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.
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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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Southern Arkansas University is the fastest growing university in Arkansas. The campus is a buzz with energy and life, and the student-centered atmosphere is felt by first-time visitors and soon-to-be graduates. SAU is also the most affordable university in Arkansas and has the highest return on investment, according to the U.S. Department of Education. SAU was even named the sixth most affordable in the U.S. by bestvalueschools.com.
Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.
Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies.