Stevens Institute of Business and Arts

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Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts
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Former names
Patricia Stevens College
Typeprivate college
Budget$3 million
PresidentCynthia Musterman
DeanEmilee Schnefke
Academic staff
20 (7 full, 13 part)
Students145 (2016)
Location, ,
25,000 square feet
AffiliationsAccrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges [1]

Stevens - The Institute of Business and Arts (formerly Patricia Stevens College) is a co-educational private college in St. Louis, Missouri founded in 1947. Siba offers programs in graphic design, interior design, retail management/fashion merchandising, paralegal studies, and business administration.

Siba offers Associates and Bachelors degrees in all of the above mentioned programs, except paralegal studies, where an Associates is available. Siba offers accelerated degree options where students enrolled full-time can complete their Associates in 18 months or their Bachelor's in 36 months. Flexible, part-time and day & evening classes are also available.


Stevens – The Institute of Business & Arts got its start in 1947 as the St. Louis affiliate of Patricia Stevens, a modeling and “finishing” school for young women. Patricia Stevens herself was a working fashion model, and there were many schools bearing her name around the country, but the one in St. Louis was operated by the Klute family. In addition to modeling and comportment classes, young women could also take courses that would aid in them in the post-WWII work world – think secretarial skills.

Over the years, Patricia Stevens’ catalog of offerings expanded to include not just short-term certificate and diploma programs, but also Associates and Bachelor’s degrees. The school’s longest-running programs, which are still among its most popular, are the Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising and the Interior Design programs. One other major change to this once-all-girls college was the addition of men. The school now functions as a completely co-educational environment.[2]


In 2010, the school moved to its new, permanent location on Washington Avenue in the city’s revitalized garment district. The building, originally built in 1917 for the Gerorge E Keith shoe factory underwent a $3 million dollar renovation. The 24,000+ square foot campus is located at 1521 Washington Avenue and situated in the heart of the St. Louis Loft district, within walking distance of attractions such as the City Museum, the main branch of the St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis University Law Library, and numerous parks, coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants. The campus is accessible by public transportation, and there are a number of public parking lots close by. The interior of the building was designed specifically for Siba’s needs, and provides ample space for instruction, study, and social interaction.[3]

Organization and administration[edit]

Siba is an independent, proprietary institution owned and operated by BGB Associates, LLC, a registered Missouri corporation. The sole shareholder is Cynthia Musterman. The College is organized and authorized to conduct its operation in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri. Staff and faculty information is available on the schools website:

Siba works on a rolling admissions system, and all application materials submitted for admission must be on file no later than one week prior to final registration for the beginning of a term. The school runs on a quarterly basis and has enrollments in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. [4]

Tuition is charged quarterly and by the number of credit hours a student takes. A list of costs is available on the college's tuition and fees page.


Siba's 2017/2018 catalog is available by clicking here.

Siba offers the following Bachelor’s Degrees:

  • Business Administration (B.S)
  • Graphic Design (B.A)
  • Interior Design (B.A.)
  • Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising (B.A.)

Siba offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees:

  • Business Administration
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising

Student Involvement[edit]

Students are encouraged to engage in field trips, internships/externships, community volunteer opportunities, and networking events. More information about what Siba's student body is doing is available on the schools blog:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Archived 2013-01-20 at [Error: unknown archive URL]
  2. ^ "Reflecting on 70 Years in Operation | Siba". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  3. ^ "Siba Catalog" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Admissions | Siba". Retrieved 2017-11-08.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°37′58″N 90°12′09″W / 38.632897°N 90.202517°W / 38.632897; -90.202517