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University of Alabama-Birmingham Graduate School Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

LinkedIn

#20 Best Graduate Universities for Finance Professionals

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 81% accepted out of 276 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 553
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Out of State Application Fee: $60
  • In State Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Academic GPA, rank, and scores on the GMAT are considered very important by those making admissions decisions for the graduate business programs at UAB. Work experience, personal essays, and letters of recommendation also receive consideration. Applicants to the program must submit an official GMAT score report, official transcripts from all colleg...Academic GPA, rank, and scores on the GMAT are considered very important by those making admissions decisions for the graduate business programs at UAB. Work experience, personal essays, and letters of recommendation also receive consideration. Applicants to the program must submit an official GMAT score report, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of reference, and a current resume. Students must demonstrate aptitude in calculus with a grade of C or better in a calculus course completed within the previous five years. The admissions committee may request an interview, but otherwise interviews are not required. Non-native English speakers must score at least 550 on the TOEFL and provide an ECE report to accompany their transcripts. It is recommended that international applicants apply six months in advance of the application deadline to ensure adequate time to process appropriate visas.

The Princeton Review

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 398
Percent International Students 17%
Total Full-Time Faculty 33
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

UAB “is well-suited for both the traditional full-time student as well as students that are getting a degree around a full-time job.” Most fall into the latter category; they “work full time, then attend classes at night” and consequently have “little interaction with on-cam­pus life and activities.” They barely have time “to meet outside of class multiple times a week” to complete group work. “The level of group work required does not fit the stu­dent body of the MBA school,” one student tells us.UAB is located “in an urban setting with all of the advantages and disadvantages that come with being in an urban environment: traffic, occasional crimes, easy access to cul­tural centers, unique restaurants, and entertainment venues.” One student feels the pos­itives outweigh the negatives, telling us that she “loves walking out the front door of the school and seeing downtown Birmingham! The campus comes alive in the evening with grad students pouring in after they get off work.” Campus amenities include “a great, free student activity center” and “good computer rooms.”UAB hosts a “very diverse student body [that] provides a unique and real-life view of the conditions that are encountered in the business world,” which “allows for many unique perspectives which contribute to a more practical learning environment.” They “range from straight out of undergrad to retired and looking for new opportunities,” and “they come from a wide variety of jobs and bring a lot of different experiences to the class­room.” The banking industry is well-represented.

Career

The Career Services Office is located in the School of Business building at UAB, which offers career counseling, coaching, practical workshops on areas such as resume writing and job searching, and an online database of jobs as well as a database to which students may upload their resumes. The office hosts recruiting visits from employers, coordinates career fairs, maintains job bulletin boards, and does resume referral. In addition, the School of Business works to arrange internships for MBAs who seek them; however, most MBAs at UAB are currently employed.Employers who frequently hire UAB graduates include Regions Bank, Southern Company, Southern Progress, UAB, and Wells Fargo.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Offering a “strong curriculum” in an “urban location with close ties to local business,” the Graduate School of Management serves a primarily part-time student body looking to advance their careers for a “reasonable” tuition. Through evening classes offered on a “flexible schedule,” students at UAB can earn an MBA with a concentration in finance, information technology management, or healthcare management. Healthcare is a stand­out discipline at the university, and UAB exploits that by offering not only a concentra­tion in the field but also a combined MBA/Master of Public Health, MBA/Master of Science in health administration, and MBA/Master of Science in nursing. MBA students at UAB who lack an undergraduate business background are required to take foundational courses. The MBA curriculum at UAB has been streamlined for the academic year 2013/14. All MBA students at UAB are required to take 36 credit hours for graduation. There are four courses of tools and perspectives on business, five functional core courses, two elective course options and one capstone course in Strategic Management. Classes are offered in sequence to allow for a cohort experience that enhances networking opportunities for all students. UAB professors and administration “are, for the most part, knowledgeable and willing to help.” Professors “have had experience in the corporate environment (which is help­ful for relating the material and applying it).” “I liked the fact that UAB professors all had much field experience and had been in the workplace several years before coming to teach at UAB,” one student explains, adding “as a student, that makes a huge difference because one can see that they know what they are talking about, even [down] to the spe­cific details.” Across the board, teachers are “solid instructors, and most of them are very approachable after class. They were all very flexible and willing to work with us when a work conflict came up, even if sometimes it meant extra work.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Mervyn Sterne Library plus 1 additional on-campus library; total holdings of 1,476,168 volumes, 416,175 microforms, 5,390 current periodical subscriptions. CD player(s) available for graduate student use. Access provided to online bibliographic retrieval services and online databases.

  • Research Facilities:

    Mervyn Sterne Library plus 1 additional on-campus library; total holdings of 1,476,168 volumes, 416,175 microforms, 5,390 current periodical subscriptions. CD player(s) available for graduate student use. Access provided to online bibliographic retrieval services and online databases.

  • Study Abroad:

    Spain, Italy, England, China

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business include:

Stephen Zelnak - CEO and President, Martin Marietta Materials

James Woodward - Chancellor, UNC

Susan Story - CEO and President, Gulf Power Company

Daryl Byrd - CEO and President, Iberia Bank

John Bakane - CEO, Mills

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