Why MBA Programs?

Careers change. Industries change. The world changes.

At the Sacred Heart University, MBA programs develop students into highly experienced mid-to-senior level managers and entrepreneurs. All programs provide a rigorous yet collaborative learning environment with professionals from a variety of industries. Classroom learning and interactions are immediately relevant – resulting in better decision making, improved managerial skills, and enhanced leadership abilities to solve real-world business and organizational challenges.

  • 40+ Nationalities

  • The only AACSB accredited university in Luxembourg

  • Average Age = 33

  • American university with campuses in Luxembourg, Ireland and the U.S.A.

  • International Faculty from 30+ nationalities

  • 600+ MBA alumni in Luxembourg

    35,000 alumni
    in approximately 50 countries


Accelerate your development as a global leader

If you have a passion for business, consider the MBA Programs at the Sacred Heart University. Keep your days free for a job or other commitments and attend classes in the evening. The MBA programs offer a rigorous, cross-functional curriculum, experienced faculty, and hands-on learning opportunities designed to enhance team-building and leadership skills. Career experience and maturity of peers create a dynamic environment in which students learn as much from each other as they do from the faculty. The MBA Programs offer a highly effective way to enhance your knowledge and skills and revitalize your career potential.

“I wouldn’t be where I am now as incoming General Manager & Artistic Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville had it not been for the MBA. The training has given me a lot of confidence to take up that challenge.”

Tom Leick-Burns, Artistic Director & General Manager, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Completed: SHU MBA

Course offerings

The needs of our dynamic international student body require a nimble and flexible course offering. We have the ability and the faculty to schedule courses to match the desires of the students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is an MBA worth it? +

Additional education after college has become a prerequisite for career advancement in many fields. An MBA is a critical educational component of the highly qualified executive. Companies around the globe are looking for someone who has been trained across all the different business disciplines—this could be you!

Are all MBA programs equal? +

No, not all MBA programs are equal. We know that you have many options today for acquiring additional education from global online resources to our local competitors. As our prospective students are savvy consumers, we know you are weighing your options carefully. Please know, we are the ONLY globally accredited university MBA program in Luxembourg. Our MBA Programs are official and recognized by the Luxembourg Ministry of Higher Education.  The Jack Welch College of Business at SHU meets the highest quality standards. We are the ONLY program in Luxembourg that has the honor of being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

What makes the accreditation system important? +

The accreditation ensures the highest standards especially as it pertains to the professors and adjunct professors hired by the university. Not only do students want conveniently scheduled classes and locations, interesting course work, true peers in the classroom and challenging subjects but MOST importantly, our students want engaged professors who possess real intellect and who have been in real-life corporate situations. This is what we offer.

Where can I find information about the US accreditation system? +

In the United States, accreditation of a university is done by one of nine regional accreditation agencies. Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges-- www.neasc.org. In order to be eligible for the AACSB accreditation, business schools must first be accredited by their regional agency.

What is the main difference between the MBA and the MBA with Internship? +

The MBA with an internship program offers students with little or no experience the opportunity to work in a professional environment using newly acquired skills from the course work. This generation of students brings vitality and technical skills to the seasoned professional participating in the same coursework. Professors lead a discussed based course raising practical life professional grade questions. Real knowledge is gained.

What is a Certificate program? +

Certificate programs are graduate-level, advanced studies in specialized skills. Develop new skills and build expertise in a specialized area to update your professional profile, advance your career, or broaden your knowledge base. You can earn a professional graduate certificate at SHU in Modern Business Management, Global Leadership, Investment, or Finance.

How many courses are there in the Certificate program? +

There are 4 courses in each certificate program. These series is unique to the Certificate you choose.

Can certificate courses count towards an MBA? +

Yes, of course! Credits can be transferred to the MBA program and tuition fees will be adjusted. Meet with the SHUL office staff for more details.

What are the differences between the US and the EU campuses? +

The same SHU MBA program exists in two places--Fairfield, Connecticut (USA) and Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (EU). The university in Luxembourg is a branch of the Jack Welch College of Business of the US campus. However, MBA with Internship program is only offered in Luxembourg.

