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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