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University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa Manderson Graduate School of Business Full Time MBA

The hallmark of the Manderson MBA program is the selection of a diverse academic and professional class that has in common high achievement and high potential for leadership. Experience is important to the dynamic MBA learning environment, as are state-of-the-art facilities, technology and current business practices. Manderson's internationally recognized faculty forms strong bonds with students that outlast their time in Manderson, often developing into lifelong relationships. From management to marketing, from economics to ethics, our program creates value by leading MBAs in the direction in which they can best lead others. The Manderson MBA Program is an on-campus, full-time program.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 66

Program Information

University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa Manderson Graduate School of Business Says

The hallmark of the Manderson MBA program is the selection of a diverse academic and professional class that has in common high achievement and high potential for leadership.

Experience is important to the dynamic MBA learning environment, as are state-of-the-art facilities, technology and current business practices. Manderson's internationally recognized faculty forms strong bonds with students that outlast their time in Manderson, often developing into lifelong relationships.

From management to marketing, from economics to ethics, our program creates value by leading MBAs in the direction in which they can best lead others. The Manderson MBA Program is an on-campus, full-time program.

Specializations Offered: Business Analytics, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Real Estate, Risk Management Assurance, Strategy, Supply Chain Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)
#9 Best Campus Environment

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 54% accepted out of 198 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 24
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.5
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 658
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Out of State Application Fee: $50
  • In State Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

University of Alabama admits one class of about 90 students every year; classes begin in the fall. To apply, students must submit a current resume, GMAT or GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and official undergraduate transcripts. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis; however, to ensure financial assistance, students are encou...University of Alabama admits one class of about 90 students every year; classes begin in the fall. To apply, students must submit a current resume, GMAT or GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and official undergraduate transcripts. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis; however, to ensure financial assistance, students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadlines. Students are not required to have significant professional experience before matriculation; about 40 percent of the class enters the program directly after college.

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Important Dates

Round 1
January

5

Deadline
January

5

Deadline
August

20

Start
Round 2
February

15

Deadline
February

15

Deadline
August

20

Start
Round 3
April

15

Deadline
April

15

Deadline
August

20

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 73
Percent International Students 11%

Student Life

“Life at school is essentially super-undergraduate,” with a workload that is “intense but manageable.” The collaborative environment means “there is a lot of interaction with teams and groups.” Indeed, “you can often find many students in the lounge provided for MBA students. It also usually involves a panel or information session from a compa­ny or business.” What downtime students get is often used for career advancement, “researching internships and jobs and filling out many applications. Additionally, there’s also constant work to be done on one’s resume and cover letter, etc.” None of this is to say that students are working twenty-four hours a day. Both students and the school work together to create meaningful distractions from your studies. “Outside of class, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with groups that involve your interests as well as social groups that meet once a week,” and “organiza­tions within the MBA program also provide opportunities to gather with fellow class­mates for a variety of activities.” The “unique and pretty cool atmosphere” and attractive location mean that “outside of school and work activities, the campus is full of things to do to add a little fun when you need a break.” Indeed, “Tuscaloosa is a great city that affords the small college feel with the amenities of a larger city,” offering plenty to do on weekends. Happy hours, intramural games, community service projects, outdoor activi­ties, and more provide ways to wind down from the “very busy” week.

Career

Manderson students have ample opportunities for career advancement, and those opportunities are rich in part “because of a strong department of finance with excellent faculty and opportunities to network with alumni.” The “well-developed entrepreneur­ship and innovation program” will sway many Manderson’s way, especially since the school has “great relationships with large companies for internship and employment opportunities.” For outgoing students, those shots at great positions won’t take long to arise. “The Manderson staff has great corporate connections and the teachers try to make class assignments as similar as possible to real life situations.” In a recent year, 77 percent of the graduating class had accepted a job offer by the time of graduation. Some 91 percent accepted an offer within three months of graduation. The median base salary was about $65,000, with a range between $22,500 and $120,000. The career coordinators that are part of the Manderson Graduate School of Business program arrange individual advising sessions, resume revisions, skills workshops, alumni career panels, and on-campus recruiting programs for both jobs and internships. There are countless opportunities. Over the last few years, students here took internships at com­panies like Alabama Power, Compass Bank, Sterne Agee, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Chesapeake Consulting, BMW, Red Cross, Wal-Mart, Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, and St. Vincent Hospital.

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Students Say

With collaborative learning a mandatory part of the curriculum, students at Manderson will find that they will rarely be facing the challenges of this small business program alone. That spirit of collaboration extends to the staff, too. Here “administration is very involved and helpful,” working to “send out daily emails relating to various business related activities including career fairs, job/internship offers, and helpful hints/tools for interviews, resumes, and cover letters.” What difficulties students face are overcome through “easy to access professors who foster individual relationships with students both in and outside of the classroom.” Another student notes that “the MBA Administration has faced some turnover as far as personnel,” but these changes “did not keep the MBA Administration from focusing on students.”Manderson graduates say they have “had the honor to learn from some of the best teach­ers I have ever had here in the program,” a group who are also “great mentors” who “love for the students to come meet with them and ask them for advice, even if it has nothing to do with class.” Drawing from their real world experiences allows professors here to equip students for the challenges they will face. “They want students to do well, and don’t just preach from a textbook. The professors at Alabama use everyday exam­ples and demonstrate how integrity is the most important.” Some students say profes­sors can be “a mixed bag,” but overall they are seen as “very experienced and knowl­edgeable, so they have a lot to offer to the students and expect students to be prepared, dedicated, and ambitious throughout their education in the program.”Evolution is part of the process here. “The administration inside the MBA program has been going through major changes through our first year, but they have done everything in their power to make the transition as smooth as possible.” The “helpful administra­tion, good professors, and a tough but fair academic experience” show that educators here “work hard and honestly care about helping the students reach their goals.” As one student says, “Entering the MBA/MSCE program here at The University of Alabama was one of the best things to happen for my life and hopefully my career.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Capstone International: http://international.ua.edu/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    National Association of Black MBAs, National Society for Hispanic MBAs, Society of Global MBAs

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    http://mba.cba.ua.edu/students/mentor_program.php

  • Study Abroad:

    Italy, Turkey, Austrailia, Belgium, China, others depending on scheduling

  • Women Support Groups:

    National Association of Women MBAs: http://mba.cba.ua.edu/students/organizations.php#gwib

    Women's Initiative: http://www.cba.ua.edu/wip

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa Manderson Graduate School of Business include:

Clyde Anderson - Executive Chairman of the Board, Books-A-Million

Don James - Chairman and CEO, Vulcan Materials Company

Richard Anthony - Chairman and CEO, Synovus Financial Corp

Gary Fayard - Sr. VP & CFO Coca-Cola

Sam DiPiazza, Jr - CEO PriceWaterhouseCoopers

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Mercedes-Benz, Walmart, International Paper, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 49% $61,513
Other 28% $72,559
Technical 24% $67,497
Manufacturing 22% $61,921
Finance / Accounting 20% $60,303
Operations / Logistics 16% $66,027
Consulting 12% $62,438
General Management 10% $68,656
Other 9% $74,333
Consulting 8% $49,375
Financial Services 7% $68,000
Marketing / Sales 6% $79,000
Information Technology 5% $79,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 77%
Three Month Employment 91%
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