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Auburn University, College of Business Distance MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Online
Tuition (Total) $27,900

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Business Analytics, Finance, General Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Distance Part Time.

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Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 45% accepted out of 109 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 26
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Out of State Application Fee: $60
  • In State Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

All applicants to the Auburn MBA program must submit official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, three letters of recommendation, a completed application to the Graduate School, and a completed application to the MBA program. Work experience and a personal interview are both encouraged, but neither is re...All applicants to the Auburn MBA program must submit official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, three letters of recommendation, a completed application to the Graduate School, and a completed application to the MBA program. Work experience and a personal interview are both encouraged, but neither is required. International students whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores (minimum scores: 550 paper-and-pencil; 213 computer-based; 79 internet- based). Undergraduate-level competency in accounting, calculus, finance, macroand microeconomics, management, marketing, and statistics are all prerequisites to starting the Auburn MBA program. Students lacking appropriate undergraduate credentials may purchase the corresponding courses on CD and must subsequently pass a competency exam in each course (administered by the university, by CLEP, or, for military candidates, through the DANTES system) prior to commencing work on the MBA. In an effort to boost the population of under represented students, Auburn makes recruiting trips to minority campuses

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Important Dates

Round 1
September

1

Deadline
January

8

Start

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 279
Percent International Students 36%
Total Full-Time Faculty 77
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

MBA candidates at Auburn speak very highly of their peers. Many are “busy [juggling] their work and family” so at times it can “be hard to connect with them outside of the classroom.” Fortunately, they are still “very friendly” and are always “helpful when doing projects together.” Students are also quick to report that their classmates are “easy going” and “highly intelligent.” For the most part, they all seem to make a concerted effort “to contribute their opinions and share in class.” This appears to be greatly appre¬ciated as they often “provide [great] insight” and “bring great examples of real-time issues.” Another student attempts to illuminate life at Auburn by stating, “There seem to be distinct groups: younger students, who participate in activities and clubs and hang out on campus vs. those like me, who come to school for class and then leave as quickly as possible.” And while one graduating student claims that her peers are “interested in learning, but not overly involved in activities,” another student delights in telling us that the school holds “an annual international festivity [and] several masquerade balls as well.” Additionally, “tours and trips to different places are available.” Athletics play an important role in the social life on campus, particularly in the Fall, where SEC football reigns supreme. Auburn’s football team won the BCS National Championship in January 2011, and tailgating activities before each game provide an opportunity to network with alumni and other students. Intramural sports are popular; outstanding golf courses are nearby, and the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are 3 hours away by car. Since 2008, an International study trip of 10 days in length has been built into the cost of the program; each Spring groups of students and faculty travel to desti¬nations to learn about doing business in those countries. Previous student groups have gone to Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, South Africa, and many other coun¬tries. Students say that this trip is a highlight of their Auburn experience. Atlanta is a 2 hour drive from Auburn, and provides a popular big-city weekend road trip destination, as well as permanent employment location for many students after graduation. Nearby Columbus, and Georgia, Alabama also offer plenty of entertainment options and distraction from schoolwork. Sports enthusiasts rejoiced when Auburn acquired the Biscuits, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, while the Columbus Cottonmouths provide an outlet for ice hockey enthusiasts. Columbus is also the home of Fort Benning, one of the Army’s largest bases.

Career

The Office of Professional and Career Development serves the Business school’s entire undergraduate and graduate student population. The career specialists understand that job hunting is an in-depth process and provide the tools and techniques for success. They help students develop and implement an effective job search strategy, showing them how to create a marketing plan and craft a target list of potential companies. Additionally, they host numerous seminars and events, offering students everything from resume writing workshops to mock interviews. The office also hosts several career fairs each academic year. The College attracts companies hiring students into consulting roles such as Accenture, CapGemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Quorum Business Solutions, as well as major companies focusing on supply chain management, including Exel Logistics, Home Depot, Lexmark, Target and Walmart. Financial services organizations including AFLAC, BB&T, BBVA, Regions Financial, and SunTrust, as well as the FDIC, Federal Reserve, OCC, the Alabama Securities Commission, and the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance also recruit Auburn’s Business students.

