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Georgia State University, Robinson College of Business Full Time MBA

The largest business school in the South and the sixth largest in the nation, Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students from 88 countries, 80,000 alumni, and programs on five continents. Robinson’s broad range of offerings provide real-world experiences, quality instruction by top faculty and peer interaction. According to an analysis of Standard & Poor’s data, the Robinson College of Business and Georgia State University have produced more top Georgia executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the Southeast.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Tuition (Total) $72,000

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

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

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 64% accepted out of 444 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 33
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.32
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 611
  • Average Years Work Experience: 8
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Recommendations

Admission Information

Admissions requirements vary for each of Georgia State's MBA programs, specifically with regards to work experience. For the executive MBA, students should have at least seven years of experience (with five in a management position), while the PMBA is designed for students with a minimum of four years full-time in the workforce. Although work exper...Admissions requirements vary for each of Georgia State's MBA programs, specifically with regards to work experience. For the executive MBA, students should have at least seven years of experience (with five in a management position), while the PMBA is designed for students with a minimum of four years full-time in the workforce. Although work experience is not a requirement of the Flexible MBA, Georgia State prefers that students have spent two or three years in the real world before beginning the program. For fall 2010, the average GMAT score for the entering class was 606.

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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 896
Percent International Students 14%
Total Full-Time Faculty 153

Student Life

Drawing from Atlanta’s large urban population, the MBA program at GSU is “very diverse.” One of the program’s major benefits is making connections and networking with “student peers from major corporations.” Fortunately, social interactions are, to some extent, built into the curriculum. Group work is included in most classes, and stu­dents say you should expect to attend “team meetings and phone conferences at least two hours weekly.” On the whole, students are “competitive in their work lives but more collaborative in the academic environment.”Georgia State students are “surrounded by countless opportunities in downtown Atlanta,” and, when time permits, “Students enjoy each other’s company in and out of the classroom.” Spread across several satellite facilities, many students rarely come to the main campus downtown. However, “the program tries to host mixers” for business stu­dents, and “the Graduate Business Association puts on a Leadership Speaker Series and several networking/happy hours throughout the year.” As expected for marketing mavens, “events are generally held at trendy, popular venues and executed flawlessly.” In addition to blowing off steam, these events are “excellent opportunities for network­ing and making new friends.” At the same time, students with families note that most student activities are “geared at single, younger students.”

Career

Throughout Georgia State, there is a strong “focus on getting the MBA student where they want to go” in their career. While many part-time students aren’t necessarily seek­ing a new job after graduation, they are nonetheless pleased that “the school leverages its location in a vibrant business city and its connections to business leaders to give stu­dents access to reputable companies for academic and career purposes.” “Individual career counseling is made available as part of the program,” and students have access to myriad services through the Robinson Career Management Center in the business school. There are frequent career development workshops on campus, as well as a few recruiting events. At the same time, “The job selection through the career placement cen­ter is limited,” as the program lacks a large community of job seekers. A student explains, “We don’t have a full-time program, so companies don’t recruit at GSU like they do at Emory and GT.” In recent years, many important companies have hired MBA grads from Georgia State, including Hewitt Associates, Tauber & Balser PC, KPMG LLP, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Deloitte Consulting, Towers Perrin, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, McKesson Corporation, UPS, Wells Fargo, GE Healthcare, KPMG UNUM Corporation, Frazier & Deeter LLC, Ernst & Young LLP, and Wachovia Securities. The average starting salary for PMBA graduates is $75,000, with a range between $45,000 and $150,000 annually. Flexible MBA students earn an average salary of about $65,000.

