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Mercer University, Stetson School of Business & Economics Part Time MBA

Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics promotes the advancement and integration of quality business education and practice. In support of Mercer’s mission, the School provides undergraduate and graduate programs that are designed to enable, enhance and expand professional careers, civic responsibility and lifelong learning. Mercer alumni are successful entrepreneurs, serve in senior leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies and lead some of the country’s largest non-profit organizations. The School offers undergraduate programs in Macon, Atlanta, and Douglas County and graduate programs on the Atlanta, Macon, Newnan, and Savannah campuses. Stetson holds the highest accreditation for business education by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business--International.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)
#5 Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 87% accepted out of 61 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 2.96
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 474
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • In State Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

Applicants to the Stetson MBA program at Mercer must provide the school with a completed application form, two sets of official transcripts from each postsecondary academic institution attended, a resume, and an official GMAT score report showing test results no more than five years old. In addition, international applicants whose first language is...Applicants to the Stetson MBA program at Mercer must provide the school with a completed application form, two sets of official transcripts from each postsecondary academic institution attended, a resume, and an official GMAT score report showing test results no more than five years old. In addition, international applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency through TOEFL scores. All students who received undergraduate degrees abroad must, at their own expense, provide an independent evaluation (and, where appropriate, a translation) of their undergraduate records. International students must additionally demonstrate the ability to finance their education at Mercer.

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 242
Percent International Students 17%
Total Full-Time Faculty 26
Full-Time Faculty 94%

Student Life

Mercer’s Atlanta campus is focused on graduate programs, with advanced students of medicine, education, and theology, among other disciplines, sharing 300 tree-filled acres inside the Atlanta Perimeter. The business school attracts students from “diverse age ranges and backgrounds,” as well as at different points in their careers. In the evening pro­grams, “MBA students are mostly part-time students with full-time jobs (and some are effectively full-time students with full-time jobs).” As a result, there is “little emphasis on social or extracurricular activities”; for most, “school life consists of classes, group project meetings and studying.” Nonetheless, Mercer’s emphasis on collaboration means stu­dents frequently work together and build relationships, even if they don’t socialize out­side of class.For full-timers, “Mercer is a thriving campus during the day,” offering students access to myriad clubs and activities, as well as recreational facilities and fitness classes. At the busi­ness school, there are frequent career-related special events, like guest speakers and alum­ni networking events, as well as “festivities such as a "cook outs" (free to students) to cel­ebrate the end of the semester.” “The library and the library’s website are also great resources for research,” and students appreciate the “nice meeting rooms available for stu­dents to reserve in order to study, work on projects, [and] have meetings.” Plus, the school’s “suburban campus” offers a central Atlanta location that is both “outstanding and safe.”

Career

Many MBA candidates at Mercer are attending the program part-time and are not look­ing for a new job after graduation. Instead, they plan to leverage the practical skills they’ve acquired in the classroom to gain a better position and higher salary at their cur­rent job. To that end, a Mercer education is effective. One student attests, “I was able to secure my current position prior to graduation as a direct result of my then-current grad­uate enrollment at Mercer. I graduated in December, have earned an 18 percent increase in salary and am currently searching for a more significant managerial position within my firm and outside.”Those in the full-time program (or looking to make a career change after completing the degree part-time) have access to the university’s Office of Career Services, which offers career counseling and workshops on résumé preparation and interviewing, in addition to hosting career fairs on campus. (Note that career fairs are often aimed at a certain indus­try, like pharmacy.) While students certainly benefit from Mercer’s “good reputation” in Atlanta, they say their school could improve its career-development offerings by promot­ing “more involvement from alumni,” as well as “a stronger link to the Atlanta business community.”

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About

Mercer University was founded in 1833. The University has 11 schools and colleges and four regional academic centers across the state of Georgia. Mercer is the only independent university of its size in the country to offer programs in 11 diversified fields of study. The Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, established in 1984, provides a balanced curriculum that blends the theoretical with the application so students can put what they learn into practice immediately. Stetson School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the prestigious AACSB International-- the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School offers a variety of graduate programs on the Atlanta campus.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

One of Georgia’s premiere higher-learning institutions, Mercer University offers several business degree options on its graduate-focused Atlanta campus: a flexible evening MBA, an Executive MBA, professional MBA, virtual MBA, a master of accountancy (MAcc), and a one-year full-time MBA (the only of Mercer’s various campuses that offers a full-time option). The school is also home to “one of the only pharmacy programs in the country to offer a dual MBA/PharmD degree.” Mercer’s flexible MBA is popular with local profes­sionals, who call it “Atlanta’s most accommodating MBA program for working students.” For part-timers, “Classes meet one night a week for eight weeks, so it’s possible to take classes even when you have a full-time job and other commitments.” On top of that, pro­fessors “understand we work full-time and have family obligations, so the workload is moderate but challenging.” How challenging is up to the student: “Some take their time with one class per session, others overload to finish early.” The full-time MBA is likewise efficient, covering business fundamentals in an intense, cohort-based program that spans less than one calendar year (though students who did not study business as an undergrad­uate must take additional four-week Business Foundations courses before matriculation). Known for “academic excellence in finance and accounting,” Mercer’s curriculum covers business fundamentals from economics to communications. After completing the core, students take electives, including a required international business class or an overseas trip. Throughout disciplines, Mercer employs “strong professors with real-world experi­ence,” who are able to offer an “in-depth understanding of what we were learning in class and how it applied to the business world.” On top of that, Mercer’s “small class size” lends itself to “team-oriented projects and a lot of class interaction,” giving students a chance to collaborate, network, and develop their communication skills. Students dole out praise for Mercer’s “extremely dedicated professors,” who balance top-notch business skills with a true desire “to help students succeed.” In fact, “Everyone at Mercer is com­mitted to enhancing the student’s experience.” Like the faculty, “The administrative offices are also helpful,” ensuring the program runs smoothly.

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Degrees Awarded

Master of Business Administration: 3 programs; 1. Flexible MBA Program: 48 credit hours, up to 9 of which (foundation courses) can be waived on the basis of successful completion of corresponding undergraduate courses; time of completion varies depending on course loads (typically 14-27 months); 2. Executive MBA Program: 48 credit hours, lock step; time of completion is 16 months. 3. Professional MBA Program: 48 credit hours, lock step; time of completion is 16 months. Also offered in Virtual format in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah; 3. One Year Day MBA Program; 4. Master of Accountancy 30 semester hours (beyond 12 - 15 hour prerequisites) 16 - 20 months; Belgium, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong (Hong Kong Baptist University), Netherlands, Scotland (Paisley University), Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Switzerland.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://international.mercer.edu/international-students-and-scholars/index.shtml

  • Study Abroad:

    Belgium, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong (Hong Kong Baptist University), Netherlands, Scotland (Paisley University), Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Switzerland.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Mercer University—Atlanta Eugene W. Stetson School of Business & Economics include:

W. Ron Hinson - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Comptroller, Georgia Power Company

Jo Ann Herold - VP, Brand Communications & PR + Vice Chairman of Arby's Foundation, Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.

Bob Sauerburg - President, Conde Nast

Budge Huskey - President & CEO, Coldwell-Banker Real Estate, LLC

Jerry Wilson - Former Senior Vice President and Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $35,055

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Operations / Logistics 48% $110,000
Finance / Accounting 22% $75,600
General Management 17% $118,166
Other 7% $25,000
Marketing / Sales 7% $65,500
Information Technology 5% $55,000
Human Resources 5% $92,250
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