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University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Walton Graduate School of Business Full Time MBA

Founded in 1926, the business college at the University of Arkansas became the Sam M. Walton College of Business in 1998. Thanks to a $50 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, the Walton College has become the state’s premier business college and a nationally competitive business school. The college has departments of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing and supply chain management and offers full- and part-time MBA programs as well as a Ph.D. program. AACSB International accredited the college in 1931 and renewed the accreditation in 2012.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
In-State Tuition (Total) $25,383
Out-of-State Tuition (Total) $56,195
Average Starting Salary $64,664

Program Information

University of Arkansas--Fayetteville Sam M. Walton College of Business Says

Founded in 1926, the business college at the University of Arkansas became the Sam M. Walton College of Business in 1998. Thanks to a $50 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, the Walton College has become the state’s premier business college and a nationally competitive business school. The college has departments of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing and supply chain management and offers full- and part-time MBA programs as well as a Ph.D. program. AACSB International accredited the college in 1931 and renewed the accreditation in 2012.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Finance, Investment Banking, Non Profit Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 34% accepted out of 355 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.21
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 652
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Out of State Application Fee: $40
  • In State Application Fee: $40

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Information

At University of Arkansas, the most important factors in an admissions decision are a student's standardized test scores, undergraduate academic performance, and professional experience. Students are also required to submit three letters of recommendation plus two personal essays discussing their background and goals. Competitive applicants usually...At University of Arkansas, the most important factors in an admissions decision are a student's standardized test scores, undergraduate academic performance, and professional experience. Students are also required to submit three letters of recommendation plus two personal essays discussing their background and goals. Competitive applicants usually have a GMAT score of 600 or better and a GPA of 3.0 or better. For the full-time program, work experience is preferred, but not required.

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Important Dates

Round 1
April

1

Deadline
August

25

Start
Round 2
September

15

Deadline
August

25

Start

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This Program Include: Kellogg's, Walmart, FedEx, JB Hunt, Henkel

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 52% $66,564
Consumer Products 29% $66,458
Technology 9% $46,500
Non Profit 5% $60,000
Manufacturing 5% $72,000

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 165
Percent International Students 30%
Total Full-Time Faculty 123
Full-Time Faculty 87%

Student Life

University of Arkansas—Fayetteville provides a “rich cultural and academic atmos­phere” in which to study, including “excellent facilities for MBA students.” Full-timers usually “spend a significant amount of time on campus,” studying, hanging out with friends, or, on game day, cheering on the Razorbacks; “As a part of the SEC, sports are a major event on campus.” Students in the EMBA program admit that they are “not that involved in school activities,” but they do make some time for networking: “A majority of the first and second year executive MBA students will all gather together at a local bar for food and drinks after our Saturday classes.”The school draws students from “very diverse backgrounds,” though “the majority of us work with or for Walmart in some fashion.” Walton does an excellent job fostering friendships and networking between MBA candidates. A student shares, “By the end of orientation, I knew my way around the town, fun places to go, and the names and back­grounds of my entire class as well as my faculty/administration.” Of the warm atmos­phere, another student adds, “As a woman, I feel incredibly welcomed into this business environment. Our class is 50/50—a huge reason I chose U of A.” Overall, “Northwest Arkansas is a very nice area to live and work.” With a population of around 75,000, “Fayetteville is the perfect size for a college town. It offers everything a student needs with reasonable costs.”

Career

The future looks bright for Walton graduates. Not only are there “a huge amount of new jobs in this area per capita,” students say they “have a leg-up” with local employers through the school’s corporate partnerships. Walton offers a host of “great resources, like the career center, the writing center, and professional development classes,” which all contribute to the school’s excellent placement rate. One student raves, “The career serv­ices office has to be one of the best in the nation.” Not only do they provide career advice but they “will happily make calls on your behalf and are constantly engaging you in the process of finding a job.” For full-timers, “The Walton school does a great job of setting students up with internships,” and better yet, it’s “extremely easy to get a job after grad­uation at a great company.” In recent years, over 130 companies recruited on the Walton campus, with students tak¬ing jobs at companies including Axion Corporation, Deloitte & Touche, General Mills, IBM, KPMG, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, NBC Universal, Newell Rubbermaid, Tyson Foods, Shell Oil, Spectrum Brands, USA Truck, and, of course, Walmart. The 2012 grad¬uating class had an average starting salary of $60,555, with a range between $35,000 and $82,000.

