Many people do not know that Saint Mary’s College of California was the first to offer the Executive MBA in Northern California (in 1975). Now, nearly 37 years later, the Executive MBA program continues to thrive. In fact, Saint Mary’s consistently ranks as one of the top ten largest MBA programs in the San Francisco Greater Bay Area. In fact, in the January 20, 2012 issue of the San Francisco Business Times Saint Mary’s jumped two spots to #8, based on number of students per year. In general, the number of Executive MBA Programs has grown dramatically since the first program – from 11 in the 1960s to more than 300 Executive MBA Programs worldwide (according to the Executive MBA Council). However, Shyam Kamath, Associate Dean of Graduate Business and Global Programs, says ”what makes Saint Mary’s so special is our ability to provide a comprehensive and market-driven quality MBA education with a responsible business foci. Taught by globally trained faculty, our small class sizes (25 or less) allows participants to develop and sustain rich relationships with fellow classmates and faculty beyond Saint Mary's."
While Saint Mary's College has a long history in the MBA education in the Bay Area the services and mission have evolved with the complex and current business landscape. Built upon Saint Mary's Lasallian and social justice mission, the Saint Mary’s MBA programs focus on developing community leaders who embody global and responsible perspectives (people, planet, profit/performance, ethics). As a founder and leader of Executive MBA education in the San Francisco Bay Area, Saint Mary's Lasallian network spans over 80 countries and Graduate Business has relationships with over 20 of them, allowing participants to further develop ethical, economic, social and environmental values in a global context. Today, nearly 40 years after the first Executive MBA class commenced, Saint Mary's MBA is still dedicated to providing quality education that now challenges participants to think globally and lead responsibly.