There was a gap in my education, as a lifelong learner, between my undergraduate degree in accounting and my JD in law. The MBA connected the two degrees with a heavy emphasis in the business aspect.
Vice President for Finance
Central Baptist College
MBA, May 2016
Credit Manager, Murphy Oil Corporation
MBA, December 2016
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
MBA, May 2016
Manager, Equity Plans & Legal Services
Murphy Oil Corporation
family, and educational responsibilities.
The Rankin College of Business is accredited by the AACSB. AACSB International business and accounting accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review process.
Southern Arkansas University offers a world-class education at one of the nation’s most affordable rates. The Rankin College of Business Master of Business Administration is often recognized for affordability and is without a doubt one of the most cost effective, accredited MBA programs in the nation.
We prefer to describe our program as affordable, rather than “cheap,” because our MBA students quickly appreciate the stellar quality of courses, content, and professors of our AACSB-accredited business school.
Why Gene chose SAU
I had talked of getting a MBA for years. I graduated from Lyon College in 1985, and felt I had one more educational experience left in me to complete. After my wife convinced me that this was a perfect time to do so, I researched colleges close to Crossett in which I could either do the online program or complete the program in the classroom. I was very apprehensive about completing a degree program online. I had taken some continuing education classes online and had issues with staying engaged and motivated. If I experienced any difficulty, I knew at SAU I could complete the program with classes that would fit my work schedule. I also liked the fact that SAU was accredited by the AACSB. An additional factor was the affordable cost of the program was affordable. With my oldest son beginning college at the same time I was beginning the MBA program, I had sticker shock from tuition costs! All of these factors made the decision to choose SAU an easy one.
I credit my experience with SAU for helping me get to where I am now because: My experience at SAU has re-energized me as a leader. The exposure to the technology in the online setting has inspired me to look for better ways to communicate with my staff as well as our customers. The topics we have discussed in the online classroom have become topics that I discuss with our management team. At a time when the ethics of the banking profession are under intense scrutiny, the program’s focus on ethics has provided resources to be used with our employees to develp ethical frameworks for decision making. Research projects focusing on employee engagement resulted in a focus on improving employee engagement including meeting the needs of Millennials – as employees and customers. I have been exposed to new software and data analysis that I did not know existed.
I would recommend the SAU MBA program because: All of us get stale in our careers, and at a certain point we get comfortable. I thought of myself as knowledgeable about the business world. Within a couple of weeks of classes, while I had a good foundation, I found there was much I did not know. I have found the professors to be helpful and responsive, enabling me to complete the program online. The electronic access to information through the Magale Library makes completing online research very possible. The Blackboard system makes group projects achievable, and I have appreciated the discussions our classes have had about issues and projects. I am very pleased that my wife insisted that I do the MBA program and that I chose SAU. I have been challenged and re-energized. I look forward to the new opportunities the SAU MBA will bring, maybe someday even in a classroom setting.
President & CEO
First National Bank of Crossett
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General MBA Requirements (30 hours)
Required Courses (24 credit hours)
|ACCT||6003||Accounting for Decision Making|
|MGMT||6013||Human Behavior in Organizations|
|MGMT||6003||Strategic Planning and Analysis|
|SCM||6003||Enterprise Resource Planning|
|Electives (six credit hours) selected from the following:|
|ACCT||6063||Special Topics in Accounting|
|ACCT||6073||Special Topics in Accounting|
|ECON||6043||Issues in Environmental Economics|
|ECON||6063||Special Topics in Economics|
|FIN||6063||Special Topics in Finance|
|IS||6063||Special Topics in IS|
|MGMT||6033||Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship|
|MGMT||6063||Special Topics in Management|
|MGMT||6073||Special Topics in Management|
|MKTG||6063||Special Topics in Marketing|
|SCM||6023||Supply Chain Sourcing|
|SCM||6033||Supply Chain Security|
|SCM||6043||Sustainable SCM Practices|
|SCM||6053||RFID Technology Utilization|
|SCM||6073||Special Topics in Supply Chain Management|
A student may be admitted into the MBA program if he/she holds a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university regardless of the undergraduate field of study. Should a student have an undergraduate degree other than business, prerequisites would include:
- Six hours of principles of accounting (sophomore level or above),
- Three hours of business finance or financial management (junior level or above),
- Three hours of statistics (at the junior level or above),
- Three hours of principles of marketing (at the junior level or above),
- Three hours of micro- economics (sophomore level or above), and
- Three hours of organization theory and behavior or principles of management (junior level or above).
|Completion Time:||2 years *|
|Cost Per Year:||In state: $4,980 / Out of State: $7,005|
|Complete Program Cost:||In state: $9,960 / Out of State: $14,010|
* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer
The M.B.A. is offered by the Rankin College of Business at SAU and is fully accredited by AACSB, International, the premier accrediting body for colleges and schools of business. Fewer than five percent of all business programs worldwide are accredited by AACSB, which indicates the quality of our program. The general business emphasis curriculum includes graduate level courses in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, organizational theory, quantitative analysis, strategic management, and management information systems. Additionally, critical perspectives will be emphasized within the program. These include ethical, global, political, social, legal and regulatory, and environmental issues; technology; demographic diversity; and written and oral communication skills.
The latest addition is the Social Entrepreneurship emphasis, which is a 36-hour program and is aimed at providing graduates with the skills and knowledge to support and implementing business-led initiatives to achieve social aims. The agriculture business emphasis is a 33-hour program which requires 24 hours of graduate core courses and nine hours of agricultural business electives. The Supply Chain Management emphasis is a 33-hour program which requires 24 hours of graduate core courses and nine hours of supply chain management electives. A student can complete either program in a traditional night program, through online delivery, or through a combination of the two.
The M.B.A. curriculum is designed primarily for graduates of a Bachelor of Business Administration program, but graduates of other programs can enter the program by completing a 24-hour prerequisite program.
The M.B.A. program consists of 24 hours of M.B.A. core courses and 6 hours of electives. A student can choose to complete courses in a traditional night program, through online delivery, or through a combination of the two. Qualified students may enter the program any semester during the 2-year rotation.
The rotation of courses by delivery method is presented in the table below. Other courses may be offered as needed.
- MBA students will be effective communicators, using information technology to enhance decision making through better communication.
- MBA students are prepared to be socially responsible, effective business leaders with an awareness of cultural and diversity issues and the ability to make ethical decisions.
- MBA students will be critical thinkers who are able to use concepts from strategic management to integrate relevant information, decision-making techniques, and concepts from multiple business disciplines to make decisions in new or unfamiliar circumstances.
- MBA students can effectively and legally access and use information to prepare an effective written report that supports decision making.
- MBA students will be competent in the business discipline.
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