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Students Say

Just thirty miles from Walmart headquarters, the “top-ranked public business college” at the University of Arkansas—Fayetteville gets more than just its name from the world-famous retailer. “Walmart’s extensive involvement” in the school pays off in a thousand different ways, from fantastic internship opportunities to the “cutting edge” supply chain and retail management program—not to mention, the world-class business envi­ronment in Fayetteville. Thanks to the school’s famous benefactor, “Northwest Arkansas is a business epicenter,” with “over 1,500 suppliers based locally.” Without jetting off to New York or Tokyo, “Students are given opportunities to interact with Fortune 500 CEOs on a regular basis”—often without leaving campus. Here, “You’ll rarely find a day when there is not a CEO or other successful alumni coming back to contribute.” Walton operates two MBAs: a traditional full-time program and a part-time Executive MBA. With classes held “once a month on Saturdays,” the part-time program “offers a lot of flexibility for working professionals.” Students praise the “blended delivery,” which “incorporates both in-class and distance learning.” On top of that, “The adminis­tration ensures that the students lives are easy when it comes to enrollment and degree requirements”—they even provide all the materials (and meals!) on class day. For full-timers, the experience is likewise fast-paced, packing a full academic program—includ­ing an internship or overseas trip, independent projects, and case competitions—into just sixteen months of study. Students in both full-time and part-time programs are bowled over by the quality of the academic experience. With a name like Walton, it’s hardly a surprise that “the retail and supply chain management is highly recognized,” drawing many students already work­ing in the field. Yet professors across departments are “experienced professionals with real-world knowledge,” who are “incredibly gifted in their field of research” and “truly excited about the material they teach.” Professors are also willing to provide “addition­al instruction beyond class time,” both to help with class material and to “answer any questions we have related to application of learned material in the workplace.” The MBA is “very, very well run,” overseen by an administration that is “second to none.” A boon to busy students, “The administration ensures that the students lives are easy when it comes to enrollment and degree requirements.” They also “take steps to “improve the MBA program every year according to students’ feedback.” Icing on the cake, “The cost of the program is relatively inexpensive compared to their national rank­ings,” making a Walton education a rather savvy venture.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    1.Applied Sustainability Center 2.Center for Business & Economic Research 3.Center for Retailing Excellence 4.Information Technology Research Institute 5.Supply Chain Management Research Center 6.Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education 7.Garrison Financial Institute 8.Small Business & Technology Development Center 9.Tyson Center for Spirituality in the Workplace 10.RFID Research Center

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://iss.uark.edu/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Graduate Womens in Business

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Alpfa

  • Research Facilities:

    1.Applied Sustainability Center 2.Center for Business & Economic Research 3.Center for Retailing Excellence 4.Information Technology Research Institute 5.Supply Chain Management Research Center 6.Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education 7.Garrison Financial Institute 8.Small Business & Technology Development Center 9.Tyson Center for Spirituality in the Workplace 10.RFID Research Center

  • Study Abroad:

    China Brazil India Greece

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Kellogg's, Walmart, FedEx, JB Hunt, Henkel

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 79% $63,273
Marketing / Sales 50% $64,333
Other 45% $54,250
Operations / Logistics 25% $52,000
Other 14% $48,500
Information Technology 10% $60,125
Technical 7% $68,250
Finance / Accounting 5% $53,000
Financial Services 5% $53,000
Manufacturing 5% $47,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 91%
Three Month Employment 96%
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