The second largest business program in the state of Georgia, Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University has a “strong reputation in the Southeast” and deep ties in the Atlanta business community. This school’s efficient MBA program is specifically designed for working professionals, offering a “flexible class schedule” and business facilities in “different locations in and around Atlanta.” Students who want to pursue an aggressive schedule can get their degree in as few as 18 months, though the school allows up to six years to complete an MBA.No matter which pace you pursue, the MBA program is “academically challenging and rewarding,” kicking off with a seven-course core curriculum in management, finance, accounting, marketing, and other business fundamentals. After completing the core, there is “a lot of flexibility with upper-level electives to help shape your degree.” In addition to topics like marketing, finance, accounting, and systems administration, the school offers a range of interesting electives in international business topics. Outside the classroom, there are ample opportunities to augment coursework with “networking and outside class experiences,” from overseas service projects to national recruiting events. One student tells us, “As a part of Operation Management class, we are carrying out a project of improving the University’s warehouse and asset handling system.”Courses are “fast paced, modern, and focused on entrepreneurship.” Striking a good balance, “professors are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching others.” Often, they teach from “their experiences rather than from a textbook.” In addition, the majority of faculty is “approachable, easy to get along with, and professional.” The school maintains an excellent faculty-student ratio, and professors really “make themselves accessible to students” outside the classroom.Throughout coursework, “classmates are very involved in class discussions and bring real-world examples and experiences into the classroom.” A student relates, “I am so impressed with the diverse backgrounds and experiences of my classmates. I have learned so much, not only from the class material, but also from the discussions in class.” Rigor, however, can be lacking, and some think the school would benefit from “tougher courses or stronger requirements to succeed in existing courses.” Like the teaching staff, “the administration puts a lot of effort into communicating” with students. Despite the size and affordable tuition, students never feel like a number at Kennesaw State.
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