccalaureate degree in a non-business field may apply for conditional acceptance.

Course Load

Students typically take a total of six to twelve credit hours per semester depending on program pace.

Grade Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours for the MBA and MA in Management and Leadership and 30 credit hours for the MS in Cyber Security, MS in Accounting, MS in Software Development, and MS in Business Data Analytics degrees with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and no more than two grades of “C”.  Students who receive a third grade of ‘C’ or receive a grade of ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘WF’ or ‘AF’ will automatically be dropped from the program the semester in which the grade is received.

At the end of each session, a student with a GPA below a 3.00 will receive a letter to that effect.  If the GPA stays below a 3.00 for two consecutive sessions, the student will be dropped from the program.

To be considered for re-admission to the Simon School of Business graduate programs, the student must submit a letter of appeal to the Graduate Admissions Committee providing the Committee with documentation that the deficiencies have been remedied. If the student has been out for three consecutive semesters, he/she must also submit an updated application for admission. If the student is re-admitted, all previous course work will be counted toward the degree if it meets the Five Year Policy. The student will also be subject to all policies and procedures in effect at the time the student is re-admitted to the Simon School of Business graduate programs. Students who are re-admitted after appealing a dismissal who receive another failing grade will be dismissed from the program and cannot appeal a second time.  


Degree candidates must complete an application for graduation prior to the final semester that the degree will be completed. All graduate degree requirements must be completed in order to be eligible for participation in the commencement ceremony. Apply for graduation through your student portal.

Graduate Programs

Offered within the John E. Simon School of Business are a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Accounting, a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, a Master of Science in Business Data Analytics, Master of Science in Software Development, and a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership.  For entrance requirements into any of these programs, see the section on Graduate Admissions. These graduate programs blend academic study with professional experience in a curriculum that allows the student to apply classroom concepts to current employment activities. The student’s professional position serves as a laboratory where theory may be used to solve concrete problems in the student’s field.

Early Access Program

The early access program provides students the opportunity to accelerate their progress toward graduate programs. Qualified undergraduate students may take 12 credit hours at the graduate level that count toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students must have completed 75 undergraduate credit hours (at least 20 credit hours at Maryville) and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25. Students must receive a grade of B or higher in the early access graduate courses to remain in the early access program. 

Certificate in Graduate Studies

An 18-hour program requiring four area courses and two graduate electives. Certificates available is:

  • Project Management

This certificate is available to students with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Students who do not have the necessary prerequisites may be required to take additional classes (beyond the 18 credit hours).

Students who have taken an area course previously will be allowed to replace it with another course or a special studies course in that area. In a special studies course, they will work with a full-time faculty member who teaches in the area and be directed through readings and research to gain a current comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

The certificate program will rely on individualized mentoring by the School of Business faculty to ensure that students possess the necessary background in their area of choice. Students will be included in the graduate-level elective courses that fulfill the requirements of their certificate program.





Bachelor of Science



Certificate in Graduate Studies

Master of Arts

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science