At SHU in Luxembourg, additional course material may be discussed surrounding European policy and viewpoints i.e., in Accounting and Law . The  Luxembourg courses are either taught by full-time US main campus professors  or Luxembourg-based practitiones with strong academic qualifications.. All classes can be taken in class, although on-line classes for a few courses are also available.

Once accepted into the MBA program in Luxembourg, you are matriculated as a student on the main campus in Fairfield and always have the option to take courses in the US.

Quality education and a high caliber of academic standards are the most important components of a university, how do you choose your professors?

Sacred Heart’s approach to managing the quality of the student learning experience and providing public confidence in the quality and standards of higher education all boils down to the right choice in professors who understand what it is like to be an entrepreneur and work in a corporate environment.

How many courses are there in the MBA program? +

The MBA is structured around 8 core courses  and 3 electives, giving students the opportunity to focus on area of interest to them such as management or finance. Our programs are designed for ambitious individuals wishing to pursue their professional activities while acquiring a graduate degree.

Foundation courses may be required if you have no academic background in management, economics/ statistics. Each of the two foundation courses is worth 3 academic credits and requires 36 hours of class contact (3x12 hours of class contact ).

The entire program without the foundation courses consists of 36 academic credits. When, where and for how long are classes held?

Each - course usually runs  6  to 12 weeks, which makes it easy for students to plan their course load across the year.

Classes are located in the heart of business district of Luxembourg in the neighborhood of Kirchberg.

Classes are held M-F evenings and last three hours. Some classes are exceptionally held on the weekend.

When can I start the Part-time MBA, MBA with Internship, or Certificate program? +

The Part-time MBA and Certificate programs are ongoing programs that allow you to start at almost any time of the year.

The MBA with Internship starts every year in mid-August or mid-July if foundation courses are required..

Application deadlines are:
European/EEA students - 1 June of the year you start the progam
All other students - 1 March

How long will it take to complete the Part-time MBA program? +

On average, it takes students two years to complete the program. You are allowed up to six years for completion of the program.

What is the process for a student visa for non-EU students? +

Student visas will only be granted to students who are enrolling in the MBA with Internship  program. Once students have been admitted to the university, they will need to  apply for a student visa. Our staff will help you with the visa process. IMPORTANT: This process can take 3 to 4 months.

Do I need to have a university degree to do an MBA at SHU? +

You will need to have a Bachelors degree. For those prospective students with the equivalent of four years of university study, your non-US degree can be evaluated by the SHU office staff.

Do I need to have a university degree to do a Certificate program at SHU? +

No, you do not need a university degree to participate in this program. Please contact us to evaluate your professional work experience.

Do I need to take the GMAT? +

Waivers are not automatic for any candidate. GMAT waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are based on a combination of advanced academic credentials with a substantial history of professional achievement.

You are eligible for a GMAT waiver if you have:

  • A graduate degree from an accredited institution, or a J.D., Ph.D. or M.D.
  • A professional certification i.e. CPA, CFA, CMA, CIA or CFP
  • A SHU Certificate with a min GPA of 3.5
  • 5+ years of substantive work experience. Factors considered include scale and scope of responsibilities, managerial scope, and accountability for final fiscal or economic results including certification of the work of others and data analysis for clients or employer. A letter from an employer or supervisor detailing specific work responsibilities is required, but may be included in a letter of recommendation.
Do I need to do TOEFL/ IELTS if English is not my first language? +

Maybe. As part of our supportive learning environment, we want to set you up for success. A lack of English proficiency can be a serious obstacle to your performance in the MBA program. If you did your studies in English or you worked in an English environment for several years you don’t need to pass an English test.

Our staff can assist in assessment and finding tutoring if required.

Can I transfer credits from my previous school? +

Sacred Heart University is an accredited university. If you have taken some courses at other accredited universities, our academic review board will review the syllabus for each course and more than likely the credits will be transferred directly to your SHU program here in Luxembourg.

I’m accepted. What do I do now? +

We recommend meeting with the Academic Director to plan your course of study. At this meeting, you will review the order of courses necessary to complete the degree and how your availability fits exactly into completing the coursework. All schedules can be tailored made for the student.