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Students Say

Auburn University offers one of the South’s premiere business programs. Those interest­ed in earning their MBA are often attracted to the school’s great location and “reasonable price.” Students at Auburn are quick to highlight the “small class [size] and student fac­ulty ratio,” which virtually guarantees “close relationships with professors.” The cur­riculum allows students to master the fundamentals of business theory and focus on a particular area of interest, such as finance, agri-business management, project manage­ment, management of information technology, or marketing. Moreover, MBA candidates greatly appreciate the “flexibility” of the program and the “convenient weekend [class] schedule.”While opinions on professors do vary, by and large students are very happy with their teachers. The vast majority are “very helpful and resourceful” and extremely “knowl­edgeable.” And one pleased student adds that professors are “always willing to help with your classes or even other ventures.” Indeed they “care about students’ progress in and outside of the classroom.” They are also understanding and are often willing to work with students should “problems arise due to a work schedule and such.”Opinions are decidedly mixed when it comes to the administration. Some students com­plain that there is a lot “bureaucracy,” which results in “administrative tasks [becoming] very slow and painstaking.” However, other MBA students are thankful for the pro­gram’s administrators, who are “a big help to students.” Time and again the “staff mem­bers [show that they] care about the students and handle their problems on a timely basis.”The MBA candidates at Auburn really believe that the University offers “great and numerous opportunities for students to get involved and to find jobs. There are so many tools available to them to achieve success.” As one content student sums up, “Overall, I think [Auburn] is a hidden gem in terms of an MBA program in Alabama.”

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Academic

The Auburn MBA Degree requires completion of 36 semester hours (minimum) and 17 months start-to-finish. Eight of the 12 MBA Curriculum classes are core/required classes; four elective courses may be selected from options across a wide variety of academic areas.

Auburn MBA students may choose a dual-degree track and earn a masters degree in engineering or management information systems concurrently with their MBA Degree. Two years; two degrees.

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Second Year Curriculum

Fall Semester: Integrated Business Project and Strategy Case Analysis (core class); Elective #2; Elective #3; Elective #4. Graduation in December!

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First Year Curriculum

Fall Semester (all core/required classes): Financial Analysis; Quantitative Decision Making; Strategic Analysis & the Competitive Environment; Organizational Leadership & Change. Spring Semester: Consumer Marketing & Theory (core class); Operations and IT for the Competitive Advantage (core class); Cost Analysis (core class); Elective #1. Summer Semester: MBA Internship/Study Abroad (both possible).

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures facilitates the adoption and maintenance of ethical organizational cultures. The research focus will include Western Civilization philosophy in developing a methodology to assess and facilitate the development of organizational cultures. The Center for International Finance and Global Competitiveness will support research, instruction and outreach activities relevant to international financial markets and global competitiveness. The Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship combines research, instruction and outreach programming in the areas of entrepreneurship and family business.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International student organization active on campus and is available to all students.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Minority advancement program available on campus and is available to all students.

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Informal study groups formed on ad-hoc basis open to all MBA students.

  • Research Facilities:

    The Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures facilitates the adoption and maintenance of ethical organizational cultures. The research focus will include Western Civilization philosophy in developing a methodology to assess and facilitate the development of organizational cultures. The Center for International Finance and Global Competitiveness will support research, instruction and outreach activities relevant to international financial markets and global competitiveness. The Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship combines research, instruction and outreach programming in the areas of entrepreneurship and family business.

  • Study Abroad:

    AU EUSA London Business Internships University of Plymouth IPAG Student Exchange Program Pforzheim, Germany Program Nihon University, Japan Program University of Ulsan, South Korea ESDES-Lyon, France

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Auburn University College of Business include:

Wendell Starke - Past President of INVESCO

Joanne P. McCallie - Head Coach, Duke University Women's Basketball

Mohamed Mansour - CEO, Mansour Group in Egypt

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $19,000

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Marketing / Sales 50% $52,000
Manufacturing 17% $44,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 43%
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