The Rankin College of Business enrolled a record 106 MBA students this fall semester. In previous years, MBA enrollment ranged from 60-80 students per year, with an average of 71 students.
“We’ve done a few things, in my opinion, that have helped those enrollment numbers continue to rise,” said Dr. Christie Hough, MBA Director and Associate Professor of Management at SAU. “We waived the GMAT requirement for students with a very high GPA or previously obtained graduate degrees, and we also offered a buy one get one course promotion.”
Students with a cumulative 3.5 GPA from an AACSB accredited school did not have to take the GMAT for acceptance in 2018.
The AACSB accreditation is the highest standard of achievement for business schools around the world. Southern Arkansas University received its AACSB accreditation ten years ago, and is up for review again in 2019. Only 10 percent of the world’s business schools achieve the accreditation.
Rankin College of Business is already one of the most affordable AACSB accredited schools in the country. In 2018, RCB offered an opportunity for students who purchase one MBA course to get a second one free.
“We’re already very low cost,” Dr. Hough said. “But the BOGO deal allows students to pay for nine MBA courses instead of ten in order to obtain their degree,” she continued.
Hough attended career and graduate school fairs at Henderson, Ouachita Baptist, SAU and other regional campuses to promote the MBA program and the 2018 opportunities.
The MBA program can be completed online, face-to-face, or as a hybrid. Whether it’s completed in person or online, students receive the same one-on-one attention from the same qualified instructors.
“The opportunity to get the same quality education is available in several different formats, and our students appreciate that,” Dr. Hough shared.
According to Dr. Kim Bloss, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Dr. Hough is a big reason for the program’s continued success.
“Personal service is given to each student or potential student,” Bloss said. “(Hough) does not take summers off; she responds to students and potential students’ inquiries year-round.”
Dr. Hough admits she loves what she does, but says all of the faculty members at RCB are that way.
“More and more of our undergraduate students enroll in the MBA program because they know how great our faculty members are,” Hough said. “They are all very caring. We have small classroom sizes and students get that one-on-one attention from teachers who really care about them. It’s a great opportunity,” she concluded.