The blend of "affordable tuition" and an "excellent location" makes Jacksonville State University a good pick for penny-wise professionals in Northern Alabama. Despite the low cost, this public school maintains a high academic standard. JSU professors "have a wealth of experience" and they often use "real-world examples in order to show us how to apply the concepts being taught." A current student adds, "All graduate professors I have dealt with are published authors in reveered business journals." Classes are challenging, and professors are "tough, but fair. They understand what's going and realize that every student has a tough road ahead of them." At the same time, the atmosphere is participatory and collaborative, not cut-throat. At JSU, professors "see you as a well-prepared professional" and not with just a "small number of students per class," you feel that "your opinion counts in the classroom." A student adds, "I have had a great experience as an international student at JSU. The way instructors treat us inside and outside of class is terrific." Jacksonville State University's MBA program is designed to cover business fundamentals, while also addressing the international business environment and changing business technologies. The curriculum—which can be completed through a mix of online and campus courses—consists of 24 credit hours of foundation coursework, plus 30 credit hours of graduate business coursework. Students appreciate the ease and convenience of online courses, which allow busy professionals to complete classes as their schedule permits. A current student shares, "I have never had any technical difficulties, and if it weren't for distance learning courses, it would take me longer to graduate." On the flip side, some students feel the in-person education at JSU is superior. A student shares, "I prefer the traditional class because I get more out of the lecture and it is cheaper. There is interaction among the class and professor that cannot be imitated by online classes." For those who aren't working fulltime, JSU also offers graduate assistantship programs "to help pay for school." Known to many as the "friendliest campus in the south," graduate students report a positive experience with the JSU administration and staff. In fact, the "Business school and all of its staff knows who you are and where you are coming from; it is like a big family where you gather knowledge and meet friends." When a problem arises, "The school's administration is always able and willing to take care of any needs you may have." A student shares, "My advisor and dean are as good as they get and are available for comment and discussion conveniently. They are very respected throughout the university and community."
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