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Students Say

“One of the top business schools in Atlanta,” Georgia State University offers a cosmopol­itan MBA to a diverse student body. Catering to a range of urban professionals, the school offers several distinct MBA tracks. For those with busy careers, the Flexible MBA is an evening and weekend program, which allows up to five years for completion. Another popular choice, the PMBA, is also designed for working professionals; howev­er, this program is a two-year cohort-based degree, which moves quickly and maximizes networking opportunities with classmates. In addition to these two programs, the school offers an Executive MBA for seasoned managers, as well as a full-time program with major overseas components, called the Global Partners MBA. With evening classes at “multiple locations” in Atlanta, the majority of Georgia State’s MBA programs give stu­dents “the flexibility to remain employed full time throughout the curriculum.”Georgia State’s MBA provides a “strong background in general business areas, while allowing you to focus on your area of interest” through electives and study abroad. “Professors are a mix of experienced professionals and long-tenured educators,” who are “extremely knowledgeable” and able to “make complicated concepts understandable and relevant.” Teaching working professionals, professors excel at “staying up to date with current business trends, from global to local.” Just as importantly, “The business school learning environment depends heavily on your classmates’ experiences.” Since “many of the students have ten-plus years of relevant work experience,” students are pleased to find that their “classmates bring good industry knowledge to discussions.”Keeping up with classes and professional life is definitely a challenge for many MBA stu­dents, as “the program moves at a very fast pace.” At the same time, the “PMBA isn’t as intense or competitive as some full-time programs because everyone is working full time.” Helping to streamline the experience, “the administration is very involved” with students, and it “has perfected making the process easy” on busy working professionals. Staff handles most of the paperwork, so “students don’t have to do any of the ‘adminis­trative’ tasks, like registering or ordering books.” “PMBA facilities are top notch,” locat­ed on a number of convenient satellite campuses in Atlanta.

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Degrees Awarded

Master of Business Administration (MBA): Full-time, part-time; 39-57 total credits required; 12 months to 5 years to complete program; Global Partners MBA (GPMBA): Full-time; 14-months to complete. 4-continent experience with courses in Atlanta, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and a two-week business tour of China; Professional MBA (PMBA): Full-time, lock-step; 48 credit hours; 24 months to complete; Executive MBA (MBA): Full-time, lock-step; 66 total credits required; 17 months to complete program; Master of Science (MS): Full-time, part-time; 30-36 total credits required; 9 months to 5 years to complete program. Some majors offered in a cohort, 1-year format; Master of Actuarial Science (MAS): Full-time, part-time; 30 total credits required; 15 months to 5 years to complete program; Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA): Full-time, part-time; 30 total credits required; 9 months to 5 years to complete program. Program is also offered in a cohort, 1-year format; Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE): Full-time, part-time; 36 total credits required; 12 months to 5 years to complete program; Master of Taxation (MTx): Full-time, part-time; 33 total credits required; Offered in 1 year or 2 year cohort options; Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA): Full-time, part-time; 36 total credits required; 9 months to 5 years to complete program; Master of International Business (MIB): Offered in a one year cohort format; Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS): Program is offered in a 1-year, cohort format; Master of Science in Information Systems Audit and Control(MSISAC):Full-time, part-time; 30 total credits required; 9 months to 5 years to complete program; Masters of Science in Wealth Management; 16 month, cohort program; Masters in Global Hospitality Management: 1-year cohort program; MBA program offers majors and/or concentrations in the following areas: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Analysis, Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Health Informatics, Hospitality Administration, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Managerial Sciences, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Management, Personal Financial Planning, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Russell International Center for Entrepreneurship; The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility; Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR); Center for International Business and Research (CIBER); Small Business Development Center; Center for Process Innovation; W. T. Beebe Institute of Personnel and Employment Relations

  • International Student Support Groups:

    The university offers community building opportunities for international students through the International Student Associations Council and through multiple international student organizations on campus. http://gsu.orgsync.com/ and http://www.gsu.edu/isss/ISAC.html

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Hispanic Business Student Association, National Society for Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH, National Association of Black Accountants. Additional information regarding these organizations can be found @ http://gsu.orgsync.com/home

  • Research Facilities:

    Russell International Center for Entrepreneurship; The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility; Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR); Center for International Business and Research (CIBER); Small Business Development Center; Center for Process Innovation; W. T. Beebe Institute of Personnel and Employment Relations

  • Study Abroad:

    France (ESC-Toulouse, Univ of Nantes), Germany (EBS), Argentina, Belgium, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://robinson.gsu.edu/corporate/mentor-program.html

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business include:

William H. Rogers - CEO and President of Sun Trust Banks

Kenneth Lewis - Former Chairman & CEO, Bank of America

Richard H. Lenny - Former Chairman, Hershey Foods

James E. Copeland - Former CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Kat Cole - President, Cinnabon

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